Injured Prep Star Still Highly Sought

This Florida prep star is attracting the attention of several SEC programs, including Auburn.

Marianna, Fla.--Although he didn't have much of an opportunity to show his stuff as a senior, Reshard Dudley won't have to worry about having the opportunity to put his name on scholarship papers on the Feb. 6th national signing day.

Combining power and speed in a 5-10, 210-pound package, the Marianna High School star has plenty of suitors. One of the universities interested in the big back is Auburn and it is easy to see why. Dudley says he was clocked at a blazing 4.4 in the 40-yard dash this past summer at an LSU football camp. He bench presses 315 pounds and can power clean 280.

Reshard Dudley

After rushing for nearly 2,200 yards as a junior and earning state Class 2A Player of the Year honors, Dudley suffered an early season ankle injury that kept him on the sidelines after netting just 315 yards in three games. He had that many in one night as a junior when he racked up 317 yards on 21 carries as he scored four touchdowns vs. Bay High School.

"My ankle is just about well," Dudley tells Inside the Auburn Tigers. "I didn't have much of a senior season because I got hurt and had to wear a cast."

Dudley broke into the starting lineup as a sophomore when he rushed for 960 yards. He also plays linebacker and safety on defense, but says he is interested in playing running back in college. Georgia, where he visited last week, has offered him that opportunity and Dudley says he is very interested in the Bulldogs. "I like their offense," he says. "It is very balanced." He says the Bulldogs and LSU are currently his favorites.

He is scheduled to visit LSU this coming weekend and the rest of his short list includes Florida, Miami (Jan. 24th visit date) and Central Florida. However, he says that he will likely take UCF out of the equation and replace the Golden Knights with Auburn. "I have been hearing from Auburn more the last couple of weeks so I will probably schedule a visit with them."

Tiger Ticket Extra: Dudley runs track and as a junior had personal best times of 10.6 for the 100 meters and 22.2 for the 200...Marianna runs from the Wing-T offense and it didn't take much daylight for Dudley to do some damage to opposing defenses. "If I can get a little running room, with my speed it is off to the races," the running back says.

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