The SEC has seen a lot of great running backs come through the conference, and this year it hogged the nation’s best ballcarriers again, taking four of the top five RBs in the nation. Georgia got two of them.
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1. Leonard Fournette–LSU
- St. Augustine (New Orleans, La.), 6-1/225
- The skinny: Fournette is the nation’s No. 1 overall prospect, so when the Tigers landed him during all-star week, they got an instant impact runner. He’s already built like a professional running back.
2. Sony Michel–Georgia
- American Heritage (Plantation, Fla.), 5-11/205
- The skinny: Todd Gurley and Keith Marshall are going to have some carbon copies on campus next fall. It seems odd that two such highly rated running backs would choose the same school in the same year, but there’s precedent at Georgia. Michel is a bit more of a bruiser than Nick Chubb (see below) though it’s not like Chubb can’t hit. The opposition will be sore after facing these two. Is this really fair, both on the same team?
3. Racean ‘Roc’ Thomas–Auburn
- Oxford (Ala.), 5-11/195
- The skinny: With the way Auburn performed this year, Thomas looks like a really smart guy—as he chose the Tigers way before this season. Thomas isn’t going to dazzle anybody going East-West, but this kid can tote it like one of the best. Let’s face it, the point of football is to go north-south anyway, and he’s a load to bring down and is close to the ground.
4. Nick Chubb–Georgia
- Cedartown (Ga.), 5-11/215
- The skinny: With Gurley and Marshall both looking good at times this year, it would seem any stud recruits would want to avoid the Bulldogs. Not so with Chubb and Michel. Chubb has it all: Power, speed, perfect size and a distinct humble nature. Sort of reminds us of the same kind of kid Marcus Lattimore was before he signed with South Carolina.
5. Aeris Williams–Mississippi State
- West Point (Miss.), 6-1/205
- The skinny: Williams will be more than capable of taking a few licks at the next level. He has a sixth-sense for the position and has been on board with the Bulldogs since the summer. In the Bulldogs’ offense, he’ll have a key role—probably as soon as next year.
Top 5 signees broken down by position:
- 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