April Recruiting Update: RB's

National Signing Day is still 10 months away for the Class of 2014 but there's a lot going on. Read on to see the latest with Miami's recruiting efforts at the running back position.

The Hurricanes will welcome a running back this summer (Augustus Edwards) from their 2013 class. Another player (Cam Elder) could end up playing running back, slot receiver, or defensive back when he arrives this summer.

The number of running backs the Canes seemingly want to sign in the 2014 class is two. And they already have a commitment from one of the state's best in Miami Central's Joseph Yearby.

At 5-foot-9 and 195 pounds, Yearby has been one of the state's most productive running backs over the last two seasons for the Rockets. A one-time Florida State commitment, Yearby switched his pledge from FSU to Miami last month. He says new offensive coordinator James Coley was a big reason for that switch. Yearby, a four-star prospect on Scout, remains a solid pledge to Miami but told Scout last week that he still plans on taking a couple other visits later in the year.

The next two major prospects for Miami appear to be Sony Michel and Dalvin Cook -- two of the state's premier overall prospects.

Michel, 5-foot-11 and 205 pounds, is the nation's No. 2 running back prospect, according to Scout. The American Heritage standout is coming off a tremendous junior season and has been a major target for Miami ever since Al Golden got the job here a few years ago. Michel recently cut his list down to seven but many believe the Canes are one of his top two choices along with Georgia. It could end up going either way.

Cook, 5-foot-11 and 195 pounds, is one of the fastest and most explosive running back prospects to come out of South Florida the last few years. He's actually teammates with Yearby at Miami Central. While he hasn't been quite as productive as Yearby the last two years, he's averaged more yards per carry and has done more with less chances. He reminds a lot of people of former Florida prep running back C.J. Spiller. Cook committed to Clemson last summer and has remained pledged to the Tigers ever since. That never stopped Miami from actively recruiting him. He's been to the school a few times recently, and seems to have a lot of interest in Miami. It seems to be a Clemson/Miami race, and one that Miami could definitely pull ahead in the coming months.

While those three players seem like the major targets at the running back position, a few others are being actively recruited as well. Leonard Fournette (Louisiana) is Scout's top-rated running back prospect. Joe Mixon (California) has over 30 scholarship offers, including one from Miami. Both players have some interest in Miami but it's not real strong, and they will likely remain longshots.

If the Canes can land two of the first three players mentioned here, it'd be considered a tremendous haul -- and one that remains quite possible 10 months before signing day.


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