2014 Recruiting: Running Backs

The Longhorns already have one running back in the 2014 class. Who else is on the board?

Expected RBs on the 2014 roster: Malcolm Brown, Joe Bergeron, Johnathan Gray, Daje Johnson, Kyle Hicks (2013 commitment)

Needs: At least two. Brown and Bergeron are 2014 seniors. Johnson will spend plenty of time at wide receiver, and isn't a full-time running back.

2014s Committed: Donald Catalon, Houston Eisenhower

Prognosis: Texas grabbed the top in-state back in the 2014 class in Catalon. He's a perfect fit in that he's more of a workhorse type with big-play ability, somebody who can take a number of carries over the course of a game. Whether Texas goes for more than two backs will depend on whether Kyle Hicks — who says he's all Longhorn — makes it to campus. Texas really swung for the moon at this position in the early offer cycle, putting out an offer to Leonard Fournette of St. Augustine (La.), somebody who could arguably be the top back in the 2014 class, and Nathan Starks of Bishop Gorman (Nev.), one of the top athletes in the West. Devon Thomas of Broken Arrow (Okla.) was also an early offer. If the Longhorns aren't able to pull in one of the out-of-state longshots, keep an eye on in-staters Samaje Perine (Pflugerville Hendrickson), Javon Arnett (Waco La Vega) and Shaun Nixon (Lake Travis). Perine offers the most size-speed potential, while Nixon is more of an all-purpose back who catches the ball well. And more than one Texas staffers felt like the diminutive Arnett was the top back in the state. Of course, Texas could already have its second back if the Longhorns decide to let Fort Worth All Saints bruiser Daniel Gresham play the Joe Bergeron role.

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