Cornelius Elder Commits to Miami: What 2013 4-Star ATH Brings to Hurricanes

Andrew Kulha@@AKonSportsSenior Analyst IIIFebruary 13, 2013

Via 247Sports
Via 247Sports

The Miami Hurricanes have picked up a huge commitment from one of the more talented recruits in the 2013 class: 4-star athlete Cornelius Elder.

Elder has been waiting to make his commitment and sign for a while now, but according to Eric Bossi of, the 4-star athlete and two-sport athlete has committed to Miami:

A four-star prospect and the No. 157 overall player in the final class of 2013 football rankings, Elder is also a three-star point guard .

Wednesday, Elder put an end to his recruiting speculation by committing to Miami.

He will sign a football scholarship but the plan is for him to play football and basketball.

Bossi went on to report that Elder has faxed in his letter of intent and he plans to play both football and basketball:

Elder faxed in his letter of intent early Wednesday and exactly how his roles with each team will play out are yet to be determined.

"This just happened within the last couple of hours so I don't know exactly how it is going to work out," Battle said. "I just know that the plan is for him to play football and basketball and they will get it worked out."

Elder represents a huge recruiting win for Al Golden and the Hurricanes' football program. He checks in at 5'10'', 165 pounds and he's ranked as the No. 7 athlete in the 2013 class according to the 247Sports Composite.

He's a big-time recruiting win for the University of Miami in general, considering his abilities as a basketball player as well, but let's focus on what Elder will be bringing to the Hurricanes' football program.

Elder is ranked as an athlete, but he has elite potential as a running back. He runs a lot bigger than his frame and he displays great vision and high-end speed. He's also a very fluid runner that takes long strides and can turn on the second gear once he gets to the edge.

He displays quick feet and a very good cut move that allows him to find an open running lane, and he can be extremely elusive once he gets into the open field. He'll also be a great option to have in regards to running screen plays, and Miami could even motion him out into the flats and use him as a slot receiver.

This is a recruit that can become a star second-option running back behind Duke Johnson and there won't be any dropoff when he's in the game.

Elder can also be used as a special teams kick returner, and he's talented enough to play defense and line up at corner. As a cornerback he displays a fast break and he can cover the deep zones, but he can also play very physical.

He would be a good option at corner for Miami, but frankly, his talent at running back is special. Elder should be able to compete for the No. 2 spot behind Johnson, and I expect he'll quickly become one of the best backup running backs in the country.

There's no doubt in my mind that landing Elder's commitment will go down as a marquee recruiting win for the University of Miami.

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