West: Top Five Running Backs

A pair of five-star running backs, Stockton (Calif.) Lincoln's Justin Davis and Beaverton (Ore.) Aloha's Thomas Tyner lead the list of the West's top ball carriers in the 2013 class...

West: Top Five Running Backs
Location: Stockton, Calif.
High School: Lincoln
Size: 6-1, 195
Recruiting: California, Florida State, Michigan, Notre Dame, Stanford, USC, Washington
Scouting Report: The West Coast has been a bit down the past couple of years at the running back position but Davis is a national talent. He has everything you're looking for in back with the ability to run between the tackles with power and the speed to bounce it outside and go the distance. He's a decisive runner who doesn't try and dance around too much but runs downhill and finishes his runs. Davis can make you miss and has a bit of wiggle to him but he's more of a one cut back and would rather go north-south than anything else.
Location: Beaverton, Ore.
High School: Aloha
Size: 6-0/200
Recruiting: Committed to Oregon
Scouting Report: Tyner is not just the fastest back in the country, he could be the fastest player period, regardless of position. He's an elite sprinter and participated in the World Junior Championships last year. He has a solid frame and runs with power when he gets his shoulders squared to the line of scrimmage. He shows good vision and balance and also catches the ball well out of the backfield. He's explosive through the hole and once he hits top end speed, go ahead and play the fight song because you won't catch Tyner from behind.
Location: Redlands, Calif.
High School: Redlands
Size: 6-0/188
Recruiting: Arizona, Colorado, Oregon State, UCLA, USC, Washington
Scouting Report: Lee is a complete back who does everything well. He has good size, and very good speed. His balance is exceptional and he has that rare ability to be both a home run threat and an every down back as well. He won't shy away from contact and can get downhill as soon as the hole opens up. Lee also catches the ball well out of the backfield and will make you miss in the open field.
Location: Lompoc, Calif.
High School: Lompoc
Size: 5-11/210
Recruiting: Oregon State, Alabama, Washington, Washington State, Utah
Scouting Report: Coleman is a true power back, the kind of back who can wear a defense down. He's physically strong and tough and will run right through an opposing tackle. Rarely will you see the first or even second man bring him down and Coleman is tough enough and durable to carry the ball 30 times a game with no problem. He's not just a plodder, Coleman has some wheels to him but his bread and butter is as a hard running, between the tackle guy who can also catch the ball well out of the backfield.
Location: San Diego, Calif.
High School: Madison
Size: 5-11/180
Recruiting: Arizona, Oregon State, UCLA, USC, Boise State, Nebraska
Scouting Report: Cormier is one of the most dynamic backs in the country and is deadly in the open field. He has good top end speed but is more quick than fast and can stop and start on a dime. He's not afraid to run between the tackles but really excels in space where his wiggle and quick twitch ability can really embarrass a defender. He has excellent hands out of the backfield and could easily be used similar to how Oregon uses DeAnthony Thomas, a running back/slot receiver.

The Next Five: Deon Martin (Bakersfield Stockdale, Calif.), Khalfani Muhammad (Sherman Oaks Notre Dame, Calif.), Terrell Newby (West Hills Chaminade, Calif.), Jalen Ortiz (Peoria Centennial, Ariz.), Aaron Baltazar (Chula Vista Eastlake, Calif.)


National Recruiting Analyst Greg Biggins (@GregBiggins), National Recruiting Analyst and West Regional Manager Brandon Huffman (@BrandonHuffman), Southwest Recruiting Analyst Jason Jewell (@jason247scout) and Northwest Recruiting Analyst Jake Worthen (@JakeWorthen) contributed to these rankings.


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