St. Thomas Aquinas four-star running back Jordan Scarlett, the second-highest rated player in Miami’s 2015 recruiting class before Sunday, decommitted from the Hurricanes following his visit to Florida State this weekend. He announced the news on Twitter.
Rated the 12th best running back in the country by 247Sports composite rankings, Scarlett (5-11, 222) was one of two highly-touted running backs in UM’s class — an important need after the loss of Duke Johnson, who is foregoing his senior season to enter the NFL Draft.
Scarlett said at the U.S. Army All-American game his commitment to the Hurricanes was about 85 percent. He visited UM on Jan. 16 then followed it up with visits to Florida (Jan. 23) and then Florida State (Jan. 30). He said on Twitter he will choose between FSU, UF and Miami and announce his final decision on FoxSports on Monday.
Miami still has 2015 commitment Mark Walton out of Booker T. Washington.
“Even without Scarlett, Miami still has one of the best backfields in the ACC,” a scout said Sunday. “Mark Walton is a Reggie Bush, Duke Johnson type back and he can come in and split carries with Joe Yearby. Gus Edwards, who has improved a lot, can be your big physical back with Trayone Gray providing depth. And, they could still end up adding Dexter Williams to this class.”
Williams, a four-star running back out of Winter Garden West Orange High, was once one of four running back commitments in Miami’s class along with Walton, Scarlett and Miami Westminster Christian four-star running back Jordan Cronkrite. Williams told Canesport Sunday he will choose between the Hurricanes and Notre Dame at 11 a.m. on Signing Day, which is Wednesday.
“I’m still going back-and-forth in my mind with both of them,” Williams told Canesport. “Both have great programs, great tradition, they both have great coaches, a great environment, great academics. They are both really great schools.”
Miami has five recruits already enrolled this semester and another 13 committed.
247Sports.com dropped UM projected class from 20th to 28th in its national rankings after Sunday’s news.