The most sought after running back prospect in the state may be Gabriel Hunter, 5-11, 190 pounds from Memphis-Kingsbury (Tenn.). He has offers from Alabama, Tennessee, Auburn, Memphis, Mississippi, Oklahoma State, and Texas Tech. Hunter is a strong running back with the potential to take it the distance. Look for a big season from this 2007 Mr. Football Finalist.
One of the hottest prospects in Tennessee is David Jones, 6-0, 205 pounds from South Pittsburg (Tenn.). Jones holds offers from Memphis, Middle Tennessee, Vanderbilt, and Mississippi State. He is being recruited by some schools as running back, but his athleticism has allowed some schools to go after him as a linebacker or safety. His team will be out to defend their 2007 state championship relying heavily upon Jones.
Keenan Kolinsky, 6-1, 212 pound running back from Knoxville-Christian Academy (Tenn.) is a big back in East Tennessee hoping to turn some heads this season. He holds one offer from Air Force and is receiving a lot of interest from many other schools. The other schools actively after this big back include Vanderbilt, Tennessee, Middle Tennessee, Stanford, and Virginia. In his junior season he had 193 carries for almost 1,300 yards and 12 touchdowns.
Another Knoxville area running back receiving attention is Darren Garner, 5-10, 175 pounds from Maryville-William Blount (Tenn.). Although Garner is not a big back he maintains great open field speed and acceleration. He has good vision out of the backfield and is able to find running lanes. He is a very athletic back and is able to use his athleticism to his ability. Garner is looking for his first offer but has interest from Ole Miss, Middle Tennessee, Marshall, and Louisville.
In the western part of the state fans should keep a close eye on James Walker, 6-0, 212 pound running back from Germantown-Houston (Tenn.). Walker is a very strong powerful runner. He does a good job of hitting the hole with acceleration and power. He is the nephew of Darren McFadden and hopes to put together a season like his uncle. Walker is receiving the most interest from Arkansas, Louisville, Middle Tennessee, Mississippi, North Carolina, Southern Miss, and Western Kentucky.