What Miami football is getting with new enrollee 4-star RB Cody Brown

LOUISVILLE, KENTUCKY - SEPTEMBER 19: (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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Four-star running back Cody Brown who committed to the Miami football program after signing with Tennessee in December is enrolled in Coral Gables as of Wednesday. The disclosure of Brown officially joining Miami on Wednesday was initially reported by Gaby Urrutia of Inside the U. Brown adds depth for Miami at RB.

Brown is the second RB to join Miami in the Class of 2021. Four-star Thad Franklins signed with Miami in December. Brown was let out of his National Letter of Intent with Tennessee after head coach Jeremy Pruitt was fired in January. Brown brings good size to the Miami backfield at 6’0 217  pounds.

Brown finished his career at Parkview High School in Lilburn, Georgia with 5,221 rushing yards, 93 touchdowns and 27 100-yard games. Miami is not getting much of a receiver with Brown. In 45 career games, Brown had 32 receptions for 191 yards. Franklin also provides size to the Miami football program at 6’0, 225 pounds.

Brown and Franklin are the biggest of the Miami scholarship RBs. It will be difficult for Brown or Franklin to break through and get meaningful carries ahead of fourth-year RB Cam’Ron Harris and Don Chaney Jr. and Jaylan Knighton who are entering their second seasons in Coral Gables. Brown runs with power.

Harris is the only Miami RB eligible for the 2022 NFL Draft. Unless one of them transfers, Brown, Chaney, Franklin and Knighton will all return for Miami in 2022. Miami is rebuilding the roster, particularly at RB. Harris is the first leading rusher returning for Miami since Travis Homer in 2018.

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Harris could be the first opening day starting RB in consecutive seasons for Miami since Mark Walton in 2016 and 2017. Brown could become a short-yardage back for Miami eventually. The scouting report projects Brown as a Power Five starter. Miami has a stacked backfield for at least the next two seasons.