Ryan's Ramblins - 2013 Recruiting Update - RB

GoJackets.com continues its series to help you get a view of the big picture in football recruiting. Next, we will take a look at the running back prospects.

Current Depth Chart:

BB: David Sims, Charles Perkins, Zach Laskey, Marcus Allen
AB: Robbie Godhigh, B.J. Bostic, Tony Zenon
AB: Orwin Smith, Deon Hill, Broderick Snoddy

Current Seniority Chart:

1 senior –Smith
2 junior – Sims (R), Godhigh (R)
5 sophomores – Perkins (R), Zenon (R), Bostic (R), Hill (R), Laskey
2 freshmen –Snoddy (R), Allen

(R) = Redshirt

Notes: There have been just a few changes to note since the Class of '12 recruiting review in terms of the depth chart. First, Richard Watson finished his Tech career by graduating early. Marcus Allen will likely be listed as a B-back when he arrives on campus. Tony Zenon was penciled in as one of the favorites to start at A-back and replace Roddy Jones Instead he fell behind a couple of players, most notably former walk-on Robert Godhigh, who now looks like the favorite to start opposite Orwin Smith to begin fall practice. Deon Hill looked good in the spring game and could be in line for some playing time.

Expected 2013 Class Open Slots: 2
Current Commits: 1 (Travis Custis)
Remaining Slots: 1
Prospects: Brendan Douglas, Peyton Barber, Kamani Thomas, Derrick Green, Khalid Thomas, Jamari Smith, Cornelius Elder, Kyle Scales, Chaz Thornton, Marcus Cox, Quinten James, Alvin Kamara, Ernest Alexander

Likelihood of committing is rated in 1 of 5 categories:

  1. We Lead
  2. We Like Our Chances
  3. Could Go Either Way
  4. Unlikely But Possible
  5. Leaning Elsewhere

BRENDAN DOUGLAS (6-0.5, 210 pounds) from Augusta, Ga. is an unrated prospect listed as a running back by Scout.com. Douglas has an offer from Georgia Tech and it's currently his only offer. He fits what Tech coaches are looking for in a big back who can play B-back in the triple option. Brendan has already taken an unofficial visit to GT in March. I wouldn't let the lack of offers or ranking dissuade your opinion of him just yet. There are players rated higher who Tech coaches know well but have not offered. It goes to show that the coaches covet a bigger-sized back in a situation where there could be but one spot left.

Best Guess: We Lead

KYLE SCALES (5-9, 165 pounds) from Norcross, Ga. is an unrated prospect listed as a running back by Scout.com. He has no offers currently. He has been to Tech and seem to really favor the Yellow Jackets. The question is – will Tech coaches extend an offer? If Scales is to be a match for Tech it may take some time to find out as the coaches seem to be taking a cautious approach to their final running back offers with perhaps just one slot remaining. His size could hurt his chances to end up at Tech.

Best Guess: We Lead (but no offer)

CHAZ THORNTON (5-6, 168 pounds) from Toccoa, Ga. is an unrated prospect listed as a running back by Scout.com. He has no offers currently. He currently favors Georgia Tech and Tennessee but he faces the same up hill battle in getting a Tech offer as Scales. Plus Thornton is actually smaller in size.

Best Guess: We Lead (but no offer)

PEYTON BARBER (5-10, 211 pounds) from Alpharetta, Ga. is a three-star prospect ranked as the #85 running back by Scout.com. Barber is a hot item in recruiting already nailing down offers from Clemson, GT, Kentucky, Louisville, Mississippi, North Carolina, Purdue, UCF, Vanderbilt, and Wake Forest. Clemson offered him first. Peyton has visited Tech and Clemson already. Barber is another Tech coaches see as a B-back prospect. He's already familiar with the position as he plays in a similar option style in high school. Barber is playing the favorites game close to the chest but actions speak the loudest as always. His actions suggested he would visit GT, UNC, Clemson, and Ole Miss during the spring.

