The Daytona & St. John Florida area features several of the state’s top prospects at a variety of positions across the board. With the season underway, Six Star Football is taking an inside look at the prospects college programs are looking at this season.
Here, Six Star Football takes a look at several of the top running back prospects to know in the 2022 class in the Daytona & St. John areas.
Jalon Brown, 5’11, 198, RB, 2022, Pine Ridge @1Onetimejay
Brown is an athletic and underrated playmaker who shows good rhythm and creativity. The three-sport athlete shows good mobility and vision as a ball carrier and is able to find gaps and find his way through a crowd for both down center plays and also along the outside if he sees an opening. He continues to run hard through contact and is good at keeping his space between would-be tacklers which makes it more difficult for them to get a hold of them. Brown reports a 4.6 40-yard dash, 255 bench, 10 reps of 185-pounds, 500 squat, and a 230 clean.
Isaiah Gordon, 6’0, 210, RB, 2022, Mainland @isaiahkgordon
A quick and athletic ball carrier who has the ability to outrun his opponents and even run over them if he needs to. Gordon is a standout two-way athlete who brings a great combination of strength and balance and speed to the field and is capable of spotting schemes and making good hits in space and close to the line. He has great hands out of the backfield and can operate as a receiving option if need to and is also good at handling contact and continuing to drive and lean forward in search of every last inch he can get. Gordon has committed to Marshall University. He’s also a standout in the classroom and he reports a 4.25 GPA.
Jakiryn Hawkins, 5’10, 190, RB/LB, 2022, Trinity @Jakirynhawkins
A two-way standout with a good feel for play on both sides of the ball. He is an intelligent pass rusher off the edge who shows good speed and agility to avoid blockers and then pressure the QB from the side and even come away with the sack or a tackle for loss. He is athletic and has good instincts in space and can make some good hits and tackles as well. Hawkins is also a creative ball carrier who is able to work his way down the middle of the field and use his blockers and linemen well. An underrated two-way prospect who continues to perform.
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AJ Megas, 5’10, 170, RB, 2022, Bartram Trail @AjMegas
A two-sport athlete (also track and field) who runs well and can create in special temas and out of the backfield, Megas is an underrated multiple position player who shows good speed and versatility. An active player over the summer at numerous camps and combines who can plant his feet and change directions and then cut and slip past opponents on his way to a first down or even a score. Shows good straight line speed but has good creativity as well. Is able to showcase some catch and create on the move and as you’re receiving option both out of the backfield and operating at an angle from a slot position. He’s also a standout in the classroom with a 3.7 GPA.
Eric Weatherly, 5’8, 160, RB/SB, 2022, Bartram Trail @_ejw21
The Duke commit shows a lot of power and intensity as a ball carrier and is able to use the speed to create separation from linebackers and defensive backs who are looking to make a stop. He is good at seeing the field and reacts well to pressure and contact and is able to get through the line quickly and is always finding ways to move the sticks and come away with massive gains which can even lead to easy touchdowns. An elite prospect with good muscle tone and power and one who continues to develop. Before announcing his commitment he held offers from a host of programs including Kentucky, Liberty, Coastal Carolina and Ball State to name a few.
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