Most followers of recruiting were not shocked to hear of the decommitment of ESPN 150 running back Alex Collins (Plantation, Fla./South Plantation). For months the 5-foot-11, 195-pound senior has been openly entertaining overtures from Florida State and Wisconsin.
Barring injury, freshman running back Duke Johnson should hold down the starting spot in the Hurricanes’ backfield in 2013 and 2014 at least. Behind Johnson they will have Eduardo Clements, who would be a senior, and Danny Dillard, who is being redshirted this year. Dallas Crawford, who is listed as a running back, is considered to be more of an all-purpose weapon who can line up several places.
With Collins gone the Hurricanes can look to several options and might not have to go very far.
The Miami Christopher Columbus duo -- Daryl Chestnut and Lorenzo Woodley will likely be re-evaluated by the Hurricanes staff. Chestnut (5-8, 185) is causing a lot of buzz in Miami-Dade this season as he is having an incredible season with 1,033 yards and 13 touchdowns on just 78 carries (13.2 yards per carry). Woodley (6-0, 205) might be a match with Johnson because he’s a bigger back who handle some of the short-yardage situations that would be the cause of additional wear and tear on Johnson.
A.J. Turman, Orlando (Fla.) Boone -- Right now Miami is in Turman’s top group with Georgia, Tennessee and Florida State. The 6-0, 200-pound Turman appears to be leaning toward the SEC schools but Miami might be able to provide him with a better chance to see the field early.
Sony Michel, Plantation (Fla.) American Heritage (2014) -- Michel will likely be the top running back in the state for the class of 2014, and rather than go after a back in 2013, Miami could move all its resources to Michel and try to make him an early commit.