2015 RB Recruits Ready to Make Immediate Impact

Tyler Donohue@@TDsTakeNational Recruiting AnalystMay 9, 2014

2015 RB Recruits Ready to Make Immediate Impact

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    FAU commit Jordan Scarlett
    FAU commit Jordan ScarlettCredit: 247Sports

    The leap from high school to college football isn't for the faint of heart. It requires a rare skill set and superior strength—physical and mental. Some star prospects are suited for the sidelines as underclassmen, gradually catching up to the pace and demands of heightened competition.

    Here, we focus on a collection of backs who are prepared to hit the ground running at the next level, highlighting athletes who are ready from both a physical and fundamental standpoint. Expect to hear about these rushers early in their collegiate careers.

4-Star Larry Scott (Hubbard, Ohio)

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    Size: 6'0", 205 pounds

    School: Hubbard High School


    What Makes Him Ready

    Larry Scott, who rushed for at least 1,600 yards during each of the past two seasons, is a bruising back who runs between the tackles with authority. He rumbles through defenders and has the makings of a highly effective short-yardage specialist.

    Though he won't sprint past secondary defenders, Scott possesses impressive straight-line speed that allows him to exploit rushing lanes in a hurry. His receiving skills rank among the nation's best and create the potential for a quicker path to playing time.


    Recruiting Update

    Scott visited Ohio State and Michigan State in March. Alabama and Auburn extended offers earlier in the year, presenting possible SEC options.

4-Star Jordan Scarlett (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.)

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    Size: 5'10", 197 pounds

    School: St. Thomas Aquinas High School


    What Makes Him Ready

    Jordan Scarlett is one of the most scintillating offensive playmakers in America. Even elite defensive backs have a tough time keeping up with him when he finds a seam down the sideline.

    College coaches will love designing screen plays to get him possession in space. He may start out as a "change-of-pace" back at the next level, but there will be opportunities for significant carries as he continues to build on an already formidable frame.


    Recruiting Update

    Scarlett stunned many when he committed to Florida Atlantic in December. He remains the marquee member of FAU's class but continues to survey his options, as evidenced by recent visits to Miami, Florida and Central Florida.

5-Star Damien Harris (Berea, Ky.)

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    Size: 5'11", 205 pounds

    School: Madison Southern High School


    What Makes Him Ready

    Damien Harris has dominated in high school, tallying 5,141 total rushing yards and 88 touchdowns through three seasons. He displays the physical makeup and downfield vision to demand an abundance of early carries at the next level.

    His balanced approach features power and elite acceleration. Harris, who gained a career-best 2,621 yards in 2013, wears teams down over the course of a game and looks a step ahead when the fourth quarter arrives.


    Recruiting Update

    Harris initially committed to Michigan last July, but he backed off that pledge during the winter. Kentucky hopes to keep its top target at home, while Ohio State, Florida State, Florida and Alabama are among those who aim to lure him beyond state borders.

4-Star Ronald Jones II (McKinney, Texas)

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    Size: 6'0", 185 pounds

    School: McKinney North


    What Makes Him Ready

    Ronald Jones II runs like he was shot out of a cannon, and that trait translates well into the college game. He is tenacious near the line of scrimmage and darts downfield once he locates daylight.

    From a fundamental standpoint, he remains compact when he carries the ball and displays excellent upper-body control as he cruises toward contact. He enjoyed a breakout season in 2013, rushing for 2,406 yards and 39 touchdowns.


    Recruiting Update

    Jones committed to Oklahoma State during a campus visit in April. He chose the Cowboys over several Big 12 suitors, including Texas, Texas A&M, Baylor and Oklahoma.

4-Star Desherrius Flowers (Mobile, Ala.)

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    Size: 6'1", 212 pounds

    School: Vigor High School


    What Makes Him Ready

    Desherrius Flowers dismantles opponents with a violent rushing style that features brute force and top-tier acceleration, leaving defenders in his wake. He can find himself in a race to the end zone with one cut, as he fires off his back foot with ferocity.

    He powers through crowds and keeps his legs churning, displaying the key attributes of a goal-line back. Few rushers in this class measure up to Flowers' tackle-breaking ability.  


    Recruiting Update

    Alabama landed the in-state star during his sophomore year. That seems to be an extremely solid commitment, so expect Flowers to follow in line as the next heralded running back prospect in Tuscaloosa.

4-Star Taj Griffin (Powder Springs, Ga.)

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    Size: 5'10", 175 pounds

    School: McEachern High School


    What Makes Him Ready

    Taj Griffin has physical progress to make before he's ready to shoulder the load as a feature back, but he already flashes the skill set to step up as an immediate contributor in college. His speed is outstanding and best utilized on rushing attempts off the outside edge and in returning kicks.

    He features a few devastating lateral moves that make defenders look silly in the open field. Griffin can become a dangerous weapon in the screen game and intermediate passing situations as he polishes his receiving technique. 


    Recruiting Update

    Griffin committed to Oregon in April, picking the Ducks over Georgia and USC. He is well-suited for an uptempo offensive attack in Eugene that regularly values speed over all.

4-Star Jacques Patrick (Orlando, Fla.)

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    Size: 6'1.5", 220 pounds

    School: Timber Creek High School


    What Makes Him Ready

    For coaches who prefer consistency over flash, Jacques Patrick is a perfect fit. He's most effective as a north-south runner who can rack up carries and keep the clock moving.

    He is explosive upon contact and evades defenders with a fierce stiff arm. He already possesses outstanding lower-body strength, which translates into power that lasts four quarters.


    Recruiting Update

    Patrick is being pursued by several Sunshine State squads, most notably Miami, Florida and Florida State. His options beyond state borders include Notre Dame, Auburn, Ohio State, USC and Texas.


    All recruit information courtesy of 247Sports unless otherwise noted.