Canes lose five-star RB commitment

A five-star running back who had been committed to the Hurricanes for several months has decided to open things back up. Lets take a closer look at what it means for the Canes.

Alex Collins was one of Miami's first commitments in the Class of 2013. And today, he removed himself from that list.

"I just spoke to someone from (his high school) staff and will speak with his head coach later," said Scout national recruiting analyst Jamie Newberg. "(He is) still considering Miami as well as Wisconsin and FSU."

Collins, 5-foot-11 and 210 pounds, was Broward County's leading rusher as a junior at South Plantation High. He's back at it again this season, leading the area with 1,256 yards and 14 touchdowns. There is only one big school running back in all of Florida (Derrick Henry) who has posted better numbers over the last two seasons.

Collins is a tremendous prospect. In addition to having the size and toughness to get yards between the tackles, he has the speed and athleticism to really make things happen on the perimeter. He makes a lot of people miss, he breaks a lot of tackles, and has the speed to take it the distance every time he touches it.

Collins is currently a five-star on Scout, rated as the No. 6 running back in America. He was Miami's only five-star commitment in the Class of 2013, so this is a tough break for the Canes.

Despite his early commitment, Collins took summer visits to Wisconsin and Florida State. After enjoying both places and staying in close contact with each of those coaching staffs, he then took official visits to both schools during the last month or so. In a way, he's been de-committed for awhile now. However, he seems to have made it official today.

What does that mean for Miami? Well, it likely won't change the way the UM coaches continue recruiting him. He was always being recruited like a major priority and that likely won't change. He's a special player, and has a chance to be one of the primary difference makers in Miami's upcoming class. Miami will likely continue selling him on the idea of sharing the offensive backfield with Duke Johnson to help lead Miami back to the top -- much like guys like Clinton Portis and Willis McGahee once did.

Collins will likely take an official visit to Miami after the season and then have a very tough choice choosing between the three programs.

The Hurricanes also have a commitment from two-star Ray Lewis, whose father is one of the best players to ever wear a Hurricane uniform. The Canes offered a few others from around the nation but they all seem to be heading elsewhere. One player to possibly keep an eye on now is Boone running back A.J. Turman. At 6-feet and 205 pounds, Turman has run wild on opposing defenses in Orlando over the last two seasons and has a lot of interest in the Canes.

CanesTime will continue to monitor the situation, and keep you updated accordingly.

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