What to Like: At 5-foot-11 and 205 pounds, Cronkrite already has ideal size for a major college running back. He's not Gus Edwards but he's considerably bigger than both Duke Johnson and Joseph Yearby when they were juniors in high school. He has tremendous football instincts running the football. He runs with good pad level, good vision, and has the ability to make a lot of people miss very close to him. He's big and strong enough to break tackles and wear people down late in games as well. He's been very productive at the prep level and is also a very skilled pass-catcher coming out of the backfield -- probably better than Edwards, Yearby, and recent UM commit Dexter Williams. Cronkrite is one of the best pure football players in all of Miami right now.
What may concern you: Cronkrite has a lot of what you look for in a major college running back prospect. He lacks breakaway speed, however, which isn't uncommon in players who are over 200 pounds as juniors in high school. He's an athlete and can make people miss but won't outrun the fastest guys on the defensive side of the football. He also plays small school ball at Westminster Christian so the caliber of competition he's seeing on a weekly basis isn't going to be the same as that of guys like Johnson and Yearby and even Williams.
Bottom Line: After signing just one running back in the Class of 2014, the Hurricanes needed two in the 2015 class. They went after three hard and now they have two of them committed. Cronkrite and Williams give Miami two of the four most heavily recruited running back prospects in the whole state. Cronkrite had offers from schools like Clemson, Florida State, and Ohio State and so he was recruited like a four-star prospect. The Canes now have two premier running backs in this class, and both grew up Miami fans and have already been on other campuses so there's a good chance both players will stick through the end of the process.
Jacques Patrick is likely headed to Florida State, and it's likely Miami will back off a bit with their efforts with him. They'll likely continue recruiting FAU commit Jordan Scarlett but with two already in the fold flipping him isn't as important anymore.
The Canes now have 10 commitments in the Class of 2015, with four of them (Cronkrite, Williams, Scott Patchan, and Bowman Archibald) being recruited like 4-star prospects. It's an excellent start to what should be a tremendous class for the Hurricanes.