Recruiting: Running Backs

The information within was gathered through my personal interviews with the prospects and all opinions are mine, formed through watching them play and talking to them. In no way does it officially represent the University of Miami. After seeing J.R. Mounts quit the team after just a few months earlier this year, the University of Miami will likely take two tailbacks in this upcoming recruiting class.

It appears the Hurricanes have two in-state targets along with three out-of-state prospects.

The best in-state prospect is Pompano Beach (Ely) standout Tyrone Moss. After rushing for over 2,000 yards and 34 touchdowns as a junior, Moss entered this spring as the state's top running back prospect. And after watching his spring jamboree from the sidelines in late May, I was amazed at this young man's ability on the football field. At 5-foot-9 and 205 pounds, Moss has tremendous vision, balance, and explosiveness. He's a home-run threat every time he touches the ball and he's excellent between the tackles, especially in short yardage situations. Moss took an unofficial visit to the University of Miami with a couple of his teammates and he currently lists the Hurricanes as the early front-runners ahead of Michigan State, Florida State, LSU, and UCLA. All five schools have offered the talented running back a scholarship. Personally, I think Moss will most likely end up a Hurricane.

The other in-state prospect is Apopka standout Alan Abrams, who ran for close to 900 yards for the 6A state champions last season. Abrams, who ran for 173 yards against Northwestern in the title game last December, is coming off an impressive spring and summer. I watched his spring jamboree, which was very impressive. He is a tough runner who has the instincts and toughness to become a real good one at the next level. He'll help try to lead the Blue Darters into the title game again this fall. At 5-foot-11 and 183 pounds, Abrams has four scholarship offers – LSU, Purdue, South Carolina, and Indiana. Abrams is considering Miami, Notre Dame, Clemson, Georgia, and Tennessee. Abrams told me he plans on taking an official visit to Miami sometime in January.

The top out-of-state prospect appears to be Stockton (Calif.) Edison standout Lynell Hamilton. After rushing for 1,172 yards (14.3 yards per carry) and 18 touchdowns as a junior in a pass-happy offensive system, Hamilton really emerged this spring with a breakout performance at the NIKE Training Camp. At 6-feet and 195 pounds, Hamilton turned in a 4.4-forty time along with a 4.25 shuttle run. On tape, Hamilton looks like a tremendously talented running back. His lower body strength is excellent and he has the instincts and quickness to find the open field in a hurry. He had numerous runs of 30+ yards, showing off his home-run hitting ability. Hamilton told me all five of his current favorites have offered him a scholarship – Miami, Nebraska, California, Colorado, and Oregon.

Lexington, S.C. standout Demetris Summers is another big time out-of-state running back that is considering the Hurricanes right now. Summers is currently enjoying a very prolific prep career. In three years as a varsity starter, Summers has rushed for 6,700 yards and 105 touchdowns. At 6-foot-1 and 195 pounds, Summers looks very explosive on tape. His ability to break tackles is excellent and he has the explosiveness in the open field to score every time he touches it. With scholarships from top programs from around the country, Summers is starting to narrow things down a bit. In a recent interview with Jamie Newberg, Summers said his list of favorites include Miami, Florida State, Florida, Tennessee, Georgia, Nebraska, and the two schools that are considered the front-runners – Clemson and South Carolina.

The other out-of-state running back prospect claiming a scholarship offer from UM is Stone Mountain (Ga.) Stephenson standout Kregg Lumpkin. After rushing for 2,088 yards and 25 touchdowns as a junior, Lumpkin proved why he was among the nation's best with a strong off-season that included a big performance at the NIKE Training Camp. At 6-feet and 195 pounds, Lumpkin ran a 4.41 and jumped 31 inches. Lumpkin said he now has scholarship offers from his five current favorites – Miami, Georgia, Florida, LSU, and Penn State.

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