Mike's Take: New RB commit

The Hurricanes landed a big commitment on Sunday night from running back Mark Walton. Read on for an analysis of this from CanesTime's Mike Bakas.

2016 running back prospect Mark Walton committed to the Miami Hurricanes on Sunday night.

What to Like: Walton is one of the most explosive running backs in South Florida already, even though he's just a sophomore. Through the first four games of the season only Miami Central's Dalvin Cook (a Florida commitment and someone the Hurricanes are still recruiting) is averaging more yards per carry among the large schools in Dade County. Walton is a home run threat every time he touches the football. He has tremendous speed and quickness. When he's in the open field, he can break away at just about anytime. He also runs with good vision and good patience. He's a good cutback runner who can make a lot of people miss in the open field. It also helps that he comes from one of the state's premier prep programs, a school that sent two high profile recruits (Matthew Thomas and Denver Kirkland) to other schools in the 2013 recruiting class.

What may concern you: At 5-foot-10 and 175 pounds, Walton isn't the biggest running back around. Sure, he's young and may get bigger but that's not a given. He doesn't get a whole lot of yards between the tackles yet, and doesn't break a whole lot of tackles yet. He's rarely used in Booker T's passing game, so it's unclear how good his pass-catching skills are just yet.

Bottom Line: The Hurricanes landed an elite player in their 2011 class when Norland's Duke Johnson signed with the Canes. They have an elite player committed to the 2014 class in Miami Central's Joseph Yearby. And now they have an elite player committed to the 2016 class in Walton. This area produces great running backs, and Walton has given Miami's commitment list another one. It's never easy to hang onto an elite player for a few years but Walton grew up wanting to play here so that will always play a major role in his decision.


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