2011 New Mexico RB Rankings

Breaking down the top ball carriers in the Land of Enchantment


David Anaya (5'11, 185) will start his third year in a row at Goddard. There is not a running-back in the state better than he is, end of story. He runs with great power, balance, vision and game speed. When watching his film it's hard to believe he currently holds zero scholarship offers. Anaya can make people miss, out run defenses or be a punishing goal-line runner. He, in my opinion, is one of the better runners New Mexico has seen in the last 10 years. There is nothing Anaya isn't good at from his running-back position and he will have the luxury of running behind what is always a very good Rocket offensive line.

Xavier Hall (5'8, 180) is also starting his 3rd year as the primary ball carrier at Las Cruces. He is a shorter back, with extremely good quickness and power. Look for the Bulldawgs to lean very heavily on Hall early in the season as they break in a new QB and other new skill players. Xavier is dangerous in space because of his make you miss ability and he is dangerous in between the tackles because of his short and compact body which provides great power. At the end of the year Xavier has a good chance to be considered an even better RB than his brother James (current NMSU RB) was at Las Cruces.

Eric Galindo (5'10, 165) is about as fast a RB as you will find in the state of New Mexico. The track stand out proved last year as a junior that he is not only fast, but he is also a pretty agile and tough football player. No one was more dangerous in space last year than Galindo and this year, we expect more of the same from Galindo. Carlsbad returns a great core of their team and Galindo has a great shot to put back to back big time seasons. He has the overall size, speed and film that you see from many D-I skill players. It's puzzling to know why no recruiting news is coming from Carlsbad.

Ricky Milks (5'6, 155) from Mayfield high school shared the ball last year with D-I signee Brandon Betancourt. However, when he was on the field, the Trojans had zero drop off in production or ability. Milks is a D-I player in a D-II or D-III body. He has great speed, change of direction and isn't afraid to lower his shoulder for tough yards. If Milks was 5'10, 165 Mayfield would have another D-I RB sign this year. Regardless, the moral of the story is that the Mayfield Trojans will once again have a great rushing attack and will get big plays for Ricky Milks. In addition to offense, Milks is one of the state's best return men.

Reggie Mackey (5'11, 240) FB from Hobbs high school is the epitome of a power runner. Mackey runs through defenders like they aren't even there and once in the open field he has the speed to run away from 85% of the other players in the state. This future D-I FB had over 1200 yards as a junior and that number and his carries per game will likely go up this year as a senior. Mackey is built like a NFL Fullback already and looks truly like a man amongst boys.

Elite Watch List:

Anthony Johnson 5'11, 175 (Manzano HS)
John Garcia 5'10, 185 (St. Pius HS)
Andre Vigil 5'10, 165 (Volcano Vista HS) Jr.
Kamron McKnight 5'7, 145 (La Cueva HS)
Cameron Padilla 5'9, 170 (La Cueva HS)
Carlos Griego 5'9, 165 (Valencia HS)
Kevin Montgomery 5'10, 170 (Sandia HS)
John Russo 5'10, 160 (Eldorado HS)
DeVante Roy 5'7, 170 (Los Lunas HS)

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