Mike's Analysis: New RB commit

The Hurricanes landed a huge commitment a few days ago from one of the nation's most heavily recruited running back prospects. Read on for a breakdown and analysis from CanesTime's Mike Bakas.

Jordan Scarlett committed to the Hurricanes last week.

What to Like: Scarlett has a size/speed combination that's as good as you'll see at the high school level. At 5-foot-11 and 210 pounds, his size will enable him to step right in and be able to physically handle the load at the college level. He'll probably be in the 220 range by the time he starts college and his body will be designed to handle 15, 20 carries a game. His speed and quickness are elite. He ran a 4.30/40 (laser) at The Opening this past week, making him one of the fastest prospects in the entire nation. He has tremendous straight ahead speed and his quickness is good enough to make people miss in the open field. He was extremely productive on the field as a junior at The University School this past season, averaging nearly nine yards per carry and scoring a touchdown every 6.6 touches. He now plays at St. Thomas Aquinas, one of the state's premier prep programs. He'll play in a competitive environment and play in several big games as a senior. He's also a skilled pass-catcher who can make an impact in that part of the game. He's an instinctive, downhill, and productive runner with an outstanding skill set.

What may concern you: It's hard to find any holes in his game. He's supremely talented. However, you'd like to see him use his size more to his advantage and take more carries between the tackles. He has a tendency to bounce everything to the perimeter, where he can simply outrun everyone in high school. He'll need to become stronger between the tackles to become an elite back at the college level.

Bottom Line: Scarlett had scholarship offers from everyone, including Florida State, Alabama, and Ohio State. He was recruited like a 5-star prospect. He became Miami's fourth running back commitment, which indicates that he will welcome competition -- like every elite kid does. He's not as natural or instinctive a runner as Duke Johnson but he's probably a bit more talented overall. He's an elite back in every sense and is the type of player who should only be expected to be here for three years if he stays healthy. If Miami holds onto his commitment over the next several months they're getting one of the nation's premier overall prospects, a player who can come in and make a big impact from day one.


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