LSU in the running for top running backs

LSU can claim one of the best running back stables in the Southeastern Conference, and it will add another stallion when verbal commitment Justin Vincent enrolls next fall. Despite having all that talent at one position, the Tigers still remain in contention for some of the best backs in the South.

After being "held" to 960 yards and 12 touchdowns due to an ankle injury last year, Jersey Village tailback Selvin Young is making up for lost time. Through his first three games this season, Young has rushed for 536 yards on only 49 carries with six touchdowns.

"That should average around eleven yards a carry," Young laughed. Actually it averages 10.94 or better than a first down per touch.

Young was one of the faces in the crowd at Robertson Stadium Saturday night, taking in the Texas-Houston contest. But don't read too much into it.

"I just came to watch the game," he continued to laugh. "See someone get beat up. Actually, Houston played great in the first half. They played as well as I've ever seen them play."

Young was asked if he was feeling any pressure on committing early.

"I'm  receiving calls from basically the same schools," he said. "LSU, Oklahoma, Nebraska, USC, FSU, Colorado, A&M, TCU and Iowa State."

"I'm in no hurry to commit early. I want to make some official visits first."

Young and Jersey Village will be facing a tough opponent in A&M Consolidated this coming Friday.

"It should be a good game, he said. "I'm glad we're playing them at our place."

- David Garvin, Heartland

Gerald Riggs, Jr. continues to have a dominating senior campaign and he is showing why he is one of the most coveted running backs in the nation. In five games, he has rushed for 1,016 yards and 17 touchdowns. Riggs, 6-0 and 214 pounds, plays for Chattanooga (Tenn.) Redbank High School. In regards to recruiting, there is a new college football power in the mix.

"Florida has shown a lot of interest in me lately," said Riggs. "I have been talking with them. They are a team that is always in the hunt. You can see what a versatile back can do in their offense. Look at what Fred Taylor did for them. It could be a good situation for me.

"Right now, I know I will officially visit LSU (10-6), Tennessee, Michigan and Nebraska for sure. My last visit will go to Florida or Auburn. I am trying my best to get to a game in Gainesville. If I do and I like it, I will probably visit them officially."

Riggs will attend the LSU/Tennessee game this weekend. Last season as a junior, Riggs rushed for over 2,500 yards and 37 touchdowns.

When you think of pure "speed" backs in the state of Texas, Edorian McCullough and D'Bryan Blanton may first come to mind, but don't forget about the "blur" from Houston Sam Houston, John Johnson. Top recruiters certainly aren't. After rushing for 1,494 yards on 177 carries with 29 touchdowns as a junior, Johnson has already ran for 567 yards on 64 carries and eight scores this season. Saturday night, he had a game most tailbacks just dream about, rushing for 323 yards on 22 carries with four touchdowns, not including an 85-yard kickoff return for another score. Johnson accounted for every single point in a 30-26 win over Houston Furr.

And the people that count are noticing.

"I've talked to Texas, Florida, LSU, Arkansas, Arizona and Colorado," Johnson said Monday night. "And all have offered."

He was asked about favorites.

"I like Florida," he said very quickly. "Then it would be LSU."

Johnson is just as impressive in the classroom, currently carrying a 3.3 GPA. "I will be taking my ACT next month," he said.

He's also posted a 10.21 in the 100m, 20.8 in the 200m and anchors their 4x1 relay team. John said he's looking forward to Friday night, when they take on LB/DE Hosea Atkinson and Houston Washington.

"They also have a good tailback in Marcellus Brown," he said. "It should be a great game."

- Scott Kennedy,

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