2015 Recruiting Breakdown: Running Back

RaiderPower.com is taking a closer look at the 2015 recruiting cycle for Texas Tech by breaking it down position-by-position. Who do the Red Raiders have committed, who are they recruiting, which prospects are interested and who are some sleepers to watch out for? Up next is running back, where Tech has already landed rising Port Arthur Memorial speedster Corey Dauphine (pictured above).

Texas Tech landed Port Arthur Memorial running back Corey Dauphine, a prospect who seemingly looks better and better as time goes on and we learn more about him.

He was the Red Raiders' first commitment of the 2015 class back in February and has since picked up offers from Baylor, Houston, Maryland, Memphis, TCU, UAB and Utah. Other schools are checking out the 6-foot-1, 190-pound rusher, especially after he won the Texas UIL Class 5A state title in the 200 meter dash with a time of 20.76 seconds a couple weeks ago.

Dauphine is big, fast and physical--a pretty lethal combination as a runner. He also impressed many with his pass blocking ability in one-on-one drills at the Dallas Nike Football Training Camp recently.

Dauphine told RaiderPower.com earlier this month he was still a solid commitment to Texas Tech and interestingly enough that the coaching staff told him he is the only running back they are taking in the 2015 class.

With as many as five running backs expected to be on the roster in 2015; DeAndre Washington (will be a senior), Quinton White (junior), Armond Weh-Weh (redshirt sophomore), Justin Stockton (2014 signee) and Demarcus Felton (2014 signee), not to mention Dauphine if he signs, the Red Raiders probably should not sign another at the position for their pass-happy attack.

That being said the Red Raiders have 14 confirmed offers out to running backs in this recruiting cycle, though all of those were before RaiderPower.com spoke with Dauphine in early May. Three of those, Ronald Jones, Jay Bradford and JaMycal Hasty, have committed elsewhere leaving 10 offers out there to available running backs.

Sotonye Jamabo, Jacques Patrick, Ronald Anderson, , Malik Lovette, Kirk Merritt, Aca'cedric Ware and Chris Warren are either no longer a priority for the Red Raiders and/or longshots to sign with Tech.

That leaves just Dare Odeyingbo, Patrick Carr and Charles West as legitimate options of the 14 offers. Odeyingbo is a 6-2, 240-pound tank from Irving Cistercian. He could conceivably replace Rodney Hall as a fullback in heavy backfield packages. Odeyingbo, Cistercian's all-time leading rusher, is also highly thought of as a defensive end prospect and could end up being moved around at the next level. He also holds offers from Bayor, Colorado, Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota and Missouri, with no apparent leaders as of yet.

Carr (5-8, 187) rushed for over 1,600 yards and 16 touchdowns last season for the Woodlands and is also being recruited by Tech, among other schools, for track. In addition to Tech, Carr holds offers from Arizona State, Colorado, Houston, Mississippi, TCU and Wake Forrest in football.

He has stated that his recruitment is wide open. The word is Arizona State and Wake Forrest have made strong cases for his services.

Then there is Coppell's Charles West, Texas Tech's most recent confirmed running back offer for this recruiting cycle. The speedster, who boasts a 4.33-second 40-yard-dash time, visited Lubbock during the Red-Black game in April and has said he's interested.

West (5-9, 190) holds offers from UTSA, Texas State, Purdue, Arkansas State, San Diego State, Colorado State, Toledo, Tulsa and Tech. He's also receiving interest from the likes of Oregon and Michigan, so it is probably too early to tell where West will end up.

A sleeper to watch, if you can still call him that, is Kennedale's Juwan Washington, who rushed for over 2,400 yards and scored 36 touchdowns in 2013.

The diminutive back (5-7, 170) holds offers from Baylor and Houston, and while small could be used in a variety of ways. Washington is lightning fast and with good hands who could be an effective receiver both out of the backfield and in the slot.

The smart money is Tech tries to land one more back for insurance, but perhaps the best scenario is the Red Raiders are able to hold on to Dauphine, sign only him and use the other scholarship on a position of need, such as offensive or defensive line.

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