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Published 02/13/2013
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FB Adds Dual-Sport Star Elder to 2013 Class

CORAL GABLES, Fla. - Tennessee dual-sport prep star Cornelius Elder signed a National Letter of Intent to play at the University of Miami, becoming the Hurricanes' 18th Class of 2013 signee, head coach Al Golden announced Wednesday.

The 5-foot-10, 170-pound athlete from The Ensworth School in Nashville is rated the nation's No. 8 athlete by and the nation's No. 7 running back by He's also listed as the nation's No. 17 and No. 33 running back by ESPN and, respectively. The 4-star athlete is ranked as the No. 2 running back in Tennessee by both ESPN and

Known for his speed and elusiveness, Elder rushed for 2,618 yards and 39 touchdowns as a senior in 2012 and led Ensworth to its third straight Division II-AA state title. He finished his prep football career with 6,351 rushing yards, 84 touchdowns and three consecutive state titles. The No. 2 prospect on The Tennessean Dandy Dozen was named Mr. Football Back of the Year in 2011 and 2012.

Elder, who has been clocked with 4.42 40 time, is a two-sport star that also excelled on the basketball court. He has led Ensworth to two straight Division II-AA basketball championships and was named the state tournament's most valuable player. He is currently averaging more than 20 points per game for the Tigers this season.

Miami's 2013 signing class is ranked No. 17 in's composite rankings and No. 21 by ESPN. Miami's talent-laden class features 15 freshmen and three juniors from 11 different states.

The Canes will kick off their spring practice schedule Sat., March 2 at the GreenTree Practice Fields.

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Devante Bond LB 6-3 230 Antelope, Calif. (Sierra College)
Artie Burns DB 6-0 183 Miami, Fla. (Miami Northwestern HS)
Jamal Carter S 6-1 190 Homestead, Fla. (Miami Southridge Senior HS)
Stacy Coley WR 6-1 173 Pompano Beach, Fla. (Northeast HS)
Standish Dobard* TE 6-4 255 Belle Chasse, La. (Edna Karr HS)
Augustus Edwards RB 6-2 230 Staten Island, N.Y. (Tottenville HS)
Cornelius Elder ATH 5-10 170 Nashville, Tenn. (The Ensworth School)
Alex Figueroa* LB 6-3 225 Stafford, Va. (Brooke Point HS)
Alex Gall OL 6-5 290 Mason, Ohio (Archbishop Moeller HS)
Jermaine Grace LB 6-1 210 Miami Gardens, Fla. (Miramar HS)
Ufomba Kamalu DL 6-6 280 Fayetteville, Ga. (Butler CC)
Hunter Knighton* OL 6-5 265 Pottstown, Pa. (The Hun School of Princeton)
Ray Lewis III ATH 5-9 190 Longwood, Fla. (Lake Mary Prep)
Ryheem Lockley ATH 6-4 220 Saluda, Va. (Middlesex HS)
Al-Quadin Muhammad DE 6-3 230 Irvington, N.J. (Don Bosco HS)
Sunny Odogwu* OL 6-8 311 Baltimore, Md. (Hargrave Military Academy)
Kevin Olsen QB 6-3 200 Wayne, N.J. (Wayne Hills HS)
Beau Sandland* TE 6-6 255 Woodland Hills, Calif. (Pierce College)

*Enrolled at Miami in January 2013