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Commitment Analysis: Jordan Scarlett
Profile: Jordan Scarlett Location: Ft. Lauderdale (Fla.) St. Thomas Aquinas Class of 2015 Position: Running Back Height: 5-foot-11 Weight: 220-pounds No. 4 RB Recruiting: Scarlett surprised many by committing to FAU back in December but he opened his recruitment back up a few weeks ago. Today, he committed to the University of Miami over South Carolina, Florida State and others. What to like: What’s not to like about Jordan Scarlett? He already has the looks of a fifth year senior in college. Scarlett is all muscle from head to toe and one of the finest looking running backs I have ever seen off the hoof. Like his size, Scarlett runs big. He’s a powerful, north-south running back that excels between the tackles. There’s no wasted running sideways with this kid, as he is a straight ahead bulldozer. Scarlett runs well behind his pads and once his shoulders are square to the line of scrimmage he’s tough to handle. He possesses good football speed and has the ability to make long runs and out run people. But speed is not his main asset. It’s his power and ability to pick up yards after contact. Scarlett shows good balance, feet and vision to hit the right hole. He hits it hard and decisively. Scarlett is a one-cut runner who is dangerous once he hits the second level because he has good enough speed to run by ‘backers or he can run through them. What may be of concern: Scarlett is a solid as a receiver but can improve. He also needs to improve his blocking skills. Overall analysis: Everyone knew it was only a matter of time before Scarlett backed off his pledge to the Owls. He did that last month and has elected to stay home and play locally at Miami. This is another huge pick up for Al Golden and the ‘Canes. This is a potential franchise type of running back that can carry the rock and close out games when they need to push the clock. He will also compliment what’s on campus exceptionally well, especially pairing him with last year’s signee in Joseph Yearby. Yearby is a make you miss, quick back (that does have power). Those two should provide a super one-two punch. Remember as well that Miami has already committed two outstanding running back prospects in Scarlett’s class in Dexter Williams (Winter Garden West Orange) and Jordan Cronkrite (Miami Westminster). Williams has visited a handful of other schools this summer and could be headed elsewhere.
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