As we discussed earlier this morning in the Morning Stake, Louisiana running back Devin Brumfield decommitted from Texas Tech yesterday. This obviously leaves a pretty big hole for the 2018 class as Brumfield and Garland LaFrance both decommitted and were to be the two running backs signed this year. If you are looking for who might be other options, I’ve only been able to find a few guys who I’ve somewhat followed since the December signing date. I don’t know if any of these are realistic options, just throwing it out there.
- Ta’Zhawn Henry (5-8/175 | Hudl highlights) from Lamar in Houston is the favorite to fill the spot, but he recently received a Nebraska offer. I think Henry was injured a bit during his senior year and he isn’t a huge back, but he’s pretty typical for what Texas Tech has run out previously.
- Elijah Hines (5-9/170 | Hudl highlights) from Port Arthur is currently a Louisiana Tech commit, but maybe that can change. I can’t remember where I picked up that Hines was on the radar, but I think that he is and he’s obviously similar in body type to Henry than Brumfield.
- New Caney’s Jordan Cooper (6-0/208 | Hudl highlights) is currently committed to Navy and he played quarterback for New Caney and was ridiculously productive as a quaerterback. This could work out two different ways, he could either be similar to Jonathan Giles or he could be similar to Caleb Woodward.
- Cinco Ranch running back Brant Kuithe (6-3/212 | Hudl highlights) is apparently a Utah lean (which could change if Brumfield opts to go there) and obviously fits the bigger back narrative if that suits you. I think that Kuithe was injured for part of the year, but I really like Kuithe’s video, runs with a full head of steam. not a lot of wiggle, but he’ll blow by some folks..
- Da’Leon Ward gets his shit straight. This position would look a lot better if Ward figured out that grades and getting your stuff done off the field is more important than what happens on the field. Even if Ward does this, that only leaves him as the sole running back on the team after this year.
- If you want to life on the edge, then the coaching staff could decide to do nothing. Technically, the running back position has lots of options for 2018. Tre King, Demarcus Felton, Desmond Nisby, and the aforementioned Ward can fill those carries, but Ward will the be the only back on the roster after the 2018 season is over and done with. That’s the scary part, not having a year to develop those players.