One common trait of this entire Miami Hurricanes coaching staff is that they are solid recruiters. It seems like every member of the coaching staff has really been able to make their presence felt on the recruiting trail. One of those coaches who falls into that category is running backs coach Kevin Smith.
Hired by Miami on January 8, Smith was already able to land former Ole Miss running back Henry Parrish. Parish committed to the Miami Hurricanes on January 16. In two seasons with the Rebels, he ran for 814 yards and five touchdowns. He also caught 28 passes for 232 yards.
Now, it appears that Smith is trying to reshape the running back room once again. As noted by Gaby Urrutia of InsideTheU, Smith made an impression on 2023 four-star running back Mark Fletcher. Fletcher is the seventh overall running back in the 2023 class, and the 26th overall player in his class from the state of Florida per the 247Sports Composite Rankings. Numerically, he is rated a 90.
Fletcher has offers from big-time schools. Alabama and Penn State are in the picture right now for his recruitment. It will be up to Smith to shift the focus more towards Miami.
What would Fletcher bring to Miami Hurricanes?
Fletcher measures in at six-foot-one, 225 pounds. In watching some of his tape, it’s obvious why Miami is high on him. He is extremely fast, and does not hesitate when he sees an open hole. Vision and speed are his two best qualities, and that would definitely give the Miami Hurricanes running game a boost. One of the key traits of a running back is how decisive he is as soon as he gets the football. Fletcher certainly makes quick decisions when he has the ball in his hands.
There has been a line of communication between Smith and Fletcher . It sounds like Fletcher is a priority target for Smith. It will be interesting to see how this plays out, and when Fletcher will make his decision.
Kevin Smith is looking to reshape the running back room, and he is going to get the best running backs he can in order to get the job done. He is not looking for players who will merely fill the room, but players who will make an impact within it.