January Recruiting Update: RB's

National Signing Day is less than a month away and the Hurricanes are hoping to finish strong with their 2013 recruiting class. Lets take a closer look at where the Canes stand at the running back position.

The Hurricanes lost Mike James after this season. They will return Eduardo Clements (Sr), Dallas Crawford (So), Duke Johnson (So), and Danny Dillard (R-Fr) next season.

The only current commitment right now is Ray Lewis III. At 5-foot-9 and 175 pounds, Lewis made a very early commitment to the University of Miami. He's the son of the future Hall of Famer, and former Hurricane. Lewis ran for over 1,200 yards this season while helping lead his team to the state quarterfinals. He also played a lot at safety and says the Canes are recruiting him as an athlete, which means they likely won't determine his future position at Miami until he arrives this summer.

The Canes have to make landing a big back a major priority over these next few weeks. If one of the players below inks with the Hurricanes, he will have a chance to play a major role right off the bat.

Alex Collins seems like the top prospect. The South Plantation standout made a real early commitment to the Hurricanes before backing off it a couple months ago in order to take some other visits. He's been to Florida State, Florida, and Wisconsin, and plans to see Miami (Jan 18) and Arkansas later this month. He grew up a Miami fan, was committed for several months, and says he's developed a great relationship with the coaches on Miami's staff. Those are three good reasons to believe the Canes have a great chance to get him on board.

Derrick Green is another five-star player the Hurricanes are actively recruiting. He seems like the top running back prospect from outside the state. At 5-foot-11 and 220 pounds, Green has been favoring Michigan in recent weeks and months and while the Wolverines will be tough, you never know until he takes his visit here. He has not scheduled it yet, but there's a good chance it'll be on the 25th. If Collins decides to go elsewhere, look for Miami to do everything they can to change Green's mind. For now, however, Michigan will be tough to beat.

Peyton Barber is another running back prospect from outside the state to keep an eye on. At 5-foot-11 and 225 pounds, Barber made an early commitment to Ole Miss. However, he never shut the door on other programs, including Miami. The Canes offered him toward the end of the season and he recently scheduled an official visit for Feb 1. Coming from the state of Georgia, Barber's never been here before so it'll be tough to tell how much he really likes Miami until he gets here. Ole Miss is on the verge of adding a third running back commitment so their backfield is starting to get a bit crowded. That might be one reason why he's looking at other visits. Either way, we'll know a lot more after his visit here.

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