Byron EllisClick In part two of Rivals’ three part series on running backs Rivals will profile five more outstanding running backs to keep your eyes on in 2003. One thing that is becoming very apparent as we delve into this process deeper is the fact the running backs out west are multi-dimensional and bring a lot of skills to the table.Here to view this Link. (photo) (6-1, 195, 4.55) from Venice, Calif., possesses great vision as quickness. When Venice runs the football (Venice is predominately passing team), more than likely it is Lewis carrying the load.
Ellis was selected first-team all-league and second-team all-city as a junior after rushing for 1,329 yards and 12 touchdowns.
Ellis recently attended the Beyond 2000 Elite Camp and displayed outstanding pass catching skills to go with his running ability.
Ellis recently received his first offer from Wyoming and he is getting recruiting attention from Stanford, UCLA, Cal, USC, Arizona, Washington, Washington State, Oregon, Texas A&M, Oklahoma, Nebraska, Colorado, Penn State, Fresno State and many more.
Ellis, a great student, is also hearing from the Service Academies and Ivy League schools.
Patrick Gates (5-10, 175, 4.4) from San Diego (Calif.) Marian Catholic is the best running back from the San Diego area for 2003. He is an outstanding around athlete who is good enough to earn a D-I scholie as a defensive back.
Gates rushed for over 1,400 yards and 25 touchdowns as a running back and picked off five passes during his junior season. His performance saw him be selected all-state and San Diego Section all-CIF for his junior season.
There are certain players that just have a knack for winning. Gates is one of those players. He was instrumental in Marion Catholic’s 13-0 record and a San Diego Section CIF Championship in 2002.
Winning football games seems to be in Gates’ nature. He has started since his sophomore season and Marion Catholic has a record of 25-1 during his tenure.
Gates, like many of the backs on the west coast, is a threat to catch the ball out of the backfield. He had five receiving touchdowns as a junior.
Ian JohnsonClick Gates is a physical runner with great cutback ability. He is being recruited by most of the Pac10 and according to his Mother he recently took an unofficial trip to USC and a nice visit with Trojan head coach Pete Carroll.Here to view this Link. (photo) (5-11, 185, 4.46) from LaVerne (Calif.) Damian is another guy who is just as dangerous as a receiver as he is a runner.
In 2002, Johnson rushed for 1,492 yards and 21 touchdowns. He is also caught 15 passes for 353 yards. Johnson was selected all-CIF, all-area and all-league for his junior season performance.
Oregon is the current leader for Johnson at the moment following the Ducks there is a three way tie for second between UCLA, Arizona, and Arizona State. Colorado State, Fresno State, and Oregon and Oregon are also in the picture for Johnson’s services.
Terrance King (5-9, 180, 4.5) from Bellflower (Calif.) Saint John Bosco is the sleeper to watch out of the running back class for 2003. He backed up UCLA bound Derrick Williams a year ago and impressed.
King showed off excellent skills at the recently held Beyond 2000 Elite Camp. He displayed some fancy footwork and showed the ability to make things happen when he has the football in his hands.
King showed excellent versatility at the camp as a runner and pass catcher. He is another guy who has the skills to play on the defensive side and that enhances his recruitment.
King will be the go to guy for a very talented Saint John Bosco squad in 2003.
Last but not least for part two of our three-part series on running backs is Gerwin Williams (5-10, 215, 4.5) from Sacramento (Calif.) Grant.
Williams has excellent pedigree and has the athleticism and versatility to play multiple positions on the D-I level. If running back doesn’t work out for Williams he could end up as a hard-hitting safety.
Williams definitely has outstanding bloodlines. He is the half brother of starting Miami linebacker D.J. Williams and is the half brother of Grant high school teammate and fellow recruit linebacker/ running back Worrell Williams.
Williams was selected all-league first-team and all-area second-team after rushing for 850 yards and 15 touchdowns while sharing the football with Washington Husky bound C.J. Wallace.
The scouting report on Williams is he’s a very strong and lucid runner. He can get you the tough yards and has the speed break the long one.
UCLA, Cal, USC, Washington, Michigan, Colorado and more are showing interest in Williams.