Evaluating the top 10 RB options in Florida

Florida State is in the market for a running back in the next signing class as depth has been depleted at the position.

Two of the top names are off the board as Demarkcus Bowman and Don Chaney are committed. But FSU has offers out to a good number of prospects. Below are the grading metrics for ranking the top 10 running backs in the state of Florida as well as who we think are the best that the Sunshine State has to offer at the position in the 2020 class.


10 (National Elite Recruit)

9 (Top ranked National Recruit)

8 (Top ranked regional Recruit)

7 (P5/FBS prospects)


1. Demarkcus Bowman – Lakeland (5-11, 185)

Ranking: (9) Bowman is the type of back that can run with power or finesse. He has top-end speed. His ability to burst through the line of scrimmage and get to the second level is impressive. He is one of the more complete backs in the country. (Committed to Clemson)

2. Don Chaney – Miami Belen Jesuit (5-11, 200)

Ranking: (9) Chaney is a back that gives you size, speed and quickness. He will run over or through a defense. Here is a prospect that has made his mark as a freshman at Belen and has continued to have success throughout his college career. You may be looking at a future NFL back. (Reported offers: Committed to Miami)

3.  Jaylan Knighton – Deerfield Beach (5-10, 180)

Ranking: (9) Jaylan is an elite back. He is a back that makes one cut and leaves a defender grasping for air. He has the ability to cut on either foot. His vision allows him to find the hole and exploit the defense. He is very effective at not only running the football but also being a receiver out of the backfield. (Reported offers: Multiple P5 offers, including Florida State)

4. Keyvone Lee – Superior Collegiate Academy (6-0, 220) 

Ranking: (9) Lee reminds us of the big backs of the past. He has a punishing style of running that wears a defense down. He will consistently get 4-5 yards and then all of sudden bust off a 50-yard touchdown run. (Reported offers: Over 25 offers, including Florida State)

5. Caziah Holmes – Cocoa (6-0, 170)

Ranking: (8) Holmes has quickly become one of the top backs in the state of Florida. He is versatile enough to play running back, receiver or even defensive back. If he were a cornerback, we would project him as one of the top 2-3 at his position. (Reported offers: Florida State, Miami, UF, UK, Maryland, Pitt, Rutgers and Syracuse)

6. Henry Parrish – Miami Columbus (5-10, 175)

Ranking: (8) Most years Parrish would be considered one of the top backs in South Florida if not the entire state. He made his mark in the state finals. (Reported offers: Florida State, FIU, FAU, Indiana, Iowa, Miami, Michigan, Oregon, Pittsburgh, Toledo, Wake Forest and WKU)

7.  Lawrance Toafili – Pinellas Park (6-0, 190)

Ranking: (8) Here is a kid we really like. He has flown under the radar. Watch his film and you will come away impressed. He runs with power or speed. His ability to cut on either foot and still keep his momentum is impressive. (Reported offers: Ohio State Duke, UF, FSU, Nebraska, UCF, UCF, Maryland and Notre Dame, Syracuse, Northwestern, Virginia)

8. Marvin Scott III – Port Orange Spruce Creek (5-9, 190)

Ranking: (8) Scott is a playmaker with the football in his hands. He will make defenders miss tackles and break off long runs. He runs hard. You will see that he never stops his feet. He will run through a defender to get to the end zone. (Reported Offers: App State, FIU, UK, Marshall, UNC, Georgia Tech)

9. La’Anthony Valentine – Melbourne Central Catholic (5-8, 170)

Ranking: (7) Valentine gives you a productive back. He had over 1,000 yards last season. He does a good job of letting his blockers do their job. He will sneak behind his guys and shoot out the other side and take it the distance. (Reported Offers: Kentucky, South Carolina)

10. Brandon Fields – Orlando Dr. Phillips (5-11, 200)

Ranking: (7) Fields will be Phillips’ next star player. He has the size and speed that college recruiters are looking for. He also gives you the ability to line him up in the slot or out of the backfield as his receiving skills are very good. (Reported offers: Florida, Louisville, FAU, South Carolina, Vanderbilt, Virginia Tech and UCLA)

Also: The top 10 QBs in the 2020 class

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