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February 4, 2011

Year of the Running Back Holds True to the Hype

Most recruiting experts have known the running back group in the 2011 class in the state of Texas would be a special group of players. TheOldCoach.com recruiting analysts predicted a bumper crop of running backs would sign with FBS schools. The final tally is an astounding 40 running backs signed with FBS schools.

The headliners of this class of running back are Rivals.com five star recruits Malcolm Brown out of Cibolo Steele just north of San Antonio and Brandon Williams from Brookshire Royal which is just west of Houston. The two superstars signed with Big 12 rivals as Brown inked with Texas and Williams went north of the Red River to Oklahoma.

The premiere edition of THE OLD COACH FRIDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL magazine highlighted "The Year of the Running Back," and featured Brown along with four star talents Herschel Sims from Abilene who committed to Oklahoma State and San Antonio Madison's Aaron Green who is headed to Nebraska.

As usual the state of Texas has big time talents at running back and there's no question the four listed above have had plenty written about them, but the real key to this class has been the depth.

From the Red River, down to San Antonio, from points east to west, the state was loaded with guys who have the ability to break open a game at any moment. Our records only go back to the class of 2002 but this group is the deepest group to come out of Texas since 2005 when 39 backs inked with Division 1-A programs.

Of course the in state schools got their fair share of the talent as Texas Tech landed three backs, Texas, Baylor and North Texas landed a pair, while Houston, SMU and Texas A&M landed one back each.

The out of state schools got their fair share as well with Oklahoma taking a pair of backs along with California, West Virginia and Tulsa. The service academies even landed some Texas talent with Army and Air Force landing a back.

Schools who normally don't go into Texas much for recruiting even dipped into the Texas talent pool as Illinois picked up Katy's Donovonn Young, Memphis landed Dallas Wilson's Carl Harris and Pittsburgh landed Gladewater speedster Corey Davis.

Not all of these backs will wind up playing running back at the next level, one example is Austin McCallum's Michael Sorrells (Tulsa) who could wind up at a number of positions or back at running back.

Arlington Martin's Danzel Williams who signed with Oklahoma and LaPorte's Anthony Webb who has signed with Baylor could also switch positions.

Below is the list of running backs from the state of Texas who signed with FBS programs on Wednesday:

  • Malcolm Brown, Cibolo Steele; TEXAS

  • Brandon Williams, Brookshire Royal; OKLAHOMA

  • Herschel Sims, Abilene; OKLAHOMA STATE

  • Aaron Green, San Antonio Madison; NEBRASKA

  • B.J. Allen, Tatum; BAYLOR

  • Danzel Williams, Arlington Martin; OKLAHOMA

  • Kenny Williams, Pflugerville Hendrickson; TEXAS TECH

  • DeAndre Washington, Fort Bend Hightower; TEXAS TECH

  • Daniel Lasco, The Woodlands; CALIFORNIA

  • Bradley Marquez, Odessa; TEXAS TECH

  • Joe Bergeron, North Mesquite; TEXAS

  • Jarrell Oliver, Fort Bend Dulles; UTAH

  • K.C. Nlemchi, Katy Cinco Ranch; SMU

  • Jay Ajayi, Frisco Liberty; BOISE STATE

  • Jermichael Selders, Cypress Creek; BAYLOR

  • Tra Carson, Texarkana Liberty-Eylau; OREGON

  • Damon Bullock, Mansfield; IOWA

  • Xavier Williams, Carrollton Ranchview; UTEP

  • Davon Riddick, Abilene Cooper; COLORADO STATE

  • Darren Ervin, Houston Lamar CALIFORNIA

  • Kenneth Farrow, Hurst Bell; HOUSTON

  • Devontae McNeal, Quitman; LOUISIANA-MONROE

  • Desmond Roland, Richardson Lake Highlands; OKLAHOMA STATE

  • Corey Davis, Gladewater; PITTSBURGH

  • Donovonn Young, Katy; ILLINOIS

  • Storm Woods, Pflugerville; OREGON STATE

  • Treyvon Green, Rowlett; NORTHWESTERN

  • Will Randolph, Copperas Cove; TEXAS A&M

  • Dustin Garrison, Pearland; WEST VIRGINIA

  • Cam McDaniel, Coppell; NOTRE DAME

  • Lamarse Lafayette, Daingerfield; AIR FORCE

  • Zach Whitfield, Sherman; NORTH TEXAS

  • Carl Harris, Dallas Wilson; MEMPHIS

  • Antoinne Jimmerson, DeSoto; NORTH TEXAS

  • Anthony Webb. LaPorte; BAYLOR

  • Ja'Quail Haskins, Killeen; ARMY

  • Michael Sorrells, Austin McCallum; TULSA

  • Kody Sutton, Texarkana Texas; WYOMING

  • Doug Gentry, Mexia; PURDUE

  • Erick Evans, Seagoville; AIR FORCE

    ,br.,br. Matt Stepp,
    TOC Senior Analyst

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