Gus Edwards is heading to Rutgers, according to a report from Scout.com.
His high school coach told that website that Edwards will graduate from Miami in May and join his new school in June.
Edwards, a 6-foot-1, 230-pound redshirt senior, would be eligible to play immediately as a graduate transfer.
“He’s got a lot of running left in him,” said Jim Munson, who coached Edwards at Staten Island (N.Y.) Tottenville High. “They didn’t wear him out at Miami.”
Scout reported Edwards chose Rutgers over Oklahoma State. He wanted to play at either Syracuse or Pittsburgh, but UM would have blocked that transfer because it plays both teams this season.
Edwards, coming off a Lisfranc fracture in his left foot that cost him 2015, had 59 carries for 290 yards and one touchdown last season. He was scarcely used until the final month of the year, when he passed junior Joe Yearby as the No. 2 back behind 1,000-yard sophomore Mark Walton.
Running backs coach and offensive coordinator Thomas Brown expressed his regret that he didn’t use him more.
In 35 games at Miami (one start), Edwards rushed for 977 yards and 12 touchdowns on 186 carries.
After losing Edwards and Yearby — who declared for the NFL draft — UM will lean more on Walton (5-9, 205) and sophomore-to-be Travis Homer (5-11, 200), who was a standout on special teams in his debut season.
Miami is hoping to add another running back — perhaps Clemson transfer Tyshon Dye, who visited last weekend and will decide his destination this spring — to compete with senior-to-be Trayone Gray, who sat out last year recovering from an ACL tear, and 5-10, 215-pound freshman Robert Burns.
In addition to Dye and a host of high-profile high school recruits, Miami last weekend also hosted cornerback transfer Dee Delaney, an FCS All-American from The Citadel.
Last year, Delaney tied for second among FCS players in interceptions (six) and broke up eight passes. He is listed at 6-1 and 191 pounds and is considered an NFL prospect; CBS Sports rates him 17th among cornerbacks in the 2018 draft class.
The Charleston (S.C.) Post and Courier reported he will graduate in May and is participating in spring practice at The Citadel for now.
He would help Miami, which is replacing seniors Corn Elder and Adrian Colbert. Sophomore Malek Young, who started four games last year in his debut season, is the top returning corner. UM signed four-star prospects Jhavonte Dean, a junior college transfer, and Trajan Bandy.