College Football Recruiting 2013: Re-Ranking the Top 10 Running Backs
Yesterday, I re-visited my QB board and re-shuffled some players around and added some new signal-callers to my top 10 QB rankings. Today, it's time we move in the backfield to the rock toters.
For this read, I'm going back to the running back board and re-ranking the top 10 RB prospects for the 2013 class. This is such a great year for runners, as this board was tough to assemble when I had to stack the backs.
Talent is in droves on this list, but there can only be one No. 1 RB in the country!
10. Derrick Green
Hailing from Virginia, Green is a 6'0", 215-pound bell-cow type that can put a team's rushing game on his back and just work.
Green flashes "complete-back potential" thanks to his size and solid play speed. I love his run strength, Green can flash some foot quickness and he'll break through arm tackles and yawn at them as he attacks the second level.
He's seen Wisconsin and Michigan up close so far, but more remain in the hunt.
9. Deveon Smith
At 5'11", 210-pounds, Smith is a thickly built back from Ohio. He won't reel off long runs in bunches, but his speed is solid enough to threaten a defense.
Smith is a bell-cow type of back where you can ride him for carry after carry. His best asset is his run strength, as Smith shows great tackle-breaking ability and can get yards after contact with ease.
Think Rashard Mendenhall here, as Smith is headed to Michigan.
8. Kelvin Taylor
The son of Fred Taylor is one of the top RB prospects in Florida, and like his father, will attend Florida.
Kelvin stands 5'10", weighs 205 pounds and already the all-time leading rusher in Florida high school football, passing Emmitt Smith for 9,698 yards.
In his skill set, I see good skate ability, lateral quickness, balance and explosion. Taylor will flash some power and tackle-breaking ability on a few carries and also consistently shows off vision and instincts.
7. Jalin Marshall
Marshall is one the best overall players in the country, yet he sits at this notch because he plays QB for his team right now and his true RB skills still need refinement.
However, the 6'1", 190-pounder has great game speed, will create yardage with the football and can elude defenders well in space. His vision is solid and you can just see the natural run instincts when he takes off from the pocket.
He's committed to Ohio State.
6. Justin Davis
At 6'1", 195 pounds, Davis being here at this slot shows you the talent level of this board. He will be a three-down RB in college, as he can bang inside with the big boys and has speed to turn corners.
Davis has one-cut skills, as he is very, very decisive with the ball, makes up mind and executes his decision with vision, run strength, quickness, burst and the speed to break a defense down for long runs.
5. Keith Ford
Ford is a Texan that will flip sides and play for Oklahoma next year.
At 5'11" and just a few pounds below 200 pounds, Ford has great stop/start ability, foot quickness, agility, balance and a solid burst. He can explode to and through holes and has very good vision.
Ford shows and understanding of how to set up blocks, attacks a front seven physically and mentally and will finish a run with some power at times.
4. Altee Tenpenny
Tenpenny is from Arkansas, but has committed to Alabama.
He's a 6'0", 205-pound back that missed most of his junior year due to injury. However, he ran admirably as a sophomore which put him on the map.
Tenpenny, when at full strength, has excellent leg drive, can push piles with strength and also has home run speed to take it to the house at anytime. He flashes the potential to be a full-time RB in college.
3. Derrick Henry
At 6'3" and nearly 240 pounds, Henry is easily the biggest back on this list. However, don't let that size lead you to believe he's a fullback.
Because he isn't by any means.
The Florida native has excellent speed, can pull away from defenders and is a load to bring down. He doesn't run to his size enough for me yet, which is the prime reason why he's not No.1, yet.
He's committed to Georgia.
2. Ty Isaac
Isaac is another big back, as the Illinois native stands 6'3" and close to 220 pounds. Like Henry, don't let Isaac's size pigeonhole your projections for him and his skill set, as he does little back things.
Isaac has great speed, the agility to elude and make defenders miss in the open field, run instincts and also can factor as a receiver out of the backfield thanks to his great hands.
1. Thomas Tyner
I have Tyner ranked No.1, but he, Isaac, Henry, Ford, Tenpenny or Davis could be No. 1 at any given time. But the 6'0", 200-pounder could be the fastest player in the nation for 2013.
His speed is remarkable, and he's basically a sprinter with the football. Tyner has a frame that has solid strength, flashes some tackle breaking ability, good balance and has great elusiveness.
He has the makings to be a superstar in college, which will be Oregon.