Sneak Peek: Pennsylvania Running Backs

Signing day for the class of 2011 has come and gone and now we start to look ahead to the next class of college football prospects.

The class of 2012 has a chance to go down as not only one of the best classes in the last ten years, but also one of the deepest. One position that is very deep is running back.

There are two-three elite type of prospects at the position and several more who could sign with FBS teams.

Rushel Shell          Aliquippa/Pa./Hopewell          5-11/215/4.50 

Recruiting:  Always seems to mention Florida, Ohio State and Pittsburgh. He has between 20-30 offers from schools all across the country.

**Shell has dealt with the pressure of being called the next Tony Dorsett for a long time and he has     persevered through that pressure. Shell is a rare back that can do it all and he does. The bad thing is, since Shell plays on defense and special teams, we rarely see him at full strength. Wait until he gets to college and can focus solely on being an every down running back. Shell is a franchise back that every team wants. He can run inside or outside. He is very patient and has outstanding vision. He has a thick build which allows him to be able to tote the rock 20+ carries per game. He has been very durable despite a workload that would break a lot of players.**


Greg Garmon       Erie/Pa./McDowell                  6-1/200/4.50

Recruiting: Currently holds verbal offers from Pittsburgh, Penn State, Buffalo and North Carolina.

**While Shell seems to be the sure thing as far as the every down back goes, Garmon may be the best homerun threat amongst the running backs in the state. He is a big play back who thrives on making people miss and being elusive in the open field. He is very versatile and could play a numbers of positions at the next level. He has game changing speed and has a very high ceiling.**


Drew Harris    Exton/Pa./Downingtown East      6-1/205/4.5

Recruiting: Currently holds verbal offers from Arkansas, Cincinnati, Florida State, Georgia Tech, Illinois, Kansas State, Miami, Michigan, Kentucky, Michigan State, Notre Dame, Penn State, Pittsburgh, Rutgers, Syracuse, South Carolina, Temple, Virginia Tech and West Virginia.

**Harris may possess the best combination of speed and power of anyone on this list. He breaks doesn't normally go down on the first hit and is a bruiser when running tackle to tackle. He has an excellent burst and if he gets a seam or the outside he is a threat to take it to the house at any given time. Has a lot of experience as a feature back at a big school that plays tough competition.**


Julian Durden    McKees Rocks/Pa./Montour       5-8/170/4.5

Recruiting: Holds a verbal offer from Pittsburgh. He is also hearing from Penn State, West Virginia and Northwestern.

**In the spread happy days of college football backs like Durden are at a premium. Everyone wants that elusive smaller back that can also be a threat in the slot. Durden had an outstanding season against good competition after transferring from a smaller school. He is very patient and has great vision. His ability to stop and start and make people miss reminds us a lot of LaRod Stephens-Howling and Eugene Jarvis, only Durden is a little big at the same point of their careers.**


FB  Rob Dvoracek        Allentown/Pa./Parkland                                 6-2/215/4.6

RB  Desmon Peoples     Warminster/Pa./Archbishop Wood        5-7/160/4.49

RB  Manny Simpson     Harrison City/Pa./Penn-Trafford               5-11/185/4.5

RB  Quentin Briggs        Charleroi/Pa.                                                    5-10/205

RB  Damion Jones-Moore   Pittsburgh/Pa./Central Catholic      5-6/170/4.48

RB  Trey Hall                       Beaver Falls/Pa.                                      5-10/210/4.55

RB  Joell Nesbit                   Pittsburgh/Pa./Brashear                    5-10/195/4.49

FB  Corey Garry                      McDonald/Pa./Fort Cherry                    6-1/235/4.65

RB  Taishan Tucker              Philadelphia/Pa./Northeast                5-9/160

RB  Luke Hagy                       Pittsburgh/Pa./Mount Lebanon          5-10/185/4.5

RB  Clayton McNair             Steelton/Pa./Steelton Highspire       5-6/170/4.49

RB  Tyrell Thomas                Catawissa/Pa./Southern Columbia   6-0/185/4.5

RB  Merle Moscaello           Lewisburg/Pa.                                           5-11/185

FB  John Rizzo                      Richland/Pa.                                               6-0/220

RB  Rodney Gillen                West Lawn/Pa./Wilson                          5-11/175

RB  Bret Cooper                   Norristown/Pa.                                           5-9/170

RB  Sharif Smith                   Philadelphia/Pa./Horace Furness       6-1/185

RB  Jalen Randolph              Malvern/Pa./Malvern Prep                  6-1/210/4.60

RB  Anthony Washington      Coatesville/Pa.                                      5-11/175


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