Though injured in the Semper Fidelis Game, Texas A&M recruit Varshaun Nixon is the top-rated all-purpose back in the SEC right now, though uncommitted Derrell Scott may take that spot when he chooses a school in the coming weeks (South Carolina is one of Scott’s leaders). Here’s a look at the best three all-purpose backs in this year’s SEC recruiting class (high school recruits only). Standard running back rankings ran in December.
EDITOR’S NOTE: All references to ratings come from the 247Sports.com composite ranking
1. Varshaun Nixon–Texas A&M commit
- Lake Travis (Austin, Texas), 5-9/185
- The skinny: Nixon is outstanding catching the ball out of the backfield, with 91 career receptions in high school for more than 1,100 yards. So he’s a weapon there, along with toting the ball (nearly 4,000 career rushing yards). He can do just about everything when healthy.
2. Stanley Williams–Kentucky commit
- George Walton (Monroe, Ga.), 5-8/190
- The skinny: What Williams lacks in size, he makes up for in spunk–a description fans have certainly heard before, but it rings true here. Williams is very quick, and he is one of several four-star prospects coming to play for the Wildcats.
3. D.K. Buford–Ole Miss commit
- Lafayette (Oxford, Miss.), 5-10/190
- The skinny: Buford was an in-state battle, as both Ole Miss and Mississippi State wanted this blazing fast back (4.45 speed). Like Nixon above, Buford will be a weapon catching the ball out of the backfield, and he’s a big play waiting to happen in all facets of the game.
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Here are the SEC’s top ranked commits by position prior to National Signing Day:
- Dual-Threat Quarterbacks
- Pro-Style Quarterbacks
- Running Backs
- All-Purpose Running Backs
- Wide Receivers
- Tight Ends
- Offensive Tackles
- Offensive Guards
- Offensive Centers
- Weak-Side Defensive Ends
- Strong-Side Defensive Ends
- Defensive Tackles
- Inside Linebackers
- Outside Linebackers