Sunshine State loaded at RB in 2013

The state of Florida has an impressive running back group in the class of 2013. Recruiting Analyst Chad Simmons names his early Top 10 here in this feature.

This list is in alphabetical order, not numerical. The Scout team will continue to evaluate these running backs and many others throughout the 2011 season, but here is Chad Simmons' early Top 10.

  • Paris Bostick – 6-1/190 – Tampa, Fla. – Plant
    Quick Hitter: Bostick is a versatile athlete who could play offense or defense on the next level. He was impressive at Friday Night Lights – He showed speed, good change of direction, and hands.
    Recruiting Notes: Georgia and South Florida are two schools showing high interest in Bostick at this time.

  • Greg Bryant – 5-10/195 – Delray Beach, Fla. - American Heritage
    Quick Hitter: Bryant is a very strong back that's tough to arm tackle with good straight-line speed.
    Recruiting Notes: Around half a dozen schools have offered with Georgia being his biggest to date. Expect many more to come this fall.

  • Fred Coppet – 5-9/175 – Fort Lauderdale, Fla. – St. Thomas Aquinas
    Quick Hitter: Coppet is all about speed. He is shifty, he accelerates fast, and he can take it the distance from anywhere at any time.
    Recruiting Notes: He reports no offers as of now, but that will change.

  • Tarean Folston – 5-10/190 – Cocoa, Fla. – Cocoa
    Quick Hitter: Folston looks to be as close to a complete back as there is early on. He has good quickness, balance, and he can run inside and outside.
    Recruiting Notes: Florida offered Folston over the summer and he has over 10 offers.

  • Ryan Green – 5-10/190 – St. Petersburg, Fla. – St. Petersburg Catholic
    Quick Hitter: Green is a true athlete and he could be as good or even better at corner than running back. He has good speed and quick feet.
    Recruiting Notes: Kentucky and Notre Dame are schools that offered Green early and many others are rumored to either have offered, or soon will offer.

  • Derrick Henry – 6-2/232 – Yulee, Fla. – Yulee
    Quick Hitter: You do not see running backs this size very often and although he runs upright, he has very good speed and agility. He could end up at a number of positions if running back doesn't work out.
    Recruiting Notes: Committed to Georgia.

  • Adam Lane – 5-9/205 – Winter Haven, Fla. – Winter Haven
    Quick Hitter: Lane is a back tough to tackle because of low center of gravity. He moves well laterally and is sneaky fast through the hole.
    Recruiting Notes: Florida offered him early and he is many other radars.

  • Kelvin Taylor – 5-9/200 – Belle Glades, Fla. – Glades Day
    Quick Hitter: Taylor is the son of former Florida Gator/Jacksonville Jaguar star Fred Taylor, so you know the genes are there. He is a very powerful runner with strong legs and great body lean.
    Recruiting Notes: A number of schools have told Taylor, his father, or one of his coaches that he has a spot at their school. Alabama and Florida are two of them.

  • A.J. Turman – 5-11/194 – Orlando, Fla. – Boone
    Quick Hitter: Boone is a powerful back that runs downhill. He hits the hole hard and he has been known to take tackles with him for extra yards.
    Recruiting Notes: Boston College, Florida State, and North Carolina State are three schools that have shown a lot of interest in Turman early.

  • Lorenzo Woodley – 6-0/205 – Miami,Fla. – Christopher Columbus
    Quick Hitter: Woodley is one of the most impressive backs physically. He runs with force, he does a nice job of running behind his pads, and he has speed.
    Recruiting Notes: Rutgers was the first school to offer and Auburn has shown a lot of interest as well.
    Chad Simmons started out with Scout in 2003 covering top talent in Georgia and the South. He then moved on to another Recruiting Service from 2004-2008 before returning to Scout the first of 2009 to become South Recruiting Manager. After less than three years, Simmons was moved to National Recruiting Analyst in July 2011.
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