TPI Week 4: Oakley, Rozier, Ervin top ballers

While we love bringing you a good portion of high school news and updates, we also want to feature some of the state's top athletes. While out in the streets, we get the chance to see lots of talent. Today, we look at some solid running backs, whom we saw, from Week 4. This is a TPI Premium article.

RB Torian Oakley, Oak Ridge (5-9, 170) – Oak Ridge 3-2
Of all the running backs seen this past weekend, Oakley was by far the best in show. As the old statement goes, ‘you can't coach speed,' surely if there is one person who knows that it would be Oak Ridge coach Bob Barrett. 

In the 45-38 win over Channelview, Oakley had 244 yards on 23 carries and four touchdowns. As if that wasn't enough, he added four catches for 92 yards and a score.

"My offensive linemen do a good job for me, but when needed I do every thing I can to make something out of nothing, but many times a hole is there," Oakley said. "I just follow my offensive linemen because I trust them to get the job done for me."

"Once I start running and I get to the linebackers, I am thinking no one person is going to take me down, but once I get the secondary I am thinking just run and do whatever I need to do to score."

He proved that on plenty occasions Saturday night. Once again, here lies another hidden gem in the vast Greater Houston area. He did mention that he has a few letters fro, Kansas, Iowa and Colorado State, but nothing too solid at the moment. With more games like this, things could change. 

RB JaMichael Rozier, Klein Collins (5-9, 195) – Collins 4-0
There were plenty of contributing players to the Klein Collins win Friday night, but Rozier came through on more than one occasion in this win. And while his game play was more than noticeable, it was bigger for the team's sake.

"Its very big. It's been about 3-4 years since we beat Klein and we were well prepared for this game," Rozier said. "We came out hard and came out on top. For me, my offensive line opens a lot of holes."

Maybe that was the reason Rozier was able to end with an 8 yard per carry average, gaining 97 yards and finding the zone on a 44-yard touchdown. 

Rozier is a back who has great vision and does not mind mixing it up between the tackles. For the moment, he does not have a ton of action going on in the recruiting arena. He claims an offer from Air Force, but does not have much more than that going on. 

That may be the case now, but there is a place in the college realm where he would be a good fit.

RB Darren Ervin, Houston Lamar (5-10, 180) - Lamar – 4-0
Of all the guys on the list, Ervin was the one I knew the least about. In fact, let's be honest I did not know much about him at all if any. 

With starter Patrick Andrews out of the line up, the junior Ervin picked up nicely in a big win over district rival Chavez Thursday night at Barnett Stadium. In the close 27-21 win, Ervin had 142 yards. 

What most impressed about him was his ability to find the hole and get in it quickly. Off pure speed and quickness, Ervin was able to take what should have been a 3-yard gain into 7-8 yards. It will be interesting to see how the Redskins continue to use him in the lineup throughout the rest of the season. If he is not on anyone else's watch list, he will have a spot on mine.

Other notable running back performances:
Trey Williams, DeKaney – 29/363, 4 touchdowns
Patrick Major, Kashmere – 12/124, 3 touchdowns
Brandon Ellison, Clear Brook – 14/148, 3 touchdowns
John Furman, Lutheran South – 28/261, 3 touchdowns
Bradley Bolden, Westbury Christian – 16/232, 3 touchdowns
Reginald Perry, Yates – 21/225, 4 touchdowns
Tim Cornett, North Shore – 24/167, 2 touchdowns

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