The class of 2013 wasn't especially deep at running back out West. But the new cycle is officially on the clock now and appears to have many more viable options in 2014.
Nathan Starks is a big time back with Texas and Oklahoma offers.
There are a pretty deep blend of speed and power backs as well as every-down backs.
247Sports takes a look at some of the top early names at running back and provides a quick note on where things stand.
Nathan Starks (Las Vegas, Nev. Bishop Gorman) - Since Texas and Oklahoma have already offered Starks, it's easy to say the sky is the limit for this top 50 player. Starks has it all and is a threat to take it to the house every time he touches the ball. Oklahoma appears to be in good shape early, but things can change drastically as more offers arrive.
Joe Mixon (Oakley, Calif. Freedom) - If you've been on twitter in the past two weeks you've seen numerous tweets with Mixon scoring another offer. The 6-foot-2, 195-pound back will likely end up pushing Nathan Starks for the top running back out West. Amid his numerous offers, keep tabs on Washington and Oregon early in the process.
Kurt Scoby (Mission Hills, Calif. Bishop Alemany) - Scoby definitely fits the mold of a power back but still has enough speed to be an every down back. He's a tad short, but is notably stocky in a Ray Rice mold. The 5-foot-10, 210-pound back has bounced around a few schools lately. With him now settled at Bishop Alemany, his offer list will likely explode in the near future. He's on the radar of almost every major college, Oregon fans will want to keep close tabs here.
Nick Wilson (Fresno, Calif. Central East) - Wilson is a talented back at a loaded program who will have every chance to load up on offers. Tennessee and Arkansas have already made offers and Wilson will likely end up with as many offers as he needs by his senior season. He's a do-it-all type of back with great speed, vision, power and balance.
Devante Downs (Mountlake Terrace, Wash.) - The 6-foot-3, 215-pound bruiser has already garnered early attention from most of the Pac-12. Downs is an absolute load to tackle and loves to stay north-south. Love to see just a bit more burst out of him but the potential is there. He will likely end up with 20-plus offers before his senior season begins.
Christian McCaffrey (Littleton, Colo. Valor Christian) - McCaffrey is more of a versatile back that could do it all in the right type of offense. Oregon and Michigan recently offered, with the Ducks seeing him in the same role as De'Anthony Thomas. He is the son of former Denver Broncos wide receiver Ed McCaffrey who attended Stanford. Don't be surprised when his offer list doubles this Spring.
Christian McCaffrey is a big time playmaker from Colorado.
Demario Richard (Palmdale, Calif. Highland) - This 5-foot-10, 195-pound back has it all. Great hands, balance, speed and enough power. UCLA has made an early offer and the Bruins are in a good position with Richard early. Most of the Pac-12 and beyond will step in with offers as things pick up.
Jomon Dotson (American Canyon, Calif.) - The 6-foot-0, 170-pound back has great hands and all kinds of speed. Oregon fans are familiar with American Canyon after signing Chris Seisay Wednesday. Northwestern has already offered and this is a hidden gem early in the recruiting cycle that won't stay hidden for long.
Drew Lewis (Sammamish, Wash. Eastlake) - Pitt has already made an early offer to the 6-foot-3, 195-pound athlete. His younger brother is a current Panther and may make them tough to beat. Lewis will likely garner a number of offers by the end of the Spring evaluation period.
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