High School Sports

Baxter: SC is deep in talented running backs

THE RUNNING back position has evolved with the game and is still a vital part of the offensive success.

The players presented here have a great depth of talent. While in many offenses, the running back is not the “feature star,” there's not a player on this list that I wouldn’t start my offense with; they are all solid. Of these 30, I’d be willing to bet one-third of them play FBS football and at least half of them play at least at the FCS level.

I will be releasing evaluations/spotlights on the running backs as we progress towards the season.


This class is loaded with big-time talent; the top four have FBS offers and three have committed.

Jae’lon Oglesby is as pure an athlete as they come. He’s very smooth and has excellent body control. Sitting at No. 1, Oglesby is committed to Clemson and will, more than likely, see time in the slot. Caleb Kinlaw (Goose Creek), CJ Fuller (Easley), and Hylek Foster (Gaffney) are all neck-and-neck with each other in these rankings. Fuller is committed to Clemson, Foster to Marshall, and Kinlaw remains uncommitted.

I look for Swansea’s Travis Loadholt to be in the mix, as well, and I think that Tresvon Coakley of St. John’s could be the biggest sleeper at this position in this class.


Darlington’s Trayvon Thomas has explosive speed and runs with deceptive power.

Manning’s Raquan Bennett is equally dangerous and projects as a linebacker prospect at the next level.

Dutch Fork’s Matt Colburn exploded on the scene last season and is one of the top three in this class.

Wando’s Kenny Waring might be the fastest running back in the class as a state 100-meter champion as a freshman.