With the hiring of Chuck Martin as head coach, many expect things to turn around in Oxford, Ohio. Saturday, Martin used the many events surrounding the program as a day to showcase the direction of the program while also using its past and present to show several top recruiting targets what could be their future.
The famous Cradle of Coaches is often talked about when Miami football is discussed. The names of Bo Schembechler, Paul Brown, Weeb Ewbank and Ara Parseghian are just some of the names represented at the Cradle of Coaches Plaza in the south part of Yager Stadium.
Saturday, former alum John Harbaugh (Class of 84) was honored as the ninth member of this prestigious group as the current Baltimore Ravens head coach stood in front of family, friends, former teammates and the current RedHawks football team as his statue was uncovered to a loud round of cheers.
The scene was witnessed by the nearly 40 high school prospects visiting the RedHawks for the programs Junior Day event.
Prospects in attendance also got a chance to witness the new direction of the football program under Martin as his staff worked the current team through drills for the ninth time this spring. With a new offensive and defense being installed, Martin is looking to turn things around in 2014 behind transfer quarterback Andrew Hendrix (Notre Dame) who has already found a hot target in senior wide receiver David Frazier.
If prospects are looking for a place to come and develop, Martin and his staff look up to the task with their coaching style. Practice kept a quick pace with no wasted time between drills. From the look of things, the current roster of players has already bought in and that should help the team recover this fall when they open against Marshall.
The RedHawks welcomed several top prospects for their Junior Day led by offensive lineman Ian Leever of Loveland (Ohio) High School. Leever, one of Ohio's top offensive linemen, was making his third visit to campus with his mother Stacey and the end result was Leever giving Miami his verbal pledge by the end of the day.
Leever wasn't the only offensive lineman the RedHawks have their sights on as West Chester (Ohio) Lakota West offensive lineman George Asafo-Adjei told Scout.com following his visit that he was very intrigued by what the program had to offer academically as well as on the field.
Rising 2015 prospect Reagan Malas does not hold an offer yet, but with one of the top SPARQ scores in the country the Dublin Coffman defensive back is hearing from several programs including the RedHawks.
Another interesting name attending the RedHawks Junior Day event was Lebanon (Ohio) sophomore linebacker Jango Glackin. While Glackin was not offered, from talking with his father Greg, there seems to be mutual interest with Martin taking special notice of one of the region's top underclassmen.
The day also brought the ground breaking of the RedHawks new Indoor Sport Center that will be featured on the north side of Yager Stadium.
The $13,000,000 indoor facility will feature a full 120-yard football field to give the program a state of the art practice facility ensuring the future of the program to stay competitive in the world of college football.