Poll results: Which 2016 prospect will have the best career at running back for Michigan?

Poll results: Which 2016 prospect will have the best career at running back for Michigan?


April 20, 2016
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Kareem Walker

Back in March I posted a poll about the 2016 class of running backs: Which 2016 prospect will have the best career at RB for Michigan?

Here are the results out of 1,105 total votes:

Kareem Walker: 48%
Naturally, this was bound to be the pick since Michigan stole Walker from Ohio State, he’s the highest rated of the bunch (4-star, #4 RB, #100 overall), and he was an Under Armour All-American. The 6’1″, 210 lb. prospect enrolled early and participated in Michigan’s spring practices, but he appears to be a ways down the depth chart for now. Walker was my pick because a couple of these guys won’t stay at tailback, and I think he has good potential to be a between-the-tackles runner with a bit of burst.

Kingston Davis: 28%
Another early enrollee, Davis is a bit of a tweener who could also play fullback. In fact, he was a 3-star, the #1 FB, and #735 overall in the 2016 class. Of course, the last time Michigan signed the #1 fullback in the class, Brandon Minor turned into a pretty good tailback. Davis’s size has been listed at anywhere from 225 lbs. to 242 lbs. at different times, and he is not the most explosive back, but he has resisted suggestions that he’ll be a blocking back in college.

Khaleke Hudson: 16%
A standout tailback in high school, Hudson was recruited to Michigan as a safety/outside linebacker. The 5’11”, 205 lb. Pennsylvania native was a 3-star, the #23 safety, and #382 overall, and he was a standout in the Semper Fi All-American Bowl. There’s always a chance that he could end up playing running back in college if the chips fall in a certain way, but I’m looking at him as a potential replacement for Jabrill Peppers down the road.

Chris Evans: 8%
Evans also appeared in the wide receiver poll results, which I posted the other day (LINK). The 5’11”, 186-pounder could be a runner, a wide receiver, or a cornerback in college. He should get his first shot at running back, but Jim Harbaugh tends to like bigger, stronger backs.

3 comments

  1. Comments: 359
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    GKblue
    Apr 20, 2016 at 8:04 AM

    I long for the days where it seemed as though all we did was reload each year in the backfield. But changes in offensive strategies, the OL blocking schemes, and the backs suitability to meet them have caused us some real problems.

    I sure would like to have a Brandon Minor in this offense.

  2. Comments: 1357
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    Roanman
    Apr 20, 2016 at 8:29 AM

    I think that Khaleke Hudson is the best RB in our class, but he likely, short of desperation, would never get a carry playing for me. He’s a whatever Peppers is in our scheme and i think gives us the opportunity to do all kinds of other stuff with Kinnel. I go back every once in a while and watch both of those kids HS film and think they are both special.

    Throw in Long and I’m thinking were 3/5s of the way toward a spectacular secondary.

    • Comments: 182
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      ragingbull
      Apr 20, 2016 at 3:48 PM

      im with you, i think those 3 will be nice players (i think long is a lock as all league corner and the 2 safeties mentioned are physical, instinctive athletes that can play some ball). theyre still likely lacking their future FS though (which theyve struggled to find for years). im sure theyll settle on someone to play that role but brian cole appeared to be prototype athlete for the job (long, quick athlete capable of closing quickly and covering plenty of grass) so its unfortunate hes no longer on roster. hopefully they find someone in this class who fits more as FS than the SS types they seem to be in on

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