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November 16, 2010

Best of the running backs


The Rivals.com recruiting experts have broken down countless hours of film and racked up plenty of frequent flyer miles to see the top prospects compete at events across the country. In the process of evaluating overall talent, several prospects gained notice for their mastery of specific skills.

We've selected the best of the best in each category for every position and ranked them. Rivals.com recruiting analyst Barry Every breaks down the running backs.

RUNNING BACK RANKINGS: Home-run threat | Inside runner | In space | Downhill runner

5. Amir Carlisle, Sunnyvale (Calif.) Kings Academy
Carlisle Highlights
Committed to: Stanford
Particulars: 5-10/181
Buzz: Looked just as fast running sideways as he did forward at the Palo Alto Nike Camp.

4. Isaiah Crowell, Columbus (Ga.) Carver
Crowell Highlights
Considering: Alabama and Georgia lead a long list.
Particulars: 5-11/190
Buzz: Has the big-time size and speed and has proved he can score from any part of the field.

3. Demetrius Hart, Orlando (Fla.) Dr. Phillips
Hart Highlights
Committed to: Michigan
Particulars: 5-8/190
Buzz: May be the most dangerous combo back in the country, scoring at will as a runner and receiver.
2. Brandon Williams, Brookshire (Texas) Royal
Williams Highlights
Committed to: Oklahoma
Particulars: 6-1/188
Buzz: This slashing back has shown the Eric Dickerson-type speed through the hole and all the way to the end zone.
1. Mike Bellamy, Punta Gorda (Fla.) Charlotte
Bellamy Highlights
Committed to: Clemson
Particulars: 5-10/175
Buzz: It's not unusual for this stick of dynamite to have five or more touchdowns in a game.

BEST INSIDE RUNNER
5. Savon Huggins, Jersey City (N.J.) St. Peter's Prep
Huggins Highlights
Considering: Current top five consists of North Carolina, Notre Dame, Florida, Rutgers and Pitt.
Particulars: 6-0/190
Buzz: This powerful running back uses his lower body strength to bounce off tacklers.

4. Herschel Sims, Abilene (Texas)
Sims Highlights
Committed to: Oklahoma State
Particulars: 5-10/190
Buzz: Hits the line of scrimmage as hard as anybody in the country using his superior upper body strength to careen off while keeping his balance.
3. Mike Blakely, Bradenton (Fla.) Manatee
Blakely Highlights
Committed to: Florida
Particulars: 5-9/194
Buzz: Even in the tightest of places he can make people miss or just bounce off like a pinball.

2. Kenny Hilliard, Patterson (La.)
Hilliard Highlights
Committed to: LSU
Particulars: 6-0/218
Buzz: Big, bruising back has been known to carry a few defenders while gaining those tough yards between the tackles.
1. Malcolm Brown, Cibolo (Texas) Steele
Brown Highlights
Committed to: Texas
Particulars: 6-0/220
Buzz: Any time his team is inside the 20-yard-line you can count on this bulldozer plowing right up the gut for a score.
BEST IN SPACE
5. Ameer Abdullah, Homewood (Ala.)
Abdullah NIKE Camp Highlights
Considering: Offers include South Carolina, Texas A&M, Texas Tech and Vanderbilt.
Particulars: 5-9/177
Buzz: His quick moves and change of direction left linebackers grasping at air at the Tuscaloosa NIKE Camp.
4. Chevelle Buie, Cocoa (Fla.)
Buie Highlights
Committed to: Rutgers
Particulars: 5-7/155
Buzz: This back is athletic and versatile enough to play some slot receiver and return punts.

3. Mike Bellamy , Punta Gorda (Fla.) Charlotte
Bellamy Highlights
Committed to: Clemson
Particulars: 5-10/175
Buzz: If a defender gives him a yard he will take it to the house like C.J. Spiller.

2. Demetrius Hart , Orlando (Fla.) Dr. Phillips
Hart Highlights
Committed to: Michigan
Particulars: 5-8/190
Buzz: His superior change of direction and lower body strength has left hundreds of defenders in his wake.
1. Aaron Green, San Antonio (Texas) James Madison
Madison Highlights
Committed to: Nebraska
Particulars: 5-11/191
Buzz: One of the most explosive running backs while running routes at FBU's Top Gun Camp.

BEST DOWNHILL RUNNER
5. Herschel Sims , Abilene (Texas)
Sims Highlights
Committed to: Oklahoma State
Particulars: 5-10/190
Buzz: May not be the biggest back but he's built like the Tasmanian Devil and not afraid to deliver blows to much bigger defenders.
4. Tom Smith, Apopka (Fla.)
Smith Highlights
Committed to: Tennessee
Particulars: 5-10/205
Buzz: Hits the hole as hard as anyone in the country and keeps his feet moving after contact.

3. Kenny Hilliard , Patterson (La.)
Hilliard Highlights
Committed to: LSU
Particulars: 6-0/218
Buzz: This is your three-yards-and-a-cloud-of-dust guy, even in goal line; he can just wear out a defense.
2. Jeremy Hill, Baton Rouge (La.) Redemptorist
Hill Highlights
Committed to: LSU
Particulars: 6-1/220
Buzz: Huge, bruising runner that looks like the perfect H-Back and is a load to bring down.

1. Malcolm Brown , Cibolo (Texas) Steele
Brown Highlights
Committed to: Texas
Particulars: 6-0/220
Buzz: He explodes at the point of contact always pushing the defender backwards.



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