South: Top Five Running Backs

It is a deep year in the South at running back and Scout takes a look at the cream of the crop in that region right here.

South: Top Five Running Backs
Hometown: Yulee, Fla.
High School: Yulee
Size: 6-2/241
Recruiting: Committed to Georgia
Scouting Report: Some wonder if Henry will be able to play running back on the next level due to his size and that is a legit question, but there is always that exception to the norm and Henry may be that. He has shown he has the speed to break away from defenses, he has natural running back ability, he has very good vision, and he is extremely productive. He does need to run with more authority and that starts with better pad level. He is an upright runner and he needs to working on that and with a lower center of gravity.
Hometown: Delray Beach, Fla.
High School: American Heritage
Size: 5-10/195
Recruiting: Florida and Georgia were two big schools that offered Bryant early and many more have jumped on since. He could go anywhere in the country.
Scouting Report: Bryant is a running back that runs with power behind his pads. He is someone that can run through tackles, get the extra yards after contact, and break tackles on a regular basis. He has good straight-line speed, but he is not an elusive back. He is a power guy, a a good downhill runner, and someone who can wear defenses down. He has also shown the ability to catch the ball out of the backfield.
Hometown: Rosedale, Miss.
High School: West Bolivar Dist
Size: 5-11/185
Recruiting: Alabama, Mississippi State, Ole Miss, Vanderbilt, and others have offered. Many feel he will stay in state to play college football.
Scouting Report: Moore is a elite track guy and he takes that speed to the football field. He is a homerun threat any time he touches the football in space. If he has a crease, he hits it quickly, and accelerates very well. His top end speed is his best attribute, but he still has things to work on. He can run with more power, he can run with more toughness, and he can still show he can be that top every down back. Speed kills though, he has that.
Hometown: North Little Rock, Ark.
High School: North Little Rock
Size: 6-0/203
Recruiting: Tenpenny made a decision when he visited Tuscaloosa early in 2012 and he is committed to Alabama.
Scouting Report: Tenpenny brings a lot to table as a running back. He is size and speed stand out to most, but a couple of things that jump out to me are his balance and his patience. He knows how to set up his blocks, run under control, and hit the hole when it opens. He runs a little high at times and he can still run with more power behind his pads and get those tough inside yards, but he has all the tools you look for in an elite back. He missed the 2011 season after breaking his ankle in August, so if he comes back healthy, look for him to move up in the rankings.
Hometown: Belle Glades, Fla.
High School: Glades Day School
Size: 5-10/205
Recruiting: Committed to Florida
Scouting Report: Taylor is built very low to the ground, he has a very strong lower-body, and he is very tough to tackle. He keeps his legs moving after contact, he moves very well laterally, and although he may not have elite speed, he has very quick feet. He hits the hole with quickness and power, and he is a very productive back. He has natural running back instincts and he has a good feel for the game when the ball is in his hands.

The Next Five: Tyren Jones (Marietta, Ga.), Alvin Kamara (Norcross, Ga.), Ashton Shumpert (Fulton, Ms.), Tyshon Dye (Elberton, Ga.), and Ryan Green (Tampa, Fla.).

Chad Simmons is currently a National Recruiting Analyst for FOX Sports/Scout. He started with Scout in 2003 and then moved on to another Recruiting Service from 2004-2008 before returning to Scout the first of 2009 to become South Recruiting Manager.
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