Analysis: Canes Lose DB Commitment

The Hurricanes lost a commitment this past week from a local defensive back standout. Read on for a full analysis of what it means for Miami.

Brian Edwards told's Corey Bender earlier this week that he is no longer committed to the Miami Hurricanes. At 6-foot-3 and 185 pounds, the talented senior from Miramar High committed to the Canes back in July. 

Edwards started getting Division 1 scholarships way back during his sophomore season. He made a very early commitment to Louisville back in December of his sophomore year. The offer is one that really jumped out to him but as other schools kept recruiting him he backed off that pledge a couple months later. Al Golden's Hurricanes offered him in the spring of 2015. He was getting recruited by a lot of programs last summer but wasn't yet a national recruit, as he camped at schools like Alabama and Florida State but left without scholarship offers.

The 3-star prospect on Scout landed several more offers this past spring, including from schools like North Carolina, LSU, Nebraska, and Florida. At that point he was being recruited like one of the top five prospects in the entire state. He camped at Miami during the summer and committed to the Hurricanes around that same time.

Despite taking several unofficial visits to Miami throughout the summer and early fall, Edwards de-committed from the Hurricanes recently. Considering how often he's been on campus in recent months it's unlikely that he will rejoin this class after backing out of it.

Edwards, who ran a 4.78 at a Nike Camp this past spring, plays a position that is of major need for the Hurricanes. Jamal Carter and Rayshawn Jenkins will be gone following the 2016 season, leaving only Jaquan Johnson, Robert Knowles, and Jeff James as returning safeties on the current roster. Obviously, safety is a major need for the Canes.

It's no surprise Miami now has four safety commitments in the 2017 class. 4-star DeeJay Dallas, 4-star Trajan Bandy, and 3-star Billy Gibson were committed at the time Edwards de-committed. Immediately following the Edwards news, Miami landed a commitment from 3-star Amari Carter. If they're able to keep those four committed, the loss of Edwards isn't a major blow. If one or more of those players back off at some point later in the process Edwards could come back into play.

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