'Bama leads for '14 Florida running back

Johnathan Vickers landed his dream offer from Alabama in July so guess who leads for this '14 running back? He's a very talented prospect from Tallahassee (Fla.) North Florida Christian.

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Jonathan Vickers (Tallahassee, Fla./North Florida Christian) will be a prospect from the Sunshine State that everyone will be talking about in the 2014 class. Last month he received his dream over from Alabama after camping with the Crimson Tide.

"What a great feeling," Vickers said. "I have been a big fan of them forever. Coach [Nick] Saban offered me and what an honor it was to speak with him. It was the highlight of the year for me."

Saban and Alabama have done well of late recruiting out of state backs. Heisman Trophy winner Mark Ingram was from Michigan and Trent Richardson was from Florida.

"Those are the two guys I grew up watching at Alabama," Vickers said. "And I love the guys. It's early but I can say that Alabama is my leader. But I want to see how this all plays out. I am in no rush and just want to enjoy it all."

Clemson was the first team to offer Vickers. That came early last fall when the Tigers came to scout one of his teammates.

"I don't think they even knew about me," Vickers said. "But that's okay. They came to a game and I played very well that night and they offered shortly after. That was the first one for me and something I will never forget."

Vickers, 5-foot-11 and 205-pounds, also has offers from Ole Miss and Georgia Tech. There are several other teams that could be close. Of course before it's all said and done, Vickers will have a few dozen options.

"Auburn, Florida, and South Carolina are showing a lot of interest," Vickers said. "I am a little surprised that Florida State is showing such little interest. They haven't been recruiting me hard. It's no big deal because I have wanted to leave Tallahassee but I would love an offer from the hometown team."

This summer Vickers was active with the camp circuit, participating in four.

"It was a good summer of camping," Vickers said. "I went to Florida, Clemson, Auburn, and Alabama. I got to see some places. I got to compete against some great players from everywhere. The coaches were great at each school."

2014 is shaping up to be a huge year for running backs from Florida. Everyone talks about the ones from south Florida but don't sleep on this one from the state's capitol.

"I think I am a diverse back with great vision and feet," Vickers said. "I can be elusive in the open field and punch it in from the five-yard line. I know I want to be the best all-around back I can be and I want to get better at everything I do."

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