Miami football finalist ahead of four-star running back Mark Fletcher Tuesday commitment

Sep 30, 2021; Miami Gardens, Florida, USA; Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 30, 2021; Miami Gardens, Florida, USA; Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports /

The Miami football program was named a finalist with Michigan, Ohio State and Penn State for four-star running back Mark Fletcher. Fletcher will announce his commitment on Tuesday, April 12 at 6:30 PM ET. Ohio State is the prohibitive favorite to receive a commitment from Fletcher from multiple recruiting websites.

Four 247 sports crystal balls project Fletcher to commit to the Buckeyes. The four crystal balls trending towards Ohio State were logged on Wednesday and Thursday. Fletcher has an 86 percent chance to commit to the Buckeyes according to On3.Com. The Rivals future cast projects Fletcher to Ohio State at 100 percent.

On3 lists Fletcher as the 272nd best player, 17th RB and 53rd in Florida out of American Heritage per their consensus rankings. Fletcher told 247 that he is committing next week to get the commitment out of the way to be able to focus on his senior season this fall. At 6’1, 225 pounds, Fletcher is a physical RB.

Fletcher has 2,509 yards, averages 7.2 yards per carry with 13 100-yard games and 26 touchdowns, plus 33 receptions for 472 yards and another three TDs in his high school career. The physical style Fletcher has will fit in well in the Big 10. Miami is relatively young at RB and could return everyone in 2023.

Don Chaney Jr., Jaylan Knighton and Henry Parrish who transferred to Miami are eligible for the 2023 NFL Draft. Cody Brown and Thad Franklin are entering their second seasons and the Miami football program signed four-star RB Trevonte Citizen in the Class of 2022. Cedric Baxter is another 2023 RB to watch for Miami.

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Florida has a slight lead on Miami for Baxter according to the On3 projections. Fletcher told 247 that he has grown up a Miami fan and it’s been his dream school. The connection Fletcher has with Ohio State RBs coach Tony Alford seems to be stronger than what Miami, Michigan and Penn State have cultivated.