In April of 2003, John David Booty made history by announcing he would skip his senior season at Evangel Christian High School in Louisiana and enroll at USC a year early. Although Booty failed to beat out Matt Leinart for the starting quarterback job in Troy, his move raised a question on the recruiting trail: are some top level recruits ready to play college football before their final high school season?
Many would argue against that and for good reason. The physicality and speed of the college game are light years ahead of high school football. However, each recruiting class has a select group of prospects who appear to be capable of making the early jump.
There are three running backs in the South who have the size and skills to carry the load for a college team this fall. A quarterback prospect that has the size, arm and vision to warrant serious starting consideration and a safety prospect may be wasting his time playing high school football as a senior.