5-star RB picks UGA over UM. Now what?

Five-star running back Sony Michel picked Georgia over Miami and a few others today. He's the second 5-star caliber running back prospect in south Florida to commit to an SEC school this month. What does this mean for the Hurricanes?

For the second time in a month's time, a 5-star caliber running back prospect from South Florida committed to another program. Earlier this month it was Miami Central's Dalvin Cook choosing Florida. And this afternoon it was American Heritage standout Sony Michel choosing the University of Georgia.

Both players had offers from Miami and were being actively recruited by the Hurricanes. It's likely that the Canes will continue recruiting both players in the coming months.

Word is that Michel's brother is transferring from UMass to Georgia. If that ends up happening, everyone else's chances of landing Michel become really slim. It'll be an uphill battle all along for the Hurricanes here. They will likely have a better chance to flip Cook, who has already committed to two different programs (first Clemson, and then Florida).

It's great for Miami that they already have 5-star Joseph Yearby in the fold. The Miami Central standout was a one-time Florida State commitment but switched soon after James Coley left FSU for a job on Miami's staff. Because he's expressed a desire to take some other visits as well later in the year, the Canes can't rest comfortably -- even with him.

There are four other running backs currently on the Big Board, players who have outstanding offers from the Hurricanes. Leonard Fournette is the nation's No. 1 RB prospect but getting him away from LSU will be extremely difficult for anyone. Joe Mixon is an elite player from California who recently came out with a Top 16 (yes, 16) and Miami didn't even make that cut. Derrell Scott recently named his top six, and the Hurricanes weren't on it. And Racean Thomas is all but wrapped up as being part of Alabama's recruiting class. In other words, the Canes aren't likely to get any of those players.

If the Canes are unable to flip Cook or Michel, then look for one of two things to happen: 1) they stick with just Yearby in the Class of 2014 or 2) they make an offer later in the year to another running back.

Making another offer will likely happen, especially if incoming freshman Cam Elder ends up playing another position (that seems to be up in the air still but is probably more likely than not).

Curtis Samuel told Scout last week that he has some interest in the Hurricanes. At 6-feet and 180 pounds, he's a 4-star caliber running back prospect from the Brooklyn area. If the Canes are going to focus their efforts on another running back moving forward, he's someone to keep a close eye on.


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