Interesting post up at Roll Bama Roll about how the current devolution of reliance on a stud running back in the NFL may be having an effect on the Tide’s recruiting. It may already be having a ripple effect in college, as these charts indicate:
It’s not that colleges and pro teams don’t need a running game. It’s just that the nature of how those teams construct a running game has changed. And that’s having an effect on the value of running backs. We saw evidence of that in this past draft, where the first running back taken wasn’t until pick #54.
As far as recruiting goes, if you’re a running back, you’re a running back and that’s it. But what if you’re a talented high school player who has the ability to show out at more than one position? Is that RBs are getting paid less to do their thing on Sundays going to impact your decision on how you want to be recruited? I don’t know, but I do find it interesting that the current Alabama recruiting class, nineteen commits strong, only has one running back in its numbers.
Now I know that ‘Bama, like Georgia, isn’t the most attractive place to draw running back recruits for 2015, given the depth the school has at the position, so I don’t want to read too much into that. But I’ll be curious to see if there’s something to this longer term – especially because Georgia has very similar needs on offense to Alabama’s.