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Grading the active five-star RBs in college football

Najee Harris
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Five-star prospects are rare in each recruiting class and, as we know, some pan out and some don’t. Over the next two weeks, we will delve into the five-stars still playing in college football and grade how they’ve been doing. Today we continue with the running backs.

FIVE-STAR GRADES: Quarterbacks

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Class of 2017

NAJEE HARRIS, Alabama

Harris has been patient and it’s paying off as he’s been living up to that No. 1 overall ranking and five-star rating for the last two years.

Grade: A

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KHALAN LABORN, transfer portal

This is puzzling as Laborn showed a few glimpses of his amazing talent in practice, a spring game and limited action but he never broke through at all. Who knows where he lands.

Grade: D

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Class of 2018

ZAMIR WHITE, Georgia

White is starting to show signs of living up to this ranking after injury slowed him down a bit. He’s not lighting up the world, but he’s been solid.

Grade: C+

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LORENZO LINGARD, Florida (transfer from Miami)

Lingard has done nothing to show us he should have been a five-star. He still has time at his new home but it’s iffy at best.

Grade: D

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JAMES COOK, Georgia

Cook has had moments in the running and passing game but he’s been far from a five-star talent.

Grade: C-

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Class of 2019

TREY SANDERS, Alabama

After missing his first season with a knee injury, Sanders looked good but not great this season before a bad car accident sidelined him. He has plenty of time but has had more bad luck than good.

Grade: D

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Class of 2020

ZACH EVANS, TCU

It’s too early to truly judge Evans as he has played here and there as a freshman and has a rushing TD and some catches. He’s looked good when given a chance.

Grade: B-

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BIJAN ROBINSON, Texas

Robinson has been very solid in limited action as a runner and pass receiver and has done enough to get a solid grade.

Grade: B+

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DEMARKCUS BOWMAN, Florida (transfer from Clemson)

Bowman had nine carries at Clemson before leaving for Florida, so he essentially hasn’t started his career.

Grade: INCOMPLETE

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KENDALL MILTON, Georgia

Milton was injured with an MCL sprain just when he started to get rolling but I’ve seen enough to feel good about this.

Grade: B

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MARSHAWN LLOYD, South Carolina

Lloyd suffered an unfortunate season-ending injury before he had a chance to play, so he’s a wait-and-see guy.

Grade: INCOMPLETE

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