Recruiting Reset: Running Back

Alabama rarely has a depth issue at the running back position, but the program is flirting in the territory after another loss on Wednesday. With freshman DeSherrius Flowers ruled ineligible, it places even more emphasis on the Crimson Tide’s 2016 haul at the position.

BamaMag takes a look at the current names to know at the running back position in the class of 2016. The group brought in will likely be asked to contribute fairly early, if not right away, with Kenyan Drake (graduation), Derrick Henry (likely departure for NFL) and DeSherrius Flowers (eligibility) most likely not available come opening day 2016.

Our sources indicate Nick Saban is looking for multiple backs in the class haul.

The following prospects are listed in alphabetical order.

Offered Backs 

B.J. Emmons backed off of his Georgia commitment earlier this month, in a move that surprised few. The big back from North Carolina added an Alabama offer fairly recently, one he had been coveting on his own for some time. After one trip to Tuscaloosa this summer, he’s expected back in July. Tennessee recently had him on campus as well, as the trio of schools jockeying for position here seem to be the Bulldogs, Crimson Tide and Volunteers. Emmons has been quiet since the decommitment.

Elijah Holyfield also recently added an Alabama offer and he made his initial visit to Tuscaloosa in order to compete at camp, part of the reason he now has the Crimson Tide near the top of his list. Georgia and Auburn are each expected to be in the race until the end, too, and he’s been on each campus of late. Holyfield, who is the son of boxing champion Evander Holyfield, recapped his UA visit with BamaMag HERE.

DevWah Waley has been a name ‘Bama fans have been familiar with for some time, and he recently included Alabama in his top 10. However, until a visit materializes, it seems as if the Texan is more likely to stay semi-local. He also recently told Scout that he’s looking for a program without considerable competition at the running back position.

Devin White has been prioritized by Saban’s staff for quite some time. Ole Miss and LSU have done the same, among others, in what has been one of the most contested recruitments in the state of Louisiana. White is also among the more versatile prospects in the 2016 class, with the ability to play linebacker at the next level as well. Many don’t expect him to make a decision any time soon, though UA is expected to be in it all the way through.

Junior Highlights: Devin White

Antonio Williams has always kept Alabama in high regard despite being committed to Wisconsin. While he’s not expected to end up anywhere else at this point, UA continues to keep tabs on him and he’s talked about taking visits to Tuscaloosa multiple times of late. In May, he told BamaMag that Alabama would be one of the first programs he takes a closer look at should something change with his Badger status.

Others to Eye 

Denzel Mitchell is currently ranked as the top back in ‘Bama, and he’s committed to Ole Miss. The Rebels have continued to recruit other backs and things have been quiet in Mitchell’s camp. One strong source tells BamaMag either in-state school, the Tide or Tigers, could perhaps flip Mitchell should it prioritize doing so. The Crimson Tide hasn’t offered one running back projection in the Yellowhammer State just yet.

Lamical Perine committed to Florida after a hot spring, and he’s already donned his recruiting hat for the Gators in a big way. However, programs like Oklahoma and Alabama have long been high on his list and pushes from either program could make the race for his signature an intriguing one.

Jarrion Street, if not Perine, was the hottest back in the state of Alabama over the last few months. He is the type to wow in person with a good blend of size, speed and versatility as a runner and pass-catcher. The Crimson Tide has been in consistent contact, too, despite not having offered just yet. Should UA look to make a late move for an in-state back, the Birmingham-area star could be the guy.


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