How do you like your running back? Do you want speed? We’ve got multiple backs that have broken 10.5 seconds in the 100 meters in the 2015 class. You want power? How does 6-foot-2, 225 pounds sound? Because we’ve got several of those too.
Soso Jamabo is the early leader as the top back in the country for 2015.
The class of 2015 at the running back position does have a little bit of everything. It’s deep and talented and characterized by variety bringing the perfect back for every offense in the country.
Fittingly, the No. 1 running back in the country doesn’t sacrifice any of the above. Soso Jamabo at 6-foot-2, 200 pounds, has that big back frame that is becoming the rage in college football but he has plenty of athleticism and speed to keep people from throwing around scary words like “H-Back” or “defense”. Hailing from Plano West in East Texas, Jamabo’s recruitment is right about what you’d expect with Texas, Texas A&M and Oklahoma among the favorites.
It makes sense that the class of 2015’s top running back hails from Texas considering what at deep year it is in the state at that position. Jamabo is joined in state by a slew of elite national ball-carriers. Rockwall, Texas is home to the 6-foot-2, 220-pound Chris Warren who is listed as an athlete but considers himself a running back. As a complement to Warren and Jamabo’s size, Jay Bradford provides the speed. A recent Texas A&M commit, Bradford is the 3A state Texas state champion in the 100 meters. Then there’s Jordan Stevenson, a 5-8 185-pounder with elite running back instincts who is looking like an early lean to end up in Austin.
It doesn’t end there in Texas with names like Patrick Carr out of The Woodlands, speedster JaMycal Hasty out of Longview and Ole Miss commit Rawleigh Williams III. With Bradford’s commitment to A&M, Baylor may be the team to beat for Hasty who has clocked under 10.6 in the 100 meters as a sophomore.
Similar to Texas, Louisiana has plenty of backs to choose from – and big backs at that. Recent LSU commit Nick Brossette has been one of the nation’s most productive high school backs in the 2015 class. He rushed for over 2100 yards as a sophomore and has shown natural ability in the pass game despite being a big 6-0, 210-pounder. Another thick, complete back that could end up in the hands of LSU is Baton Rouge (La) Central’s Derrius Guice who earned the local offer back in April. But physically, maybe the most impressive of all of the in-state Louisiana prospects is David Ducre out of Lakeshore. The 6-foot-0 230-pound battering ram has yet to see his recruitment blow up but he has impressed in several settings.
Out West, Malik Roberson of the loaded Gardena (Calif.) Junipero Serra busted out a 10.46 in the 100 meters in the CIF State Finals. Already Roberson has landed five offers, three from the Pac-12 but he’ll need to regain that speed as a senior after tearing his ACL in June. But even without Roberson representing the West, look for Marysville, Wash. back Austin Joyner to put up big numbers in the 2013 season after averaging almost 14 yards per carry as a sophomore.
Michigan got semi-Southern when it dipped into Kentucky to pick up a commitment out of the 247Composite No. 4 ranked running back in Damien Harris but there are some good ones in the Midwest as well led by Larry Scott of Hubbard, Ohio. Though he’s still waiting on his Ohio State offer, 10 experts have already Crystal Balled Scott to Ohio State after the 6-0, 205-pounder rushed for 1600 yards as a sophomore.
Natereace Strong out of East St. Louis, Ill., Darrin Hall out of Youngstown, Ohio and Michael Weber out of Detroit (Mich.) Cass Tech will all be names to know in the Midwest as well. Ohio state and Missouri have already made strong first impressions on Strong, Kentucky could be the early team to beat for Hall while the usual suspects of Michigan, Michigan State and Ohio State are all in the early lead for Weber along with the resurgent Tennessee Vols.
Taj Grffin is small but extremely explosive.
Georgia and Florida are both representing their share of elite back as well in the 2015 cycle. Georgia is home to one that may be the most electric back in the entire 2015 class in Taj Griffin. Anyone who has seen his 90-yard touchdown run in week 1 of his 2013 season would agree that Griffin is a special home-run threat and will be a top priority for the in-state Georgia Bulldogs. Along with Griffin, Atlanta-area back Eric Swinney has gotten plenty of early attention. As has Jonathan Hawkins who already holds offers from Arkansas, Auburn and Penn State.
The two biggest names on the Florida running back landscape are Jordan Scarlett and Jacques Patrick. Both have been racking up yardage and reeling in offers since their freshman seasons. Scarlett is an early favorite to land at Florida State and is the more prototypical back at 5-10, 197 pounds. Patrick is a possibility to land in Tallahassee as well as his older brother Javonte Seabury has already committed to the Seminoles.
Even if Florida State is able to reel in a crazy running back haul in 2015, Alabama has already gotten a head start. The Crimson Tide have a commitment out of Mobile (Ala.) Vigor’s Desherrius Flowers who is currently ranked as the No. 2 back in the country on 247Composite. Flowers should keep Alabama’s big back rotation alive standing all of 6-1, 212 pounds.
Name to watch: Though he’s not a big, overpowering back like several that sprinkle the nation in 2015 and he doesn’t have a huge offer list, Tra Minter is a back that I’ve become a big fan of, based on his film. The Ellaville (Ga.) Schley County standout hasn’t gotten a ton of exposure to date and only holds an offer from Troy but he’s elite.
Quick riser: Jacksvonville (Fla.) Ed White athlete Javarius Davis went from virtual unknown to picking up offers from 20-plus programs around the country in a matter of weeks. The rising junior plays in a wing-T program and considers himself an athlete. If his recruitment continues on this trajectory, the offers he’s really waiting on may not be out of the question: Florida State, Georgia and Miami.