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UM flips Yearby, thanks to coach

Miami (Fla.) Central running back Joseph Yearby has switched his commitment from Florida State to Miami, thanks in large part to new Hurricanes offensive coordinator James Coley.
"Coach Coley is a great guy," Yearby told Rivals.com. "He was very happy when I committed. Once he took the job, I started looking at Miami harder. Plus it's a better situation for my family."
The No. 40 prospect in the Rivals100 rushed for 1,448 yards on 212 carries and 20 touchdowns to lead his team to the Class 6A state title. His total could have been higher, but he shares the backfield with the accomplished Dalvin Cook, who is the No. 22 prospect in the nation and committed to Clemson.
Yearby's pledge gives the 'Canes an explosive playmaker in the offensive backfield, which is a position of need in this year's class after landing power back Augustus Edwards on Signing Day three weeks ago.
Even with former Rivals five-star Duke Johnson firmly entrenched as the starter, Yearby welcomes the opportunity to play alongside the ACC Rookie of the Year.
And Yearby was not fazed about the prospect of playing with five-star running back Sony Michel and the aforementioned four-star Cook.
"It would be very awesome to get three running backs in the same class. I would love to play with Dalvin and Sony Michel," he said.
Yearby grew up a Miami fan, so this is a dream come true for the hometown standout, although he almost ended up playing for Miami's biggest rival.
"I had to do what's best for my family and me. Coach Coley played a big factor in me switching. (Frank) Gore and Willis McGahee are my two favorite 'Canes of all-time. I'm just excited," he said.
"If you asked me on a scale of 1-10, I'd say it's a 10," he said.
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