Midlands 2014: Scout 300 RBs
Markel Smith - Vianney
Markel Smith - Vianney
National Recruiting Analyst
Posted Aug 20, 2013

Taking a closer look at the five Midlands running backs who earned the distinction of being named to the Scout300 on Monday...

No. 155 Terence Williams - RB - Ennis (Texas) HS - Baylor
Athlete who has the size and speed to play either wide receiver or running back on the next level and he plays both in high school. With the ball in his hands, he picks his holes wisely and shows nice patience and savvy, following his blocks. He is powerful and has good stiff arm, keeping defenders at a distance. He is a smooth runner with long legs, which gives him a deceptive level of speed. His long strides allow him to outrace defenders.

No. 202 Donald Catalon - RB - Houston (Texas) Eisenhower - Texas
A back who is extremely slippery in the open field. He runs with a dodging and dashing style. Has nice size, but does not run and move like a power back. He is elusive and accelerates very quickly which allows him to escape the grasp of would be tacklers, but will need to continue to get stronger to break free of defenders more easily. His quicks and explosiveness make him especially dangerous on the cut-back plays, which are his biggest gains.

No. 212 Devon Thomas - RB - Broken Arrow (Okla.) HS - Oklahoma State
The all-around package at the position. Watching his tape his qualities like power and speed jump out, but he also exhibits great balance. Has the ability to run into traffic and maintain his footing to pick up additional yardage or break a big play. He shows excellent vision and the ability to make people miss. Has tremendous leg drive, he keeps churning until the last second. He possesses good size, but still has some wiggle in his game.

No. 244 Kevin Shorter - RB - Newton (Texas) HS - Texas
Plays both ways at RB and DB, but projects to play offense in college. He has good quickness and ability to read holes. Has elusive speed, turning it on and getting up field quickly. He has a nice frame to add more weight to and as he gets stronger he will have an easier time breaking and running through tackles. Has the ability to stay on his feet after taking a tough hit, maintaining his balance through traffic and pick up extra yardage.

No. 272 Markel Smith - RB - Kirkwood (Mo.) St. John Vianney
Will be categorized as a power RB. And he is, but don't let the words 'power back' fool you, because in addition to running with with a low center of gravity and a bruising style he also shows nice burst and the ability to make things happen in the open field. The combo allows him to shred high school defenses for big play and should translate well to the college game. He has the ability in a 1v1 situation to make a defender miss or run him over.

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