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Best available: All-purpose backs

9/3/2013

There is only one running back category, but that doesn't mean all RBs are created equal. Within this group are prospects that you could classify as more of all-purpose backs, players who might not typically be able to carry the load but whose athleticism and versatility can allow them to contribute in multiple ways. Regardless of how you might classify them, many of the top running backs in the 2014 class have already made a commitment, with only 11 of the top 50 currently undeclared. There is still some talent available -- here's a look at the top five "all-purpose" backs still out there.

Joe Mixon

(Oakley, Calif./Freedom) | HighlightsVideo | List of schools considering

6-1, 209 pounds| ESPN 300 rank: 100 | RB rank: 9 | Grade: 83 | Stars: 4



This is a back with good size and speed, and while his running style might not allow him to be an ideal downhill load-carrier, he is one the most well-rounded RBs in the 2014 class. With good speed, he can still make plays when you hand him the rock, but he also possesses strong receiving skills. Whether out of the backfield or in the slot, he can be a weapon as a receiving target. The four-star demonstrates he can also be an effective blocker as well and as a total package, Mixon can be a versatile weapon for an offense.