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Tuesday, February 26, 2013
Watch List RB flips to an in-state rival

By Corey Dowlar

Having been committed to the Seminoles for nearly a year, Joseph Yearby (Miami/Central) appeared set on his decision.

Well, not so fast.

On Tuesday, the 5-foot-9, 190-pound ESPN Watch List member switched his commitment to in-state rival Miami.

Joseph Yearby
Watch List RB Joseph Yearby wants to play closer to home and follow in the long line of great Miami ballcarriers.
"The process was kind of hard, but I decided to stay home and play at the University of Miami," he said.

A huge reason for the Hurricanes being able to get back in it for Yearby was the addition of offensive coordinator James Coley, who, of course, came from the same position on the Seminoles staff as recently as January.

The two were able to strike up a great relationship in a hurry, and that was the difference.

"Yeah, I was very impressed," Yearby said of the Miami assistant. "Coach Coley, he is an awesome guy and an awesome coach.

"He relates well with me. He shows me that everything is real."

Miami's influence on players in the area with past successes contributes, too.

There are a long line of NFL-caliber players that have gone through the Hurricanes' program before. And Yearby would like to be the next.

"I like Duke Johnson," he said. "Also I like Willis McGahee and all the running backs and all the Miami players that have played there."

Combined with being able to play in front of his family and friends, and it was just the perfect storm.

"They were very happy," Yearby said of his parents. "Very happy."

As for the possibility of Yearby switching his commitment again, well, he tried to shut that door before it was ever opened.

"I am very comfortable, sir," he said.

Yearby also had notable offers from Alabama and West Virginia.