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Georgia’s high schools have a heralded reputation for producing some of the nation’s top running backs every year.

This year’s crop is another strong one, led by Southwest DeKalb’s Ken Malcome and M.L. King’s Mack Brown. There’s also Grayson’s Ean Pemberton, Sandy Creek’s Rajon Neal and Charles Perkins of Collins Hill, among others.

Who is my pick for the state’s top running back? The biggest talent I have seen this year is the same guy I thought was No. 1 last year – ahead of other tremendous players such as UGA freshman Washaun Ealey. The player I mention in the video below is very rare in that he projects to play both tailback and fullback at college’s highest levels. And he’s darn good in high school this year, too.

Note: By popular demand, we’ve added McEachern’s Rajaan Bennett, Loganville’s Storm Johnson, and Stephenson’s Raymond Sanders to our short list.

Who is YOUR pick for the state’s top running back? Post your RB’s name below and why. And if we’re missing out on some great ones, then state your case.

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JustMyOpinion

October 22nd, 2009
4:56 am

Ken Malcome, SWD

benadawg

October 22nd, 2009
6:41 am

Chattoga high has Senorise Perry, he is big, strong and so fast, he looks like he coasts to the endzone after he breaks the line of scrimmage

alcovy's TRE SORRELLS

October 22nd, 2009
7:05 am

HE’S JUST A SOPHMORE BUT HE’S A PHENOM… JUST GOOGLE TRE SORRELLS AND YOU’LL SEE WHAT IM TALKING ABOUT..THE BEST I’VE EVER LAID EYES ON AND HE GOT TO MORE HIGH SCHOOL YEARS…..

rwdekalbfan

October 22nd, 2009
7:31 am

There are many very good running backs. I think Mack Brown is much better than his showing so far but the offensive line isnt very good at MLK. Stephensen, Grayson, and North Clayton all have a very good running back.

Football Fan

October 22nd, 2009
7:59 am

Ean Pemberton, Grayson High

TRUE BLUE

October 22nd, 2009
8:02 am

MICHEAL CARVELL, LIKE I SAID BEFORE BIG TIME PLAYERS SHOW UP FOR BIG TIME GAME. THEY DON’T GET SHUT DOWN AND YOU SAW THIS LAST WEEK ON NATIONAL TELEVISION AND GPB.ORG. STEPHENSON SHUT MACK BROWN DOWN AND PEACHTREE RIDGE SHUT CHARLES PERKIN DOWN WITH 45YDS. RUSHING. A GOOD BACK DON’T NEED 25 TO 35 CARRIES TO GET 170 OR MORE YARDS.

Schleydawg

October 22nd, 2009
8:19 am

What video below?

HS Football

October 22nd, 2009
8:22 am

Charles Perkins gets my vote.

Roland

October 22nd, 2009
8:25 am

Hey he asked who was the best. Attacking a player that has already committed to the number one team in the nation because your player only got recruited by Kentucky is besides the point.

Besides, give it a rest already these are just kids.

Grayson Student

October 22nd, 2009
8:26 am

If the question is the best HS runningback than the answer is ean… if it is for college id say charles perkins

Paul's Johnson

October 22nd, 2009
8:39 am

Tony Zenon, Deefield Windsor Albany, GA

The One

October 22nd, 2009
8:41 am

Its me…check me out on the news this weekend!

dirty

October 22nd, 2009
8:42 am

the running back 4 carver high columbus I.Crowell

dirty

October 22nd, 2009
8:43 am

SatchelBuzz

October 22nd, 2009
8:44 am

Charles Perkins,….end of discussion.

Wolverine Fan

October 22nd, 2009
8:46 am

Tanner Skogen…Woodstock High School

cj

October 22nd, 2009
8:58 am

isaiah crowell from carver columbus.

Dragon Dawg

October 22nd, 2009
9:01 am

Lucus Redd, Jefferson’s Tim Tebow, 48 minute man.

CHguy

October 22nd, 2009
9:06 am

Charles Perkins, easy! That guy is a workhorse

AJ

October 22nd, 2009
9:07 am

Charles Perkins, the guy is the offense!

Maniacs

October 22nd, 2009
9:16 am

Ean Pemberton, Grayson H.S.

Eaglefan

October 22nd, 2009
9:19 am

I will say Ean Pemberton, Grayson. This kid is GREAT!!!!

Denise Joseph

October 22nd, 2009
9:28 am

DENZEL HARTLEY – STEPHENSON HIGH SCHOOL – SENIOR

Shake&Bake

October 22nd, 2009
9:31 am

No mention of the Storm blowing through Loganville! Seriously, dude had better than 300 yds against an undefeated Apalachee team. He’s being recruited by some of the top D1 schools around. C’mon now…

Brandi

October 22nd, 2009
9:34 am

Ken Malcome of SWD of course. I also think Mack Brown is also a stand out RB.

Don't forget Coweta County

October 22nd, 2009
9:34 am

East Coweta senior Tay Willis deserves mention. Tay is closing in on 1,200 yards after seven games with 16 touchdowns and 8.6 yards per carry. Watch out for Newnan’s Chris Robinson as well.

wiley

October 22nd, 2009
9:37 am

Charles Perkins is gonna be very good at GT. Malcome will do as all good RBs do at UGA and fall short of expectations. When your fan base expects every new RB to be the next Herschel they get disappointed time after time. Newsflash people Herschel Walker could not even read, and now that is a requirement to attend college….

R. Holder

October 22nd, 2009
9:52 am

Seth Hill/SR.–Grovetown High; 1126 yards, 13 TD’s and is doing this in a first year program that has a very young O-Line. Seth is 5′11″ 187 lbs. and is a ligit zone type running back. Also a A+ kid with really good grades. Also posted similar numbers as a junior and has really improved his hands and also his blocking!

