Cedric Baxter Jr., 4-star RB, updates top 5 with a swap of SEC West programs
Cedric Baxter Jr., a 4-star running back in the class of 2023, has updated his top 5 with a swap of SEC West programs.
Baxter Jr. recently named a top 5 of Texas, Texas A&M, Arkansas, Florida, and Miami. However, that has changed, as he told On3 Sports that he will make a change from the original finalists, and swap out Arkansas for Alabama.
“Bama is a place I feel like any top recruit should consider,” Baxter Jr. said. “I’ve sat down and talked to my family about it, and we feel it is best we add them to the list, and remove Arkansas. I still love Arkansas and will be cheering them on.”
Baxter is 6-foot-1 and 215 pounds from Orlando, Florida (Edgewater) and ranked the No. 4 running back in the class, and the No. 12 player in the state of Florida, according to the 247Sports Composite.
The No. 1 RB in the 2023 Class, Cedric Baxter Jr., tells @On3Recruits that Alabama has now emerged as a top school in his recruitment.
— Hayes Fawcett (@Hayesfawcett3) May 26, 2022
Here are his highlights from Hudl:
Here’s his scouting report from 247Sports:
A potential workhorse or feature back. The first one off the bus with his 6-foot-1, 215-pound frame. Could eventually push 230 pounds or more once in a college strength program. Played primarily safety and a little wide receiver before settling in as the starting running back at one of Orlando’s top high school programs. Produced right away as a junior averaging just over 8.5 yards per carry while facing stiff competition week in and week out. Owns a bit of an upright running style, but makes it work as he quickly picks a lane and attacks it with a full head of steam. Does a nice job of navigating his way through traffic and will use swift little cuts to get around defenders. More than capable of breaking multiple arms tackles and seems to always be falling forward. Top-end speed a bit of a question mark without much track or testing data, but has shown that he can get to the edge and win his fair share of foot races. Hasn’t seen too many passes come his way on Fridays, but likely to be more than just a checkdown option for quarterbacks given his larger catch radius and ability to shed tackles. Could thrive on swing passes and make a difference in the screen game. Will need to learn how to pass block and chip Power 5 edge players, but has a chance to be a starting running back and impact player one day for a College Football Playoff contender. NFL upside if everything comes together.