Oct. 5, 2005
CSTV Recruiting with Tom Lemming|
By Tom Lemming
Special to CSTV.com
The last in a series of positional prospect rankings examines the top fullbacks from the recruiting class of 2006.
1. Luke Schmidt, Jasper (Ind.), 6-4, 230 lbs., 4.6 (40-yard dash)
Though Schmidt would prefer to play tailback at Notre Dame, where he's committed, he will likely play fullback, defensive end or outside linebacker in South Bend. He's currently enjoying a great senior year following a junior season that saw him carry 328 times for 2,613 yards and 41 touchdowns -- with just one fumble. Schmidt is a big powerhouse of a guy with exceptionally quick feet, outstanding blocking skills and good hands. He should come in and contribute right away for Charlie Weis as a true freshman.
2. Toby Gerhardt, Norco (Calif.), 6-1, 220 lbs., 4.5
For the past two-and-a-half years, no back in California has been more productive than Gerhardt. He's a three-ring circus -- he can run, block and catch -- that has been called the best fullback on the West Coast. As a sophomore, he ran for 3,035 yards on 309 carries. As a junior, he ran for 2,210 yards and 27 scores -- despite suffering a high ankle sprain. This year, he needs 2,100 yards to break the all-time California rushing record. He's a great baseball player, too, and will likely play two sports at the next level. Stanford, UCLA, Ole Miss, Brigham Young and Utah are currently atop his list.
3. Charles Scott, Jonesboro Hodge (La.), 6-0, 220 lbs., 4.5
With good grades to match his considerable size and speed, Scott has become one of the most heavily recruited prospects in the region. He could play tailback or fullback in college; he's got the power and the very good speed to play either spot depending on where he goes, and he's got All-American potential at either position. He does a very good job of picking up yards after initial contact and runs with a lot of desire. As a junior, he rushed for 1,672 yards and 18 scores. Among his finalists are LSU, Texas, Michigan, Stanford, Miami, Oklahoma, Nebraska and Ole Miss.
4. Derrick Davis, Meridian (Miss.), 6-0, 218 lbs., 4.5
Davis starts in the same backfield as Cordero Eason, one of the top 25 running backs -- and he more than holds his own. He's got the size, the hands and the blocking skills to be a very good fullback at the next level. Davis picks up a full head of steam quickly and always seems to be running downfield. In 2004, he carried 250 times for 1,923 yards and 24 touchdowns on his way to second team All-Mississippi honors. His favorite schools include Miami, LSU, Auburn, FSU, Ole Miss, Mississippi State and Alabama.
5. Obinna Ezeh, Central Catholic (Mich.), 6-2, 220 lbs., 4.6
Ezeh is not as well-known as some of the other players in the Midwest but he has the skills to be a dominating player at the next level. He's a guy that has Division I skills at either linebacker or fullback. Out of the backfield, he runs low to the ground, gets real good leverage and is really tough between the tackles. Ezeh also averaged 10 points and seven boards as a forward for the Central Catholic basketball team.
6. Brandon King, Central Bucks West (Pa.), 6-2, 235 lbs., 4.7
King is a veritable powerhouse. The C.B. West product might not be the quickest big guy around, but he blocks like a tackle, has the hands of a wide receiver and is definitely one of the more productive guys in eastern Pennsylvania. He also stands out as a defensive lineman.
7. Justin Makovicka, East Butler (Neb.), 6-1, 220 lbs., 4.69
Makovicka has two brothers, Jeff and Joel, that were All-Americans at Nebraska. Justin has the same kind of skills. He's motivated, hard-working, and gets the most out of his ability. He shows good vision, quick feet and a good burst. In 2004, he carried 281 times for 1,601 yards and 16 scores. As a linebacker, he made 98 tackles. A natural athlete, Makovicka plays power forward for the East Butler basketball team and had a 9-1 record as a pitcher last spring while batting .500 for the year.
8. Cory Jackson, University High (W.Va.), 6-1, 240 lbs., 4.75
Jackson has demonstrated his considerable skills as an inside linebacker and as a fullback. He'll carry the load for University High. The Morgantown product is a true blaster between the tackles, a good lead blocker and shows a good pair of hands also.
9. Maxwell Anderson, Morgantown (W.Va.), 6-1, 240 lbs., 4.75
Anderson is almost a carbon copy of Jackson -- in fact, they even play in the same area. He plays both linebacker and fullback for Morgantown, but is probably better-suited to play fullback. Anderson is a power blocker, and can average over 5 yards per carry between the tackles.
10. Anthon Aiono, Granger (Utah), 6-0, 245 lbs., 4.6
He's the least known of the bunch because he plays up in Salt Lake City, but he's got excellent blocking skills. Aiono has excellent lateral speed, balance and leverage. He is a power runner on offense known for his blocking and running ability between the tackles. In 2004, he carried 64 times for 565 yards and nine touchdowns; on defense, he totaled 64 tackles, 5.0 sacks, 16 tackles for losses and a pair of interceptions. His favorite schools are Utah, Arizona State and Washington.