SC Fan

October 22nd, 2009
9:55 am

Every one under estimates Rajion Neal from Sandy Creek.This guy doesnt need alot of touches to ge a tremendous amount of production.He averages about 9 to 10 touches a game including kick off returns.He has almost a 1000 yards rushing with 21 td’s with not playing hardley in the second half. He has returned 3 ko returns for td’s of 98,97,and 79 yards and the teams will not kick to him.Look for some more BCS schools to start heating up recruiting again.This kid is really going to shine in the playoffs because teams are going to put 8,9,and 10 in the box and Sandy Creek is going to make adjustments and throw him the ball and man can this kid catch.Watch out and after the dust settles at the end of the season tell me who is the best.

GREG MCCRARY

October 22nd, 2009
9:55 am

Buck Hancock of trhe Griffin Bears a very good player that you need to see and you will change your mind about the RB you have seen!

South Ga Dawg

October 22nd, 2009
10:04 am

Shannon Brown at Cook High School in Adel, Ga. He is a jr and would be the man if the coach would run him and dump the spread. He plays LB and crushes people.

George

October 22nd, 2009
10:05 am

Charles Perkins.

Bud

October 22nd, 2009
10:08 am

Martez Eastland of Ringgold, does it all, ask anyone who follows region 6AAA, most underrated player in the state…

Cvilleuknow!

October 22nd, 2009
10:11 am

Marcus Jackson Pepperell High School Lindale,Ga and Calhouns Dustin Christian

MaysFan?

October 22nd, 2009
10:17 am

Simply put the best running back in the state of Georgia is Clarence Jackson from North Clayton High School. Rajon Neal is a close second and then Mack Brown. I say Clarence because the young man can run inside/outside and the most impressive aspect of his game is his pass catching ability. He could easily line up at TE or WR. At 6′2 220 pounds he is a physical specimen with football skills to boot. His athletic ability in terms of coordination, speed, hands, and feet and most of all a competitive spirit makes him the best running back in the state.

leek

October 22nd, 2009
10:23 am

Ken Malcome SWD he was my teamate last year im telling you he is the real deal he is a complete back.

Where

October 22nd, 2009
10:24 am

I don’t see a video either

Jag

October 22nd, 2009
10:44 am

HAHAHAHAHA Find this very funny!!!!! You know who the best Running Back in the state is and you didnt even mention his name. We have to say THANK YOU. YOU KEEP HIM FUELED. HE WILL PLAY OFF OF THIS DISRESPECT YET AGAIN. Do you do this to get us to Blog or you really dont like our young men? You do this time and time again.
Remember The best back We should be able to sent anywhere and say this is the best we have to offer . Come on!!
1. There are different types of backs
2. No disrespect to any of the young mens, they all can ball.
3. But please tell me what you look for in a back.
Raymond Sanders Hands Down is the Best back in the stateand you know this.

1. The best show up in the best game
2. The best make thing happen
3. The best dont carry the ball for 300 yards and come home with 1-TD- points wins games on yards
4. The best dont need to carry the ball every game 20-30 times to come up with big yards

You know what Michael Carvell you are the best .

BJ

October 22nd, 2009
10:47 am

RAYMOND SANDERS OF STEPHENSON HIGH

Foster

October 22nd, 2009
10:56 am

Surprised nobody has mentioned Rajaan Bennett of McEachern yet. Guy is the real deal.

Larry

October 22nd, 2009
11:02 am

You guys suck at embedding videos.

sid camp

October 22nd, 2009
11:08 am

If collins hill had an offense to go with perkins, and a defense for that matter, they would be dangerous

TRUE BLUE

October 22nd, 2009
11:12 am

RWDEKALBFAN, You need to stop blaming MLK offense line. Go to SCOUT.COM and look at the highlites STEPHENSON VS MLK BROWN. From the highlites,you will see that MLK BLOCK STEPHENSON front 5 pretty good on them running plays. I can’t say about pass block, but running yes. So quick putting the blame on MLK Offense line,because you loose as a team and win as a team.

go for the facts

October 22nd, 2009
11:16 am

The best running back in the whole southeast is a great run from Columbus Ga. Playing for a up and coming powerhouse at Carver High School Isaiah Crowell

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Buford U

October 22nd, 2009
11:18 am

I hate to say it but the Calhoun Jr RB Christian is the real deal as a scatback. Has the moves like Cody Goetz

in 09"

October 22nd, 2009
11:18 am

Micheal Gilbert from stone mountain Fast, and can catch out of the back field

cane fan

October 22nd, 2009
11:20 am

Fitzgerald has a stable of running backs, I say the “O” cordin.

News

October 22nd, 2009
11:33 am

Amen…….. Please Go for The Facts

Carry for Carry- Yard for Yard. Raymond Sanders!!!! Go Jaguars!!!!!

JHillsman

October 22nd, 2009
11:34 am

Charles Perkins and Mack Brown are in the same boat, they are the bulk of the offense. Both Collins Hill and ML King’s OLines are not the greatest.

Charles Perkins 171 rushes 1,183yd 14TD 169ypg average (Has been held under 100yds twice-Dacula 75yds[63yd receiving], Peachtree Ridge 45yds[52yd receiving]- season high 303yds vs Parkview).

Perkins is a patient runner that hits the hole with speed and power. He also gets to the edge and get solid downfield blocking by the wideouts. Runs behind his pads, always falls forward and finishes his runs.

Mack Brown 103 rushes 667yds 6TD 111.16ypg average (held under 100yd once- vs SWD 76yds- season high is 138yds vs North Cobb)

Brown is a punishing runner that can move the pile with his power. Has good hands and speed and can line up in the slot. OLine is not the greatest but Brown’s vision and speed make up for it. Runs behind the pads very well.