The Miami Hurricanes are starting off the 2014 recruiting cycle in a big way, with 5-star running back Joseph Yearby flipping his commitment from Florida State to UM.
Getting him to flip is huge for Miami, and the Hurricanes can give credit to new offensive coordinator James Coley in this situation. According to Kynon Codrington of Rivals.com, Coley was a big reason why Yearby flipped:
"Coach Coley is a great guy," Yearby told Rivals.com. "He was very happy when I committed. Once he took the job, I started looking at Miami harder. Plus it's a better situation for my family."
This is a marquee recruiting win for Al Golden and the Hurricanes for numerous reasons. The first and most obvious reason is the fact that Yearby is an extremely talented recruit.
Landing in-state recruits is an integral part of the success of any college football program. On that principle alone, Yearby is a major recruit for the Hurricanes. It's also worth noting that he goes to Miami Central High School, which is just about a half hour away from Coral Gables.
Recruiting success in-state is integral, but that statement is intensified when considering the competition within the state of Florida.
Regional in-state recruiting wins are just as important, so the fact that Miami was able to keep Yearby in the area is huge. Consider the fact the Hurricanes were able to steal Yearby away from Florida State, and you really get the full picture as to why this is such a monumental flip for Miami.
Will Miami finish with a top 10 2014 class?
If the Hurricanes want to make it back to the top of the college football world, it's going to start with recruiting. That itself must start within the state of Florida. Miami didn't have much in-state success with the 2013 class, but the 2014 cycle brings new opportunities and momentum on the recruiting trail can change on a dime.
This flip could signify the beginning of a great recruiting cycle for the Hurricanes. The final factor to consider here is that talent begets talent. Now that one elite recruit has chosen Miami, other elite recruits around the area and even nationally will take notice.
The impact Yearby's commitment can have on the 2014 cycle is overwhelmingly positive for Miami, so this is a very notable recruiting win for the Hurricanes.