Miami Hurricanes RB Recruit Lorenzo Lingard Fla Gatorade POY

Lorenzo Lingard, the Miami Hurricanes highest ranked recruit in Storm ’18 has been named Gatorade’s Florida Player of the Year for 2017. Lingard is 20th overall, the 2nd ranked running back and 4th player in the state of Florida in the Class of 2018.

Lingard is an exceptional talent who teams with Cam’ron Davis in the Class of 2018. Davis is the eighth-ranked running back and 28th ranked player in Florida. The duo will team together to challenge the Miami Hurricanes incumbent returning running backs Travis Homer and DeeJay Dallas.

Mark Richt and Offensive Coordinator/Running Backs Coach Thomas Brown could decide to switch Dallas back to wide receiver. He showed his versatility this season by working in at running back, thriving as a receiver and running the Wildcat in the ACC Championship Game.

Lingard is one of four Miami Hurricanes commits that will play in the Army All-America Game in San Antonio next month. He will be teammates with defensive lineman Nesta Silvera and cornerback Josh Jobe on the East team. Wide receiver Brian Hightower will play for the West.

Lingard is the first Miami recruit to be named Florida’s Gatorade Player of the Year since Brandon Harris in 2007. Harris who was a defensive back played three seasons with Miami and four in the NFL.

Lingard is the sixth Miami signee to win the Gatorade Player of the Year in Florida overall. Defensive lineman Willis Peguese was the first in 1985-86. Lingard is only the second Miami running back to win the Award. Willis McGahee won the Award in 1999.

The Miami backfield which lacked depth this season will have an embarrassment of riches next season. Robert Burns who redshirted this season should also compete for playing time in 2018 if he can get healthy. Trayone Gray returns for his Senior season.

Lingard’s highlights from his Senior season are impressive.

Lingard and the rest of the Miami Hurricanes running back core for 2018 will also receive a huge boost with the addition of the nation’s top fullback Realus George to the 2018 recruiting class. George and Lingard’s additions should help alleviate the short-yardage struggles Miami has had this season.

Miami had 19 carries for 24 yards on third down and three or fewer yards to go this season. That’s an average of 1.26 yards per carry. The Hurricanes converted only nine first downs in the 19 attempts.