UCLA commit Nathan Starks is in the top five for the West's top backs and another UCLA target is in the top ten...
West: Final Top Ten Running Backs
Committed to Oklahoma
at the U.S. Army Bowl over California
Mixon is an every down back who can do everything well. He looks bigger than his listed 6-1, 210 pound frame and runs with a nice blend of balance, power and speed. He has a great feel for the position and has that innate ability to sense where a defensive player is coming and either make a quick cut to elude him or take a glancing blow. Mixon
never seems to get hit square up, which given his size, is surprising but a
testament to his mature running style. Mixon was named the MVP of the U.S. Army
Committed to Oregon
early and hasn't looked back.
Freeman is the top power back in the west and is an absolute load to bring down. At 5-11, 220 pounds, he's not just big and powerful but has good top end speed as well. He was the RB
MVP at the SoCal NIKE Camp, looked very good at The Opening and has a significant upside to him. No back improved their stock more than Freeman and he answered every question about the level of competition he plays against by dominating at multiple national type events
as well as the U.S. Army Bowl. With his size and power, it won't be a surprise if Freeman plays early in his college career.
Highlands Ranch, Colo.
Committed to Stanford
very early, where his father played
before a long NFL career.
McCaffrey is a spectacular athlete and could play in the backfield or in the slot in college. He's arguably the most dynamic athlete in this group with the ability to make you miss in the open field and the electric speed to score from anywhere. He shows great vision in finding the crease in a defense, the speed to get in to the secondary and the balance to stay on his feet and absorb initial contact.
Was named the Gatorade Player of the Year in Colorado
as a senior.
3 (at safety)
over Oklahoma and Florida State
Starks first burst onto the scene as a sophomore when he was
a backup to Gatorade Player of the Year to Shaq Powell at running back, but
starred at safety while at Bishop Gorman. He played his senior season in
Colorado, and despite playing only half the season, had an impressive year.
He then ended the year with a great showing at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl.