NFTC Position Breakdown: Running Backs

The Inland Empire had the top two running back performers at the Los Angeles NFTC...

Corona (Calif.) Centennial running back J.j. Taylor, a 2016 prospect, earned RB MVP honors. Anyone who watched the Huskies play last season remember what a game breaking return man Taylor was.

On Sunday, Taylor took his skills to running back and flashed his incredible quickness and burst. He has great balance and change of direction and was an impossible cover in the one on one drills. He's undersized at about 5-6 but will be a big time playmaker for the next two seasons.


Fresno (Calif.) Clovis North running back Bolu Olorunfunmi.

Fresno (Calif.) Clovis North running back Bolu Olorunfunmi had a nice day. He's about 6'0, 210 pounds and, for a bigger back, does surprisingly well catching the ball and in footwork drills. He runs with power consistently.

Olorunfunmi had some up and down moments during the pass rush drills blocking linebackers, looking pretty unnatural trying to block. That'll obviously be an area of emphasis for him. But overall, he's a definite BCS prospect.

Redlands (Calif.) East Valley running back Malik Lovette is one of the more versatile prospects in the region, able to play receiver and in the secondary.  The four-star worked out with the running backs all day Sunday and was probably either the best or second best running back prospect in the bunch.

Lovette did really well in pass protection, which was a little surprising since he's played so much receiver. He has a good burst off the line, and catches the ball really well out of the backfield. During the breakdown drill, he did a nice job of making one cut and getting downfield.

Physically, he looks like a running back, with big calves and a strong-looking upper body.

Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco running back Sean McGrew had a terrific sophomore season and the 2016 prospect already has a handful of offers.  He's probably not a whole lot taller than 5'7, but he's very quick.

At his height, though, you'd have to think he'll be more of a situational player at the next level as a back or more likely a slot.

Newbury Park (Calif.) running back Darick Holmes is another guy who could play in the slot.  Like McGrew, he's not really tall, but does have another inch or so, putting him in 5'8-5'9 range.

In fact, Holmes actually reminds us a bit of Donovan Lee, with that same kind of quickness and burst.

Another running back who caught our eye were Bakersfield (Calif.) Liberty's Anthony Mariscal, who's a three-star safety. 

Mariscal showed real good burst and good footwork and looked good in the pass-blocking drills. burst and good footwork and looked good in the pass-blocking drills.

Newbury Park (Calif.) 2017 running back Darnay Holmes was one of the top underclassmen there, running a 4.5 in the forty.

National Recruiting Analyst Greg Biggins contributed to this report.


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