Pros and Cons to 4-Star RB Derrius Guice's Top Schools
Derrius Guice is a talented 4-star running back from Louisiana who attends Catholic High School in Baton Rouge. At 5'11" and 219 pounds, Guice's running style is based on strength.
He has deceptive quickness and speed, but the Louisiana native is a running back who loves contact and pushing piles. Guice can break tackles consistently, plus he's excellent in short-yardage situations.
Many schools would love to sign him, but he revealed to Jason Howell of Rivals.com (subscription required) earlier this spring that five schools are standing out. Weighing the pros and cons of each program is imperative for Guice before making a decision.
Southern Miss doesn't sign elite recruits, so Guice would likely play a significant role right away. Even if he doesn't start as a true freshman, he'll still receive plenty of carries.
Early playing time is the biggest thing Southern Miss has going for it here. Head coach Todd Monken is a great offensive mind, and Guice would also get to stay in the South.
Southern Miss is not an elite program by any means. Guice would not be able to play against great competition in big games consistently, nor would he have a realistic shot to compete for a national championship.
Texas is now led by head coach Charlie Strong, who knows how to get players to rally around him. The Longhorns are one of the nation's elite programs, and they still have a lot of talent.
Texas' facilities are amazing, while it boasts a cult-like following from its fans. Guice would have a chance to win often in Austin, which isn't exactly the worst city for a young adult.
Texas isn't as dominant as it used to be. There are questions of if the Longhorns will ever get back to where they were years ago. In-state rival Texas A&M has the mojo on the recruiting trail right now.
There's a great tradition of running backs at Georgia, as Herschel Walker, Knowshon Moreno and Todd Gurley are just a few talented runners to name who have played for the Bulldogs. UGA is in Athens, which is another neat place for a young adult.
Goergia's players seem to stick together, plus head coach Mark Richt is beloved by them. The fans and facilities are great, and playing in the SEC is never a bad thing.
Guice may not get the ball early in his career at UGA. Gurley could bolt for the NFL after this season, but co-starter Keith Marshall is a stud who could opt to return for the 2015 season. Georgia also signed elite running backs Sony Michel and Nick Chubbs in 2014.
Alabama utilizes a run-heavy offense based on power that Guice is a perfect fit for. 'Bama signed an exceptional offensive line class in 2014, and it always lures great blockers to Tuscaloosa.
Head coach Nick Saban may be the best ever in college football, as he is 79-15 with three national titles in seven seasons at Alabama, according to Sports-Reference.com. The fans support the Crimson Tide with intense passion, plus the facilities are outstanding. Guice would join a program that simply wins all the time.
Many feel Alabama is the premier program in college football.
Guice would have a tough time getting on the field early at 'Bama, as there are several excellent running backs already on the roster. Alabama also runs a demanding program that isn't for everyone.
A Baton Rouge native, Guice would be able to stay right at home by signing with LSU. He would join a program in an environment he knows he's comfortable in, plus he would be able to see his friends and family on a fairly routine basis.
LSU is one of the nation's top programs, and head coach Les Miles has won 95 games in nine seasons, per Sports-Reference.com. The Tigers also have a great offensive coordinator in Cam Cameron, who understands how important it is to run the ball.
Finally, LSU's atmosphere at home games is amazing.
Guice will have to decide if he wants to get away from Baton Rouge. If he does, that doesn't bode well for LSU. The Tigers also signed stud running back Leonard Fournette in their 2014 class.
Guice told the following to Jason Howell of Rivals.com (subscription required) on April 14:
Those are my standouts. I haven't really eliminated anyone because everything can change and I can change my mind. Like this season a coach I was really close with could get fired or just leave and that would down my interest in that school.