Joseph Yearby, a 5-9, 190-pound All-State running back from state champion Miami Central, switched his nonbinding oral commitment from Florida State to the University of Miami on Tuesday, adding his name to what is becoming a stellar 2014 recruiting class for the Hurricanes.
Yearby, a Seminoles commitment since May 2012, said he flipped to the Canes because of his connection to former Florida State offensive coordinator James Coley, who took over the same job at Miami last month.
Ranked as a four-star prospect by 247Sports.com and ranked the 66th best player in the country in the 2014 class, Yearby ran for 2,160 yards and 24 touchdowns as a sophomore, and had 1,448 yards and 20 touchdowns in leading the Rockets to the state title as a junior in December.
Miami Central coach Telly Lockette, interviewed by UM for its running backs job this month before the team promoted Hurlie Brown to the position, was surprised to learn the news Tuesday. He said he’s in Oregon for a coaching convention.
“I was surprised to hear it,” Lockette said. “Obviously we all know what a great kid and what a great talent Joe is.”
UM now has four touted commitments as part of its 2014 class — and all of them are local. The others: Miami Central offensive tackle Trevor Darling (6-5, 300), Hialeah quarterback Alin Edouard (6-2, 180) and West Palm Beach Cardinal Newman receiver Travis Rudolph (6-1, 185).