We previewed some options for the 2018 quarterback and then shortly thereafter, Alan Bowman committed. Let’s try our luck at running back and see if the same sort of magic will work out with a commitment. I’m using 24/7 Sports , Rivals and Scout to help me figure out who has been offered and who has committed to other programs.
There are a handful of players who have been offered and already committed to other programs: Jeremy Gibson (Arkansas), Keontay Ingram (Texas), Joshua Fleeks (Baylor), Stanley Hackett (Baylor) and AJ Carter (LSU).
This leaves five running backs who have been offered:
- Devin Brumfield (5-10/219): By all accounts, Brumfield is “the guy” that the staff hopes commits. Brumfield is out of Louisiana and that’s your Jabbar Julike connection. Brumfield is a good-sized running back that runs through tackles and can also out-run opponents. He’ll also run between tackles and before you know it, he’s breaking your ankles. Brumfield has been offered by Louisana Tech, Colorado State and Utah as being his best offers.
- Andrew Cunningham (6-0/215): Cunningham is out of Florida and I don’t see the connection or how Cunningham was offered. Maybe it’s Terence Jamison? In fact, I’d guess that a bunch of these guys were offered by DeShaun Foster, who was all about the big back and Cunningham bits that bill. Cunningham is apparently a big Louisville or Kentucky lean so I don’t know if we waste much time with this.
- Kirby Bennett (5-10/212): I’m guessing that Bennett was also a Foster offer and he’s predicted (although it’s only 1 prediction) that he goes to UCLA. Bennett has been offered by just about everyone and he originally played in Allen as a junior and I’m guessing that he then transferred to Bishop Gorman in Las Vegas, which is where he’s at right now. Bennett has been offered by everyone under the sun and I don’t get a feel, other than UCLA, as to where he’ll go, but I’m guessing it’s not Texas Tech.
- Craig Williams (5-10/175): Williams is technically an all-purpose back and he absolutely fits what Texas Tech is doing offensively. He’s a smaller back with terrific speed, incredible burst and great acceleration. Being from Crosby, Houston is big on his list, but Houston already has a running back commit in Kelan Walker from DeSoto, so that may play into Williams’ decision-making process.
- Slade Bolden (5-11/195): I don’t know if Bolden is being looked at as a running back or a receiver, but as of right now, Bolden is leaning towards LSU and TCU. Bolden is from Louisiana and TCU has traditionally done a terrific job of recruiting there (they already have quarterback Justin Rogers, also from Louisiana). Bolden has 24 offers and I’m guessing that Texas Tech isn’t really in the mix here. Maybe if Bolden is recruited as an inside receiver, there’s a possibility, but I don’t see that happening.