Mike's Take: Miami RB commit

The Hurricanes currently have three running back commitments. CanesTime's Mike Bakas provided a full breakdown of one of those three last week and now offers up this analysis of another one.

Zack Moss is one of Miami's most recent commitments.

What to Like: Moss plays with very good lateral quickness. He has quick feet, good vision, and flashes the ability to make a lot of defenders miss in the open field. He has a downhill running style and has a thick lower body, which gives him a chance to run through opposing arm tackles. He's also a talented pass-catcher who can be a factor in the passing game. He's generally considered a good athlete.

What may concern you: Moss, who stands 5-foot-10 and 200 pounds, lacks ideal straight-ahead speed. He has good lateral quickness but simply doesn't have the ability to run away from people. And for a BCS level prospect who played at a small school (Mater Academy), Moss did not have a real productive junior season. He finished the season with just over 300 yards and two scores, while averaging just over six yards per carry. In the two games they played against big schools that made the playoffs, he had six carries for just 13 yards. We're not talking about a real accomplished runner. He lacks ideal running instincts, too.

Bottom Line: Moss had scholarship offers from schools like Kentucky and Cincinnati at the time of his commitment. Tennessee is also recruiting him. He's being recruited like a low end three star prospect. He is one of three Hurricane running back commitments - along with Amir Rasul and Travis Homer - and the other two are widely considered better running back prospects. This offer/commitment took a handful of people by surprise. He's now at Hallandale High for his senior season. They're loaded with quality prospects so it'll be interesting to see how big a factor in the offense he becomes there this coming season.


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