Miami Hurricanes sign four-star RB Cornelius Elder

A week after national signing day, the University of Miami is still adding to its 2013 recruiting class.

The Hurricanes announced the signing Wednesday of Cornelius Elder, a four-star running back from Nashville, Tenn., regarded by ESPN as the nation’s 203rd-best player. He’s the 18th member of UM’s recruiting class and the 13th signee from outside the state.

In a news release, UM listed Elder as an “athlete” but he played mostly running back in high school and rushed for more than 6,000 yards. Elder was named Tennessee’s Mr. Football in 2011 and 2012.

UM did not pursue Elder until recently and only offered him a scholarship Wednesday morning.

“I’m excited,” said Elder, who is also a standout point guard and may walk on to the Hurricanes’ basketball team. “A lot of people don’t get a chance to play for their favorite team growing up. Once they offered, I took it.”

Elder (5-foot-10, 170 pounds) should add some depth to UM’s tailback situation. Mike James, the Hurricanes’ second-leading rusher to Duke Johnson graduated and Eduardo Clements, Miami’s No. 3 tailback last season, has injury issues that threaten his football future.

Elder is the second player to sign with UM in as many days. Ryheem Lockley, a tight end/receiver from Saluda, Va., signed with the Hurricanes Tuesday.