Top-end speed not most vital for a RB
Best inside runners
What Scouts Inc. looks for: These backs have a knack for squaring up their shoulder pads quickly, getting downhill and attacking the hole with urgency between the tackles. You have seen us use the term "pick and slide" in our reports, and this is used to describe a back's ability to avoid with patience, find seams and move laterally in-line through the tight creases. The best inside runners consistently break initial contact, fall forward and finish runs.
Michael Dyer; committed to Auburn: Dyer may be on the shorter side, but he is stacked with muscle and has a very low, powerful base. He gets downhill quickly and can slice through the small, in-line creases with great lateral movement, balance and jump-cut skill. The recent Auburn commit is shifty between the tackles and rarely gives defenders a clean shot. A pinball type of runner, he consistently bounces off first contact, keeps his feet and finishes runs.Storm Johnson; committed to Miami: Johnson attacks the downhill seam with great urgency and is a decisive inside cutter with very good initial burst. The future Hurricane can also be patient, sidestep the first defender through the hole and avoid initial penetration. He's a load to take down when he accelerates north and south and gains striking momentum. Underrated on the national level, Johnson has the size (210 pounds), strength and running leverage to pick up the tough inside yards. Jordon James; committed to UCLA: James lacks a huge frame, but he has great explosiveness through the hole. He excels at picking and darting his way through inside traffic and consistently breaks initial contact. He runs deceptively hard between the tackles, despite having great outside burst. The in-state UCLA pledge has a low center of gravity along with great vision and suddenness, allowing him to see the small creases open quickly and burst to daylight.
For more in-depth information on the most versatile and best home run-hitting running backs in the 2010 class, become an ESPN Insider.
MORE COLLEGE FOOTBALL HEADLINES
- Sources: Oklahoma St. limits QB Lunt's options
- For Irish, may be BCS or bust for bowl spot
- Saban: 'Devil' words 'terribly disappointing'
- Running back Richardson will leave Virginia