The Miami Hurricanes got a surprising commitment on Tuesday out of Miami Booker T. Washington running back Eduardo Clements.
Clements, had already been a soft commit to the Hurricanes, but his official pledge comes on the heels of Monday's announcement that Loganville, Ga., running back Storm Johnson had committed to the Hurricanes, as well. Clements is the fourth running back commitment, as Tampa Bay Tech's Maurice Hagens, more of a fullback, and Naples Lely's Darion Hall have also committed.
Clements, however, said the competition did not bother him.
He told CaneSport.com: "Every school has competition. Every school has top running backs," Clements said. "I am a guy who will come in and work hard. If that doesn't get me on the field, it just means I have to work harder.
"The competition will make me a better player and more of a team player. It will make me more humble. I have to give praise to anyone in front of me because that will mean they are a good player who can pick up blitzes and do little things better than me. It will make me work harder."
Clements is the 23rd verbal commitment for the 2010 Hurricanes signing-day class. National signing day is Feb. 3. He is the 41st ranked running back in the country according to Rivals.com, and is ranked No. 68 overall in the state on the Sentinel's Florida Top 100, and the 9th rated running back.
Hall (5-11, 225) is ranked 30th in the Sentinel's Florida Top 100 and the fifth-ranked running back in the state. So the running back competition among freshmen at Coral Gables next year ought to be quite a battle.
Already on the Miami roster are six running backs, with the top two being Javarris James (Sr.) and Craig Cooper (Jr.). Also on the roster are Damien Berry (Jr.), Mike James (Fr.), Lamar Miller (Fr.) and Lee Chambers (So.). The only one who has not played this season is Miller, so he is certainly a redshirt candidate.
Cooper would be the heir-apparent to next year's starting tailback spot, while Berry is the third-string back currently.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun