- Mitch Sherman, ESPN Staff Writer
MEMPHIS, Tenn. – Gabe Angel might outgrow his position as a running back. Regardless, his spot as a premier prospect in the Class of 2016 remains solid.
The 6-foot-3, 220-pound freshman out of Lebanon (Tenn.) Wilson Central stood out among backs on Sunday at the Nike Football Training Camp in Memphis – for more than just his size.
Angel picked up his first scholarship offer last year from Mississippi State after its coaches saw footage of him in 7-on-7 competition. He added an offer from Vanderbilt in December and recently picked up offers from Tennessee and Ole Miss.
“I’ve only dreamed of having this my senior year,” Angel said.
Angel, 15, and his father, Jamie, visited Ole Miss on Saturday to watch the Grove Bowl, the Rebels’ spring game in Oxford, Miss. Jamie, who coaches the running backs at Wilson Central, said they enjoyed the visit. Angel also performed well at the U.S. Army National Combine in San Antonio three months ago.
Jamie’s family has many ties to Vanderbilt, he said. Gabe has attended games in Nashville, though he is in no hurry to select a college.
“This is not taking any attention away from high school football,” Gabe Angel said. “I want to help my team win games and not focus on recruiting.”
If Angel grows much taller, he could get too large for running back. Even as a tight end or defensive end, he would likely rate as a coveted recruit. In the meantime, the Angels said they hope Gabe can continue to run the football. Jamie said they’re encouraged by the success of big backs in the Southeastern Conference such as T.J. Yeldon of Alabama and the Crimson Tide's signing this year of Derrick Henry.