The Miami Hurricanes sole running back in the Class of 2017 is Robert Burns from Gulliver Prep in Miami. This prototypical running back has the size and ability to be the bell cow for the Hurricane offense.
RB– Robert Burns
BIO– 5’11, 215lbs, Gulliver Prep High School, Miami, FL
RANK– ESPN (4- Star, #11 ranked running back ESPN TOP 300), 247 (3-Star, .8714 Sports Rating)
OFFERS – Alabama, Florida, Florida State, Ohio State
Burns has not put together a full season since his sophomore campaign in high school. Despite the injury concerns ESPN still ranks Burns in their ESPN top 300. Burns has the prototypical running back frame. He is capable of being a three down back. Burns displays catch ability and could also be used in the passing game.
Ultimately Burns has all the tools to excel at the U. As the only running back in the class of 2017, Burns will be closely scrutinized.
Analysis from former scouting director for THCGsports @SCOOPONTHEU
Robert Burns is the complete package. His combination of speed, vision, power, elusiveness and lateral quickness is really, really impressive. Even though Burns may not possess elite straight line speed, he still has the traits to be an elite running back at Miami.
His vision is in the upper echelon of backs that I have seen recently. I’ll compare him to Frank Gore in running style. Burns doesn’t have the vision that Gore has, but in my opinion no one in the game’s history does. Burns’ ability to see creases before they expose themselves is superb. His ability to anticipate defenders not being in a gap is something you can’t teach.
Power. At 5’10 and 210 pounds, he’s a force who runs low and doesn’t shy away from contact. Burns can quickly become the short yardage back the Hurricanes have been lacking for some time. The most underrated attribute in Burns’ arsenal is his elusiveness. Most people that watch film notice his aforementioned power, but his elusiveness is much more impressive to me.
Burns has the exceptional lateral mobility which allows for him to get past many defenders without having to run over them. I truly believe that Burns has the potential to be a Frank Gore caliber back for the Hurricanes. The question is, will his body let him…
Getting only one running back in the class of 2017 had to be disappointing to Mark Richt and Offensive Coordinator Thomas Brown. After losing Joseph Yearby a year early to the NFL and Gus Edwards to transfer, the Hurricanes depth is thin at running back.
Going into 2017, Miami is going to have to rely on Mark Walton to carry a heavier load than he did last season. Walton had nearly half the Hurricanes carries in 2017. Largely unproven Travis Homer and Trayone Gray who returns after tearing his ACL in August camp are Walton’s primary backups. With only six running backs on the roster heading into fall camp, UM could be looking to add another running back.