Farrell Midseason 50: Nos. 6-10
The skinny: No. 36 overall, the No. 5 running back and the No. 6 recruit from
Florida in 2013, Henry originally committed to Georgia after his sophomore
season, but re-opened his process in the summer of 2012. In late September,
Henry committed to Alabama over Tennessee and enrolled for the spring semester.
Now the lead back at Alabama, Henry has rushed for 901 yards and 12 touchdowns
on 152 carries for the Crimson Tide this fall.
Farrell's take: Henry was very close to that coveted fifth star and broke all sorts of records on the ground in high school, but we didn't pull the trigger because we thought he might be too tall and upright to be
elite. Now his body lean, instincts and sneaky speed are making me regret that decision. He's been impressive when Bama needs him and really helps their passing game with his ability to keep defenses honest and
commit players to the box.
Miami (Fla.) Central, 2014, five-star
The skinny: No. 18 overall, the No. 2 all-purpose back and the No. 3 recruit
from Florida in 2014, Cook was an early commitment to Florida but flipped to
Florida State during the week of the Under Amour All-American Game. Despite
dealing with a few injuries this fall, Cook has still rushed for 955 yards and
10 touchdowns on 110 carries for the undefeated Seminoles.
Farrell's take: Cook has a ton of talent and was a guy who proved to us he was a
five-star talent the more we watched him during that 2014 rankings cycle. He
earned that fifth star during the last ranking and showed signs of living up to
it early with his solid season last year. This year he has taken it to the next
level and is more valuable to his team than anyone else in the country vying for
a national title.
St. Louis (Mo.) John Burroughs School, 2013,
The skinny: No. 84 overall, the No. 12 running back and the No. 1 recruit from
Missouri in 2013, Elliott committed to Ohio State in late March after a visit to
Columbus. Elliott did take an official visit to Missouri a week before National
Signing Day, but still signed with the Buckeyes despite his father having played
at Mizzou. Our pre-season No. 1 player, Elliott has totaled 988 yards and 11
touchdowns on 148 carries for the top-ranked Buckeyes.
Farrell's take: Elliott blew up at the end of last season and is a physical
freak, but he wasn't that way in high school. In fact, his speed was a bit of a
question mark overall. Despite that question, he was still a Rivals100 prospect
and a player we liked very much. Elliott has been consistent and solid this
season but hasn't broken out as many expected as the offense continues to
struggle a bit. He's still churning out 100-yard games and is talented enough to
be the No. 2 running back on my list.
Arlington (Texas) Martin, 2014, five-star
The skinny: No. 2 overall, the No. 1 weakside defensive end and the No. 1
recruit from Texas in 2014, Garrett committed to Texas A&M during his senior
season after trimming his list down to the Aggies and TCU. Garrett has continued
the dominating play he showcased last fall, with 30 tackles, 11.5 tackles for a
loss, 8.5 sacks and three forced fumbles for Texas A&M this fall.
Farrell's take: There was a heated debate in regards to who was No. 1 in the
class of 2014 with many, including Mid-South analyst Jason Howell, firmly
believing it was Garrett. In the end, it was decided that Alabama sophomore Da'Shawn Hand should remain in the top
spot with Garrett at No. 2 (a verdict I was pushing for). So far that is looking like a bit of a blunder.
Garrett was No. 7 on my pre-season list and I was criticized for it and there
will be some now who think this rating is too low, but either way he's a freaky
athlete who just needs to hold the edge against the run a bit better to be a
potential No. 1 overall pick.
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