Lorenzo Lingard is a superstar in the making for Miami. And on Wednesday, he officially signed his letter of intent with the Hurricanes.
5-star Lorenzo Lingard, rated by Rivals as nation's No. 2 RB and 10th best player nationally in 2018 class, is now officially a Miami Hurricane. UM's highest-regarded RB recruit ever, based on evaluation services such as Rivals.
— Barry Jackson (@flasportsbuzz) December 20, 2017
The 5-star running back is one of the on-field and vocal leaders of the Hurricanes’ Class of 2018. He’s never wavered from the pledge he made in February, and Wednesday he’ll officially be locked in with his future team. The halfback is set to sign his national letter of intent as early as possible, then early enroll after the U.S. Army All-American Bowl in January.
How Lorenzo Lingard fits at Miami
There will be an opening in the backfield for Miami next season with star running back Mark Walton heading to the NFL after an injury-plagued season. Travis Homer thrived in Walton’s absence, but the Hurricanes could use a more traditional tailback to back up Homer after athlete DeeJay Dallas filled the role down the stretch. Lingard is the highest-ranked prospect in Miami’s incoming class, and it will be impossible for the Hurricanes to keep him off the field, even if it’s in a complementary role as a third-down running back at first. He could be one of the best runners in the ACC for the next three or four years.
Lorenzo Lingard: Bio, measurements
Weight: 190 pounds
High school: University (Orange City, Fla.)
Accolades: U.S. Army All-American, The Opening finalist, Florida Gatorade Player of the Year
Lorenzo Lingard: Recruiting rankings
National: No. 20
Position: No. 2
State: No. 4
All rankings are according to the 247Sports composite rankings.
Lorenzo Lingard: Stats
In only nine games, Lingard ran for 1,701 yards and 26 touchdowns on 207 carries. The senior also caught 10 passes for 142 yards.
Lorenzo Lingard: Player breakdown
Lingard is the complete package at running back. If there’s one skill which separates him, though, it’s his speed. Touchdowns spanning at least half the length of the field were routine for this blue-chip prospect.
Lingard’s breakaway ability stems, at least in part, from his background as a hurdler. The running back is also a standout on the University High School track and field team, and has his sights set on running the 400-meter hurdles at the 2020 Summer Olympics. He won a pair of state titles during the spring in both the 110- and 300-meter hurdles. Lingard possesses both the size to burst through the line of scrimmage and a textbook running style to keep him from getting chased down from behind. He also hopes to compete with the Hurricanes’ track and field team.
Lingard is much more than just a speedster, too. He did a bit of everything throughout his career with the Titans. He was effective in the passing game whenever asked. He played defense earlier in his prep career. Even into his senior season, Lingard served as the gunner for University on its kickoff unit. He’ll find plenty of ways to contribute once he gets to Coral Gables, Fla.
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