Jordan Bentley was a quarterback as a freshman, mostly as a run-first signal-caller, during a solid high school debut.
That was 2012.
But just before that season ended, he got a shot at running back, and he's been the Guntersville (Ala.) bellcow ever since. He set the yardage and scoring record for the school this past fall.
"I had a really good season, I rushed for 1,600 yards and 33 touchdowns," he said. "We had a new quarterback come in, so they moved me to running back the last game of my freshman year. It showed that I could run the ball, and I got 100 yards in my first game this year. Then against Oneonta (eventual 4A state champion in 2013), I had another great game and it showed I can play running back.
"Looking back on it, I did better what most people thought and I did better than I thought, it was pretty good. I consider myself explosive, strong to the line and pretty explosive to the second-line of defense, then with breakaway speed."
The first-team Class 4A All-State selection was pleased with the breakout campaign, but not necessarily satisfied. After playing at 180 pounds in the fall, he's already changed his body in preparation for stiffer opponents on the way in the 2014 season.
"I'm running track right now, I triple jump and I do hurdles," Bentley said. "The triple jump is my favorite. It helps me keep my footwork down, with the jumping. The hurdles helps with my first step as a running back. I've gained some weight, too, I'm 191 (pounds).
"I plan on gaining five or six more pounds, being right there under 200. We're moving up to 5A, so harder competition, so more weight."
The homerun threat is also working on bringing more versatility to his game, though early feedback from coaches has been extremely positive.
"I want to work on my power through contact, along with one-on-one situations out in the open field," Bentley said. "Coaches like how I have good vision, am able to get past the first line, and then it's easier to get by the secondary since I'm bigger than most DBs."
College coaches, however, haven't yet pulled the trigger with the class of 2016 talent. That could change this summer on the camp scene. During the only opportunity the sophomore had to take in a game as a recruit in 2013, he already had plans to go elsewhere.
"I really don't get that much contact, I just get letters and invites," he said. "I've been invited to an Auburn game, they played Florida Atlantic, and I have a lot of camp invites. I didn't go to the game, I was already going to an Alabama game that week as a fan."
The Crimson Tide has long been Bentley's dream school.
"They're a winning team, they do not like to lose," he said. "They were upset a lot this year, they could have done better, but I love their play-style, being able to run and throw in a pro-style.
"It would be big for me (if Alabama recruited him); it had been one of my dreams to play at Alabama since I was young. Growing up, I've always wanted to play there."
Nebraska and Ole Miss have reached out to Bentley for camp invites, and he said he'd like to hear more from Auburn, Georgia, Oregon, Florida, Mississippi, Tennessee and other SEC schools, in addition to the Crimson Tide.
Before getting to the next level, Bentley has a plan for his body in order to maximize his appeal to a college staff.
"I would like to be around 205, 210 (pounds) before I go to college so I have enough weight to play running back but still light enough to be an athlete," he said. "I can play quarterback, safety, cornerback, linebacker and returner.
"If I can't play running back, I'd like to play cornerback or quarterback."
Sophomore highlights of Bentley can be seen HERE.