Early Look at 2011: Running Backs

While the 2011 recruiting process is just getting started NoleDigest looks at the early top targets for FSU's 2011 class. In this installment we look at running back as there are several top tier targets the Seminoles have targeted already.

2011's recruiting class is starting to pick up the pace as Junior Days, camps and combines are getting underway. Many top targets have been on the map for a while now, thus the fact they're getting interest from big-time BCS programs.

This is also the time when new targets burst onto the scene as junior film, combine performances and camps provide others a chance to shine. While they'll be changes throughout the process Florida State has been targeting the nation's best backs so far. The Seminoles have Eric Beverly committed already, but they're looking to sign at least one elite back in this class. Here is a rundown of those players targeted.

1) Isaiah Crowell: Crowell is the 4th best running back in the class for 2011 according to Scout.com. Isaiah is coming off a junior season where he rushed for 1,900 yards and 25 touchdowns. He has a nice blend of size and speed and he runs with great balance for a back 6' 205 pounds. While he is bigger than a lot of backs he shows the capability to get in and out of his cuts with losing much speed. Crowell has FSU at the top of his list with Alabama, Georgia and Clemson. This weekend the Seminoles get a crack at showing the 5-star back what they can offer him.

2) Marlin Lane: The Mainland standout is the best back in Florida for 2011. While he committed to Clemson last summer he has said recently he plans on taking all 5 of his official visits. FSU is very high on Lane because he is a big back (5'11" 205) that runs like a guy 5'8"; that means he is light on his feet and is very quick. Lane is firm in his commitment but FSU will most definitely give it their all in flipping the standout back.

3) Savon Huggins: The Jersey City prospect holds a written offer from FSU at this time. Like many running backs on the board for 2011 Huggins is a bigger back that is more of a workhorse. As a junior Huggins had 1,544 yards on 211 carries and 22 touchdowns. Right now FSU isn't showing Huggins the interest others are but he is one to keep an eye on.

4) Chevelle Buie: Buie is right there with Mike Bellamy as the most explosive back in Florida. Buie isn't the biggest back and that is keeping him from getting the attention he deserves. He's rushed for over 1,600 yards the past 2 years and has led his team to back to back state championships. When you make a team like Belle Glade look slow like Buie did in the title game this past year, the attention is sure to come. Some feel Buie is projected more as an athlete at this stage.

There isn't a 5th spot per se here as the board is pretty much wide open at this stage. Guys like Alonzo Harris, Tom Smith, Hunter Joyer, Shon Carson, Mike Blakely, Calvin Pryor and a host of others are recruits to keep an eye on.

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