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Treshaun Ward – Florida State

The skinny: Ward initially walked on at Florida State before earning a scholarship. He rushed for 1,143 yards and 11 touchdowns over the last two seasons with the Seminoles. He also had 28 receptions for 186 yards and one touchdown during this time.

Recruiting: Ward just took his first official visit to Kansas State, while he had also received steady interest from Georgia Tech, Texas, South Carolina, Arizona State, Colorado, Auburn and others.

Kavosiey Smoke – Kentucky

The skinny: An SEC veteran, Smoke rushed for 1,583 yards and 13 touchdowns in five seasons with the Wildcats. He has averaged 5.4 yards per carry.

Recruiting: Smoke took his first official visit to Troy, before following that with a visit to Colorado. The Buffaloes have made him a recruiting priority and are now seen as the heavy favorite.

Sep 24, 2022; Lexington, Kentucky, USA; Kentucky Wildcats running back Kavosiey Smoke (0) runs the ball during the second quarter against the Northern Illinois Huskies at Kroger Field.

Sep 24, 2022; Lexington, Kentucky, USA; Kentucky Wildcats running back Kavosiey Smoke (0) runs the ball during the second quarter against the Northern Illinois Huskies at Kroger Field.

Dae Dae Hunter – Liberty

The skinny: After rushing for 651 yards and three touchdowns during the 2021 season with Hawaii, Hunter transferred to Liberty and finished his one season as a Flame with 854 yards and eight touchdowns. He also added 17 receptions for 147 yards and one touchdown, in a season that was shortened to nine games due to an injury.

Recruiting: A number of schools expressed immediate interest in Hunter. One of these is Auburn, which makes plenty of sense since ex-Liberty head coach Hugh Freeze is now in charge of the Tigers. Also making a run at Hunter includes Kansas, Oklahoma State, Louisville, Kansas State, Colorado State and Middle Tennessee State.

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Sep 17, 2022; Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA; Liberty Flames running back Dae Dae Hunter (0) scores on his touchdown run against the Wake Forest Demon Deacons during the second half at Truist Field.

Sep 17, 2022; Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA; Liberty Flames running back Dae Dae Hunter (0) scores on his touchdown run against the Wake Forest Demon Deacons during the second half at Truist Field.

Brian Battie – USF

The skinny: While small in stature, the All-American kickoff returner proved himself as a reliable running back this season with 1,186 yards and eight touchdowns on the ground. For his collegiate career, he has rushed for 1,842 yards and 10 touchdowns, while also returning three kickoffs for a touchdown.

Recruiting: Battie took his first official visit since recently entering the portal to Auburn, but the Tigers have plenty of competition. Other schools that are currently involved include Texas, Utah, Arizona State, Colorado, UCF and Tulane.

Sep 17, 2022; Gainesville, Florida, USA; South Florida Bulls running back Brian Battie (21) runs with the ball as Florida Gators linebacker Scooby Williams (17) tackles during the second half at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium.

Sep 17, 2022; Gainesville, Florida, USA; South Florida Bulls running back Brian Battie (21) runs with the ball as Florida Gators linebacker Scooby Williams (17) tackles during the second half at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium.

Micah Bernard – Utah

The skinny: Over his last two seasons with the Utes, Bernard rushed for 1,056 yards and six touchdowns. He also proved himself as a consistent receiving threat out of the backfield with 60 receptions for 565 yards and three touchdowns during that time.

Recruiting: Bernard, a recent portal entry, has already taken an official visit to South Carolina. The Gamecocks have put the full-court press on Bernard in the hopes that he does not take any additional official visits, but that is still up in the air. So who is also trying to get him in for a visit? Colorado, Minnesota, Missouri, Louisville, Illinois and Texas are a few of the schools to keep an eye on. 

Jan 2, 2023; Pasadena, California, USA; Utah Utes running back Micah Bernard (2) runs against Penn State Nittany Lions linebacker Tyler Elsdon (43) and defensive end Adisa Isaac (20) in the first half in the 109th Rose Bowl game at the Rose Bowl.

Jan 2, 2023; Pasadena, California, USA; Utah Utes running back Micah Bernard (2) runs against Penn State Nittany Lions linebacker Tyler Elsdon (43) and defensive end Adisa Isaac (20) in the first half in the 109th Rose Bowl game at the Rose Bowl.