Who's the Top RB in Georgia?
Tyren Jones
National Recruiting Analyst
Posted Aug 8, 2012
Chad Simmons

The state of Georgia is home to three of the top 20 running backs in the country and all three bring a lot to the table. Who is the best? That is still up for debate.

Alvin Kamara is a 5-foot-10, 194 pound running back from Norcross and he is currently the no. 16 ranked running back in the country on Scout.

Tyren Jones is a 5-foot-9, 202 pound running back from Walton and he is currently the no. 18 ranked running back in the country on Scout.

Tyshon Dye is a 6-foot, 205 pound running back out of Elbert County and he is currently the no. 19 ranked running back in the country on Scout.

Kamara, Jones, and Dye have been recruited by schools across the country for over a year and they are three of the best in the country at their position.

Who is actually the best running back now, who has the most upside, and who can go the farthest are all questions that could have Kamara, Jones, or Dye as the answer to. All three are very talented, all three are special backs, and all three have put on many shows on Friday nights in the fall over the past few years.

Georgia RBs: Who has the edge?
Breakaway speed
Tackle-breaking ability
Inside running
Outside running
Big-play ability

Jones, an Alabama commitment put on the biggest show during his junior season. He ran for 2,375 yards, scored 33 touchdowns on the ground, and added 400 yards receiving while helping his team reach the state championship game.

Dye played both sides of the ball and he plays both sides the same way - full speed. This Clemson commitment averaged over seven yards per carry while rushing for 1,561 yards and scoring 21 touchdowns.

Kamara did damage on special teams and out of the backfield as a junior and he put the ball in the endzone 17 different times and finished the season with over 1,300 yards on the ground.

All three back are more than just running backs for their teams too. Dye plays linebacker and stays on the field much of the game while Kamara is a dangerous return man and an excellent receiver. Jones is is a back that can flex out into the slot and he is a solid blocker for a high school back also.

Each have their strengths and here is what Scout sees as those:

  • Dye: Power, yards after contact, durability, and speed. He has a great frame and he runs very hard for four quarters.

  • Jones: Quick feet, vision, hits the holes quickly, and elusiveness. Jones is fun to watch because he knows how to avoid the big hit, how to bounce off defenders, and he is one of those natural backs that makes things look easy.

  • Kamara: Speed, hands, acceleration, and athleticism. This back can take a stretch play the distance once he gets to the edge and he has that homerun ability anytime he touches the football.

    The only back not committed as we close in on the 2012 season is Alvin Kamara and he is still considering Alabama, Florida State, Georgia, Oklahoma State, Oregon, and Tennessee. Each of these three backs has those type of options and each will through Signing Day 2013.

    What type of back do you prefer?

    Do you want a back with elite top end speed that can take it the distance from anywhere on the field at any time? Then, Kamara is your guy.

    Do you want a back that will run through potential tacklers, pile up yards throughout the game, and occasionally break a big run? Then, Dye is for you.

    Do you want a back that gracefully dodges defenders, catches screen passes, and has some of the quickest feet in the country? Then, Jones is who you want to sign.

    All three backs have the ability to be very successful on the next level. All have their strengths and weaknesses as true running backs, but the pros definitely outweigh the cons with this talented trio out of the state of Georgia.

    Chad Simmons is currently a National Recruiting Analyst for FOX Sports/Scout. He started with Scout in 2003 and then moved on to another Recruiting Service from 2004-2008 before returning to Scout the first of 2009 to become South Recruiting Manager.
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