February 21, 2012

Who is the future at RB?

The future at RB


• Athlete Derrick Henry (Yulee, Yulee, Fla.) - Henry has a rare combination of size, speed, and athleticism. When you read that he is 6-foot-3, 240 pounds, most people think linebacker, defensive end, or tight end. Henry, despite his size, still runs like typical, big time running back. He has shown that he has great vision, and good hands coming out of the backfield as well. He isn't just a power back, as he can also separate from defenders with very good top end speed for a big man. At this time, it appears he is 100% solid to UGA, and is recruiting hard for the Bulldogs 2013 class.

Top Targets

• RB Wayne Gallman (Grayson) - Gallman doesn't appear to be a prototypical running back, but he has the speed to make things happen. Gallman has very good top end speed, and his long frame makes him tough to tackles in space. He is a bit of a long strider at this point, but can catch the ball and accelerate through seams well. He has above average vision, but isn't as shifty as some backs. Most would consider him a one cut runner, and if he gets to the second level, it could be over in an instant. Georgia is recruiting him to play on both sides of the ball.

• RB Tyren Jones (Walton) - Jones was the Peach State's leading rusher in 2011 with 2,375 yards and 34 touchdowns, and has shown that he can be very good against great competition. Jones is a shifty back with great hands and vision. He has room to grow in the strength department, and some people are worried about his size at this point. He does, however, have great patience and elite balance. The Rivals250 star has been to Athens already this year, and plans on being there again in the near future and the spring. He has not named a leader at this time, but it appears Georgia is in good shape.

• RB Tyshon Dye (Elbert County) - Dye is the total package at running back. He has size at 6-feet, 200 pounds. He has put his speed on display by running 40-yard dashes in the 4.4 ran. He has excellent hands that he put on display in the Georgia Rising Seniors Bowl with a leaping touchdown catch. Right now, he holds offers from Georgia, Clemson, Auburn, South Carolina, Tennessee, and USC. Georgia was once thought to be the leader, and still may be, but it appears that other schools are also making a move for this big time north Georgia talent.

• RB Alvin Kamara (Norcross) - Kamara is one of the fastest players in the state of Georgia, and he can do it all. Kamara is an excellent receiver, quick and decisive runner, and tough in short yardage. He could help a team in a variety of ways at the next level. He is capable of big plays in the running game, passing game, and special teams, and teams are aware of what he can do. Just a month or so ago, Kamara had only one offer. Now he is approaching double digits, and is one of the most famous players in the 2013 recruiting cycle do to the fact that he received 105 letters from Alabama in one day. Georgia, Alabama, and Syracuse are thought to be his top three at this point, but he maintains that everyone that has offered is still in the mix.

• RB Greg Bryant (American Heritage, Delray Beach, Fla.) - Bryant may be the best running back in the country. He is a workhorse style back that is extremely tough and durable. He can carry the load for 25, 30, or even 40 carries a game, and he gets stronger as the game goes along. He doesn't have elite speed, but he is capable of big plays, and his physical running style can really wear a defense down. The Rivals100 ball carrier has great vision, and a powerful lower half. Georgia was a big time contender for Bryant when they first offered last summer, but it appears that they have faded a bit after taking two running backs in the 2012 class.

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