Augustus (Gus) Edwards committed to the Canes on the heels of his official visit there this past weekend. He was originally a Syracuse commit for the majority of the process after pledging to them in the summer. His offer list grew late in the fall and he decommitted from Syracuse after an official visit to Florida State which temporary thrust them into the role for frontrunner for his signature. But in the end, Miami got it's man as the combination of having his final visit and snagging his lead recruiter for Florida State, James Coley, push Miami right back over the top and now the Canes have added an important piece to their class.
Edwards is regarded by some services as the top fullback in the country. Miami will play him at running back, at least initially. He has ideal size, is a plus athlete and has good lateral agility for a big back. There plenty of potential for him in the Miami offer. Most assume he will play the Lonnie Pryor H-back/FB hybrid role that James Coley used at Florida State but I think he'll be used in a much more traditional sense at Miami once he cracks the rotation. He does offer some versatility and is a good bet to be used in some different looks out of the backfield in Miami. He should slot right in line with Danny Dillard and Eduardo Clements to battle for a back-up/3rd RB role for the Canes while also contributing on special teams for Miami.
He marks the 4th commitment from Al Golden's beloved New York/New Jersey area for this cycle, joining fellow commits DE Alquadin Muhammed, RB Kevin Olsen, and OL Hunter Knighton.
Edwards becomes the 14th overall commitment in Miami's 2013 class.
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