Best Guess: We Like Our Chances

KAMANI THOMAS (5-9, 179 pounds) from Dallas, Ga. is a three-star prospect ranked as the #66 running back by Scout.com. Thomas does not yet have an offer from GT but does have offers from Vanderbilt, Mississippi, Mississippi State, Oklahoma State, Southern Miss, and Troy. Kamani has been to junior day and the spring game at Tech. Georgia Tech and Vanderbilt are the current favorites for his services. The flip side of Tech wanting size at RB is that they are cautiously approaching players like Thomas and holding off on the early offer. GT will continue to evaluate him at his spring practices.

Best Guess: We Like Our Chances (should Tech offer)

KHALID THOMAS (5-9, 170 pounds) from Tallahassee, Fla. is a three-star prospect ranked as the #79 running back by Scout.com. Currently has offers from GT, Kentucky, NC State, Notre Dame, Ohio State, South Carolina, South Florida, and Texas Tech. He's not claiming any leaders at this point but you'd have to think the Florida schools could be in good shape if they were to offer. If Tech has an angle it's because Dennis Andrews is his former teammate.

Best Guess: Unlikely But Possible

JAMARI SMITH (6-0, 200 pounds) from Neptune Beach, Fla. is a three-star prospect ranked as the #73 running back by Scout.com. He has offers from Arkansas, GT, Mississippi, South Carolina, and Southern Miss. He's another one of those bigger backs that Tech coaches are looking for; he could be AB or BB.

Best Guess: Unlikely But Possible

CORNELIUS ELDER (5-9, 160 pounds) from Nashville, Tn. is a four-star prospect ranked as the #22 running back by Scout.com. Elder has offers from GT, Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Nebraska, Tennessee, Vanderbilt and others. Elder is described as an explosive athlete and has been recruited as a RB, WR, or DB. Tech likes him as an A-Back. You'd have to think it would be tough to get him out of the state of Tennessee but we'll just have to wait and see.

Best Guess: Unlikely But Possible

ERNEST ALEXANDER (5-9, 210 pounds) from Lawrenceville, Ga. is an unrated prospect listed as a running back by Scout.com. He currently has no offers and recently visited Tech for the first time. He'll likely be back to try and earn an offer during Tech's summer camp period.

Best Guess: Unlikely But Possible (no GT offer)

MARCUS COX (5-10, 185 pounds) from Norcross, Ga. is an unrated prospect listed as a running back by Scout.com. Cox has an offer from South Alabama. He plans to camp at Auburn, Clemson, North Carolina, and GT and has visited GT numerous times.

Best Guess: Unlikely But Possible (no GT offer)

QUINTEN JAMES (6-1, 225 pounds) from Kennesaw, Ga. is a three-star prospect ranked as the #60 running back by Scout.com. He has offers from Vanderbilt, Illinois, Kentucky, and Purdue. He currently favors Kentucky, the first school to offer him. Should Tech not land someone like Douglas or Barber, James could be a good Plan B.

Best Guess: Unlikely But Possible (no GT offer)

DERRICK GREEN (5-11, 220 pounds) from Richmond, Va. is a four-star prospect ranked as the #19 running back by Scout.com. Green has so many offers that it would take the next two pages to list them all. Georgia Tech is among those schools to offer. It's tough to picture Tech having a legitimate chance at this point with Green. He has many choices and is not exactly in Tech's back yard. Some think he'll end up with an ACC rival of the Yellow Jackets like Virginia Tech or Clemson.

Best Guess: Leaning elsewhere

ALVIN KAMARA (5-10, 191 pounds) from Norcross, Ga. is a four-star prospect ranked as the #15 running back by Scout.com. He has offers from just about anyone and is considers one of the south's best running backs. Tech has yet to offer and he's thought to currently be an Alabama or Georgia lean. I think this one is a long way from being clear but Tech looks like a long shot here.

Best Guess: Leaning elsewhere


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