Roy Finch will be one of the top running back prospects in the class of 2010. Finch, 5-8 and 170 pounds, just spent his first season with Niceville (Fla.) High School and had a sensational junior season. He accounted for 2,000 all-purpose yards and 24 touchdowns and was named his county's offensive player of the year and the overall player of the year.
"That was quite an honor," Finch said. "The funny thing is I got more touches as a sophomore. I mean I bet I averaged 10-12 a game this season but I made the best of my opportunities.
"I think I Improved in many areas. I am a smarter player. I am just more experienced and more patient in the hole."
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Finch is now sitting on two scholarship offers and they are both from west coast schools that play in the Pac 10.
"It's crazy because I was expecting offers to come from schools here and after the camps where over. Stanford offered me last week. I went out to the mailbox and pulled it out. Usually, you get the typical letters and stuff but this one was different because it was thicker. I opened it and ready it and it said I had a full scholarship to Stanford. I called Coach (Jim) Harbaugh a week later. I think I fit their system, they have great academics, and weather.
"Then Oregon offered. I still have talked with them yet. They run the spread and I think I fit their system. I saw their bowl game and they were impressive,. They are fast on offense."
Finch is hearing from schools like Oklahoma, Florida, Florida State, Auburn, LSU, Nebraska, Alabama, and South Carolina. This fall he saw Miami/Florida, Arkansas State/Alabama and Florida/Florida State.
"My favorite three schools are Alabama, FSU, and Florida.
"I like the tradition at Florida State. I watched them during the '90s when they were dominant. Coach (Bobby) Bowden has done so much. I like how they play fast on both offense and defense. They are physical, play hard and aggressively.
"Florida is the fastest team in the country. I want to play with speed and they have so much of that. I am that type of player and similar to those guys like Brandon James, Jeff Demps and Chris Rainey. I really like how coach (Urban) Meyer puts players in situations to make plays in open space.
"Alabama is a team that plays real physical, especially on defense. Their line is massive led by Andre Smith. I love how they find a way to compete in SEC. They are one of best and I love how physical they are."
Finch is from the state of Oklahoma and only moved to the Sunshine State a year ago. Who does he like in tonight's BCS title game.
"My heart is with Oklahoma but my brain says Florida. It's funny because Oklahoma has been sending me a lot of letters. We'll what happens this summer. I am thinking of camping there as well as Florida and Alabama."