Miami football still seaching for 2023 running back

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The Miami football team is still searching for a running back in their 2023 recruiting class. Miami is also without a commitment from a defensive lineman or safety for 2023. Four-star Orlando Edgewater’s Cedric Baxter and three-star Fort Lauderdale Dillard’s Christopher Johnson are the top RBs strongly considering Miami.

Four-star American Heritage prospect Mark Fletcher committed to Ohio State in April. Fletcher took six visits to Miami and is still given a 7.9 percent chance to commit to the Hurricanes per On3.Com. Ohio State has a 90.6 percent chance for a Fletcher commitment. Fletcher took an unofficial visit to Ohio State in April.

The only official visit that Baxter has taken was to Texas on the weekend of June 10. Texas leads for Baxter. The Longhorns are given a 75.9 percent chance to receive a commitment from Baxter via On3 and have all four 247 Sports crystals balls for third-ranked RB in the Class of 2023. Miami is third in Baxter’s recruitment behind Florida.

Johnson is known for his speed. In May Johnson ran a 10.45 100 meters and 20.78 200 meters. Miami is the overwhelming favorite to gain a commitment from Johnson at 97.5 percent per the On3 recruiting prediction machine. Johnson is the 404th ranked player, 28th RB and 76th in Florida in the 2023 Class.

Miami has exceptional depth entering the 2022 season. Third-year sophomores Don Chaney Jr. and Jaylon Knighton and sophomore Thad Franklin return for Miami in 2022. Miami added Mississippi transfer Henry Parrish who is entering his third college season and 2022 signee Tre’Vonte Citizen during the offseason.

Chaney, Knighton and Parrish will be eligible for the 2023 NFL Draft. Miami could lose one or two of their RBs in the 2023 offseason to the transfer portal. Keeping five RBs happy with carries will be a difficult task for Miami offensive coordinator Josh Gattis and RBs coach Kevin Smith. Miami’s RB talent is a good problem to have.

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Miami needs to continue stocking depth. The uncertainty of who will return after the 2022 season makes it imperative that Miami signs a RB in the Class of 2023. Johnson is the most likely RB to sign with Miami for 2023. The Miami football program is in a fortunate position to be able to add one RB and mostly focus on other positions.