Miami's Chances: Running Backs

National Signing Day is still several months away but it's not too early to look at what Miami's chances are with some key recruiting prospects. This report focuses on the running backs being recruited.

Joseph Yearby is currently Miami's only commitment at the running back position. At 5-foot-9 and 180 pounds, Yearby will likely end his senior season at Miami Central as one of Dade County's all-time leading rushers. A one-time Florida State commitment, Yearby flipped to Miami soon after James Coley got the job here and offered Yearby. The talented 5-star says he plans to take some other visits this fall, and he has already committed twice so there's still a chance he ends up elsewhere. CHANCES: 90%

Yearby isn't the only running back at Miami Central being recruited hard by the Hurricanes. That's because they're hot after Dalvin Cook as well. At 5-foot-11 and 195 pounds, Cook committed to Clemson last year and then flipped to Florida a few months back. Miami never stopped recruiting him, and will likely get a visit if they stay on him throughout the year. CHANCES: 25%

Cook isn't the only in-state running back prospect currently committed to another program who is being actively recruited by the Hurricanes. Deerfield Beach running back/defensive back Brandon Powell committed to Tennessee back in the spring but was offered by the Hurricanes a short time later. At 5-foot-10 and 175 pounds, Powell insists that he's committed to the Vols still and other players have said that Powell has been recruiting for the Vols. It seems the offer from the Canes didn't have a big impact. CHANCES: 15%

Curtis Samuel (5-11/185) is one of the top players from the state of New York this year. The Canes went there for a running back in the 2013 class, and now they're back trying to get Samuel to jump on board. He has a final five of Miami, Alabama, Ohio State, Notre Dame, and Rutgers. Bama hasn't offered, and likely won't. That means the Canes are in a four-team race. CHANCES: 20%

Leonard Fournette is the nation's top-rated running back on Scout. At 6-foot-1 and 225 pounds, he's from Louisiana and was offered by Miami very early. He mentioned the Canes among his early favorite but recently said his top schools are LSU and Alabama, followed by USC. Everyone else, including Miami, seems to be a major longshot. CHANCES: 2%


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