SCPrepNation.com was on site for Friday night's game between Greenwood and host Spartanburg. We came specifically to see 2016 Spartanburg running back Tavien Feaster and a couple of other prospects from Greenwood but it was Feaster who stole the show.
First let's give you the statistical breakdown of what Feaster did on Friday night. The 6'0 180 pound back carried 27 times for 170 yards and 2 touchdowns. He also had 5 receptions for 149 yards and 3 touchdowns giving him a total of 5 touchdowns on the night.
On the season Feaster has 632 yards and 7 rushing touchdowns through 4 games.
STRENGTHS: One of the first things I noticed about Feaster is that he's got really good footwork and deceptive speed. Defenders were often trying to size him up or thought they had a bead on him and in an instant Feaster would blow by or make them miss. He's also pretty patient considering his youth. He set up blocks and hit the hole quite a few times on Friday night. Feaster loves to bounce it outside like many young running backs who have the speed but he accelerates so quickly often times Greenwood defenders were caught looking at or diving for the back of his jersey or legs.
Feaster's ability to catch the ball out of the backfield was clearly evident on Friday night. He caught every pass that was in arm's reach and again he utilizes great acceleration and speed to jaunt past defenders in the secondary. Spartanburg lined Feaster up on the boundary as a wide receiver a couple of times and he looked very comfortable there as well. Greenwood has long been a perennial powerhouse coming off a AAAA Division 2 state championship just last season. They had absolutely no answer for Feaster on Friday.
AREAS FOR IMPROVEMENT: This section is going to be relatively short because there are obvious areas that Feaster will need to improve, but guess what? Time is on his side. Feaster is 6'0 180 pounds and over the course of the next two seasons he should be able to add 10-15 pounds of good additional muscle to his frame. While he likes to bounce it outside a good bit and he's having a ton of success with it college coaches will want to see if he can take it between the tackles and show some ability running inside.
PLAYER ANALYSIS: Overall there is a ton of upside for Tavien Feaster. There are not a lot of weaknesses to his game and he's only a sophomore. I had the chance to see former Byrnes star Marcus Lattimore as a freshman. Spartanburg head coach Chris Miller coached Lattimore at Byrnes and while he won't say it, Miller realizes he has a star in the making in Feaster. We're not saying Feaster is Lattimore and omparing Feaster to Lattimore right now would be unfair. There are some definite similarities though. That being said both Feaster and Lattimore check in at 6'0 and at this juncture Feaster is a tad lighter than Lattimore was at this stage. That being said Lattimore was stronger at this point but Feaster seems a bit faster and explosive. They actually share a similar running style with their stride and gait. Feaster probably has an edge in the ability to make people miss with excellent and fast feet. Clemson has already offered and it wouldn't surprise me to see at least the rest of the powers from the southeast region step up and start heavily recruiting Feaster once his film starts to circulate. From there Feaster should have plenty of offers to choose from before too long as he continues to grow and evolve into an even better prospect by the time he graduates in 2 more years.
Speaking of film SCPrepNation.com will have game highlights of Feaster courtesy of our friends at EliteHighlightTapes so stay tuned to see exactly why Clemson offered early on and why many schools from across the nation will be after Feaster before his high school career is over.