ORLANDO, Fla - Florida State junior running back commitment Joseph Yearby played a big role in avenging Miami (Fla.) Central's loss to Armwood in last year's state title game. Yearby, who splits carries with another junior standout Dalvon Cook, shouldered the load on Saturday rushing for 125 yards and two touchdowns on 23 carries in Central's 37-14 victory over Gainesville (Fla.).
"It feels very good to be a state champion," Yearby said.
The 5-foot-9, 190-pound running back credits Central's determination throughout the season for helping to get them back to Orlando and on the podium to receive top honors.
"We worked hard throughout the season and to come out here and execute is a good feeling," Yearby said. "The game plan was to start fast and finish strong, that's what we did."
Yearby had several highlight reel runs in the 37-14 win. He averaged 5.4 yards per carry and helped Miami Central win their second state title in three years.
In April, Yearby committed to Florida State over offers from Alabama, Miami, West Virginia and others.
Since that time, his primary recruiter was running backs coach Eddie Gran. Now that Gran has accepted the offensive coordinator position at Cincinnati, where do things stand with Yearby and the 'Noles?
"I'm still very solid with Florida State," Yearby said. "I don't know who my new recruiter will be, I'm just waiting to find out."
The last time Miami Central won a state title it was on the shoulders of current FSU running back Devonta Freeman. Today it was future FSU running back Joseph Yearby soaking in the feeling of being a state champion.
Yearby remains firm to Florida State.
247Sports.com ranks Yearby as a four-star prospect. He is considered the No. 70 overall prospect in the 2014 class and No. 6 overall running back. In the Sunshine State, Yearby is considered the No. 13 prospect in his class.
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