While the value of the running back has decreased in the NFL, the position is still alive and well in the college ranks.

The 2016 recruiting class includes the following top prospects:


  1. Miles Sanders, Penn State The Pittsburgh native is the best RB prospect in the country. He’s a great addition for coach James Franklin, who was scrutinized through the season.
  2. Kareem Walker, Michigan  The 6-1 Walker chose the Wolverines over Alabama, Florida State, Arizona State and Penn State.
  3. B.J. Emmons, Alabama — The 232-pound Emmons has the tools to thrive at the position. Emmons was recruited by Tennessee and many believed he would land there. But Alabama prevailed.
  4. Devwah Whaley, Arkansas  Alex Collins announced that he would declare for the NFL Draft, so Whaley has a chance to get touches early. The Texan racked up 1,530 yards and 21 touchdowns this season.
  5. Elijah Holyfield, Georgia  An in-state recruit from Woodward Academy, the 5-10, 204-pound Holyfield was also pursued by Auburn.
  6. Antonio Williams, Ohio State Ezekiel Elliott is on to bigger and better things. Williams had 2,267 yards and 27 TDs during his 2014 season. He had heavy interest from Wisconsin, Auburn and Georgia.
  7. Amir Rasul, Florida State — Dalvin Cook will be back next season, giving Rasul time to become accustomed to the offense. Rasul rushed for 767 rushing yards and 10 touchdowns in 2015.
  8. Justin Connor, Ole Miss — An in-state prospect from Sardis, the 5-10, 190-pound Connor rushed for 1,640 yards and 17 TDs.
  9. Carlin Fils-aime, Tennessee — The four-star product had heavy interest in Miami and Auburn as well. He had 1,505 yards and 23 TDs in 2015.
  10. Travis Homer, Miami — Homer, a 5-11, 195-pound prospect from West Palm Beach, will stay close to home with the Hurricanes.