Analyzing the 2014 Class: RB

Miami's 2014 recruiting class is in the books. Lets take a closer look at their efforts. This piece focuses on the running back position.

COACH: Hurlie Brown

SIGNED: Joseph Yearby

ONCE COMMITTED: Brandon Powell

OTHERS UM WENT AFTER: Dalvin Cook (Florida State), Bo Scarbrough (Alabama), Sony Michel (Georgia), and Jonathan Hillman (Rutgers)

ANALYSIS: Interestingly, Cook was the running back Miami wanted more out of Miami Central very early in the game. He landed an offer from the Canes before Yearby, who made an early commitment to Florida State. However, soon after James Coley (who was recruiting Yearby at FSU) was hired, the Canes made Yearby a major priority and then landed his commitment. He's a 5-star running back prospect who had a tremendous prep career at Miami Central. At 5-foot-9 and 180 pounds, he's not the biggest kid out there but has tremendous running ability and will remind people of a younger Duke Johnson at times.

Cook had an interesting recruiting story. Despite being offered by Miami very early in the process, he made a commitment to Clemson very early on. He later backed off that decision and flipped to Florida. Miami never stopped recruiting him, and even got an official visit from him late in 2013. It wasn't enough to overcome Florida State, however, as Cook committed to the Noles in early January and enrolled in time for the spring semester. He says, in the end, that he felt his chances of winning a championship were better in Tallahassee. Miami certainly put in the effort.

Powell committed to Tennessee over the summer but then switched his pledge to Miami soon after the Canes offered him. At 5-foot-10 and 175 pounds, he's the type of player who could play running back, slot receiver, cornerback, or become a return specialist. Florida flipped him from Miami the day before he enrolled into school for the spring semester so it didn't give Miami a chance to get him back in the fold.

Michel was recruited hard by Miami, especially early in the process, but committed to Georgia fairly early. Despite Miami's continued efforts to pull him away, Michel never really wavered. He never took an official visit here and was solid to the Bulldogs all along.

Scarbrough made an early commitment to Alabama but the Canes recruited him all year. They were able to get him down for a visit in late January and held out hope into yesterday. However, pulling a 5-star kid living in Tuscaloosa away from Bama is never going to be easy. UM found that out.

Hillman was the most heavily recruited out of the out-of-state running backs. However, after making an early commitment to Rutgers it became clear that he wanted to stay closer to home in the end.

Al Golden said the Canes would've liked to have signed a big back in this class but it wasn't a huge priority. Had Powell been a big back and gone to Florida, it probably would have hurt Miami's class a bit more than it did. They are expected to sign two running backs in the 2015 class.


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