The Recruiting World Has Always Been Weird, And LSU Has Another Super Running Back!
By Super Scout Max Emfinger
I have been involved in the Recruiting World for 45 Years, incidentally that is the same Length of time of my Marriage, and I have always known that Football Recruiting is Really Weird. With this in mind, the 2017 Signing of another Super-Star All-American Running Back by LSU, in Clyde Edwards-Helaire, is either Really Weird or Really Being Dominant in Recruiting still another Potential All-American Running Back, because they all can not be Starters until they get their chance.
Following the First LSU Scrimmage, Coach Ed Orgeron (In Photo) mentioned that Freshman Running Back Clyde Edwards-Helaire had “Broke-Off” three Great Long Runs of 60-Yards or more during the First Full-Pads of Practice and said that he was “The Surprise of Camp” as a Freshman.
“This is certainly not a surprise to me,” said Derrius Guice as we have known each other for a long time and have Cheered-On each other ever since PeeWee Football. He will show everyone that he belongs here and it is my job to get him prepared as a Freshman, just like it was at Catholic High School and now, again at LSU.”
Orgeron also Praised Edwards-Helaire (#32) for his Great Ability to Make-Defenders miss him and for his Great Vision on the Football Field. He still has a long-way to go, but if Past History has shown us anything, it is that it worked for Guice and it could also work for Edwards-Helaire.
As the LSU Tigers just Graduated an NFL #1 Draft Choice in Running Back Leonard Fournette and has another Potential #1 Running Back, Derrius Guice, already a Heisman Trophy Candidate For The LSU Tigers; but still another Potential All-American Running Back has Emerged.
In 2014, Fournette was a Freshman Starter and he was Selected to the Freshman All-SEC Team. Then in 2015, as a Sophomore, Fournette was a Consensus First Team All-American, while Freshman Guice and Darrel Williams, got hardly any Playing-Time.
Then in 2016, and being Hailed as The Heisman Trophy Favorite, Fournette got Injured, giving Guice and Williams a Chance to become the Super “Go-To” Running Back and “The Guice” took Full Advantage of the Miracle and a Chance to Play.
Super Running Backs #5 Derrius Guice and Leonard Fournette #7
It’s Pretty Unbelievable, that a Major College Football Team could have a Heisman Trophy Candidate at the Same Running Back Position for Three Consecutive Years, but after having Leonard Fournette (#7) as a Heisman Trophy Candidate in 2015 and again in 2016, the LSU Tigers will have another Heisman Trophy Candidate at Running Back in Guice (#5) in 2017. In High School, Fournette and Guice were the “Best Players” on the Football Field in Every Single Game, that they Played-In and Obviously they have been the “Best Player on the Football Field” in College.
At the End of the 2016 Football Season, Guice might have been the best Running Back in the Entire Country; but the LSU Power Running Game will again be there in 2017, but it always has been more Successful with two Super-Star Running Backs and Darrel Williams (6-1, 233, 4,52, 4.18), who is another Super-Freak Running Back is also “Looking Forward” to the 2017 Football Season, so he can “Break-Loose” and Show Everyone how Great he is.
Darrel Williams (#28) from his New Orleans John Ehret High School was a Four-Star Super Two-Way Recruit who had 2,201-Yards Rushing and 30 Touchdowns in his 2014 Senior Season to prove that he could become a Great College Running Back and many schools, including LSU, were Recruiting Him To Play that position.
When I saw Williams Play in High School, I thought he was a Super-Freak at Running Back and in the Game I saw, he also Played Linebacker on Defense. I Remember that Williams (6-1, 232, 4.52, 4.18) Ran a 4.4 Forty in High School and was a Super Fast Running Back, who like Fournette and Guice, were the Fastest Players on the Field in Every Single Game Played. If he can get his Weight Down to the “Old Darrel” Self, he Could be Sensational Again, like at John Ehret.
Williams would Out-Run most Defenders, but he was a “Stand-Up” Beast-Runner who would Run-Over any Defender who got in his way. Some Coaches Felt that he would become a Fullback at LSU, but I think he could become a Great Running Back if he did not have Fournette and Guice in his way.
So now, Williams has to Contend with not only another Heisman Trophy Candidate, but now, another Super-Star Freshman in Clyde Edwards-Helaire (5-8, 210, 4.33, 39.5, 4.1, 128) of Baton Rouge Catholic and Former High School Teammate of Guice.
The Two Incumbent Running Back Reserves behind Guice saw little action in 2016. Senior Darrel Williams rushed for 233-Yards, while Junior Nick Brossette only gained 145-Yards. With this Outstanding “Surprise of the Camp” this Fall, Clyde Edwards-Helaire (#22 in Photo, but #32 in the Fall) could “Leapfrog Over Both of Them” for LSU Second-Team, behind Guice.