Scout Penn Preps will be releasing its 1st Annual Pre-season Pennsylvania All-State Football Team on August 14th. In the meantime, we’ll talk about the players that made the teams and where they were placed (first or second team). Today, we'll talk about the running backs that were selected.
First, we’ll start off with the no-brainer of the bunch, and that’s D’Andre Swift of St. Joseph’s Prep in Philadelphia. Swift will most likely be announcing his commitment sometime in August. The two front runners seem to be Georgia and Penn State.
After sharing carries with backfield mates who were seniors during the past two seasons, The “Swift Show” should be in effect. Swift is considered to be the best all-purpose running back in the nation and will play in the 2017 US ARMY All-American game this upcoming January.
In the meantime, Swift will look to lead St. Joe’s Prep back to the state title game. Prep won the state title in his freshman and sophomore year. It’s also worth noting that Swift also is a key contributor on defense as a cornerback.
Even though he plays for a school that hasn’t produced a lot of Division I recruits, Journey Brown has found a way to put himself on the recruiting map.
Brown’s 2015 season included a game where he rushed for 722 yards and ten touchdowns. Brown tallied 2,497 rushing yards and 35 touchdowns on the ground during the 2015 season. Brown is also a track star, one of the fastest in the 100 meters, best time was a 10.62.
Brown currently has offers from Duquesne, Syracuse, and Temple.
Hickory’s Chuck Carr, a 2017 prospect, is another running back from out Western PA who hasn’t had a lot of exposure, but produced big time numbers on the field.
Carr had a phenomenal junior season as he racked up 2,515 yards and 38 touchdowns on the ground in 13 games. Carr helped lead Hickory to an 11-2 record and has solidified himself as one of the top returning backs in Pennsylvania.
From a recruitment standpoint, Carr has two offers from Stony Brook and Maine. With another strong season, Carr may begin to get more serious FBS interest.
Last but not least is another running back out of Western PA, DeWayne Murray out of Steel Valley. The 5’8”, 180 pound Murray, has nine offers that include the likes of Toledo, Cincinnati, and West Virginia.
Murray ran 165 times for 1,615 yards and scored 36 touchdowns in the process. Murray should benefit from the addition of Seton-LaSalle transfer Paris Ford, a Pitt commit, on the offensive side of the ball.
We should have a status update on Murray’s recruitment in the upcoming weeks.