Spartanburg running back Tavien Feaster carries on long tradition

06/30/2014 9:31 PM

06/30/2014 9:32 PM

Tavien Feaster doesn’t mind being mentioned in the same category with legendary Spartanburg County running backs Stephen Davis and Marcus Lattimore.

Still, the rising Spartanburg High junior is out to separate himself from the pack.

“Marcus is a great guy,” Feaster said. “I’ve had a chance to meet him, and he’s a cool guy. Steve is, too. I respect both of their games. They are great running backs that came through the county and set a standard for running backs that I have to live up to in order to be called great. At the end of the day, everybody is different. I’m my own individual, so I’m going to set the bar even higher.”

Feaster (5-foot-11, 192 pounds) has caught much of the nation’s attention. He has offers from Clemson, South Carolina, Alabama, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, North Carolina, Penn State and Tennessee. Clemson was the first offer that Feaster received, and last week, he named the Tigers as the favorite.

“(It’s) just the way they’ve been recruiting me,” Feaster said.

He also added that it helped their cause by being the first to offer.

Feaster rushed for 1,541 yards with 16 touchdowns and added 734 receiving yards with 12 touchdowns last year. He followed that by winning the 100- and 200-meter dashes at the Region 2-4A, county and state meets. He posted a time of 10.59 in the 100 at the state meet and shattered the county record with a time of 21.16 in the 200.

While the Tigers are at the top of the pack, Feaster said it’s an honor to have schools such as Georgia and Alabama wanting his services.

“It feels good because I know that all those universities are running back universities,” he said. “They have top guys going to the draft mostly every year. They develop great running backs at those schools.”

Feaster is a highly touted prospect, but has two years of high school football left. He said his primary focus is on the Vikings and trying to help them get back to the top of the heap.

“I try to keep my school and football first because that’s where it all started,” Feaster said. “I do everything right there and, then, if I have any time left, I worry about my future.”

Feaster said having most of the SEC schools showing interest or extending offers shows that he’s not too small to play in a high-level program.

“Some people think it’s a weight problem,” he said. “I’m not a big, muscular guy but it does surprise me each time they offer.”

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