South: Top Five RBs

The running back position is extremely strong and deep in the south this cycle and we break down the top five here...

The running back position will likely see some changes over the next 10 months. It is a very strong position in 2015 and there are national prospects up and down the list.

Here are the top five:

Jordan Scarlett | Ft. Lauderdale (Fla.) St. Thomas Aquinas
| 5-11/205/4.59 | No. 3 Overall

Scouting: Scarlett is a power back who likes to run downhill through the defenders. He does not have great wiggle in space or elite top-end speed, but he is a back who gains chunks of yards after initial contact. He runs through arm tackles, he has good balance, and he is back who can carry the ball for four quarterbacks. He is best running between the tackles He is currently committed to FAU, but he is looking at other options.

Kerryon Johnson | Madison (Ala.) Madison Academy
| 6-0/185/4.51 | No. 4 Overall

Scouting: Johnson is an athlete who could shine on either side of the ball on the next level. He likes running back and at that position, he is a smooth runner with quickness and the ability to change direction well. He is still lean regardless of his position and he will need to add bulk and strength. He is an athlete who seems to play as fast as he needs to. He could be an elite free safety on the next level as well. He has great range and speed in the secondary.

DeSherrius Flowers | Prichard (Ala.) vIGOR
| 6-1/201/4.57 | No. 5 Overall

Scouting: Flowers is what you want if you are a program that plays physical. He is a punishing back with the ability to run through would-be tackles. He moves the chains and his speed is above average when you put that into context with his size/style. Flowers is a little tight in the hips and he is not great in space, but when going downhill, he is one of the best. He hits daylight, he moves the chains, and he can break the big run. He is committed to Alabama.

Taj Griffin | Powder Springs (Ga.) McEachern
| 5-9/168/4.39 | No. 6 Overall

Scouting: Griffin is a speed back who can be used in so many different ways. He is not going to be a guy who carries the ball 20 times a game, but he will touch it a dozen times in different ways. He has a great burst, he gets to his top speed quickly, and he has very good hands. He can be used as a back, in the slot, and as a return man. He is one of the most electric prospects in the country.

Jacques Patrick | Orlando (Fla.) Timber Creek
| 6-1/210/4.60 | No. 7 Overall

Scouting: We are getting back to the old school backs in recent years. Bo Scarbrough in 2013, Derrick Henry in 2012, and Patrick is another one in that group. Many saw Patrick early in his career and projected him as a linebacker or defensive end, but he will likely stay at running back. He is somewhat of an upright runner, but he does not shy away from contact. He runs kind of like a slasher and runs well on the edge and on the inside. He is a physical back with decent speed, but not the homerun threat when talking speed in the open field. He is more of a straightline runner.

The next five:

6. Nicholas Brossette | Baton Rouge (La.) Lab School
7. Derrius Guice | Baton Rouge (La.) Catholic
8. D'Anfernee McGriff | Tallahassee (Fla.) Leon
9. Eric Swinney | Tyrone (Ga.) Sandy Creek
10. Malik Dear | Jackson (Miss.) Murrah

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