The Miami Herald has confirmed that four-star RB Alex Collins has decided to decommit from the Miami Hurricanes.
The Plantation High running back, and arguably the best back in Florida, has had his ups and downs since being a Miami commit. In my opinion, I am surprised that Collins lasted this long with the ‘U.’ There has been the recent speculation as to whether or not Florida State was trying to lure Collins to Tallahassee by offering his best friend. There has been pictures posted on the web of Collins wearing Florida State gloves during his games. Listen, we all knew that this day was coming, and indeed, is it really that big of a shock?
Granted, Florida running back come a dime a dozen and Miami has their eyes focused on 2014 Plantation RB Sony Michel (5-11, 180), considered by many to be the top running back prospect in the state. The ‘Canes still list Eduardo Clements, Dallas Crawford and 2013 commit Ray Lewis III, but the one running back that I am most eager to see is redshirt freshman Danny Dillard.
Dillard is a 6’2, 225-pound power back who can come in and compliment Duke Johnson nicely. While Johnson possesses the speed and pizazz, Dillard can be that bruiser that pounds it through the middle, stuffs it in from the goal line – some have even compared him to the great Jerome Bettis.
In any event, Collins’ decommitment stings, but ‘Canes fans must realize that it’s not the end of the world for Miami football. Over the years, many a good running back has committed to Miami only to search for greener pastures – but you know what, Miami continues to pump NFL ready backs into the league year after year.
There is no doubt that Collins will be playing on Sunday’s, but Miami will succeed in bringing in a comparable back.