Following a decommitment from Florida Atlantic earlier in the process, 4-star running back Jordan Scarlett has announced he plans to attend the University of Miami as a member of the 2015 class.
Bleacher Report's Barrett Sallee reported the decision after he committed on ESPNU:
RB Jordan Scarlett just committed to Miami on ESPNU.— Barrett Sallee (@BarrettSallee) July 9, 2014
His decision was made at Nike's The Opening, a recruiting event where several other players will also announce their intentions for college. Coming into the competition, Scarlett was the No. 10 tailback on the 247Sports composite rankings.
Scarlett also had an impressive day on the field at The Opening, per Jeremy Birmingham of ElevenWarriors.com:
Jordan Scarlett has run consecutive sub 4.40 - very impressive physical specimen.— Jeremy Birmingham (@Birm) July 8, 2014
What does the future hold for Scarlett?
The initial plan for Scarlett was to be a sensational running back for the FAU program. But Scarlett decided to go to a program where he might have an NFL future, via Ryan S. Clark of the Sun Sentinel.
"I felt like FAU wasn't the best decision for me academically and out on the football field," Scarlett said. "At my position, you need your body and at FAU, I would need to carry the team and I'm trying to get my body ready for the NFL."
After decommitting from FAU, Scarlett had been heavily recruited by several notable programs such as Ohio State and Florida State. Prior to Scarlett's decision, Josh Newberg of 247Sports noted where the prospect was leaning on Monday:
Scarlett's commitment gives the Hurricanes more depth in the backfield for the 2015 class and will be huge for the future of the program. With his speed and bruising power on the field, Scarlett should dominate the ACC when he arrives.
While Scarlett's commitment makes for a loaded backfield already, another top tailback plans to keep his commitment to Miami. Fellow 2015 commit Mark Walton spoke about the possible situation, per Safid Deen of the Miami Herald:
It doesn't matter how many running backs are committed to the University of Miami. That's where I'm committed to.
If Jordan [Scarlett] decides to commit to us, too — if all four of us go in — at the end of the day I'm still going to be a hard worker when we're all out there.
The 5'11", 210-pound running back from St. Thomas Aquinas in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, will join a long line of former players to play at the Division I level. With notable alumni such as Michael Irvin and Leonard Hankerson, Scarlett has a great tradition to uphold.
After a strong season last year, the Hurricanes continue to bring in another strong haul with Scarlett making his commitment. The star running back has a chance to take over for Miami in the next few years and will add even more speed to an already-athletic roster.
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