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Mike Farrell's top 25 running backs for the 2023 class

1. Richard Young, Alabama (5-star)

— Speed to burn but also well built and bounces off tackles.

2. Rueben Owens, Louisville (5-star)

— Solid track speed, but it’s his physical nature that I love. He could play defense if he wanted to.

3. Justice Haynes, Alabama (4-star)

— Great feet and an excellent receiver out of backfield.

4. Jeremiah Cobb, Auburn (4-star)

— Another track kid I like him better than most because he makes you miss easily.

5. Treyaun Webb, Florida (4-star)

— A great athlete who is just turning into a great runner.

6. Cedric Baxter Jr., Texas (4-star)

— Elite vision and he’s a nasty downhill runner.

7. Kaleb Jackson, LSU (4-star)

— One of the fastest backs in this class and has rare size for a speedster.

8. Dante Dowdell, Oregon (4-star)

— Another big back with good speed he’s great after contact.

9. Dylan Edwards, Notre Dame (4-star)

— He’s tiny but he’s so electric in the open field.

10. Dontavius Braswell, South Carolina (4-star)

— Physical and reaches top speed as well as anyone.

11. Cole Cabana, Michigan (4-star)

— Elite in run and passing game settings.

12. Daylan Smothers, Oklahoma (4-star)

— Fluid, shifty and explosive.

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13. Trey Holly, LSU (4-star)

— Sneaky strong and runs with great natural leverage.

14. Samuel Singleton, Florida State (4-star)

— Consistent and yet to reach his true potential so this is a ceiling ranking.

15. Kedrick Reescano, Michigan State (4-star)

— Elite athlete with great burst and a nose for the end zone.

16. Kendrick Raphael, Iowa (4-star)

— Breakout season last year and sees the field well.

17. Tre Wisner, Texas (4-star)

— Dynamic as a runner and receiver.

18. Quinten Joyner, USC (4-star)

— Upright runner and a one cut physical kid.

19. A’Marion Peterson, USC (4-star)

— Not a burner but he will wear you down and run you over.

20. London Montgomery, Penn State (4-star)

— Slasher and very elusive but sneaky strong.

21. L.J. Martin, Stanford (4-star)

— Huge back who breaks tackles with ease.

22. Isaiah Augustave, Arkansas (4-star)

— Tall, upright runner with great length.

23. Cameron Cook, TCU (4-star)

— Great athlete is still raw as a runner.

24. Mark Fletcher, Ohio State (4-star)

— Elusive but powerful all at once.

25. Jaquez Keys, Wisconsin (4-star)

— Monster big back who will be a workhorse.