Assembled is a preseason ranking for the top running backs in College Football Recruiting for the class of 2013. Power, power and more power is the best way to describe the top guys on this list. Here’s a quick breakdown of the top three…
1. Greg Bryant –Delray Beach (FL) American Heritage School- Bryant is going to be a real difference maker one day, and it will probably be sooner rather than later. At 5’11’’ and 200lbs, he has good size, and he knows how to use it. He has excellent footwork, and can make cuts that make you think of Allen Iverson. He also stays low to the ground when running, which should help him stay healthy. Bryant has been excellent in camps all summer long, and has really improved his stock. He was committed to Oklahoma earlier this summer, but has since de-committed, saying he really wants to grind it out in the semi pro league that is the SEC. Auburn, Georgia and South Carolina are the leaders so far, with Auburn maybe having the slightest of edges. However, I think he sees himself as the next Marcus Lattimore in Columbia. Early Prediction: South Carolina.
2. Derrick Green- Richmond (VA) Hermitage- Green is one of the most physically imposing running backs I have ever seen come out of the prep level. At 6’0’’and 230lbs he looks like he’s an upper classman already. He is incredibly physical and has just brutish strength, using it very effectively both grinding the ball and pass protecting. Green has decent hands, but it’s clear that’s his second priority compared to pounding it up the middle. Green has recently come out with a list of his top 6 schools and they are as follows: Tennessee, Ole Miss, Auburn, Virginia Tech, Michigan and Oregon. He has already been to Knoxville twice, and has an excellent rapport with the staff there, so it’s not a stretch to think they are in the lead for this power backs services. Early Prediction: Tennessee.
3. Ty Isaac- Joliet (IL) Joliet Catholic- Isaac is another big back at 6’3’’ and 215lbs. Isaac is surprisingly fast for his size, using huge strides to run around, over and through defenders. He will need to work on pass blocking and staying low to the ground when running, which is a predictable problem for a running back of his height. Isaac recently committed to Southern Cal, and he is a perfect fit in their pro style offense. With his one-cut running ability, he seems destined for a zone blocking scheme, just like the one USC employs. While I don’t think he will change his mind about leaving the Midwest for the bright lights of Los Angeles, Michigan is going to be all over him until signing day. Early Prediction: Southern Cal.
I love the wave of power backs coming back in style, but am a little disappointed there are not more elite all-purpose backs. That would have to be the one downfall from this year’s running backs class. Granted, there are some stud APB’s like Mark Dodson Jr. and Tyren Jones, but none that have the kind of potential that Bryant, Green and Isaac. Overall, a solid year for running backs, and power is the name of the game.