Anthony Scott: 3-star all purpose running back; 5’10”, 195 lbs. 40-yard dash time: 4.29.
Derrell Scott: 4-star all purpose running back; 5’11”, 180 lbs. 40-yard dash time: 4.55.
2012 Stats: 1,742 yards, 34 TD.
Donte Thomas-Williams: 4-star running back; 6’0”, 220 lbs. 40-yard dash time: 4.40.
Shai McKenzie: 4-star running back; 5’11”, 210 lbs. 40-yard dash time: 4.58.
2012 Stats: 2,669 yards, 42 TD.
D.J. Reid: 3-star running back; 6’1’, 195 lbs. 40-yard dash time: 4.50.
Tabyus Taylor: 3-star running back; 6’1”, 220 lbs.
2013 Stats: 264 attempts, 2,066 yards, 25 TD.
Marshawn Williams: 3-star running back; 5’11”, 215 lbs.
2013 Stats: 2,192 yards, 30 TD.
If the Hokies can sign each of their verbal commitments at running back, Tech will be loaded at this position.
The gem of the class is McKenzie, a big time recruit from Washington, Pa. that chose the Hokies even over his hometown Pittsburgh Panthers.
McKenzie runs with ferocity, as his highlight video above shows, and he’ll be a real addition to the offense when he joins the team. He’s a pretty decent candidate for redshirting his first year, both because of how crowded the depth chart will be, and the fact that he tore his ACL back in September.
In the mean time, Williams should be an immediate addition to the roster. He plans to enroll in January, and his combination of size and speed has impressed people at the Virginia high school level.
Taylor has played a variety of positions, and although he’s solid at running back, he was also a talented linebacker. Tech is also hoping that Reid will be academically eligible after he spent the past year prepping at Fork Union Military Academy.
The Hokies don’t exactly need anything else at this position, but Anthony Scott is showing a lot of interest at the position as well. He’s also considering Old Dominion University and East Carolina University, yet he could certainly end up bolstering the class even further.