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Sha­lala Stu­dent Cen­ter ahead of drills on the univer­sity’s in­tra­mu­ral fields.

“Af­ter [prospects] get over the fact that they’re like, ‘Wow, this guy’s re­ally in front of me,’ they re­al­ize there’s a broth­er­hood be­tween the guys now and the ones that played even 25 years ago.”

Some of the leg­ends coached on the field, along with cur­rent UM play­ers and coaches, guid­ing high school play­ers through var­i­ous drills. Some of those prospects who haven’t been of­fered by Mi­ami were com­pet­ing to prove them­selves wor­thy of one.

The event al­lows Mi­ami to make a last­ing im­pres­sion on re­cruits it al­ready knows are top tar­gets, eval­u­ate play­ers they may re­cruit more ac­tively in the fu­ture and al­low them all to see why those in­volved re­ally feel UM is ex­actly what they say it is — Par­adise.

“Just the name of the camp is in­dica­tive of how we feel, how I feel about this place,” Richt said. “It does look like a re­sort here. We do feel like we live down here in par­adise.”

For Richt and his staff, it’s also an op­por­tu­nity to pitch some of the projects the team has un­der­way on cam­pus: the in­door prac­tice fa­cil­ity near­ing readi­ness with the turf be­gin­ning to get laid out on Satur­day, a $155 mil­lion dorm re­con­struc­tion and the re­cent sta­dium ren­o­va­tions among them.

“Things that were hurt­ing us in the past have be­come pos­i­tives for us,” Richt said.

Among com­mit­ted play­ers to at­tend, al­though mostly not par­tic­i­pat­ing in drills, were Cham­i­nadeMadonna de­fen­sive backs Keon­tra Smith and Te’Cory Couch.

“It feels good spend­ing some time out here, get­ting to be where I want to be for the next few years af­ter this sea­son passes,” Couch said.

Smith said he’s been work­ing on con­vinc­ing un­com­mit­ted Welling­ton ath­lete Mark-Antony Richards to join them in the 2019 re­cruit­ing class.

“I ac­tu­ally roomed with him at The Open­ing [a na­tional Nike event]. We talk a lot about foot­ball and him com­mit­ting to Mi­ami,” Smith said. “Just give him some time.”

Richards, the younger brother of UM stand­out re­ceiver Ah­m­mon Richards, was one of the top tar­gets present. Five-star Ge­or­gia­com­mit­ted wide re­ceiver Jadon Hasel­wood par­tic­i­pated in drills, com­ing down to Coral Gables from Ge­or­gia. Four-star Lake­land tight end Keon Zip­perer was in at­ten­dance. Palm Beach Cen­tral 2020 re­ceiver Bryan Robin­son and Univer­sity School 2021 of­fen­sive line­man Mar­cus Tate were among a lengthy list of other elite prospects.

In the Fri­day por­tion of the camp, foot­ball staff, coaches and play­ers held the pool party in which Richt took his sig­na­ture back flip off a div­ing board. It has be­come as syn­ony­mous with the event as any­thing About 200 high school foot­ball re­cruits vis­ited the Univer­sity of Mi­ami's cam­pus in Coral Ca­bles for the third an­nual Par­adise Camp on Satur­day, July 28, 2018.

else.

Fri­day night net­ted the Hur­ri­canes three com­mit­ments — all from South Dade High and all in the

2020 class. Of­fen­sive line­man Jonathan De­nis, ath­lete Ke­shawn Washington and de­fen­sive back Jaiden Fran­cois all pledged to UM.

EL­LIS RUA/MI­AMI HER­ALD

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