This week at RebelNation.Net I’m going to go over my Top 25 tailback/slotback prospects for the Class of 2010. I believe this is shaping up into a good year for the position. There are a couple of clear-cut guys at the top along with a couple of intriguing sleepers that could really develop. Leading the way is Lache (pronounced Lake) Seastrunk (5-foot-10, 184 pounds, 4.33 forty) of Temple, Tex. Lache has great speed (10.33 in the 100 meters), vision and balance. He also has surprising strength for his size. He was outstanding at the U.S. Army Scouting Combine in San Antonio last winter where was voted the MVP. I think talent-wise Lache is the closest thing I’ve seen to Reggie Bush in the past five years. He’s very explosive and can change direction in the blink of an eye. He’s a threat to go all the way every time he touches the ball. Lache rushed for 1,560 yards and averaged 10 yards per carry as a junior while scoring 19 touchdowns. He also averaged 45 yards on kickoff returns and is a good receiver out of the backfield.
Lache’s family is originally from Louisiana so LSU has to be considered the early frontrunner for his services. USC, Texas, Auburn, Alabama, Georgia, Oklahoma and Baylor are among the other schools chasing him. Coming in at No. 2 is Mike Dyer (5-9, 205, 4.3) of Little Rock (Ark.) Christian. I’ve watched Mike play for three years now and I believe he’s the biggest thing to come
out of Arkansas since Darren McFadden. He’s built along the lines of a Barry Sanders. He’s built low to the ground, is very powerful and does an excellent job of following his blockers. He has an explosive burst and game-breaking speed once he does turn the corner. He’s one of the most exciting players in the country to watch. Dyer led the state of Arkansas in rushing with 2,710 yards as a sophomore and followed that up with 1,984 yards and 19 TDs as a junior. Most of the SEC is recruiting him hard with Auburn and Arkansas the early frontrunners. Next up at No. 3 is the top running back on the west coast, Jordan James (5-10, 190, 4.4) of Corona (Calif.) High School. “The Flash” has a shot to finish up as the No. 1 tailback in the nation. He only played in four-and-a-half games as a junior due to injury and still rushed for 1,135 yards on 130 carries and scored 10 touchdowns against some of the top competition in southern California.
Jordan is not real big but makes up for his lack of size with great speed (10.6 100 meters), quickness, vision and balance. He has deceptive strength and the ability to break tackles. UCLA, Cal, Stanford, Notre Dame and USC are among the schools he’s considering. My No. 4 tailback is another runner from southern California, USC-bound Dillon Baxter (5-11, 190, 4.4) of Mission Bay High School in San Diego. Baxter is an excellent all-around back who can both run and catch. He has excellent vision, burst, balance and moves. He runs low to the ground and is tough to spot. His initial burst is amazing. He really explodes through holes and has the ability to bounce outside.
Rounding out my top five is Giovanni Bernard (5-9, 195, 4.5) of Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) Aquinas.
Gio is kind of a bigger version of Mike Dyer who plays for the defending mythical national prep champion. Eleven of his teammates last year signed with Division I schools. He rushed for 1,570 yards and 18 touchdowns on 160 carries against some of the nation’s best competition as a junior.
Gio is quick and strong with excellent vision, cutting ability and moves. He gets to his top speed fast and is exceptionally quick to the hole. He also has strong legs, keeps low and can punish defenders. Tennessee and Florida are among the many schools recruiting him.
One player from Las Vegas made the list. Stephen Nixon (5-9, 180, 4.4) of Cimarron- Memorial High School checked in at No. 11. I met with Stephen during my trip to Las Vegas in March. He is another slasher with terrific speed and good cutback ability. Originally from New Orleans, he moved to Las Vegas after Hurricane Katrina and is Nevada’s version of Reggie Bush. He rushed for 1,958 yards and 28 touchdowns as a junior and has run the 100 in 10.5. The big question with Stephen will be academics. UNLV, LSU, Colorado State, Arizona State, Texas Tech and Utah State are among the schools he listed as recruiting him. Next week I’ll go over my Top 25 big backs and fullbacks for the Class of 2010.