The University of Miami’s crowded backfield situation in the 2015 recruiting class got a bit more roomier after Westminster Christian running back Jordan Cronkrite announced Saturday morning on Twitter that he was withdrawing his commitment from the Hurricanes.
Cronkrite made his announcement en route to Gainesville for the Florida-Kentucky game, leaving UM with three running backs in its 2015 class: St. Thomas Aquinas’ Jordan Scarlett, Winter Garden West Orange’s Dexter Williams and Miami Booker T. Washington’s Mark Walton.
Cronkrite attended the game with teammate Tim Irvin, a four-star safety who likes UF and UM and is a nephew of former Hurricanes great Michael Irvin. Williams was also at the game.
Cronkrite said Monday he has not heard from UM’s coaching staff since July.
Before Scarlett committed to UM on July 8, Cronkrite told the Miami Herald that he doubted he would still be committed to the Hurricanes and would “probably look somewhere else” if other players were added to the mix.
Junior running back Duke Johnson could opt for the NFL Draft after this season, but UM still has sophomore Gus Edwards, and freshmen Joseph Yearby and Trayone Gray in the fold behind him. UM could have six running backs if Williams, Scarlett and Walton all sign National Letters of Intent with the school in February 2015.
“[The Hurricanes] said they’re bringing in two [running backs] and there’s three,” said Cronkrite, who also is interested in West Virginia, Wisconsin, Notre Dame, Ohio State and South Carolina. “There’s more time for me to be seen for the next level after college.”
Walton — a 2016 prospect who committed to UM on Sept. 29, 2013 — is still in the process of reclassifying from the class of 2016 to 2015, his coach Tim Harris Jr. said Monday.
Harris said his four-star tailback is on track to do so after Walton and his parents met with guidance counselors at the school to check his progress after the first month of classes. Walton is currently taking senior classes this semester at the school.
“The only thing stopping Mark from doing it is if he wants to stay in 2016,” Harris said.
Harris could not give a final date as to when Walton’s reclassification would be official, but suggested the end of the first or second grading periods for Miami-Dade high schools (Oct. 23 or Jan. 15, 2015) as possible dates.