Mike's Take: 5-star RB commitment

The Hurricanes landed a commitment this week from one of the nation's top running back prospects. Read on for a complete analysis of it from CanesTime's Mike Bakas.

Lorenzo Lingard committed to Miami Wednesday afternoon.

What to Like: Lingard is a tremendous talent. At 6-feet and 185 pounds, he's extremely fast and explosive. That's the first thing that jumps out at you when watching him. If he's given just a small hole he has a chance to make big things happen. He runs with excellent vision, patience, and has the ability to hit a home run every time he touches the football. He's been ultra productive at University High in Orange City over the last couple seasons, dating back to when he was first offered by the University of Florida. Lingard is also a talented pass-catcher out of the backfield and continues to show multiple ways in which he can hurt a defense. 

What may concern you: He's still relatively thin compared to a lot of major college running backs. He needs to get stronger, especially in the lower body, to be able to carry the ball 20+ times a game at the college level. You look at him now and wonder how many tackles he'll be able to break in college. Sure, he makes a whole bunch of potential tacklers miss when going to take their shot at him but naturally college players won't miss as much so he'll need to find ways to break more tackles. Getting bigger and stronger in the lower body will help him run through some of those arm tackles in college.

Bottom Line: He's one of the most heavily recruited running backs in the entire country for the 2018 class. Florida offered him as a freshman. Miami offered him last year. Some of his other offers came from Alabama, Ohio State, Michigan, and Florida State. He took unofficial visits to several schools over the last several months, including one to Miami this past Wednesday. He was telling people that Miami, Ohio State, and Auburn were his top three choices during the season and he went to Ohio State's game against Michigan in November. Early commitments are always risky but this one has a good chance to stick considering he's already visited several major programs. He becomes Miami's 8th commitment in the 2018 class, and their first running back. All signs point to Lingard being one of the top few running back prospects in the entire nation for the 2018 class so this is a huge commitment for the Canes.


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