Running Wild at Ignite: RBs side step competition

Brandon Byrd, East Bay, RB, 2013

The running back is one of the most natural positions in football. Balance, vision and durability are characteristics that can turn your everyday youth RB into a high school stud. The 2012 Ignite showcase featured many of the top ball carriers in the Tampa Bay Area. Many were ranked amongst the BCP Fire 49 and other have the ability to become really good football players. Below are a few athletes that impressed the running back coaches.

Robert Davis, Carrollwood Day, 2013
Very quick feet and speed…has good vision from the little time that we worked with him. He has the total package, ended up having the fastest time in the 40 yard dash 40 (4.56 laser). Has good size to play the position no wonder he ended up being MVP among the running backs.
– Insane athletic ability
– Very elusive
– Very good body control
– creates a match up problem for lbs

Wesley Bullock, Plant, 2013
“If I had a pair of scissors to cut the MVP shirt in half he would have gotten the other half”. Pound for pound he was the best…plays bigger, has very good feet, may have been the best in the group, good speed, balance, and soft hands. Always wanted to be the first in every drill and that can only make him better.
– Makes up for his small frame with quickness
– Good hands
– Tough kid

Brandon Byrd, East Bay, 2013
Ideal size for a running back at about 5’11” has the quickness, speed, hands, and balance. “I would put the first two mentioned as being just a tad better than him. But what they lack in size he has it and what he lacks in quickness they have it”…will be looking to see how he does.
– Big frame
– Excellent leaping ability
– Explosive out of his cuts
– Good hands
– creates good separation with his routes

Zamoria Johnson, Lakewood, 2014
– Very coachable
– makes adjustments on the fly
– has a good frame to build on

Others that had a really good showcase:
Xavier Johnson, Chamberlain, 2013
Deon Thompson, Tampa Bay Tech, 2014
Matt Breida, Nature Coast Tech., 2013
Andre Simpson, Leto, 2013
Michael Duclos, Robinson, 2015