2015 Prospectus: Running Backs

A look at 2015 prospects Texas Tech has offered scholarships to and expressed an interest in. The Red Raiders have already have one running back commitment and are aggressively going after more. RaiderPower.com also gives its opinion on prospects who should get a look.

COMMITTED

Corey Dauphine (6-1, 180)
School: Port Arthur Memorial HS
Rating: | National Position Rank: N/A
Comment: Dauphine committed last Monday after speaking with Texas Tech running backs coach Mike Jinks. Dauphine, who rushed for over 500 yards and 13 touchdowns in 2013, said he loves Tech's offense and believes he is a perfect fit. I like that the Red Raiders offered Dauphine for several reasons. One, he broke the ice for the 2015 class. Two, he really is a nice fit who could develop into a good player. Three, teammate Kameron Martin might just follow him to Lubbock in 2016.

THE BLUE CHIPS

JaMycal Hasty (5-8, 185)
School: Longview HS
Rating: | National Position Rank: 32
Comment: Hasty, who rushed for over 1,200 yards and nine touchdowns in 2013, is the prototypical Air Raid back. He's fast (4.4), shifty, has shown ability as a receiver and is great in open space--which is what Tech's offense is all about. The Red Raiders will have to fight off every other school in the region for him, but might be able to sell the perfect fit angle.

Ronald Jones (6-0, 185)
School: McKinney North HS
Rating: | National Position Rank: 18
Comment: Jones rushed for over 2,400 yards and 39 touchdowns last season with a ridiculous average of almost 10 yards per carry. Tech was one of the first to offer this speedy cutback runner, but he now holds offers from Big 12 rivals Baylor, Oklahoma and TCU.

Chris Warren (6-2, 220)
School: Rockwall HS
Rating: | National Position Rank: 12
Comment: Warren, son of former Seattle Seahawks running back Chris Warren, will remind you a lot of his father on tape. He's a big, downhill runner with 4.5 speed. As you'd expect everybody's after Warren, who rushed for 747 yards and 11 touchdowns last season, but he is expected to visit Lubbock later this month.

WORTH A LOOK

Kirk Merritt (5-11, 200)
School: Destrehan (LA) HS
Rating: | National Position Rank: N/A
Comment: Merrit reminds me a lot of 2014 signee Ian Sadler in terms of his body type and playing style. He's a versatile player who would probably be used similar to Sadale Foster, meaning he would split time at running back and receiver. Tech is making a pretty hard push at Merritt, but he's being recruited like a high-end four-star prospect rather than a three-star.

Juwan Washington (5-7, 170)
School: Kennedale HS
Rating: | National Position Rank: N/A
Comment: Washington is the only running back on this list who has not been offered by Tech, but there has been contact. The diminutive speedster currently holds an offer from Houston, but look for both Tech and TCU to offer at some point. Washington, who rushed for 2,441 yards and 44 touchdowns last season, possesses game-changing speed and terrific vision. Think Jakeem Grant. Like Merrit, Washington could fit at either running back, in the slot, or a combination of both.

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