Inside Access - Running Backs

With the current stable of backs that the Gators will put on the field this fall, the running back spot is not a true "need" position moving forward for the class of 2009. Having said that, there are a number of great looking backs from the state of Florida alone.

Mike Gillislee, 6-0, 190-pounds is on board and could fill the running back role in this year's class if the Gators don't end up with one more. Gillislee from Deland (Fla.) is an amazing athlete and could play a number of positions for the Gators.

The two most widely talked about running backs in this year's class that are still available are Escambia's Trent Richardson and Miami Palmetto's Jamaal Berry. Richardson went public for Alabama and has since said that he will take some visits to check out some other teams. Right now it looks to be a three team race with Florida squarely in the mix as well as LSU and Alabama. Richardson has his sights set on an incredible season that would include 3,000 yards and a total of 45 touchdowns if they can advance to the state finals. Anyone who attended Friday Night Lights will tell you that Richardson has the physicality to carry the kind of load that it would take to hit those numbers. Richardson is 5-11, 215-pounds and doesn't have an ounce of fat on him. He is one of the most physically gifted looking players that I saw at Friday Night Lights. Richardson will not do anything until National Signing Day, meaning that he will either stick with Alabama or wake up that day and fax to either LSU or Florida.

Berry on the other hand is more of an elusive style runner and is the same height at 5-11 but checks in about 190-pounds with a blistering sub 4.4. Berry could be the best overall running back in the nation when you add all the intangibles in. He has had Florida and Ohio State at the top for as long as I can remember. I maintain that the longer that it goes with Berry, the better the chances are for Florida. Berry will still look to take an official to Ohio State during the season but at the end of the day I do believe that distance could play a factor for him and his family. There is one more thing that helps Florida, in my opinion, that I don't want to mention quite yet, but make no mistake about it, the Gators have as good a shot at Berry as anyone.

Those of you that have been in chat know about a big time player that I have mentioned over the last couple of weeks. I stated that he would take a visit to Florida very soon. That day is today. It will be his first trip to the University of Florida and to say he is excited is an understatement. For obvious reason's I cant get into who it is at this time, but I just wanted to assure everyone that the staff is relentless in bringing in the top talent from around the country. This is a player that I have had numerous talks with over the last 5-7 weeks and believe that if he is blown away today, he could very well end up in the class. For those of you that are going to try and figure it out, all I will tell you is that it's not a player that I have mentioned in the past.

Also, I made mention on another player in chat recently but this time it was about a 2010 prospect and the boards were going crazy to try and figure it out. ONE of you put on your thinking cap!

See you all in chat tonight at 10:00 p.m.

Questions or comments? Contact's Jason Higdon

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