The 2012 running back class in the state of Florida, is not considered strong in depth, but there are three tremendous backs that stand out. Mario Pender, the 6-foot, 190 pound running back from Island Coast high school, is arguably the top back in the state. He is very fast, very strong, and is a threat to score every time he touches the ball. Just behind him is Matt Jones, the 6-foot-2, 200 pound back from Armwood high school. Jones is a power back that can carry the ball plenty of times and be a lead back in any offense. He is a workhorse that is tough to bring down. Randy Johnson from Miami Norland high school is right there with Pender and Jones. Johnson, the 5-foot-9, 170 pound ball carrier, is a smaller back, but he is quick, shifty, and if you give him an inch, he'll take way more than a yard.
There are some backs that are going to really show out during their senior years. South Dade running back Torry Clayton is one to watch. The 5-foot-9, 195 pound back runs very hard and loves contact. He is still under the radar, but major schools are starting to take notice. Brandon Radcliff, the 5-foot-10, 210 pound back out of Columbus high school is a true downhill runner. He has a very good mix of speed and strength and some consider a smaller version of Brandon Jacobs. He will be a 5-foot-11, 240 pound back in by the end of his college career. Fabian Moreau, the 6-foot, 180 pound running back from Western high school, is someone that is going to be a household name by the end of the year. He is very athletic and can easily play running back or wide receiver. He has long strides, can stop on a dime, and has very good speed.
This class has a great deal of potential and although most consider this running back class "top heavy", there is some depth that has yet to be discovered. Here are the running backs that made the FlaVarsity Top 160.
Buzz: Moreau is one of the most elusive runners in the state. He is fast, shifty, and can really make people miss. He is similar to Michael Crabtree out of high school and could play receiver or running back.
Schools in the mix: Air Force, Arkansas, Bryant, FIU, Indiana, Northern Illinois, Oregon, Western Michigan
Buzz: Byars is quite slippery for a bigger back. He has terrific hands out of the backfield and can usually make the first man miss. He is versatile out of the backfield. I expect him to end up as a full back.
Schools in the mix: Bowling Green, FIU, Louisville, Memphis, Western Michigan