Nothing like a good ole fashioned Twitter war between Florida State and Miami recruiters

Florida State coaches celebrating their 2016 recruiting class that was ranked No. 1 by ESPN.

Florida State coaches celebrating their 2016 recruiting class that was ranked No. 1 by ESPN.

Robert Burns, a four-star running back in the ’17 class, is considered a hard commit to the University of Miami. But that didn’t stop Florida State recruiting coordinator/tight ends coach Tim Brewster from making a trip to South Florida this week to see the Gulliver Prep star.

The question is did Brewster have an ulterior motive?

Earlier this week, Brewster and Miami’s assistant director of player personnel/recruiting Jorge Baez got into a Twitter war over recruiting in Miami. You see, the Hurricanes may be a bit sensitive about the “305” as both coaches referred to it, considering their inability to keep many of the area’s better players at home, most notably Seminoles’ running back and Heisman Trophy candidate Dalvin Cook. And the list doesn’t stop there with three others  from Cook’s alma mater, Miami-Central, alone on the Seminoles roster and many more not only from Miami-Dade but South Florida in general.

FSU has signed 16 players the last four years from South Florida, including Broward and Palm Beach counties. Jimbo Fisher’s staff recently was ranked the ninth-best in the country by 247Sports. Many believed they deserved much better after signing the nation’s No. 1 class according to ESPN. Brewster was among the nation’s top 10 recruiters.

But I digress.

The flap started when Brewster, the Seminoles’ coach with the most visible presence on Twitter, sent out a tweet that Baez wasn’t exactly a fan of:

Baez shot back:

Brewster was not about to go down:

Baez then brought out the big gun, former UM football player Dwayne Johnson, better known as ‘The Rock’ for his career as a wrestler and now actor:

You think it would end there, but no. On Tuesday Brewster get in the last word (for now):

He was speaking of Coral Gables’ Amir Rasul, who signed with FSU in February. Rasul was rated the top running back in the state by Rivals and ESPN.

The back-and-forth was, presumably, all in fun. But recruiting is a serious business and nobody likes somebody else coming into their backyard and poaching players. New Miami coach and former ‘Cane QB Mark Richt is hoping to change all of this and undo the damage done by his predecessors who seemed to lose a lot of traction in South Florida. But to be fair, Miami has not let them all get away, the Hurricanes have kept many players home, including Joe Yearby, who played with Cook at Central and flipped from FSU to Miami;  Chad Thomas of Booker T. Washington, who picked Miami over FSU among others  and Mark Walton, also of Booker T.

It’s  just that Florida State has owned the state recently and Miami’s new staff is ready for the challenge.