Sunshine State Running Backs for 2013

The state of Florida is known for their running backs and the class of 2013 looks like a banner year at this stage. Well over 15 prospects should sign BCS and here is a look at some of the top backs in the state.

Greg Bryant, 5'10, 205, American Heritage-Delray

Bryant has terrific size which he uses to run effectively inside. He possesses great vision and is a complete back that does everything at a high level. Doubles as a defensive back where he shines as a physical presence in the secondary. Actually can play corner because of great hips. Might have the best body of all the backs in the state this season. Led his team to the 3A state title. The big question is the deep speed. Is he going to get faster? Right now he lacks the ability to break off big gains at the BCS level.

Bryant Video

Coppet has the speed to go the distance
Geoff Vogt,

Daryl Chestnut, 5'9, 175, Miami Columbus

One of two Columbus running backs on this list, Chestnut is a game-breaker. Really stepped up against the top competition. He is on the small side, but he brings the quickness, make you miss potential, and speed to be a big play threat at the next level. Used in a rotation(a third RB signed D-1 last year), that is probably his future in college as well. Will need to show colleges that his hands and willingness to block are up to their standards.

Chestnut Video

Alex Collins, 5'10, 195, South Plantation(Committed to Miami)

Collins might be the top all around back on this list. He shows the explosiveness and power rare in a high school back. Had a big junior season where he was virtually unstoppable at times. Catches the ball clean with his hands and displays an extra gear to run away from defenders. Some make you miss potential. Clearly a top five back in Florida, will he grab the top spot? He will have a legit chance.

Collins Video

Fred Coppet, 5'10, 180, St. Thomas Aquinas

Coppet burst onto the scene as a sophomore where a pair of back-breaking big plays put STA over the top in the state title game. He has the pure speed to take it the distance every time he touches the ball. Not the biggest guy out there and that is a concern, but he is in the mold of a Mike Bellamy or C.J. Spiller in his ability to rip off big gains. Well coached at STA, he is solid in all aspects of the position. Will the weight come or does he switch positions down the road?

Coppet Video

Tarean Folston, 5'10, 175, Cocoa

Last season was the first one in four years where it did not end in a state title for Cocoa. They still made a run to the semi-finals and Folston was a big part of that. Big play threat from their ground based offense that possesses the ability to make guys miss in space and run past them. Folston has not added much size(yet) and that is one of the only concerns. The other one is how he transitions to a more traditional offense.

Folston Video

Ryan Green, 5'10, 190, St. Pete Catholic

Ran a 4.45 laser at the UnderArmour combine in Orlando and clearly possesses some elite tools. Green has added a lot of size over the past year and is a threat to take it to the house every time he touches it. Plays against smaller competition so there is some question to how he will translate to the next level. Green does not break a lot of tackles, preferring to run around defenders. If you watch him play hoops, you see a guy that has some elite tools. Explosive.

Green Video

T.J. Johnson, 5'8, 170, Cape Coral Island Coast

What he lacks in ideal size he more than makes up for with his elite speed. Even with an angle you are not running this prospect down. Despite being on the small side, he is physical as shown by some of his hits from the Safety position. Catches the ball well and can be played in the slot. Johnson would seem to fit spread type offenses where teams can get him in space and let him do his thing.

Johnson Video

Bryant has an NFL build
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Adam Lane, 5'7, 210, Winter Haven (Committed to Florida)

Lane suffered an injury his junior season, but is already back running again. While short, he is very thick and as strong as any running back in the country. Lane possesses great quickness and some wiggle in the hole. He is not going to run away from defenders, but he will pick up 15+ yard gains. Tough guy to get a clean shot on and if defenders don't wrap up, he will break a run. Lane made an early commitment to his dream school. Brother of Rutgers TE D.C. Jefferson.

Lane Video

Jamari Smith, 6'0, 200, Neptune Beach Fletcher

Smith was one of the big stories in Florida last year as he led Fletcher to the state semi-finals. Prototype size with good wiggle. The big question is how fast is he? Displays some ability to run away from the defense. Should fill out to be 215+ down the road. Fights for yards and is tough to bring down. Should fit right in for colleges that run a more pro style system.

Smith Video

Kelvin Taylor, 5'10, 205, Belle Glade Glades Day

The son of former Gator and NFL star Fred Taylor. Taylor has been making plays for five years already as he was a varsity starter in the 7th grade. He has excellent vision, is tough running inside, and gets maximum yards on each carry. Just like daddy. Has not played the best competition in the state coming from the lowest classification, but there is little doubt that this is one of the top talents at this position in the state. Opposing coaches rave about his "smart play". Tough to stop.

Taylor Video

A.J. Turman, 6'0, 200, Orlando Boone

Turman is a big back that is a tough inside runner. While he lacks deep speed, he does have good quickness and good all around game. Figures to be a player that carries 220+ down the road. Needs to continue working on his hands. Projects to be a guy that can carry the load at the next level.

Turman Video

Lorenzo Woodley, 6'0, 200, Miami Columbus

Woodley has been on the radar since his sophomore season. Big back, but one with the pure speed to hit the home run. Does not always run as physical as his size would indicate. Steps up in big moments. Good hands. Should be an excellent blocker. Has the frame to carry 220 which give his speed and burst makes him unique.

Woodley Video

Others to keep an eye on:

Micah Reed, 6'0, 190, Crestview: Video

Matthew Dayes, 5'9, 200, Cypress Bay: Video

Marcus Levy, 5'11, 185, Fort Pierce Central: Video

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