High 10 operating backs for the 2021 highschool soccer season
Michigan high school football season kicks off in less than two months and brings a new exciting campaign with increased expectations.
Few players influence a game like an elite-level running back who can turn any everyday 2-yard carry into a 75-yard touchdown that breaks a game wide open. After highlighting some of the top quarterbacks to see next season last week, we wanted to shed light on the ground game MVPs and highlight some of the best running backs to see as we enter the 2021 season.
Here are 10 running backs that we think will be worth the price of entry this fall season.
COLE CABANA, DEXTER
The Junior for the Dreadnaughts already has 13 scholarship offers from schools including Cincinnati, Syracuse, Louisville, and West Virginia. His list of offers should see another spike this fall as the electrifying athlete hopes to build on his sophomore season storming 592 yards and nine touchdowns and catching an Ann Arbor area that scored 46 passes for 468 yards and six touchdowns caught.
BRAYDEN CLARK, CONSTANTINE
The all-purpose weapon for Constantine flashed as a ready-to-play freshman, proving it wasn’t a coincidence in the second fall as he stormed 1,309 yards and 13 touchdowns on 132 carries while adding 172 yards and two scores on four catches for the 9-2 district – and regional champion falcons.
JORDEN COLLIER, YPSILANTI LINCOLN
The traffic jam for the Railsplitters was the only player to beat 1,000 yards of rushing in the Ann Arbor area in 2020 as he recorded 1,052 yards and 11 touchdowns at 182 carries and had five games of 100 or more yards of rushing, including two games rushing with more than 200 meters. He received the First Team Awards of All Conferences and is likely to be a candidate for all states in 2021.
TIM KLOSKA, GRAND RAPIDS WEST CATHOLIC
Kloska stormed for 1,222 yards and 14 touchdowns at 159 carries averaging 7.7 yards per carry to keep the Falcons on the ground last season. The senior playmaker will again be a focal point of the West Catholic attack in 2021 as they hope to build on a 6-2 season in 2020.
ROBERT KNAPIK, HEMLOCK
The all-state running back for the Huskies helped his squad hit an 8-1 record last season, ending with 1,296 yards of rushing (8.85 yards per carry) and 14 touchdowns. He was also a weapon in the passing game as he racked up 13 receptions for 167 yards and one more touchdown.
COLE LINDOW, FRANKENMUTH
The bruising full-back for Frankenmuth disrupted a talented stable of ball carriers in 2020 when he scored 1,184 yards and 13 touchdowns on 167 carries. He also caught five passes for 73 yards while leading the Eagles to an appearance in the Division 5 State Championship. He ended the 2020 season with four straight 100-yard playoffs against Corunna, Marine City, Lansing Catholic and had 101 yards and a touchdown on 13 carries against Grand Rapids Catholic Central in the Division 5 state championship game.
BRIAN MORGAN, HOUGHTON LAKE
Morgan used his rare combination of speed and strength to overwhelm opposing defenses, often stacking the line of scrimmage to slow him down. The 5-foot-10, 200-pound deficit averaged 200 yards per game last season after scoring 1,372 yards and 15 touchdowns on 201 carries as his team’s workhorse of offense and was named the Highland Conference MVP.
JORDAN RAMSEY / JORDAN KWIATKOWSKI, STERLING HEIGHTS STEVENSON
The tandem for Sterling Heights Stevenson proved to be a difficult task for most opposing defenses in 2020. The Central Michigan signings helped the Titans score a 7-2 season last year, though Ramsey missed all but two games due to an injury. In his absence, Kwiatkowski carried the burden of offense and stormed for 1,012 yards and a total of 13 touchdowns.
DILLON TATUM, WEST BLOOMFIELD
Tatum will star for West Bloomfield after graduating from Donovan Edwards last season. The four-star contender is referred to as an athlete by most recruitment services, but his main job will be backlogging for the Lakers, who won the 2020 Division 1 state championship. Tatum already has more than 30 scholarship offerings including Michigan, Michigan State, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Penn State, Arizona State, Florida, Georgia, and Texas A&M.
COREY VANDERPUTTE, OACRIDGE
Vanderputte put together an impressive season as a junior in 2020, hitting the best 1,506 rushing yards in the Muskegon area and 22 touchdowns at 129 carries (11.7 yards per attempt). He also made six receptions for 149 yards (24.8 per catch) with two touchdowns and will also be the focus of the Eagles’ offensive attack in 2021 as they look to build on a 7-2 season last year.
Joshua Burnham, Traverse City Central
Cole DiPiazza, Allendale
Shamar Heard, Chippewa Valley
Trent Hill, Chelsea
Elijah Jackson-Anderson, Grand Blanc
Brayden McKenna, Lapeer
Kaydin Hiland, Michigan Center
Joe Wiedyk, Bay City Western
Nick Hollern, Grand Rapids Catholic Headquarters
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