Miami football has to work to keep Thad Franklin committed

CHAPEL HILL, NORTH CAROLINA - SEPTEMBER 07: (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)
CHAPEL HILL, NORTH CAROLINA - SEPTEMBER 07: (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images) /

Four-star running back Thad Franklin who is currently committed to the Miami football program could still be looking around according to reports in the Miami Herald earlier this week.

Four-star running back Thad Franklin who is one of the marque players commited to the Miami football program for 2021 is likely to still be looking at other programs according to a report in the Miami Herald on Friday. Franklin was previously committed to Miami, de-committed in December and re-committed in February.

The fourth highest-ranked player commited to the Hurricanes for 2021, Franklin is the 163rd ranked player overall, the 28th ranked RB and 25th ranked player in Florida for 2021. Franklin will provide Miami with a power RB they do not currently have on the roster at 6’0, 225 pounds. Miami could be looking at other RBs.

Some reports have stated the possibility the Hurricanes’ interest in three-star Miami Central RB Amari Daniels could spark Franklin’s interest in looking towards other schools. Earlier this year, Franklin tweeted that he received an offer to play basketball at Penn State. The Nittany Lions are one of many Power Five schools interested.

Miami signed four-star RBs Don Chaney Jr. and Jaylan Knighton in the 2020 class and juniors Cam’Ron Harris and redshirt Robert Burns are all expected to return for the Hurricanes in 2021. The addition of Franklin would give Miami one of the deepest backfields in the country in 2021.

In the Miami Herald on Friday, South Florida recruiting guru Larry Blustein, spoke to Barry Jackson about what to expect from Franklin throughout the rest of his recruitment and what his upside is in college. Blustein is impressed by Franklin’s size and athleticism but expects him to consider other programs.

"“I would think he would look around because this is his second time committing to Miami. He’s a big time talent, no doubt. Huge kid — 6-1 1/2 and 223 pounds. You don’t often get a kid that size at running back [out of high school]. Big lumbering kid, bigger than all the backs they have, like a Big Ten back, but very athletic.”"

The 2021 Miami recruiting class currently ranks 11th nationally and third in the ACC. Miami is expected to receive a commitment from four-star safety Kamren Kinchens on July 11. Kinchens would not give the Hurricanes enough of a boost to pass Texas who is currently 10th.

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Manny Diaz and his staff have done an outstanding job by signing the 13th ranked class in 2020 and with the 2021 class currently ranked 11th coming off of a 6-7 season. A nine or 10 win season in 2020 could land Miami one or two key five-star recruits and potentially boost their class into the top 10.