Midlands Backs to Break Out

FOX Sports NEXT is in the streets this spring to bring you all the coverage from across the Midlands region. Today, we feature a group of running backs who are going into this season with a point to prove after missing, slow or down-right bad junior season. All are up and running now and poised for a big senior campaign…

For the players listed below, things could have gone better last season. Maybe it was an injury or it just wasn't their year. Either way, this is the finale and these guys are itching to prove what they can do. It's all about the running backs in this one…

RB Jamel James – Katy (TX) Cinco Ranch
He burst on the scene as a freshman and came out as a man-child as a sophomore. That is when everyone took notice, which resulted in a commitment to Arkansas. So naturally the thought was that his junior season was going to be nothing short of spectacular. And even though James Still ended with 1,000-plus yards, it seemed like he lost a little pop. Even he noticed it. Now, with off season and summer behind him, his focus is sharp and he wants to get back to the things that made him a Top 100 player. This past summer, he decided on Notre Dame after opening up his committed earlier in the year. 

RB Marcus Goodson – Spring (TX) Klein Collins
Goodson has always been on the cuff of breaking through and making his presence known as one of the state's top backs. Sure, he has had some productive years, but some close to him see that there is much more untapped potential. This year could be that year for Goodson to unleash and become a Top 5 back in Greater Houston. 

RB Trent Holmes – Houston (TX) Cy Woods
He was quite productive during his time, but Holmes was on course to being a 1,000-yard rusher before an injury (collarbone) took him out of the lineup. Even with that, he was still able to earn five verbal scholarship offers. From those, he chose Air Force. He knows that 2012 is his last rodeo and plans to make the best of it.

RB Adam Taylor – Katy (TX)
In the one game where Taylor played, he looked great. Much like he did as a sophomore when everyone had their eyes on him and had him pegged as the next elite Katy back. But he was injured (knee) in the one game he was able to perform and missed all of last year. Rehab went great and he had all off season to get it right. Now, he is stronger than ever and is jonesing to get out on the field and pick up where he left off. 

RB William Butler - Aransas Pass (TX) 
Butler is a four-year letterman, but last season did not go so well as he missed half of his junior season. He did still gain 600 yards, but know that his production for this year will at least double, possibly triple after making some camp stops and improving his overall game.

RB Travorris Johnson – Houston (TX) Alief Taylor 
We were reluctant to add Johnson to the list seeing that he had a pretty good season and is now committed to TCU. But, looking at Johnson's production, he somewhat flew under the radar as far as being known as one of the top backs in the city and state. How ironic is it that coach Gary Patterson ended up getting him to his program?

RB Jericho Worrell – Houston (TX) Eisenhower 
His production was a bit limited last season and even he said that he played with a bit of a chip on his shoulder, but Worrell said that those days are behind him. After watching him do his thing during spring ball, it looks like Worrell can not only be a contributor, but a star in the Eisenhower offense.

Ahmard Vital is responsible for Midlands Recruiting, mainly covering prospects in the state of Texas. He joined Scout.com in 2005 and is the author of the newly released book, Awaken the Baller Within.
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