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Top Five Running Back Signees For 2010

The SEC has seen very talented running backs enter the league in recent years.

Alabama’s Mark Ingram won the Heisman Trophy last year and his backup, sophomore Trent Richardson, might be the nation’s second best tailback entering the 2010 season.

Florida won a national championship in 2008 in large part due to the success of speedy tailbacks Chris Rainey and Jeffrey Demps.

There will be more playmakers at running back entering the SEC this fall.

Here’s a look at the top five running back signees in the SEC for 2010.

1. Michael Dyer – Auburn – The Tigers expect Dyer to come in and make plays right away. The Little Rock, Ark., native showed off his running skills at the Under Armour All-American Game in Orlando, Fla., in January. Dyer rushed for more than 2,000 yards in each of his final three seasons in high school. ESPN.com ranks him the best running back in the country. Dyer’s size (5-9, 200) makes him tough to tackle, and he has the speed to break long runs. Dyer should be exactly what Gus Malzahn is looking for as he adds more weapons to his offense.

2. Marcus Lattimore – South Carolina – I could have easily put Lattimore at the top of this list. Lattimore will probably remind people of Trent Richardson or Bryce Brown, two running backs who entered the SEC ready to play last year. Second-year tailbacks Kenny Miles and Jarvis Giles are important pieces to South Carolina’s offense, but Lattimore will be the most talented player of the group. Lattimore, who attended Byrnes High School in Duncan, S.C., is an important signee for South Carolina because he could give in-state prospects more reasons to play for the Gamecocks. Lattimore played in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl and was a finalist for the U.S. Army Player of the Year award.

3. Mack Brown – Florida – Brown is the first highly-rated tailback with prototypical size to sign with Urban Meyer at Florida. It will be interesting to see how the Atlanta native fits in with Florida’s spread offense. Teams like Alabama, Tennessee, Oklahoma, Michigan and Miami all tried to persuade Brown to go against his commitment. He wouldn’t do it. Brown will still have plenty of talent to compete against at Florida. Veterans Chris Rainey, Jeff Demps and Emmanuel Moody all expect to play, and Mike Giillislee has also thrown his name into the mix. Still, Brown has as much talent as any of his counterparts. Meyer will find a way to use him.

4. Rajion Neal – Tennessee – The Vols were excited to convince Neal to switch his commitment from Mississippi State to UT. The Vols lost starting running back Montario Hardesty to the NFL, and backup Bryce Brown will likely transfer out of the program. Neal (5-11, 215) could play right away if he earns playing time with UT’s new coaching staff. Neal, who attended Sandy Creek High School in Tyrone, Ga., was the Associated Press Class 4A Offensive Player of the Year and an All-State selection. Neal will have to compete with Tauren Poole and David Oku for early playing time, but Neal could make his way onto the field early.

5. Ken Malcome – Georgia – The Bulldogs continue to look for help at running back, and this product from Decatur, Ga., could make an instant impact. Caleb King hasn’t lived up to his high-profile billing, and Washaun Ealey is still unproven as an every down tailback. Malcome has the skills to develop into a nice SEC player, and he comes from a strong program at Southwest DeKalb that is used to developing successful college players. Malcome (5-11, 212) has a power game that should be a nice complement to Ealey’s quick, speedy style of running. At the same time, Malcome has the speed to break runs and make plays for Georgia’s offense.

 


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