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Friday, January 13, 2017

Camp Pride 2017 Runningbacks Report: Top Performers & Overview

The runningbacks have one of the toughest paths to getting noticed as they usually run routes in 1 on 1's out of the backfield and more times than not win their rep.  The best RB's win those reps and then are able to get vertical and beat the linebacker downfield.  So with limited reps at this camp, other things such as drill work become more relevant in seeing footwork, agility, and other traits of runningbacks.







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Saint Mary's 2018 RB RaShawn Allen entered the camp as the top dog with over 2,000 rushing yards in his junior season and 6 offers.  Allen is the first Eaglet who rushed for over 2,000 yards in a single season in St. Mary's classic power offense which clicked on all cylinders all season long, they didn't stop from scoring once vs. Muskegon in the D3 title game. Allen has a very good mixture of speed, power, and agility which results in a lot of success as you see.

Davison 2018 RB Tariq Reid had a nice sophomore season with nearly 1,600 rushing yards 19 touchdowns.  As a junior he finished with 2,064 rushing yards and around 100 receiving yards on top of an incredible 37 total touchdowns in just 11 games.  Reid is built like a RB and can turn on the jets when he hits the open field.  Reid currently holds 2 Division II offers.

Davison 2018 RB Lamar Hay unfortunately hasn't been able to remain healthy during the season, so it's nice to see him do well with so much adversity to overcome at Camp Pride.  Hay is another built like a RB and moves very well for his size.  In his limited time in the Fall he has had several touchdowns and good chunk of yards.

Belleville 2019 RB Khalid Crawford is another solid runningback who has good upper and lower body strength with some speed. Holds an early offer from NAIA - Cincinnati Christian.

Glen Lake 2018 RB/LB Nick Apsey is a balanced back who has a lot of physical traits, but just as strong runner, agility, and ability to catch the ball out of the backfield.

Detroit King 2018 RB Jalen Jackson was a nice piece for River Rouge as a junior. Jackson has a very physical running style with speed to burn.   Jackson can move around well from slot to RB, being a very dangerous weapon at either.



As young kids coming into an event such as Camp Pride with 170 combined offers among participants it's important they learn what it's like to adapt to the energy level or observe how older players do.  With such highly regarded players who were in these kids shoes just 3-4 years ago, there needs to be 1 important takeaway them or another participant who didn't get the reps they normally get vs. kids their age, so they can apply it to a future camp.  That could be; fighting for reps - no big time camp tells kids they're evaluating heavily to wait in line, often times a little scuffle occurs, where 2 players want the rep so badly they need a coach to decide, determination is obviously a good trait that has no limits. If a QB or WR wants to go vs. a DB commit of the school, why would you wait in line if it's his only rep he takes? That's the reality of college camps, effort will go a long way.  Fighting for reps is a very realistic and important thing in camps. At the time it looks like everyone should get their turn, but it would be far better for players to adapt and apply their experience in the future. Obviously kids should take coaching in well, if a RB coach at a camp in college tells you to do something, he's seeing if you're coachable - they don't care what your coaches taught you, it's what you can do for them, so if coaches or players at a camp provided a tip, see if it benefits you and at least have an open mind.  You'll need it when the RB coach at the camp tells you to do something and you're alongside an equally talented kid next to you, he does what the coach says and you don't - more times than not it's the other kid who gets more attention and in a lot of cases, the offer.

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