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Class of 2020 Top 5 Running Backs:
Next, we’re taking a look at the best high school running backs. Here is an evaluation of the complete game of our top 5 running backs in the class.Kendall Milton (Buchanan, Clovis)
- Kendall Milton (Buchanan, CA) 6’2″ 229 pounds
Starting this off we have Georgia commit Kendall Milton out of Colvis, California. This elite, athletic big back has the ability to crush defenders with his 230 pound frame. The running back also can catch the ball on the run.The back shows similarities to David Johnson with his big frame and ability to break multiple tackles and break out for big runs. The back runs like he is already ready for college and it will not surprise us if he controls the backfield quickly after he arrives in Athens. Milton is next up, following the foot steps of Todd Gurley and DeAndre Swift.
2. Zachary Evans (North Shore, TX) 5’11” 200 pounds
At number 3 we have Houston, 5 star Zachary Evans from North Shore high school. The 200 pound back and junior year national champion is ready to dominate senior year. The speed back has elite acceleration as he busts through the secondaries of defenses and will never get caught from behind. The skilled back had a 25 yard bolting touchdown in his first game this season. The running backs greatest strength is his inside runs using his power and speed to score. The runner has the best vision in the class as well as has phenomenal lower body strength to break the first tackle consistently. Alabama, Texas A&M, Georgia and LSU are the leaders for Evans’ recruitment.
3. Jase McClellan (Aledo, TX) 5’11” 202 pounds
Oklahoma commit Jase McClellan is up next on the list. The 200 pound running back from Aledo, Texas is a power running back who has the ability to pickup speed down field. The back has the ability to drag defenders with him wether its catching a screen or taking the ball on a dive the running back is makes people miss and needs more than one person to take him down. This season Jase has been getting a lot of touches. In his first game against Guyer in which the team lost 57-60, McClellan received 26 carries for 116 yards and 4 TDs. The RB also caught 3 receptions for 83 yards and a score. There is not doubt that McClellan is college ready and could compete for a starting spot next year in Norman.
4. Ashaad Clayton (Warren Easton, LA) 6’0″ 200 pounds
Out of New Orleans we have finishing off the list, Ashaad Clayton from Warren Easton. The tough running back can stick his head down and run to fight for extra yards. Clayton blows up safeties consitently, seeks contact and casually gains the extra few yards on every carry. He uses his fantastic vision and breakaways speed to beat defenders in for the score. He hits someone every play and loves to get physical. FOG sees Clayton as the most underrated ball carrier in the class of 2020. The New Orleans product is reportedly leaning towards Ed Oregeron, and the LSU Tigers in his recruitment.
5. Bijan Robinson (Salpointe Catholic, AZ) 6’0″ 200 pounds
Starting off the race, we have Texas football commit Bijan Robinson out of Salpointe Catholic in Tucson, AZ. The 6-0 ft 205 lb running back has already light his path to number one after his first game this season against Dobson. Robinson rushed for 111 yards off 8 carries and 4 scores. Last season Robinson ran for 35 touchdowns and over 2000 yards. Last season he had 5 games with 4+ touchdowns and already has one this season. The five star has great allusiveness on the field and has the ability to get open in space with his speed. Robinson also has the ability to catch the ball, in fact, Salpointe tends to use him in the slot to throw screen passes so he can create open space. Bijan has an elite first move racking up the yards after the first contact. The Texas bound runner looks to be the next talented ball carrier as Tom Herman and the Horns continue their rebuild.