Heading into his final prep campaign, Eric Packer (5-9, 185, 4.4) had rushed for 4,830 yards and 57 touchdowns. This past year Packer's high school hired a new head coach, who brought in his own offensive system. Plus, not a single player on the Wilcox Central offensive line had any starting experience. But the speedy tailback still managed to rush for more than 1,300 yards and 10 TDs.
In addition to his rushing yardage, Packer also had more than 300 yards receiving.
The old saying that good things come in small packages definitely holds true when you talk about this compact runner. Through hard work and dedication in the weight room, Packer has developed into a dangerous runner. The Camden native is very tough between the tackles and has bona fide breakaway speed.
Packer is a highly productive player with quickness and speed. He could project as a scatback or wide receiver at the next level.
Packer was an early commitment to the Tide. And despite the recent staff changeover, he has not wavered from that decision. His official visit to Alabama is scheduled for January 17th, when the majority of Bama's committed recruits will be on campus.
Scott Kennedy, a recruiting expert with TheInsiders.com network, recently rated Packer the 24th-best prospect in the state of Alabama.
Packer has impressive leg strength, and he proved his explosiveness at the Auburn camp with a 41-inch vertical jump. He bench presses 285 pounds, squats 555 and power cleans 255.
Carrying a 3.2 GPA in the classroom, Packer took the ACT in December.
He was selected as a finalist for the Class 5A Back of the Year as a junior. Plus he made All Region and All State that season in leading his team to the quarter finals of the state playoffs.