Breaking Down Florida: The RB's

After Spring and many summer University camps it is becoming apparent that the Sunshine State is once again loaded and extremely deep for 2010. With well over 300 players expected to sign D-1 scholarships, breaks down the players by position.


1A. Eduardo Clements: Clements does everything at a high level. He has acceleration, speed, hands, vision, and physicality. He is ready to step in and play early if given the opportunity. Florida State, Miami, Georgia, and Michigan are all in the game at this time for his services.

1B. Gio Bernard: Bernard is a pure RB who projects to be a feature back at the next level. He had a tremendous junior year where his excellent vision and sneaky speed were on full display. He has excellent bloodlines with brother Yvenson starring at Oregon State. It is hard to get a read on where he is leaning on the recruiting trail.

3. Marcus Shaw: Dominant RB who ran for over 2,300 yards as a junior in Desoto County's Wing-T attack. Shaw can run over or around defenders. Has more game speed then he is given credit for by many analysts. He is excellent between the tackles and often looks to punish defenders. Plays LB and will deliver big hits there as well. Athlete. He is only going to get better. He appears to want to stay in-state for college.

4. Darion Hall: The Lely star and Miami commit is a unique package. He is over 200 pounds but has the running style of a smaller back. Excellent hands. Hall's best asset is his acceleration 4-8 yards down the field and he has plenty of wiggle for a bigger back. Ultra productive and consistent as a junior. He will be a 220+ pound back down the road.

5. Devon Wright: The Taravella star is one of the state's best kept secrets. Led competitive Broward County in rushing as a junior despite every defense keying on him. Has great size at 6'1, 185ish and showed nice improvement from sophomore to junior seasons. Can be a feature back and has flashed plus hands in the passing game.

6. Roy Finch: The Oklahoma native is a recent commit to OU. Transfered to Florida and had an excellent junior year. Very versatile as he can be moved to the slot where his quickness and ability to play in space can be featured. Should be dangerous as a punt returner. Probably does not have the size to be a feature back, but will be a dangerous weapon for 10-15 touches a game.

7. Jakhari Gore: Gore lacks the size to be a feature back, but is very productive in 6A Dade. He is shifty in space and has outstanding burst. A cousin to Frank Gore, he will bring big play capability to the next level.

8. Jeremy Deering: This talented athlete could play a number of different positions at the next level. Area coaches rave about what he does on a so-so team. Has a great frame to add weight and can be an every down back. Very smooth runner with cutting ability and power.

9. Brandon Gainer: Bigger back who can really pick up yards inside. He plays in shotgun based attack, he probably will be even better in a more traditional offense where he is running behind a FB. Will get the tough yards. Very consistent production wise.

10. Tevin Drake: Tough inside runner who will pound on defenses between the tackles and has above average vision and speed. He gets better late in the game and has light feet for a bigger back. Has carried the load and projects to be that type at the next level.

11. James White: Playing on the same team as Bernard, White has made the most of his opportunities. Terrific inside runner with surprising speed. Complete athlete with hands and is an excellent student off the field. White won't break your ankles, but has above average acceleration and will commit to the hole and run fearlessly.

12. Casey Turner: Bigger back with speed, Turner ripped off 1,950 yards on his way to first team All-State honors. He holds offers from South Carolina, Arkansas, and Illinois.

13. Jeremy Hester: Hester is a smaller package who has a knack for making big plays. He has outstanding burst to go with speed and plays bigger than his size would indicate. Players don't get clean shots on him. Fearless inside runner who has a little bit of Darren Sproles in him.

14. Ethan Grant: Deep speed. One of the fastest players in the state. The Oregon commit has the potential to be a game changer. Grant should upgrade special teams immediately and play a versatile role of getting carries while also getting touches in the passing game.

15. Cassius McDowell: McDowell can make plays as a RB, in the slot, and on special teams. He lacks ideal size, but is tough and has the speed/quickness to be a big play threat at the next level. He is a great fit for a spread based attack.

16. James Holland: Holland is a very physical runner who has light feet. Prefers to run over the competition, but can run past defenders. He has soft hands and has shown his versatility playing QB and S.

17. James Potts: Potts is a big play threat because of his ability to make people miss. Very light on his feet, he also has 4.5 speed. He needs to be more effective inside, prefers to bounce things to the outside. Potts has a top 5 of Michigan State, Rutgers, Buffalo, Vanderbilt, and Memphis.

18. Will Powers: The state's top two way player, Powers simply makes plays....a lot of them. Does not have ideal height, but is very strong with solid quickness and speed. Runs hard through the hole and rarely goes down on first contact. Excellent vision. He has 'it'. Rarely comes off the field. Ridiculous GPA that has attracted Ivy League schools.

19. Malcolm Jones: Explosive RB who ran a blistering 4.32 40 at's Orlando combine. Jones needs to add size to be an every down back. He had 129 carries in 2008 and did not fumble.

20. Darnell Kirkwood: The Minnesota commit is tough inside runner with plenty of speed. He will be a feature back because he has no weaknesses, he does a little bit of everything.

21. Adrian Golden: "Bubba" is one of the most intriguing backs in the state. He set a Pasco County record with 2,514 yards and 32 touchdowns. Despite small stature, he runs hard and reaches top speed as quickly as any back in the state.

22. Jorvonte Jones: Jones at 5'9, 190 has the power to run through defenders and no one runs harder in the state. He has plenty of speed to go with WR hands. He Excels between the tackles.

SLEEPER: Darius Deloach: He missed his junior year, but the former Immokalee star is now at Dunbar and has the total package. A rock solid 5'11, 200 with 4.5 speed and hands, big things are expected of him in 2009.

OTHERS TO WATCH: Audry Woodson, Jeff Scott, Shontrelle Johnson, Antwan Chisolm, Tahj Kimble, Travaughn Brooks, Robert Boswell, Corvin Lamb, DeAndre Johnson, Jawan Jamison, and Hosey Williams

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