South Notebook – Running Backs

Get the latest on the top 11 running backs and the number one rated fullback in the South here in this notebook. We offer the latest in recruiting, when some could commit, and more here.

Here is a look at the top 11 running backs in the South in order and what the latest is on them in recruiting. We also mention the number one fullback as well and he could play the running back position also.

Marcus Lattimore: 6-0/207 – Duncan, S.C. – Byrnes

Scout's Take: Lattimore named Auburn as his overall favorite in the spring, but recently decided to name a top seven without a favorite. He lists Auburn, Alabama, Clemson, Florida State, Maryland, North Carolina, Penn State and South Carolina as favorites. He has visited all the schools except Alabama, Maryland and Penn State with plans to visit the three before the end of the summer.

Michael Dyer: 5-10/196 – Little Rock, Ark. – Little Rock Academy

Scout's Take: Dyer has just returned home from a visit to Knoxville, but Tennessee does not appear on his list of favorites. Auburn and Arkansas appear to have the best shot at landing the National 100 back. He recently named favorites as Auburn, Arkansas, Alabama, Oklahoma, LSU and Notre Dame.

Mack Brown: 5-11/191 – Lithonia, Ga. – M.L.K.

Scout's Take: It is going to come down to Florida and Georgia for Brown. He is talked about committing this month, but at the latest he will make his decision known before the 2009 season kicks off. He has visited both Gainesville and Athens numerous times already and he may visit each school one more time before making his decision.

Eduardo Clements: 5-11/185 – Miami, Fla. – Booker T. Washington

Scout's Take: Clements has named Georgia as his favorite on multiple occasions earlier this spring, but the Florida schools are still very much involved. Michigan is a school he visited this summer as well as Georgia, so he is looking out of state as well as in state. Right now he still plans to make his decision late in the process.

Roy Finch: 5-7/180 – Niceville, Fla. – Niceville

Scout's Take: Finch recently committed to the Oklahoma and The Sooner got a very elusive running back. He actually spent his sophomore year in Oklahoma, so moving back there after playing in Florida as a junior and senior will not be totally new to him. He appears to be solid to the Sooners and he chose them over a long list of BCS offers.

Corey Grant: 5-9/190 – Opelika, Ala. – Opelika

Scout's Take: Alabama, Auburn and Florida are the final three for the speedy playmaker. A decision could come at any time. Grant won the state championship in the 100m in the spring going against some other touted speedsters in Solomon Patton (Florida commitment) and Demarcus Milliner (Alabama commitment).

Marcus Shaw: 5-10/180 – Arcadia, Fla. – Desoto

Scout's Take: Shaw prefers to stay close to home in-state so right now he is getting the most interest from UF, USF, and UCF. USF and UCF have offered while UF has been in consistent contact. He has been to all three campuses in the past. He has received interest from several out of state schools, but those don't seem to be in the game at this time. So far has not garnered much attention from Miami and FSU, but that could change during his senior year as both have made some inquiries recently. Is known to favor UF and will likely wait to see where he stands at the end of summer.

Gio Bernard: 5-9/195 – Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. – St. Thomas Aquinas

Scout's Take: One of the more laid back players in this year's recruiting class, Bernard simply doesn't talk much about the recruiting process - to his teammates or to the media. He continues keeping his options open and says he's still considering about 10 different schools - including all three Florida schools, Notre Dame, Oregon State (where his brother played), and more. He plans to cut his list down to five at the start of the season but guessing who those five will be is just that - a guess.

Ken Malcome: 5-11/218 – Decatur, Ga. – Southwest Dekalb

Scout's Take: Malcome committed to the University of Georgia last week during a visit to Athens. His final three were Florida, Georgia, and Oklahoma before he chose to stay home and become a Bulldog. He says his commitment is 100 percent working on his teammate T.J. Stripling.

Storm Johnson: 6-1/210 – Loganville, Ga. – Loganville

Scout's Take: Johnson is ready to be a part of one of the top programs in the SEC and he plans to make his commitment to LSU official this weekend when he meets face to face with Les Miles. Johnson is a big back that will fit in well in Baton Rouge.

Jakhari Gore: 5-8/175 – Miami, Fla. – Christopher Columbus

Scout's Take: The cousin of former Miami running back Frank Gore, Jakhari said he recently wanted to commit to the Canes but it appears they're not ready to take his pledge just yet. He speaks highly of Tennessee right now as well and they appear to be in good shape for landing the talented running back.

Jalston Fowler: 6-0/245 – Prichard, Ala. – Vigor

Scout's Take: Fowler will miss the 2009 season due to turning 19 three days before August 1. He is a commitment to Alabama with plans to graduate from high school in December. He will enroll at Alabama in January. He is currently ranked the No. 1 fullback in the country for a very good reason.

Andrew Bone, Mike Bakas, and Geoff Vogt contributed to this feature.

Chad Simmons is the Recruiting Analyst for the South Region and he can be reached at

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