Running Backs The Flavor Of The Week

Oklahoma State is targeting several top running backs, including four-star prospects J.D. King and Chase Hayden, as Mike Gundy's staff knows they need to replenish the position since they'll lose four players following the 2016 season.

The Oklahoma State coaching staff is still a little over a week and a half from finishing spring football and hitting the road for the spring evaluation period. But the Cowboys staff are working hard on attracting the attention from running back candidates as they have offered four running backs over the last two days.

Of course, running back will be a prime position in the recruiting class for 2017 as the Cowboys will lose Chris Carson, Rennie Childs, Raymond Taylor, and the soon to arrive Barry J. Sanders off the roster following this next season. They will need to sign likely three running backs in the class. Texan and highly regarded prospect Eno Benjamin out of Wylie East is set to announce on April 18.

The new offers for the Cowboys, who as we have reported are also in the thick of the recruiting competition for Canadian speedster and football talent Chuba Hubbard, are J.D. King, four-star A.J. Davis, Alex Fontenot, and another four-star in Chase Hayden (pictured above).

Hayden is a 5-11, 185-pound prolific high school running back out of Collierville (St. George's Independent School), Tenn. Hayden has a bucket load of offers besides Oklahoma State with Michigan, South Carolina, Tennessee, Arkansas, Michigan State, Mississippi State, Missouri, Vanderbilt, and Virginia among the suitors. A combination of speed and compact power, Hayden rushed for 2,625 yards and 37 touchdowns last season. He also caught 19 passes for 249 yards.

Davis is a 6-0, 195-pound All-State Floridian with 28 offers. He rushed for 1,671 yards last season despite missing five games with injuries. He also has over 3,900 yards in his prep career. Among the schools that have offered him are Auburn, Clemson, Tennessee, Florida, Florida State, Michigan State, Missouri, Oklahoma State, OU, South Carolina, Arizona State, Kentucky, LSU, Michigan, Mississippi State, Nebraska, North Carolina, Ohio State, and Virginia Tech.

Fontenot is a 5-11, 190-pounder from Richmond (George Ranch), Texas. Last season he carried 158 times for 1,408 yards and 21 touchdowns. Fontenot has offers from the Cowboys and Colorado State along with interest from Baylor, Texas A&M, and Colorado.

King is a power back with great speed. He is listed at 4.4 in the forty and 10.92 second in the 100 meters. The Fitzgerald, Ga., product ran for 1,185 yards last season despite missing half the season. He averaged 237 yards a game. He has offers from the Pokes and Central Florida.  

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