2009: Top Palmetto State RB Prospects

Who is the top running back right now for the 2009 class? Inside find out as we've seen all the top prospects in action or on video and have the results coming out of the evaluation period. Who's #1? Is it Rockarius King? Is it Devin Wherry? Is it Roderick McDowell? Is it Travis Small (pictured)? Come inside and find out just where the best landed on the list.

2009's Top Running Backs
June 20th 2008 Release

Rod McDowell


Roderick McDowell

Sumter HS

5'9 175 pounds

This was a tough call because nobody really is heads and shoulders ahead of their peers in this class at running back. McDowell however has breakaway speed and pretty decent size. His numbers a year ago were very strong and he gets better every time we see him in action. Clemson got a verbal early on and it appears he's going to be the homerun hitter as the name of his game is speed speed and more speed. He probably isn't done growing and it should bode well for him when he gets to Tigertown.
Rock King


Rockarius King

Timberland HS

5'7 177 pounds

Make no mistake about it if this young man were 2 to 3 inches taller he'd be a 3 or 4-star prospect. We'd stretch him ourselves if we knew it'd work. In terms of ability, speed, and strength he's the cream of the crop in this class. His highlight tapes are ridiculously good and his numbers are even better. As for heart he's also at the top of the list, he fears no one and doesn't just try to run away from defenders. With over 5,000+ yards in his career he's bound for another 2,000 yard season if he doesn't get hurt. A beast despite his stature!!!
Trap Small

#3 (tie)

Travis Small

Cheraw HS

5'11 185 pounds

This was a tough call as well. Small is a beast and like King he is normally resting on the sidelines about halfway through the 3rd quarter. What Small brings to the table is tremendous vision and the ability to break the big play at any moment. He has been the workhorse back for the two-time defending AA state champion Braves. 5589 yards rushing and 66 TDs later he just snatched his first scholarship offer from ACC country last week. Solid 4.5 speed and a nice frame should hopefully land him some more offers in the near future. Has the tools to be #1 should he bust out on the camp/combine circuit this offseason.
Dev Wherry

#3 (tie)

Devin Wherry

South Pointe HS

6'0 220 pounds

Injuries marred Devin's junior season last yearbut he's looking to bounce back in a big way. As the biggest back on the list his game is power but he also has good speed (in the 4.6 range) as well as agility. Clemson and Florida State were on him hot and heavy early on but things cooled after the nagging injuries. He's said to be back in good health and wants to reclaim his status as one of the very best in the southeast region.
J Neely


Jarrett Neely

Northwestern HS

5'10 170 pounds

Here we have the youngster we've nicknamed "Mr. Versatility" because he's can play darn near anywhere on the field and excel at a high level. The Trojans use him at running back and as a slot receiver out of the backfield most times. He had a mind boggling 77 catches for 930 yards and also rushed for 700 yards last year. He posted some great numbers at the UA/Scout combine in Charlotte. He may wind up making the switch to a defensive back on the next leve. The goal for his senior season? 1,000+ yards rushing and receiving each. We don't doubt he'll get it done.
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Sean Davis

Pelion HS

5'9 185 pounds

Last year in a word was "WOW" for Sean Davis. Sean busted loose for 2130 yards and 27 touchdowns. The Pelion star is direct and to the point when it comes to rushing. He doesn't shy away from the defense but he has the patience to allow his blocks to set up to gain maximum yardage each play. With OL Dalton Freeman gone to Clemson things may be a little tougher next year but expect the Pelion offense to once again run through Davis. In-state powers have been in contact with him but we haven't heard or seen him much on the camp/combine circuit. Regardless you can't deny his statistics from a year ago.
Joc Pinckney


Tavaras Pinckney

Battery Creek HS

5'9 170 pounds

Speed on another level is what Tavaras Pinckney is about. Match that with some pretty sick moves on the field and he's quickly become a player to keep a close eye on. He tore it up like Neely did at the UA/Scout combine in Charlotte and had Scout analysts from all over the country talking about him. No he's not the biggest back out there but if you give him an inch he's going the distance. A track star also Pinckney blazed a 4.47 40 on a SLOW surface in Charlotte. Ran for 1000+ yards last year but says he's set on demolishing the mark this year with added strength and experience.
Buck Kennedy


Bucky Kennedy

Ridge View HS

5'10 175 pounds

Ran for 1300+ yards last season and college coaches have already started to take a look. He already holds an offer from Air Force and is getting heavy interest from Ivy league schools as well as Vanderbilt and Duke. With that said Bucky also stars in the classroom with basically all of the top academic programs in the nation recruiting him. He wasn't happy with his UA/Scout combine performance but it shouldn't reflect on his abilities come game time. It was his first combine experience and if you watch his film he's got the talent to play on Saturdays.
Ty Dozier


Tyson Dozier

Carolina HS

6'1 195 pounds

We were wanting to see him on the camp/combine circuit early this offseason but we haven't seen or heard from him. He still remains the toughest back we've seen in regards to "just plain hard as heck to bring down." He's got the frame to add more weight and if he indeed drops his 40 time a hair he's got a chance to become a major player when you combine all of his intangibles. Already has a good foundation in the classroom but this offseason could be crucial to his recruitment if it is to start blowing up.
D Jules


D.J. Jules

Greenville HS

5'5 150 pounds

Like Rockarius King, D.J. Jules gets knocked for his size. He may be the smallest back in the state but pound for pound he and King may be the toughest of them all. Jules is small enough to lose sight of in the backfield and he burst on the scene last year with huge numbers for the Red Raiders. In their wide open offense we wouldn't be surprised if he didn't flirt with 2,000 yards this season.
Mel Lesure


Melvin Lesure

Pinewood Prep

5'10 185 pounds

As the feature back for the Panthers last year and totaled 1265 yards and 20 touchdowns on the ground. With an apparent influx of talent moving to Pinewood Prep next season things could be even better for Lesure as far as help goes. Lesure shows a good work ethic and has the same mentality when it comes to running with the ball. He like Dozier enjoys the contact and inflicting punishment on opponents who try to slow him down.

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