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2012 College Football Recruiting Rankings: RBs

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- by Braden Gall (@BradenGall on twitter)

The next batch of in-coming college football All-Americans have inked their respective letters of intent. Recruiting is the life blood of the greatest sport on the planet, and, while coaching stills plays the biggest role in winning a championship, having better players can go a long way to earning a trip to the BCS.

Recruiting is an inexact science by definition. It is virtually impossible to accurately peg the mental make-up of any 17-year old child -- much less high-profile, over-coddled 17-year-old athletes. But team recruiting rankings offer the best indication of which team has the best ingredients each coach has to work with each season.

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The running back position might be the single easiest position on the football field to transition from high school to college. Marcus Lattimore, DeAnthony Thomas and others have proven that running in and around defenders is as much instinct as it is preperation. Learning blocking schemes and blitz pick-ups are major areas of work for most incoming freshman, but once the ball is in hand, it's all natural ability.

Here are the best incoming freshman running backs in the nation:

 

Name

HT

WT

Hometown

AC100

College

1.

Jonathan Gray

5'11"

202

Aledo, TX

No. 7

Texas

2.

Keith Marshall

5'11"

190

Raleigh, NC

No. 16

Georgia

3.

Trey Williams

5'8"

175

Spring, TX

No. 19

Texas A&M

4.

T.J. Yeldon

6'2"

210

Daphne, AL

No. 32

Alabama

5.

Rushel Shell

6'1"

210

Aliquippa, PA

No. 33

Pitt

6.

Randy Johnson

5'9"

183

Miami, FL

No. 36

Miami, Fla.

7.

Mario Pender

6'

190

Cape Coral, FL

No. 37

Florida State

8.

Mike Davis

5'9"

216

Lithonia, GA

No. 54

South Carolina

9.

Alex Ross

6'1"

205

Jenks, OK

No. 78

Oklahoma

10.

Barry Sanders, Jr.

5'10"

185

Oklahoma City, OK

No. 79

Stanford

11.

Todd Gurley

6'1"

195

Tarboro, NC

No. 83

Georgia

12.

D.J. Foster

6'

190

Scottsdale, AZ

No. 97

Arizona St

13.

Bri'onte Dunn

6'2"

220

Canton, OH

No. 98

Ohio State

14.

Kenyan Drake

6'1"

204

Powder Springs, GA

No. 130

Alabama

15.

J.C. Coleman

5'7"

170

Chesapeake, VA

No. 140

Virginia Tech

16.

Byron Marshall

5'10"

195

San Jose, CA

No. 148

Oregon

17.

Matt Jones

6'2"

213

Seffner, FL

No. 165

Florida

18.

Kei'Varae Russell

6'

177

Everett, WA

No. 167

Notre Dame

19.

Brian Kimbrow

5'8"

170

Memphis, TN

No. 170

Vanderbilt

20.

Wes Brown

6'1"

210

Olney, MD

No. 191

Maryland

21.

Greg Garmon

6'1"

200

Erie, PA

No. 223

Iowa

22.

Drew Harris

6'1"

220

Dowington, PA

No. 228

Virginia Tech

23.

Jovon Robinson

6'1"

220

Memphis, TN

No. 244

Auburn