What does the Texas RB Board Look Like?

The University of Texas Longhorns and head coach Charlie Strong landed the top-ranked recruiting class in the Big 12 in 2016. The class is filled with top tier players everywhere you turn including the running back position with Kyle Porter.

The Texas Longhorns have some quantity at the running back position, but questions remain about the quality from top to bottom.  Would Deonte Foreman think about making a jump to the NFL with a successful 2016 season?  Situations like an early departure for the NFL as well as injury will keep the Texas staff focused on landing a top-tier running back in the class of 2017. 

As we inch closer and closer to the May evaluation period, the Longhorns have extended three verbal offers at this time.  Toneil Carter, J.K. Dobbins and Najee Harris are the only three backs with offers from Texas.

Najee Harris

Alabama Verbal Commitment


6-foot-2, 220-pounds

Antioch (CA)

Antioch High School

Scout Overall Rank No 1

Position Rank No 1

West RB Rank No 1

CA RB Rank No 1

Scout.com Take

The top back in the region, regardless of class and an easy top 10 player nationally. Has been compared to his former workout partner Joe Mixon (OU) and it's easy to see why. He has size, power, toughness, speed and great hands out of the backfield. He runs with patience and balance, can make that first guy miss and does a great job-making yards after contact. He has the length of a WR and can be moved around to cause matchup problems-Biggins

Toneil Carter JR


5-foot-11, 190-pounds

Houston (Texas)

Langham Creek High School

Scout Overall Rank No 62

Position Rank No 7

Midland RB Rank No 1

Texas RB Rank No 1

Keep an eye on Alabama, Arkansas, LSU, Notre Dame and Texas A&M

Scout.com Take

Carter is a special runner who has shown an ability from a young age to be a difference maker. Carter has a nice blend of skills. He has the size to be able to run through arm tackles and shows a good burst to make defenders miss. He has good top-end speed and solid track speed (10.87 100-meter), and it shows on tape as he can take runs the distance once he gets a crease. Carter is a middle of the field runner, and when he gets a seam, he hits the gas pedal and gets up the field quickly, wasting little time to get positive yards and break big plays. He is better running north and south but does show the ability to stop and go to extend plays and dodge defenders. - Greg Powers

J.K. Dobbins

Ohio State Verbal Commitment

Four-Star Athlete

5-foot-9, 190-pounds

La Grange (Texas)

La Grange High School

Scout Overall Rank No 79

Position Rank No 7

Midland ATH Rank No 1

Texas ATH Rank No 1

Scout.com Take

Perfect fit for the spread offense. He is a bit of a different breed from speed and agility perspective. He's one of those guys who seems almost impossible to bring down as he ducks and dodges tackles and at times makes defenders look silly as they end up just grasping at nothing but air where Dobbins used to be standing. He is versatile in the fact that you can line him up in the backfield or split him out wide as a receiver. Dobbins has the speed to get to the edge on plays designed to get to the outside. He is also a dangerous threat as a return weapon. He did not catch many balls as a junior but has shown in his career that he is a tremendous pass catcher and has that in his repertoire. -GP


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