Florida State signed running back / athlete Rodney Hill and Oregon transfer Trey Benson as part of the 2022 class. Benson is coming off a major knee injury and looks to be at or close to full strength this spring for the Seminoles.
When you look at the roster the Seminoles just lost Corey Wren, who has entered the transfer portal. The depth chart has Treshaun Ward (redshirt sophomore), Lawrance Toafili (redshirt sophomore), DJ Williams (redshirt junior), Trey Benson (redshirt sophomore) and Rodney Hill (freshman). Five running backs is a decent number of players at that position but a few injuries and you start to hold your breath. Ward and Toafili are both productive backs but they are not players you hand the ball to 20 times a game. Williams came in out of shape last year and looks much better this spring. Benson is the wild card of the group as he has size (6-1, 215) and his speed in high school was impressive. There is a chance that FSU looks to bring in two high school prospects this fall. We will break down the running back board and look at who FSU has a legit shot at this season.
Lehigh Acres (Fla.) High School: 5-11, 220 pounds – One of the premier backs in the country. Young would change FSU’s offense the moment he stepped on campus. This is a kid that has the size and speed to be an elite player at the next level. He has the speed to get to the edge and out run a defense. If you give him any space to run through, Young will exploit it. He has good vision and he runs with power. If Young stays healthy, he will be playing on Sundays. Young’s HUDL highlights
Orlando Edgewater High School: 6-1, 215 – As good as Young is some of the experts feel that Baxter is better. He is another big, powerful back that can wear a defense down. He has brought Edgewater to the brink of a state championship. Here is a kid that is only going to get better once he steps on a college campus. He now essentially has every college in the country after him. Baxter’s HUDL highlights
Fleming Island (Fla.): 5-11, 180 – Singleton is not at the level of Young and Baxter but he is not a bad running back. He lacks the size of Young and Baxter. He may bring a little more speed and quickness. He sees things well. He has patience and will not run up the backs of his blockers. His versatility allows you to line him up wide and Singleton can help in the passing game. Singleton’s HUDL highlights
Charlotte (N.C.) Julius Chambers: 5-11, 180 – Smothers is another decent-sized back. He is a back that has some impressive speed. He has great feet. Watch him cut and you will see defenders grasping at air. He has the speed and quickness to outrun defenders to the end zone. Get Smother in the open field and he’s elusive — let him do his magic. Smothers can also line up wide and create matchup problems for defenses. Smothers’ HUDL highlights
FSU needs running backs. Smothers is one of the top guys on their board and could commit soon. He has the tools to be an elite player and would be a great get for a team in a need of a big-time back. If FSU lands Smothers it would be a great start for their recruiting in 2023. They do need two backs in 2023. Young, Baxter and Singleton could be out of reach at this time but some success on the field next season could make them change their minds. We expect some other backs to pop on the board and we will discuss them at that time.