After a thorough study using specific scoring criteria, Bleacher Report national recruiting analysts Damon Sayles, Sanjay Kirpalani and Tyler Donohue have graded the top 100 players in the 247Sports composite rankings and provided in-depth analysis on each young athlete. Bleacher Report will run a position-by-position breakdown series of the best college football recruits in the 2017 class. Here, we present the Top Running Backs.
The 2015 season was somewhat of a renaissance in college football for the running back position.
Alabama star Derrick Henry became just the second running back to win the Heisman Trophy in the last decade. Additionally, backs such as Stanford’s Christian McCaffrey, LSU’s Leonard Fournette and Florida State’s Dalvin Cook all had banner sophomore campaigns that should keep them in the conversation for that award this fall.
College football coaches are searching for the next wave of game-breaking rushers on the recruiting trail, and the 2017 class looks to be stacked with talented backs.
Crimson Tide pledge and 5-star California running back Najee Harris is at the top of that list, but he’s far from alone. Harris is one of 11 rushers among the nation’s top 100 overall prospects in the 2017 cycle.
The latest installment in the CFB Future 100 series takes a look those backs.
Bleacher Report scored the position on traits such as ball security (10 points), power (20 points), vision (20 points), hands (15 points), speed (20 points) and agility (15 points). The cumulative figures from those traits resulted in our overall grade for each prospect.
How do the nation’s top running backs measure up to one another?