A hot topic of discussion in football circles today is the value of the running back position. In years past, teams had one workhorse running back and fed him the ball 25 to 30 times a games week in and week out. The running back also was expected to contribute as pass-blocker in picking up the blitz, as well as catching a couple passes.
The way offenses operate today, that type of RB is a thing of the past.
Today, running backs are not as highly valued. Most work in two-back systems as specialized runners. That is why, especially in the recent years, you've seen programs load up on RBs in recruiting (cough-Alabama-cough).
With programs bringing in multiple stud runners of late, we've seen some good RB recruiting classes assembled. This slideshow will take a look and rank the top RB recruiting classes over the past decade of recruiting (2004-2013).