Rivals100 Five-Star Challenge: Top five RBs
ATLANTA - The 2021 Rivals100 Five-Star Challenge drew in some of the best prospects from around the country on one field. In particular, there was a star-studded collection of running backs on hand, including MVP Justice Haynes, a Rivals100 prospect in the class of 2023 from Roswell (Ga.) Blessed Trinity High School.
Here are the top five players at the position from the Five-Star Challenge.
FIVE-STAR CHALLENGE COVERAGE: The QB Report | Gorney's thoughts | Teams with the top commits | Analysis from Atlanta | MVP spotlight | WR vs. DB Part 2 | WR vs. DB Part 1 | OL vs. DL | RB vs. LB | Sherrod Covil commits to Clemson during Five-Star Challenge | The Gorney Awards | Rumor Mill
FIVE-STAR CHALLENGE INTERVIEWS: Lebbeus Overton | Oscar Delp | Shawn Murphy | Cade Klubnik | Jaylen Sneed | Dante Moore | Beau Atkinson | Justin Williams | Jeadyn Lukus | Dillon Tatum | Tawfiq Thomas | Trent Ramsey | Cayden Green | Travis Hunter
The 5-foot-10, 193-pound Haynes is built to run over defenders, but he also showcased his ability to run past them throughout the event. The Georgia native has quick feet and keeps defenders off-balance out of his breaks and can easily breeze past them to make plays downfield. He's sure-handed and easily separates at the top of his routes.
Certainly a candidate for MVP, Etienne was absolutely brilliant out of the backfield. The Louisiana speedster flashed strong hands and was excellent out of his breaks in the slot and made several big receptions downfield. Etienne was really impressive tracking passes with speed to separate downfield and made a ton of difficult grabs in traffic.
The four-star from the Sunshine State was a playmaker out of the backfield for much of the afternoon. Patterson blends speed to get anywhere on the field and make plays vertically. He was impressive making receptions in the middle of the field and showcased really reliable hands.
Lucas brings speed to a backfield and is a playmaker downfield and underneath for his quarterbacks. The playmaker from The Boot won reps against bigger defensive backs. He can instantly accelerate and is a crisp route-runner who can break away from elite cover corners.
Megwa is the type of back you'd want to walk off the bus first. An absolutely blistering downhill runner, the Fort Worth standout also impressed as a pass-catcher. He made several catches downfield against backers and was able to beat the press. Megwa's physical style makes him an option on offense or even defense.