Miami football signing Tennessee transfer RB Cody Brown provides needed depth

LOUISVILLE, KENTUCKY - SEPTEMBER 19:. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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The Miami football program appears to be close to adding former Tennessee signee, running back Cody Brown. Brown was released from his National Letter of Intent after former Volunteers head coach Jeremy Pruitt was fired. Brown would provide much-needed depth to a thin Miami running back unit.

Brown would be the second RB for Miami in the Class of 2021. The Hurricanes signed four-star RB Thad Franklin in December. Junior Cam’Ron Harris and freshmen Don Chaney Jr. and Jaylan Knighton return for Miami at RB. The Hurricanes lost Robert Burns who entered the transfer portal.

Brown received a pair of crystal balls over the weekend from 247Sports.Com Director of Football Recruiting Steve Wiltfong and from Southeast Recruiting Analyst Andrew Ivins. Brown was the 232nd ranked player, 10th ranked RB and 22nd ranked player in Georgia in the Class of 2021.

Frankin was the 244th ranked player, 12th ranked RB and 34th ranked player in Florida in the Class of 2021. The addition of Brown would mean Miami has signed two top 12 RBs in back-to-back classes. Miami would have one of the most talented RB units in the country for at least the next two years.

At 6’0, 217 pounds, Brown would provide Miami with a powerful runner in the backfield. Franklin is 6’0 225 pounds and adds a tough runner Miami lacked at times in 2020. Brown becomes the fifth RB on the Miami football roster for the 2021 season. Miami would become only one of four programs with two top 12 RBs.

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Clemson, Ohio State and Oregon are the other three programs that signed two RBs in the Class of 2021. Brown ran for 5,221 yards, had 27 100-yard games and 65 touchdowns during his high school career. Miami starts spring practice on March 15. Brown would obviously not be ready to participate.