CORAL GABLES, Fla. — It’s still early in the cycle, but Miami hasn’t exactly been coy about who its top target at running back is in the Class of 2020. The Hurricanes offered 4-star running back Don Chaney Jr. back in 2016. He hadn’t even started his freshman year at Belen Jesuit Preparatory School in Miami.
The Hurricanes haven’t let up since. Running backs coach Thomas Brown was the only coach to watch Chaney play his spring game May 22 in Miami. The Hurricanes hosted him for multiple unofficial visits throughout the spring. Miami hasn’t seriously made a push for many other halfbacks in the class.
Brown wanted to get a different sort of look at Chaney on Saturday, though. With a Mark Richt Football Camp going on in the background, Brown invited Chaney to Coral Gables for a private workout session on campus.
“He already knows what I can do,” Chaney told DieHards on Sunday, when he returned to Coral Gables to compete in a 7-on-7 tournament with Belen Jesuit Prep at a Mark Richt Camp. “He just wanted to see how hard I’d work.”
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For about 45 minutes, the junior worked on ball skills, went through conditioning tests and ran footwork drills. The 6-foot, 190-pound tailback got a real taste of what it’s like to work at a collegiate level, even if it was a bit exaggerated. The 45-minute workout was an expanded version of what Brown would typically have his players do for about 15 minutes.
“It was exhausting,” Chaney said.
The two visits this weekend were the third and fourth for Chaney since the start of April. The local prospect, ranked No. 37 overall in 2020 by 247Sports.com, also attended a spring practice April 5 and the spring game April 14 at Hard Rock Stadium.
Chaney, who also plays cornerback and free safety, publicly named Miami his leader in April. He continues to insist a commitment isn’t impending.