June Recruiting Update: RB's

Here is a recruiting update at the running back position for the Hurricanes.

Current Players: 1 senior, 2 juniors, 1 RS-freshman, 2 true freshmen

Current Commitments: Alex Collins and Ray Lewis III
Collins (5-11/210) was one of the most productive running backs in the entire state last season at South Plantation High. He was, far and away, the top rusher in Broward County and really put his name on the recruiting map. He didn't play as a sophomore because of grades but he made up for it in a big way last season. By the time his senior season had ended all the top programs who recruit South Florida knew about him. He committed to the Canes, the school he grew up following, early in 2012. Since then, he's taken unofficial visits to Florida State and Wisconsin and says he'd like to pursue official visits with those schools down the road. Florida State hasn't offered him yet, though. Wisconsin has and they've done a real good job recruiting his school and the area in recent years. They pose the biggest threat but Miami seems to be in good shape here, as he committed early (when he had a Badger offer) and has been to the school a few times since.

Lewis, the son of a UM great, has dominated the small school competition at Lake Mary Prep in recent years. At 5-foot-9 and 175 pounds, he's not the biggest kid but he's very quick and athletic and is also a top notch defensive back at the prep level. He committed immediately after getting the Miami offer earlier this year. Regardless of who else offers, Miami doesn't have much reason for concern. This kid was born to play football at Miami.

Current Prospects: Augustus Edwards and Derrick Green

Edwards, 6-foot-1 and 210 pounds, was just offered by Miami on Monday and so it shows the Canes are still interested in signing a third running back to this class -- or perhaps someone to recruit just in case Collins dips in favor of Wisconsin. Edwards is one of the top overall prospects in the state of New York and the 3-star (per Scout) recently said his final four were Virginia, Maryland, NC State, and Syracuse. He now plans to visit soon and we'll know a lot more about his interest following that visit.

Green, a 5-star from the state of Virginia, landed an offer from the Canes early in the process and has mentioned Miami as one of the schools he's considering. However, he took several unofficial visits during the spring and Miami wasn't one of them. That leads you to believe that his interest probably isn't too strong and should be considered a longshot.

Bottom Line: The Canes signed a nice pair last recruiting class with Duke Johnson and Danny Dillard. They both do different things as running backs. Collins is another big back, while Lewis is a change-of-pace type. It would be a very good two-year haul but they're not done yet. Edwards could become a factor. No other running back prospects appear on the verge of being offered by the Canes.

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