Friday, October 5, 2012
Five RBs to watch for 2014
By Corey Dowlar
Florida State already has one top-rated running back committed for the class of 2014, but will likely try to sign two.
NoleNation takes a look at some candidates who are already on the radar.
Joseph Yearby 5-9, 191 (Miami/Central): Already a Florida State commitment, Joseph Yearby is regarded as one of the country's top backs already as a junior. He was named a first-team All-American by USA Today, a honor usually reserved for top seniors. Yearby is a major piece of the puzzle for the Seminoles' 2014 haul, having chosen Florida State over Alabama, Florida, Miami and West Virginia.
The buzz keeps growing around running back Sony Michel, who has offers from a who's who of college football.
Sony Michel 5-11, 194 (Plantation, Fla./American Heritage): Michel has had a cult-like following since the time his highlight reels hit the Internet. He already has offers from Alabama, Auburn, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, LSU, Miami, Notre Dame, South Florida and Wisconsin. Early indications are that Florida State, Georgia and Miami have solid standing with the ESPN Watch List running back, but his recruitment is expected to go down until the end.
Racean Thomas 5-11, 182 (Oxford, Ala./Oxford): One of the top running backs in SEC country, Thomas is a member of the ESPN Watch List. Alabama, Arkansas, Auburn, Clemson, Florida, LSU and Tennessee, among others, have already offered. Florida State has not, but they continue to monitor his progress closely. Most believe that Thomas is high on Alabama, Florida State and LSU above the rest.
Tony James 5-10, 163 (Gainesville, Fla./Gainesville): James is one of the most recent offers to go out from Florida State regardless of position. That should be enough to show that the Seminoles are serious about recruiting him. Florida, Georgia Tech, Miami, Ohio State, USF, UCLA and Utah have already offered the speedy tailback. James was most recently quoted as saying all three in-state powers, Florida, Florida State and Miami, are in the lead at the moment. But he also plans on taking his time and making some trips next summer.
Derrell Scott 5-11, 173 (Havelock, N.C./Havelock): Florida State offered this junior running back in August hoping to get in early for his talents. And it has paid off. Scott has a top three of Florida State, Ohio State and South Carolina. In the midst of a recruiting cycle that has so many talented running backs in Florid and the surrounding states, the recruitment of Scott out of North Carolina shows plenty of intent. Scott is on the ESPN Watch List for the junior class.