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2013 Football Recruiting Rankings: Running Backs

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National Signing Day 2013 is right around the corner and Athlon Sports is releasing its position-by-position rankings for the Class of 2013 based on the Athlon Consensus 100. Who is left on the board? Who has the best class at one position? Who had positional needs to fill? And, obviously, who are the stars of tomorrow fans can look forward to at every position?

It's no wonder Nick Saban and Alabama can claim the best class of running backs in the nation for 2013. Saban currently has three AC100 runners committed as the nation's No. 1 (Derrick Henry), No. 10 (Altee Tenpenny) and No. 13 (Tyren Jones) are all headed to Tuscaloosa. Henry and his massive 6-3, 240-pound frame could easily end up on defense or as an H-Back, but this group ensures that the Crimson Tide's recent run of elite running backs (Mark Ingram, Trent Richardson, Eddie Lacy, T.J. Yeldon) will continue.

Notre Dame, Oregon, Michigan and USC all landed a pair of elite prospects at the position as well. Ty Isaac and Justin Davis have big frames and offer Lane Kiffin some versatility in the backfield while Greg Bryant and Tarean Folston are smaller, speedier options that Brian Kelly can count on.

Brady Hoke has two excellent options that give his offense exactly what he has been missing in Ann Arbor: A burly, workhorse, three-down power back. Derrick Green is a superstar in the making and can carry the ball 25 times a game while DeVeon Smith brings his own 210-pound frame to the offense. With these two names, Hoke has Michigan poised to return to its I-Form roots in 2013.

Mark Helfrich will already have a loaded backfield in 2013 as he takes over for Chip Kelly with De'Anthony Thomas and Byron Marshall returning. But the record-setting Thomas Tyner and speedy Dontre Wilson gives the Ducks one of the deepest and most talented backfields in the nation.

Oklahoma, Florida State, Virginia, Ohio State, Clemson, Nebraska, South Carolina, Clemson and Wisconsin all are poised to add their future workhorse in this class. Florida also landed its workhorse to replace Mike Gillislee and Gators fans know all about Kelvin Taylor. The son of Fred Taylor is an immediate impact player and has been a prep star in The Sunshine State since his eighth grade season — when he played on the high school varsity squad.

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Of the top 25 running backs, all but two are committed, but those names left on the board are elite. Alex Collins and Alvin Kamara are each capable of competing for carries early in 2013. Collins is 247Sports.com's No. 1 running back and Kamara will pick between Alabama and Georgia. 

An interesting thing to note: Five of the top nine running back prospects are from the state of Florida and 16 of the top 88 players in the nation project as running backs. This appears to be a very deep and talented class of ball carriers.

2013 Positional Rankings: QB | RB | WR | TE | OL | DL | LB | DB | ATH

 

Name

AC100

Hometown

Ht

Wt

Verbal

1.

Derrick Henry

No. 12

Yulee, FL

6-3

240

Alabama

2.

Thomas Tyner

No. 20

Beaverton, OR

6-0

205

Oregon

3.

Kelvin Taylor

No. 22

Belle Glade, FL

5-10

215

Florida

4.

Keith Ford

No. 24

Cypress, TX

5-11

203

Oklahoma

5.

Derrick Green

No. 26

Richmond, VA

6-0

225

Michigan

6.

Alex Collins

No. 41

Ft. Lauderdale, FL

5-11

205

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7.

Alvin Kamara

No. 42

Norcross, GA

5-10

195

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8.

Greg Bryant

No. 46

Delray Beach, FL

5-11

195

Notre Dame

9.

Ryan Green

No. 50

St. Petersburg, FL

5-10

195

Florida St

10.

Altee Tenpenny

No. 54

North Little Rock, AR

5-11

215

Alabama

11.

Ty Isaac

No. 55

Joliet, IL

6-1

215

USC

12.

Taquan Mizell

No. 60

Virginia Beach, VA

5-10

180

Virginia

13.

Tyren Jones

No. 66

Marietta, GA

5-8

200

Alabama

14.

Ezekiel Elliot

No. 69

St. Louis, MO

6-0

195

Ohio St

15.

Dontre Wilson

No. 71

DeSoto, TX

5-10

170

Oregon

16.

Justin Davis

No. 88

Stockton, CA

6-1

195

USC

17.

Tarean Folston

No. 112

Cocoa, FL

5-9

185

Notre Dame

18.

Terrell Newby

No. 123

West Hills, CA

5-10

185

Nebraska

19.

DeVeon Smith

No. 134

Warren, OH

5-11

210

Michigan

20.

Kailo Moore

No. 138

Rosedale, MS

5-10

190

Ole Miss

21.

Corey Clement

No. 139

Glassboro, NJ

5-11

205

Wisconsin

22.

TJ Logan

No. 157

Greensboro, NC

5-11

175

North Carolina

23.

Tyshon Dye

No. 201

Elberton, GA

6-0

210

Clemson

24.

David Williams

No. 205

Philadelphia, PA

6-0

195

South Carolina

25.

Mark Dodson Jr.

No. 217

Memphis, TN

5-10

185

Ole Miss

26.

Kyle Hicks

No. 226

Arlington, TX

5-10

195

TCU

View the complete 2013 Athlon Consensus 100

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