3-star RB sets Miami visit

A three-star running back prospect has scheduled a visit to Miami. Read on to get the latest, and Mike's take on the situation.

"Augustus Edwards plans on visiting Miami officially Feb. 1," said Scout.com recruiting analyst John Garcia, who has developed a good relationship with Edwards this year.

At 6-foot-1 and 210 pounds, Edwards is widely considered the top running back prospect in the state of New York.

The Staten Island (NY) Tottenville High standout made a commitment to Syracuse earlier in the recruiting process. However Syracuse lost head coach Doug Marrone to the Buffalo Bills recently, and that's when Edwards decided to open things back up. Even when Syracuse announced Scott Shafer as its new coach, Edwards continued looking around.

Edwards will start with a visit to Florida State next weekend, followed by Rutgers, and then Miami. He says all three schools have offered him a scholarship.

Miami actually started recruiting Edwards back in the spring. This isn't a player who just randomly came out of the blue for the Canes a month before signing day. They have a history with him.

The Canes have also scheduled a Februrary 1 visit with three-star Peyton Barber, an Ole Miss commitment from the state of Georgia.

Miami's top target at running back still appears to be five-star Alex Collins, a one-time Hurricane commitment who has taken some other visits. Collins is set to visit here on the 18th. If they're confident that they are getting his commitment back, they'll have a better gameplan going into that Feb 1 weekend.

If the coaches don't feel confident after the Collins visit, look for them to put the full-court press on either Barber or Edwards -- or both.

How much interest Edwards has in Miami is still unclear. There is enough to have scheduled a visit. However, he's never been here before and it'll be hard to tell how much he really likes the place until he sees it for himself.

Miami fans all want Alex Collins in this class, but don't forget about players like Augustus Edwards.

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