The Northeast Florida region 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 RB prospects to know in the 2021 class in the Tampa area.
Brendon Barrow, 5’9, 180, RB, 2021, CAI @brendonbarrow_
An elite prospect who has terrific athleticism, in-game quickness and the ability to power his way down the field. Barrow has a high ceiling, showing an explosive and creative nature as a ball carrier. He is shifty and can find his way through traffic with ease. A tough, hard-nosed prospect who has great instincts, balance and the ability to turn on the jets down field or even make impressive blocks for his teammates. Before announcing his commitment to Stanford University, Barrow held offers from Duke, Middle Tennessee, Rutgers, Georgia Southern, Colorado State, Minnesota, South Carolina, Wake Forest, Cincinnati and Iowa State to name a few.
Jeremiah Burnett, 5’10, 180, RB/SS, 2021, Jefferson @jeremiahb23
A playmaker on both sides of the ball who has good speed, toughness and strong hands. He’s a quick player with the ball in his hands and can find paths and uses his blockers well close to the line. A long player at 5’10, 180-pounds who runs the field well and can stay stride-for-stride with talented receivers. Burnett is an underrated player who has a good upside and the ability to break up plays through the air. He’s a strong player and speedy player with and without the ball in his hands. Burnett currently has offers from Otterbein and UT Martin.
Raphael Ekechi, 5’10, 190, RB/ATH, 2021, TB Catholic @EkechiRaphael
A hard-to-tackle playmaker who runs well and can move the chains and make a splash as a receiving option as well. Ekechi has good size for his position and he shows good footwork. A talented player who understands his skill set and can get out and make plays and can stop and start and lean well and fake out opponents as he shuffles his way down the field. Last season he had 56 carries for 720 yards and seven touchdowns. Ekechi currently holds offers from Tennessee State, UT Martin, Albany State and he also has other programs expressing interest. He also reports a 275 bench, a 495 squat and a 470 deadlift.
Antony Guzman, 5’9, 175, RB, 2021, Chamberlain @AGuzzy_21
Guzman is a nice prospect who has the ability to break away from contact and make powerful runs down the field. He gets through traffic well and has great speed, good twitch and an eye for openings. He is a flexible and agile player who runs hard and just finds a way to break tackles and move his way through coverage. Guzman is listed at 5’9, 175-pounds and shows good instincts and a calm nature under distress. A player who has a solid ceiling and shows an underrated explosiveness from the backfield.
Kai Martin, 5’8, 160, RB, 2021, Calvary Christian @KaiMartin03
Martin is a nimble prospect who has a strong upside given his speed and ability to get past defenders before they have time to react. He can see time on either side of the ball, and he makes good tackles, but he is at his best with the ball in his hands. A 5’8, 160-pound RB who shows the ability to burn opponents straight down the middle of the field. He gets around opponents and stays on his feet after taking a hit from the weak side. He currently holds an offer from Valpo University. He also reports a 4.6 40-yard dash and he has a 315 bench and 450 squat.
Jayden Mendez, 5’10, 160, RB/WR, 2021, Gaither @JaydenMendez18
A slot receiver who also shows strong rushing ability, Mendez is an athletic option with a muscular frame for his build. A 5’10, 165-pound prospect who currently holds a Division One offer from Bethune Cookman University. Mendez is a smart player who can find openings through his routes and can make good things happen on slants and underneath routes. He can process coverage well and stop and turns and can make solid carries and runs after the catch or handoff. A tough-as-nails player who has come into his own.
Avante Morrison, 5’9, 160, RB, 2021, Victory Christian @slowdowntae
Tae Morrison has a do-everything mentality. He shows a solid upside and athleticism and he is a strong athlete both as a ball carrier and as a DB and kick returner given his speed. He’s listed at 5’9, 160-pounds and he has shown a lot of improvement as a ball carrier. He has been working hard on his footwork and his overall strength and conditioning and can find edges and corners and weave his way through contact and move the chains. Morrison is also an impressive defensive player who can make plays through the air and is great at reading QBs and getting to the ball carrier and finishing tackles before the skill player gets far past the line of scrimmage.
Ricky Parks, 5’11, 202, RB, 2021, Gaither @_RParks3
The University of Utah commit shows a strong skill set and the speed and athleticism to make moves both in tight situations as well as open space. He is physical and aggressive with the ball in his hands and has a way of making plays that are extremely difficult to teach or even prepare for. He has an elite ability to continue drives and on occasion has stood his ground almost flat-footed against edge rushers and strong interior lineman and then found a way to break away from tackles and run around opponents and score. Before announcing his commitment he held offers from Cincinnati, Mizzou, Iowa, South Carolina, Pitt, Kentucky, West Virginia Florida State and Syracuse to name a few.
Chris Phillips, 5’8, 170, RB, 2021, Boca Ciega @ViralGolden
An all-around athlete who has great speed and a nose for openings. Phillips runs hard with the ball in his hands but he doesn’t overthink plays. He simply reacts to the situation, showing strong patience and the speed and athleticism to capitalize on the opportunities that present themselves. A 5’9, 172-pound player who handles contact well and can shuffle his feet well and avoid contact as well. Phillips can weave through defenders and he keeps his head down and looks to find the safest route forward. He currently holds an offer from Georgia State University and has received interest from other programs including Georgia Southern and Austin Peay.
Hayden Reed, 6’2, 210, LB/RB, 2021, Gaither @haydenreed33
Reed is a talented prospect who has good strength, awareness and the ability to make physical and intelligent plays on both sides of the ball. More of a linebacker at the next level than a running back, Reed is a confident player who plays hard and understands how to use his athleticism to his advantage. However, he shows good instincts with the ball in his hands and can power his way down the field. He’s very quick and can fly out and make hits and even trip up ball carriers. Reed currently holds offers from Bucknell, Notre Dame College, Army West point, Colorado State, Illinois and Tulane University.
Kohl Robertson, 5’10, 175, RB/DB, 2021, Sickles @kohlrobertson2
A muscular all-purpose athlete who can see time as a slot receiver, a rusher and a defensive back. He has good speed and size and is comfortable making catches in space and creating after he has the ball in his hands. Robertson runs hard and has a natural rhythm for multiple positions. He tackles well and shows good technique and has the speed to outrun opponents once he gets downfield and can find his way to the end zone. He reports a 4.6 40 yard dash, a 275 bench, 425 squat, 235 clean and a 405 deadlift. A solid option who is hard to pin down.
Deon Silas, 5’7, 170, RB, 2021, Steinbrenner @dos_pryme
The University of Iowa commit shows a strong upside as a running back and athlete given his speed, creativity with the ball in his hands and his all-around explosiveness and balance. He is shifty in space and turns on the jets and finds his way through a line before opponents have a chance to get in position. He burns opponents on the edge and can stop and start and change directions and then come back down the middle of the field. Silas also held offers from Virginia, TCU, West Virginia, Rhode island, Georgia State, Toledo, South Florida and Liberty University to name a few.