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Official Rant Sports Top 15 High School Running Backs of 2013

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Best Running Backs of 2013

Top Backs of 2013

Running the ball is a great way to control the game. Sure the passing game can put up big points, but a running game can be almost as effective as having a good defense. Running the ball starts up front with the offensive line, but they can only do so much. You need to have a back to hit the hole and hopefully make guys miss. Teams that run the ball effectively frustrate and wear down opposing defenses. With high school football heating up with playoffs and as national signing day approaches, here are my top 15 running backs in the nation for the class of 2013.

Players represented on this list range from the state of Virginia to California. What made this a struggle was that most lists of recruits have running backs and all-purpose backs separated, which was something I had to take into account. As offenses evolve so does its positions within them that need to be filled. For this list, I took into account for both styles of backs and compiled who I think are the top 15.

What made me excited about doing this ranking was the running back is my favorite position. I played offensive line in high school in an offense that ran the option. I grew watching the Big Ten and my favorite offense even to this day is still Woody Hayes' '3 yards and a cloud of dust'. There are some backs on here that would make Hayes happy and there are some that backs on this list that were made for the spread offense with their pass catching ability.

Without further ado, here are Rant Sports' Top 15 Running Backs for the class of 2013.

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#15 Tarean Folston

Cocoa High School (Cocoa, FL)
Phelan M. Ebenhack-Orlando Sentinel

Ranking in at 15th on this list is Tarean Folston. He plays for the Cocoa Tigers (Cocoa, FL) and has helped lead them to a 7-2 record. This 5'10", 195 pound running back runs a 4.48 forty. He has rushed the ball 150 times this year for 1007 yards and 10 touchdowns. He still has time to increase that as he has one more regular season game and his team has already clinched a birth into the playoffs. Folston is still undecided on where he will go next year.

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#14 Khalfani Muhammad

Notre Dame High School (Sherman Oaks, CA)
Hans Gutknecht-LA Daily News

At 14th we have Khalfani Muhammad from Sherman Oaks, CA. He plays for the Notre Dame Knights and has helped lead them to a 7-3 record. That record was good enough to get them into the playoffs. Muhammad stands at 5'8" and weighs 174 pounds. He runs a 4.4 second forty and has a vertical of 40 inches. He has rushed the ball 176 times for 1222 yards and 16 touchdowns. He has added 12 catches for 257 yards and 2 touchdowns as well. Muhammad is still undecided on where he will attend college.

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#13 Dontre Wilson

DeSoto High School (DeSoto, TX)
Matt Strasen-The Dallas Morning News

Dontre Wilson ranks in at thirteen on this list. His DeSoto Eagles are ranked considered to be one of the best high school teams in the nation and the best in Texas. They have compiled a 10-0 record with the help of Wilson. He stands at 5'10", weighs 174 pounds and runs his forty at 4.51 seconds. What is impressive about him though his strength as his bench max is at 235. Wilson is a solid verbal commit to the Oregon Ducks.

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#12 Alvin Kamara

Norcross High School (Norcross, GA)
Michael Carvell-AJC

Coming in at number 12 is Alvin Kamara. This 5'10", 195 pound all-purpose back plays for the Norcross Blue Devils (Norcross, GA), which he has helped them to be one of the best teams in the state. They are 9-0 right now and have one game remaining before the playoffs. They have already clinched a spot regardless. Kamara this year has rushed the ball 162 times for 1263 yards and 14 touchdowns. He runs his forty in 4.55 and has a vertical of 39 inches. He is still undecided where to go, but right now it looks like it will come down to the Alabama Crimson Tide or Georgia Bulldogs.

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#11 Kailo Moore

West Bolivar High School (Rosendale, MS)

#11 is running back Kailo Moore. This 5'10", 180 pound running back plays for the 10-2 West Bolivar Eagles (Rosedale, MS). They won their first round game of the playoffs last week and they are trying to stay alive with another victory this week. Moore has rushed for 821 yards on 89 carries with 14 touchdowns. He runs his forty in 4.4 seconds. He will stay in state when he joins the Mississippi State Bulldogs next year.

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#10 Adam Taylor

Katy High School (Katy, TX)

Starting the top ten is running back Adam Taylor. He plays for Katy High School (Katy, TX) as they have rushed out to a 9-0 season thus far. With one game left in their regular season, we will see what he can do in the playoffs. He has rushed the ball 164 times for 1273 yards and 20 touchdowns. He runs his 40 in 4.5, but what is impressive is that he stands at 6' and weighs 200 pounds, with a bench max of 315 and squat max of 445. He is still undecided where he will go next year.

