Confirming a move that had previously been reported, Miami junior RB Joseph Yearby has decided to forego his senior season and declare for the NFL Draft.
RB Joe Yearby announces that he has elected to forego his final season of eligibility at #Miami— Bruce Feldman (@BruceFeldmanCFB) January 3, 2017
From the Press Release from Miami Athletics:
“After discussing this decision with my family and friends, I have decided that it would be in my best interest to enter the 2017 NFL Draft,” Yearby said. “These past three years have been truly memorable and I will never forget my time here at the University of Miami, a place that has shaped me into the person I am today. Miami has been and always will be my home and I look forward to remaining a part of the South Florida community for years to come.”
Yearby ends his Miami career with 2119 yards rushing and 14 TDs. He ran for 1,000 yards in 2015, but lost the starting RB job to Mark Walton in 2016.
Yearby is the 3rd Hurricanes underclassman to declare for the NFL Draft. He joins QB Brad Kaaya and TE David Njoku in declaring early to go to the NFL.
A star from local Miami (FL) Central Senior HS, Yearby has great vision and balance as a runner. He was recently projected as a 6th round pick by Bleacher Report.
With 2 children to provide for and Walton returning as Miami’s starting RB, the decision for Yearby to go to the NFL makes plenty of sense. He could make a roster and have a nice NFL career, because that’s what Hurricanes do.
Thanks for everything, Joe! All the best as you move to the NFL.