Signing Day Profile: RB Don Chaney Jr.

Signing Day Profile: RB Don Chaney Jr.

2020 Belen Jesuit (FL) RB Don Chaney Jr. is officially a Miami Hurricane. Chaney makes 15 signatures on the day for Miami.

The 5-11, 205-pounder is currently a consensus 4-star in the national rankings. According to the 247Composite, Chaney is the #35 player nationally, the #5 RB in the country, and the #6 player in the Sunshine state.

Recruiting Story

Don Chaney has been on Miami’s radar seemingly forever. Chaney earned his Miami offer back in July of 2016. From that time forward, Chaney was considered a Miami lean. Two and a half years later, Chaney finally committed to the home-town Hurricanes. Chaney joined Category20 on February 3rd, 2019, and has never wavered on that commitment.


On film, Chaney is as much of a big play threat you’ll ever see. Every time he touches the ball, Chaney has eyes on the endzone and is looking to take it to the house. Chaney has the type of acceleration where when he gets to top speed, it doesn’t seem like he is running that fast, yet he is gliding by the entire second and third level of the defense. Chaney is a natural running back that shows instincts for the position, and he reads and follows his blocks well. With his solid build of 5’11” 205, Chaney is tough to bring down on first contact and is a powerful runner through arm tackles. He demonstrates the ability to be a weapon out of the backfield in the passing game and must be accounted for by the defense at all times. Quite simply, Chaney is a complete back and has star potential the moment he steps on campus at UM.

The Team

Miami’s running backs were one of the only bright spots on the offense in 2019. Despite playing in a system that was not running back-friendly and running behind an offensive line with serious talent, depth, and experience issues, Deejay Dallas and Cam Harris put together a decent season. Both of these backs managed to average over five yards per carry and they combined for over 1,000 yards on the ground.

Redshirt Probability: 5/10

As it stands, Chaney would arrive on campus as the 5th running back on the depth chart at best. If Miami keeps their current offensive system, a system which refused to use more than two backs a game, it would be hard to find playing time for Chaney. Also, Manny Diaz has shown that he favors redshirting freshmen unless they are needed immediately. However, should Deejay Dallas leave for the draft or if one of the younger running backs decides to transfer, Chaney’s chances of playing in five or more games would rise drastically. Both Chaney and classmate Jaylan Knighton are on schedule to arrive on campus in January, but Chaney is slightly more college-ready right now; should one of the two play in more than four games in 2020, I expect it to be Chaney.


Comments (18)

excited to watch him play. just give me some blocking we have monsters in the back field. i cant remember whens the last time we had this many elite backs at miami
This kid is going to be a problem for opposing defenses. Also seems to come from a great family. No games, just Cane.
Welcome to the U!
Barring an injury or something unseen, chances of him red-shirting are slim and none.
First off, this man is ALL-Cane, next up, shouts out to coach ****inson for being one of our best coaches on the staff who players obviously want to play for!
Most excited about this kid and his progress. Star Power is arriving y'all.
Looking good on that kick return right there. I want Both him and knighton back as our kick returners
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Him and Knighton need to be on the field right away. Along with Lingard, they're the most explosive athletes we have.

Enos will probably give 90% of the carries to Cam though
Man these are the type of kids you don’t redshirt. Have these playmakers on the field in some kind of role.