The 2014 recruiting class has a good crop of explosive running backs, as these runners have the ability to go from 0-60 in a flash. Having the quickness, explosiveness and burst to accelerate upfield with the ball are important traits to possess at the position.
A one-gear running back can be effective, but he will not make many big plays. However, give an explosive running back the ball, and chances are fireworks are going to pop off. Long speed is nice to have, as running away from defenders in the open field is a sight to see. Yet pure explosiveness to surge to the end zone is more lethal.
A pair of running backs from Miami are on this list, as they are the most explosive tandem in high school football. Plus, a big back from North Carolina runs with good power, but also has a great burst.