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Inside the Gameplan: Five-star RB Shuffle

Jase McClellan. (Justin Wells/IT)
Jase McClellan. (Justin Wells/IT)

Running back evaluation is pretty tricky. It is for me at least, the driver of the Kyle Porter bandwagon. I believe Dana Holgorsen is about to steer us into a casino for a “pit stop” and that will likely be the end of our journey. The top prospects tend to have outstanding measurables in terms of 40 times or track times, but if you’re playing RB at all you’re probably a great athlete. Kris Boyd had some of the best measurables at RB you’ve ever seen and a state title to boot, and he ended up making a pretty good cornerback.

The trick with Porter of course was that he was a part of the Katy machine, which has churned out as many star HS backs this century as any program in the state of Texas. Much like the Mike Shanahan Denver Broncos or now the Sean McVay Los Angeles Rams, every star RB looks like a world-beater but when the next guy comes from nowhere and does the same thing, you start to wonder.

With the 2020 crop of RBs, of which there are multiple 5-star recruits for whom Texas is in the mix for, I’ve determined to take a much closer look in order to try and better sort out which of these guys is really going to put it all together.


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History major, football theorist.