Mike's Take: Miami RB commit

The Hurricanes received good news to start off National Signing Day when they landed a running back commitment, who chose them over Florida State. Read on to see what CanesTime's Mike Bakas is saying about it.

What to Like: Augustus Edwards is a Miami Hurricane. He woke up and announced for the Canes, over Florida State, this morning. At 6-foot-1 and 210 pounds, Edwards provides a much needed boost at the running back position. Miami's top target, Alex Collins, picked Arkansas on Monday night and that made getting Edwards an even bigger priority. He's a tremendous running back prospect when going between the tackles. He's a big kid who runs downhill. He breaks a lot of tackles, moves a lot of piles forward, and is considered a very short short-yardage running back. Based just on how physical he is when running the football, Edwards will probably become a good blocker in passing situations. The Hurricanes lost Mike James after this season, and Edwards will go a long way in helping replace James in Miami's backfield. He will likely be able to help right away.

What may concern you: As good as Edwards is between the tackles, he seems to lack the overall ability to make a lot of things happen in the open field. You don't see the extra gear. You don't see his ability to run away from people once he gets to the second level. You don't see a gifted pass-catcher, like James. His production numbers were very good over the last few years but you have to consider the competition. Sure, great players can come from the state of New York but one must wonder how well his game will translate to the major college level considering the competition level he's played against in recent years.

Bottom Line: Miami missed out on its top running back prospect this year, and it was a kid who lived an hour from the campus and who had been committed for several months. That's a tough loss, no matter how you shake it. Edwards, however, was not a last minute replacement and that's an encouraging sign here. He's a kid who the Hurricanes offered a scholarship to back in May, even when Collins was firmly committed. He's a kid they wanted in this class, regardless of what happened with Collins. He's a kid who has a chance to play a key role as early as this coming season, and he's talented enough to come in and compete and help this team in certain situations.


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