ANALYSIS: Canes getting a good one

The University of Miami landed a commitment Sunday night from Venice High running back Danny Dillard and Scout's Mike Bakas breaks him down as a prospect.

What to Like: Venice High's Danny Dillard committed to the Hurricanes on Sunday night and by doing so the Canes are getting one of the top running back prospects in South Florida. At 6-foot-1 and 200 pounds, Dillard is a big back that Miami very much needs in this recruiting class. He came to an event I had back in the spring and ripped off a few 4.4/40 times, best at the event. His straight-ahead speed is very impressive -- about as good as you'll find at the prep level for someone his size. He's a big kid who can flat out go. If you give him a lane, he'll hit it hard and has the ability to turn the 15-yard runs into 80-yarders. He has the speed to make him a difference maker. He's also been very productive at the prep level -- running for over 1,700 yards as a junior and he's closing in on 800 this season. This isn't simply a kid with tools -- he produces. He's also a skilled pass-catcher out of the backfield and could even end up playing wide receiver somewhere down the road.

What may concern you: While Dillard has very good straight-line speed, he doesn't have a whole lot of wiggle to his game. He can change directions pretty well and explode in and out of cuts at times but he just doesn't make a lot of people miss in the open field. He's more of a straight-ahead runner and those types of kids at the major college level are usually bruisers. Dillard is over 200 pounds but he's still lean and has a long frame that will be prone to take some extra shots. In fact, he's battled through some injuries as a senior this season. He also doesn't always play up to his speed on the field. He'll flash it at times but needs to play at that high level more often and consistently.

Bottom Line: Dillard had several Division 1 scholarship offers -- from schools like Boston College, NC State, Georgia Tech, and Purdue. Recruited like a three-star prospect, he gives the Canes a much needed second running back in this class. Duke Johnson was the first to commit and he's considered an elite talent. However, he's in the 5-10/180 range so his skill set is much different than Dillard's. They're a good combo and this could end up wrapping up Miami's recruiting efforts at the running back position for the 2012 class.

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