Mike's Take: New RB commit

The University of Miami landed a commitment today from American Heritage standout running back Walter Tucker. Read on to see a breakdown from CanesTime's Mike Bakas.

Walter Tucker says he committed to the University of Miami today, as a late addition to the Class of 2013.

What to Like: At 6-feet and 200 pounds, Tucker already has plus size for a major college running back prospect. He has the body to hold up when going between the tackles, especially later in games. He played at American Heritage High, which was one of the most talented teams in South Florida last year so he's used to playing in a winning and competitive environment. He also shows flashes of being able to do a lot of different things on the football field. His primary position is running back but he's shown the ability to catch passes out of the backfield, return kicks, and he even had a standout prep career in the defensive secondary. Finally, he's a very talented track athlete. He's a state champion in the 100-meter hurdles, and actually ranks among the nation's best in that. His speed and athleticism is top notch, and that is always a major plus for a football player.

What may concern you: Tucker was never considered a full-time football player. He was always more of a track guy who also had the ability to play football. You can see that in his limited number of touches on the football field. Even though he was stuck behind 5-star Sony Michel on the depth chart, Tucker has limited experience on the football field. He had a total of 40 touches on the field as a senior, and even though he made things happen with those limited opportunities, he still is largely unproven on the gridiron. He was not actively recruited as a football player by other BCS schools, and may end up being more of a track guy than a football player. Time will tell.

Bottom Line: The Hurricanes had some extra scholarships available for more players to add to the 2013 roster. They are using one here with Tucker, who has a nice combination of size/speed/athleticism/upside. However, the jury is out on Tucker and his football skills. He's not likely a kid who will make an impact right away but he's someone who could make a big impact down the road. The Hurricanes needed another body at running back and they got one here with Tucker. Don't expect Miami's recruiting efforts in 2014 to change. They still have 5-star Joseph Yearby committed, and are actively seeking to add a second running back to that class.

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