Lou Saban, who is not related to Nick, recognized the formula years ago. But, Howard Schnellenberger was the one that really succeeded with it at Miami. Saban was just at Miami a short time in the 1970’s before he hit the highway and the Hurricanes brought in Schnellenberger.
The formula was to keep as many of the South Florida kids as possible and get them to sign with Miami. Now, people calling it building a wall around your area, or state.
Then, they would recruit nationally for as many top recruits as possible. Many of their great players over the years came from around the South Florida area.
But, they also brought in some top talent from New Jersey, Ohio and California. Even some of them came from the state of Texas. All of these areas are prime recruiting grounds for top talent. Bernie Kosar came from Ohio and Vinny Testaverde from New York. Jessie Armstead was from Dallas and Steve Walsh was from Minnesota and the great Jim Kelly was from Western Pennsylvania.
The list goes on and on.
Gus Edwards is from Staten Island, New York.
He was not that highly rated coming out of high school and ESPN had him as their 57th rated Running Back in the country and he was a 3 star. At 6-2, 225 in high school, Edwards had the potential to be a really good college power back.
Duke Johnson was the starter in 2013 and he had 920 yards rushing through the 8 games he was able to play.
Edwards was the team’s third leading rusher with 338 yards and 5 Touchdowns.
Optimism was running high at Miami in 2014. Duke Johnson was back and the Hurricanes had signed one of the better high school talents at Running Back that season in Joseph Yearby.
Johnson ran for 1,652 yards and Yearby ran for 509.
Gus Edwards was hanging in there and ran for 349 yards and 6 Touchdowns.
He was expected to play a big role in the 2015 season for the Canes but he injured his foot in August and was lost for the season. Meanwhile, Duke Johnson had declared for the NFL.
That left Yearby and true freshman Mark Walton. Yearby ran for 1,002 yards and Walton hit the
ground running with 461 yards.
Yearby will be a junior in 2016 and the 5-9, 205 speedster should be exciting to watch yet again. Mark Walton has been suspended and he may, or may not be back.
But, it’s time for Gus Edwards to step up.
Supposedly, Edwards is a really hard worker. He’s 6-2, 235 and he runs really hard.
While coaching at Georgia, Mark Richt seemed to like the really big backs like Todd Gurly and Nick Chubb. Both were in the 220 to 230 range and could run.
Edwards is bigger, but not as fast as Gurly and Chubb.
It’s just seems reasonable that Richt will start Joseph Yearby, but Gus Edwards will get a lot of carries in 2016.