Pre Spring: Florida Prep RBs

Note, this is only a partial list since my list will continue to grow throughout the spring and summer as I attend more camps and combines and get a chance to watch more of the top players.

Devin James, 5-10, 175, Pompano Beach (Ely) -- A slasher and a dasher, James took it to opposing defenses as a junior last season, going for over 1,300 yards. He combines tremendous balance and quickness to run around and by defenders. He's already getting comparisons to former Ely back Tyrone Moss. However, James isn't as thick and is more explosive than Moss was at that age. James has been extremely productive, like Moss, going into his senior season.

Javarris James, 6-1, 200, Immokalee -- The cousin of former UM back Edgerrin, Javarris emerged on the statewide scene as a junior when he ran for over 1,500 yards. He helped lead his team to the state championship, as he ran for more yards against Madison County than their defense had allowed the previous 13 games. James is tough between the tackles and has some breakway speed. He's a downhill runner who really knows how to move the pile. He's not as talented as his cousin at this age but he'll likely be one of the state's top few players at his position as a senior.

C.J. Spiller, 5-10, 180, Lake Butler (Union Co.) -- Last spring over 700 kids participated in the MSL Combines in Florida. The 40-times were done on grass and by former pro coaches. Two of those 700+ players ran 4.40 or better -- Antone Smith and Spiller. He's built a lot like Smith, although he's not quite as good between the tackles. However, he has that type of speed and explosiveness and he's coming off back to back seasons where he went over 1,000 yards. He has most of what you look for in a big time running back prospect and will likely be the state's most heavily recruited player at the position this coming season.

Chevon Walker, 6-0, 190, Fort Myers (Riverdale) -- Whenever you run for over 1,500 yards as a junior and you placed in the state track meet in the 100m event as a sophomore, you're bound to get noticed by a lot of people. Walker was unstoppable as a junior on the gridiron and after an impressive sophomore campaign in track season, he's one of the favorites to bring home a state championship in track. Bottom line -- he can fly and he's got the size you like in a running back prospect. Although he's not as well known yet as guys like Spiller and James, he's the real deal and someone who will likely get recruited nationally.

Terry Williams, 5-9, 180, Miami Central -- Coming from a school that's produced two NFL running backs over the last six years, Williams is ready to add his name to the list of greats at Central. He ran for 1,100 yards and 15 scores as a sophomore before going for 1,000 yards and 17 scores -- despite missing some games because of an injury -- this past season. He might not be the biggest kid around but he runs hard and has tremendous explosiveness. He's been an All-County performer (high hurdles) since his freshman year and will be one of Dade County's most heavily recruited players this coming season. More than one of Williams's opponents, including one who signed with UM in February, told me Williams was the best junior in the county this past season. He's definitely one to watch -- especially when he's fully healthy.

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