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#9 Altee Tenpenny

North Little Rock High School (North Little Rock, AR)
Photo by Rick McFarland

Next on the list is Altee Tenpenny. This 6', 212 pound running back plays for the North Little Rock Charging Wildcats (AR). Their record is 9-1 and the playoffs kick off for them next week. Tenpenny runs a 4.46 forty, his bench max is 335 and his squat max is 505. Tenpenny has committed to the Alabama Crimson Tide.

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#8 Ryan Green

St. Petersburg Catholic High School (St. Petersburg, FL)

Coming in at 8th is Ryan Green. Green is a 5'10", 187 pound all-purpose back from St. Petersburg, FL. His team has struggled this year as they are 3-6, but Green is talented enough to play at the next level. He runs a 4.45 forty and has a 37 inch vertical leap. What make him dangerous though is that he's good running back with solid hands. Eyes always need to be watching what he is doing, or he can really do damage. Green is a solid verbal commitment to the Florida State Seminoles.

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#7 Ezekiel Elliott

Burroughs High School (St. Louis, MO)
Photo by Craig Kaminer

Coming in at seventh is Ezekiel Elliott, a 6', 198 pound running back from St. Louis, MO. He plays for John Burroughs and has lead them to an 11-0 record, as well as they are currently making a deep run into the playoffs. Elliott runs a 4.42 forty and has a 34 inch vertical. He is considered to be the top recruit from Missouri this year. He has committed to play for The Ohio State University next year.

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#6 Jordan Wilkins

Cordova High School (Cordova, TN)

Jordon Wilkins is next on this list. He is a 6'1", 210 pound back from Cordova, TN. His team is not very good as they have only one victory this season. The only bright spot is Wilkins who runs his forty at 4.41 seconds. He also has a 35 inch vertical. Wilkins is a solid verbal commit to play for the Auburn Tigers next year.

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#5 Thomas Tyner

Aloha High School (Beaverton, OR)

Kicking of the top five is Thomas Tyner. This 6', 200 pound running back runs his 40 at 4.38 seconds. He plays for Aloha High School (Beaverton, OR) and has helped them get to 7-2. They kick off their first playoff game this week and they are looking for Tyner to help them make a deep run. Unofficially he has rushed for 2325 yards this year with 29 touchdowns. He will be staying in state when he plays for the Oregon Ducks next year.

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#4 Greg Bryant

American Heritage High School (Delray Beach, FL)

Coming in a #4 is Greg Bryant, a 5'11" 197 pound running back from Delray Beach, FL. He plays for the American Heritage Stallions who with his help have gone 10-0. Playoffs begin for them next week and they are looking to make a run for the state title. Bryant will look to be a big reason why. He is still undecided, but has narrowed his choices to the Auburn Tigers, Georgia Bulldogs and the South Carolina Gamecocks.

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#3 Ty Isaac

Joliet Catholic Academy (Joliet, IL)
Warren Skalski-Chicago Tribune

At number three we have Ty Isaac, a 6'3", 215 pound running back from Joliet, IL. He has helped his team to an 8-4 record and they are making a run in the playoffs as they are playing in their regional final game this week. Isaac has great size for a running back and the USC Trojans have to be excited for him to be joining them next year.

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#2 Taquan Mizzell

Bayside High School (Virginia Beach, VA)
Jason Hirschfield-The Virginian-Pilot

At #2 we have Taquan Mizzell, a 5'10", 183 pound all-purpose back from Virginia Beach, VA. He plays for the Bayside Marlins and has helped them to a 9-2 record as well as a birth into the playoffs, which begin this week. Mizzell runs his forty in 4.57 seconds and has a 31 inch vertical leap. What makes him dangerous, like most all-purpose backs are his hands though. He will attend the Virginia Cavaliers next year. He is considered to be the best all-purpose back in the nation, but he is still the second best prospect in the state.

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#1 Derrick Green

Hermitage High School (Richmond, VA)
Richmond Times Dispatch

Number 1 on this list is Derrick Green, a 6', 220 pound running back from Richmond, VA. He is considered to be the best running back prospect in the nation. He has led his high school, Hermitage to a 9-0 record and with one regular season game left. He will get more chances to show how good he is in the playoffs as well. He runs a 4.57 forty. He is still undecided where he will play next year, but it sounds like he has narrowed it down to the Michigan Wolverines, Auburn Tigers or the Tennessee Volunteers.