It’s not a top priority for Florida this year, but getting a solid running back – or two – would be a plus for the Gators in the 2010 class. Chris Rainey and Jeff Demps are coming off solid years in their first season in the backfield and Emmanuel Moody tore it up in the last few minutes of the fourth quarter last year.
The Gators will have four running backs this fall with the addition of Mike Gillislee from the 2009 class. But the knock on Urban Meyer’s recruiting has been his failure to get an elite running back in any of his classes at UF. Could this be the year it finally happens?
Here are a few of the top running back prospects looking at UF:
Lache Seastrunk – Temple, Texas – 5-foot-11, 192 pounds – Seastrunk is currently rated the No. 2 player in the country by Rivals.com and rightfully so. He’s got tremendous speed, can cut on a dime and has the strength to break a few tackles. He’s run for more than 3,000 yards and has 33 touchdowns in his last two years. He fits the mold as UF’s ideal running back, but he’s in a region of the country that has been tough for the Gators to get top talent. He has an offer from UF, but it seems that LSU, Southern Cal. and Texas are the early frontrunners.
Michael Dyer – Little Rock, Ark., Little Rock Christian – 5-9, 201 – If Seastrunk is the No. 1 running back prospect, Dyer is 1A. He’s also a guy that has great speed and might be a little stronger than Seastrunk. Dyer fits the mold of more of an all-round back and would be perfect in UF’s offense. His stats are much more impressive than Seastrunk’s, but that could be due to the talent level he’s competing against. He ran for 2,710 yards and 28 touchdowns as a sophomore and 1,984 yards with 19 scores as a junior – in three less games. Again, geography could hurt the Gators for his services. UF is in his top-six, but he’s also looking at Auburn, LSU, Arkansas, Oklahoma and Alabama.
Corey Brown – Springfield, Pa., Cardinal O’Hara – 6-0, 171 – The Gators have had some recent success in the Northeast of late, and while there are those who feel that region lacks speed, Brown has plenty of it. He’s recorded a 4.47 40-yard dash and while he might not have all the moves that some of the other top backs have this year, his top end speed is among the best. He’s been relatively quiet as far as recruiting, but he did say that he has been in constant contact with Meyer. I expect him to visit sometime this summer.
Mack Brown – Lithonia, Ga., Martin Luther King – 5-11, 185 – He’s got a great relationship with UF’s staff and current 2010 quarterback commit Trey Burton. Whenever I talk to Burton he always makes sure to talk about how he and Brown have become great friends over the past few months. Brown is also a solid track athlete as well, so speed is no issue. He’s got nice breakaway speed and has the strength to get that extra yard once defenders get a hold of him. Brown had more than 1,700 yards as a junior and reached the end zone 21 times on the ground. He’s always been high on the Gators, but when I talk to him he makes it known that he has no timetable for a commitment.
Corvin Lamb – Miami, Northwestern – 5-10, 180 – Lamb has been high on the Gators since he can remember. He doesn’t have an offer, but he said he likes that because he wants to earn it. He’s been on campus plenty of times and will be in Gainesville over the summer for camps as well. He’s a little bigger than Demps and Rainey and is just as deadly. He’s going to be one of the top scatback-type runners this year. He can play receiver and running back as well. He’s been a backup for his entire high school career but is in prime position for a breakout senior year. Like Mack Brown, Lamb and the Gators have a great relationship. Once he gets offered, I don’t think it will take long before he commits.