After reviewing the conference quarterback commits in the latest N-Sider, today we look at the running back position.
2.) Kareem Walker (Michigan) *** No. 27 overall ***
3.) Miles Sanders (Penn State) *** No. 30 overall ***
5.) Demario McCall (Ohio State) *** No. 78 overall ***
12.) Chris Evans (Michigan) *** No. 188 overall ***
18.) Antonio Williams (Ohio State) *** No. 270 overall ***
24.) Jeremy Larkin (Northwestern)
26.) Kentrail Moran (Illinois)
37.) Lorenzo Harrison (Maryland)
40.) Trey Sneed (Rutgers)
48.) Toren Young (Iowa)
49.) Toks Akinribade (Iowa)
54.) Tre Bryant (Nebraska)
65.) Jake Funk (Maryland)
70.) Cole Gest (Indiana)
91.) Barrington Wade (Iowa)
107.) Jesse Brown (Northwestern)
Some initial things that pop out when looking at this group of talent.
After landing two running backs in the Scout.com Top 300 last year, Michigan State doesn’t appear to be actively recruiting a running back in 2016. Freshman L.J. Scott did rush for 690 yards this season and appears to have a bright future ahead of him.
Only three running backs in the top 25 are still left on the board. Of those three, Katy high school (Tex.) four-star product Kyle Porter is the only one considering a Big Ten team.
Iowa appears to be restocking the position with three running backs committed in the Top 100. Kirk Ferentz is known to recruit running backs from other positions.
Last year the Big Ten did not land a running back in the top seven of the national rankings. This season the Big Ten has 22 percent of the top 50 running backs in the country, up from 20 percent last year.
It appears the only running back in the top 100 with a Wisconsin offer is Kyle Porter, mentioned above. After failing to get Jordan Stevenson academically qualified last year, the Badgers at least need one running back in the 2016 class. Maybe two. Antonio Williams (Ohio State verbal) decommitted from Wisconsin mid-fall, putting the Badgers behind the 8-ball.