A Looong Look Ahead: Texas 2012 RBs

Aledo RB Jonathan Gray will be a top RB in 2012

Recruiting coverage at Sooner Illustrated is going strong as we look to bring fans the latest in Oklahoma recruiting news. Today, we take a long look ahead at some of Texas' top young talent at the running back position. Check who to keep an eye on.

Through a 16-week season, Sooners Illustrated has logged plenty of miles check out some of the top programs across the Lone Star State. New teams each week means new talented is seen. 

For those in the inner loop of recruiting, the fact that the class of 2011 is loaded with running backs and the talent pool is deep. And while taking nothing away from that, we here as SI want to make you aware that there are a few power players at the running back position emerging from the 2012 class as well.

These sophomore sensations will be some of the most sought-after players of their class. Sure it's early, but why not make mention of a few guys to watch for the future.

Jonathan Gray, Aledo
Other than looking at the roster to realize that this kid, the game play shows of a player who is much more seasoned. In as recent as last Saturday, December 18 in the Class 4A Division II state title game against Brenham, Gray goes for 252 yards on 32 carries and four touchdowns. And this was against one of the toughest defenses in the state. Not a bad day at the office.

No doubt you'll here this name again.

Troy Green, Brenham
Though Green was in the same game mentioned above and came out on the losing end, Green has proven to be a top running back talent in the Greater Houston area. After starting as a linebacker as a freshman, Green has moved to the other side and been effective. In the state game, he rushed for 119 yards. Whether he stays on offense or goes back to defense, Green is one to watch. 

Trey Williams, Spring DeKaney
People around the Houston area knew this kid would be a good, but after he torched a good Spring Westfield team for 340-plus yards, that turned the heads of the uninitiated. Now going into his junior year, Williams will be a force on a new team in the Houston area. So if he ran for 1,930 yards and 18 touchdowns as a sophomore, what's next?

Thaddeus Stewart, Pasadena Memorial
Sooners Illustrated first caught wind of this kid in the press box during another game after talking with coach John Snelson. The next week, we had to check it was clear that this kid will be something special, despite carrying the ball only three times in the game we saw. He did not get many touches this year offensively and was used more in the return game, but rest assured he'll be in the mix in 2010.

Other RB Names to Know:
Michael Handy, Conroe Oak Ridge
Timothy Wright, La Marque
Jerry Bynum, Alief Elsik
Joshua Wilhite, Sugar Land Hightower
Jakari Delasbour, Dayton
London Kirby, Houston Lamar
Justin White, Houston Memorial

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