Almost all of the best running backs in the class signed last week. There are 29 running backs rated four stars or more and all but five are totally out of business. Here are the names to know at the location with February’s Signing Day not too far away.
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A former LSU engagement, Citizen withheld their engagement due to the unstable coaching situation in Baton Rouge. Brian Kelly was hired a few days after his disengagement, but teams like Auburn and Florida pushed for Citizen. LSU appears to have regained some momentum, but this isn’t a dunk for the Tigers.
Etienne’s recruitment is worth keeping an eye on for multiple reasons. Its finalists are Clemson, Florida and LSU, but it is also testing the waters of the NIL. Etienne has teamed up with a company that will allow fans to choose his uniform and purchase NFTs. Conventional wisdom might give Clemson an edge because his brother, Travis, was a star for the Tigers, but Florida and LSU are a lot at stake.
USC Seemed To Have Inside Track For Barnes, But The Trojan Running Back Coach’s Sudden Move Tashard choice leaving Los Angeles for Texas has once again opened the doors for Oklahoma. The Las Vegas native is very close to Sooners running back coach De Marco Murray and Oklahoma has always been at the top of Barnes’s list. Keep an eye out for the Sooners, but remember that Florida State is still one of its contenders too.
There isn’t much drama about the rest of Bryant-James’s recruiting. The Tennessee native is stuck with Georgia and is planning to sign with the Bulldogs in February unless Clever Kirby and his staff decide to make a transfer. The Vols and Oklahoma were the other main contenders for Bryant-James when he was initially engaged.
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A former USC commit, Gatson kept a fairly low profile while the season was running. He made official visits to Colorado, Texas and USC in the summer, but hasn’t traveled much since. Missouri seemed to have jumped at the opportunity to grab his attention after his disengagement, but didn’t get very far. Michigan and Texas have been keeping an eye on Gatson, and it will be interesting to see if the fire rises on him as the February signing period approaches.