Next up is senior running back Terrence Magee, a shifty runner with a compact but physical build who excelled catching passes out of the backfield.
MAGEE IN HIGH SCHOOL
Following a very Louisiana tradition, Magee, who was the best player on his Franklinton High School team, played quarterback even though he never projected there at the next level.
The southpaw, rated by Scout as a three-star prospect and the No. 6 running back in the state, authored a magical senior season, leading Franklinton to its first ever state title.
For his efforts Magee was named Most Outstanding Player of the Class 4A state title game (a tilt in which he threw for 203 yards and ran for 126 yards) and several weeks later was named Most Outstanding Offensive Player in 4A Louisiana football.
Ironically the running back that shared the Franklinton backfield with Magee was Josh Robinson, who went on to enjoy a successful career toting the rock at Mississippi State and is now in the same draft class as Magee.
Here are two different clips of Magee in his prep days, first playing against OP Walker in his senior season of 2010 and then a highlight reel from that senior campaign.
MAGEE IN COLLEGE
Like another LSU back entering the draft, Kenny Hilliard, Magee entered the fold in the 2011 season, when the Tigers were loaded at tailback.
Unlike Hilliard, who exploded down the back half of his debut season, Magee was more an afterthought, playing fourth or fifth fiddle behind the likes of Spencer Ware, Michael Ford, Alfred Blue and eventually Hilliard.
But his was a career that blossomed as it progressed.
2011: 27 rushes for 133 yards, 1 TD
2012: Played WR – 1 rush, 1 catch
2013: 86 rushes for 626 yards, 8 TDs
2014: 112 rushes for 571 yards, 3 TDs
Magee actually shifted out to play receiver in his sophomore season due to a shortage at the position and an overflow in the backfield. He was seldom-used but it did prepare him as a pass-catcher when he moved back to tailback as a junior.
Also influential about his junior campaign – the arrival of offensive coordinator Cam Cameron, who viewed Magee as a collegiate version of the back he’d just finished working with in Baltimore, Ray Rice.
In his final two seasons Magee was LSU’s second back, first behind Jeremy Hill and then behind Leonard Fournette, and regular third-down back, a solid receiver and pass-blocker from shotgun formations.
As a senior back Magee actually finished second on the team in receptions with 17 (went for a total of 171 yards). He also returned kicks for the Tigers.
His most impressive feat as a tailback was consistently churning out yards. For his career Magee averaged 5.9 yards per carry and in no season that he played the position did he average less that 4.9 yards per carry.
Finally, Magee wore the No. 18 jersey for LSU in his final season, an honor annually bestowed upon the player deemed to be the best team leader.
Check out the following interview with Magee, conducted at SEC Media Days this past summer.
NEXT LEVEL PROJECTION
At the NFL Scouting Combine, Magee stood 5-foot-8 and weighed in at 213 pounds. Several weeks later, at LSU’s Pro Day in Baton Rouge, Magee was down to 210 pounds.
His only other testing number that comes from the Combine in Indianapolis was bench press, with Magee lifting 225 pounds 22 times.
Magee ran a 4.56-second 40-yard dash at Pro Day and also registered a vertical jump of 37 inches, the highest of any LSU player participating in the on-campus event.
Other measurables: Arm – 30 inches; Hand – 9 inches; Wingspan – 71.5 inches (5-11.5).
For a complete player evaluation click on the link below, which will take you to a write-up done by Dave-Te’ Thomas, a sports writer, talent evaluator and scouting personnel consultant for a majority of teams in the National Football League.