Mike's Take: New RB commit

The Hurricanes landed a commitment from one of the top running back prospects in the state of Florida last week. Read on for a full analysis of this commitment from CanesTime's Mike Bakas.

Travis Homer made a commitment to Miami last week.

What to Like: Homer is a well-built kid (5-foot-11 and 190 pounds) and is a tremendous athlete. He has excellent top end speed and has outstanding lateral quickness. He has great foot work. He has the ability to make a lot of people miss in close spaces and then has the straight ahead speed to run away from people. He's very similar to Duke Johnson in terms of speed and quickness. He's also a very skilled pass-catcher. He'll be a weapon right away in the passing game at the college level. His production numbers were excellent as a junior last season. He's a big play waiting to happen every time he touches the football and has some size to go along with it.

What may concern you: Homer plays at a very small school and has a tendency to try out-running everyone to the edge instead of trusting his instincts between the tackles. A lot of small school runners are that way but those are holes he'll have to explode through once he gets to the college level when he wont be able to out-run everyone to the perimeter. He also has some ball security issues at times, something that will need cleaned up a bit before he gets to the college level.

Bottom Line: Homer has been one of the most heavily recruited running backs in the entire state this year. Some of his other offers were from Florida State, Florida, Alabama, and Auburn so he's being recruited like a high end four star. The Canes already had two running back commitments - Zack Moss and Amir Rasul - but Homer is the most heavily recruited of the three. He'll likely continue getting recruited hard by other schools so this one is far from over but it's a very encouraging commitment for the Hurricanes heading into the summer.


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