Mike's Take: New RB commit

The Hurricanes landed a commitment from one of the state's premier running back prospects on Saturday. Read on for a commitment analysis from CanesTime's Mike Bakas.

Dexter Williams says he committed to Miami during an official visit to the school on Saturday. Williams is in town for the school's spring game.

What to Like: Williams brings a tremendous amount of athleticism to the table as a prospect. At 6-feet and over 190 pounds, he's already a good-sized kid. He's not Gus Edwards but he's considerably bigger than players like Duke Johnson and Joseph Yearby at the same age. Williams is able to cutback, change directions, and make people miss in the open field as well as just about anyone you'll see at the high school level. His 44-inch vertical jump is almost unheard of, which shows off tremendous explosiveness. On the field he ran for over 1,000 yards in Orlando as a junior last season.

What may concern you: As quick and as athletic as he is, Williams lacks elite top end speed. He's a mid 4.5 guy and only went 44 yards on his longest run (172 carries) of his junior season. He simply doesn't have that extra gear to take the 25, 30 yard runs and turn them into 70 and 80 yard runs. He's also been very limited in terms of his usage as a pass-catcher coming out of the backfield. His game is still developing in a lot of ways.

Bottom Line: Miami made early offers to four running backs inside the state in a year they'll likely sign two. Williams was one of those four so getting him on board with an early commitment is very important. Especially since he's all the way up in Orlando, other schools will likely still recruit him throughout the year. Florida, Georgia, Notre Dame, and Ohio State were some of his other offers so he was being recruited like a four-star kid. He becomes Miami's 9th commitment and its second four-star of the day. The Canes now have three 4-star commitments in the Class of 2015. Since Jordan Scarlett is committed to FAU and Jacques Patrick has very little interest in Miami, look for the Canes to put a full court press on Jordan Cronkrite to become the other running back in this year's class. There's a good chance of that happening and if it does the Canes would have one of the nation's top RB classes.


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