2023 New Year Rankings: 2024 Running backs

January 18, 2023


7:17 pm



Ranking the top Texas High School football 2024 running back recruits in the state. Here are some of the best running backs in the state to know.


Top 20 Texas High School Football 2024 Running backs


#20. Ranked RB (TX.) Michael Wilson (24′) | 5-10 / 175 | RB | Klein Collins

#19. Ranked RB (TX.) Viron Ellison (24′) | 6-0 / 170 | RB,ATH | Lewisville

#18. Ranked RB (TX.) Xai’Shaun Edwards (24′) | 5’9, 175 | RB | Clear Springs

#17. Ranked RB (TX.) Kiefer Sibley (24′) | 5-8 / 175 | RB, ATH | Connally

#16. Ranked RB (TX.) Brandon Tullis (24′) | 6-0 / 190 | RB | Memorial

#15. Ranked RB (TX.) Johann Cardenas (24′) | 6’0″ / 205 | RB | St. Thomas Catholic

#14. Ranked RB (TX.) Lloyd Avant (24′) | 5-9 / 190 | RB | Summer Creek

#13. Ranked RB (TX.) Jamaal Wiley (24′) | 6’1″ 200 | RB | Stafford

#12. Ranked RB (TX.) Kayvion Sibley (24′) | RB | Allen

#11. Ranked RB (TX.) Harry Stewart III (24′) | 5’9″ 180 | RB | Centennial


Top 10

#10. Ranked RB (TX.) Frankie Arthur (24′) | 5’10, 190 | RB | Oak Ridge

Frankie runs the football with violence, speed, agility, and plenty of it. Displays some eye-popping balance after contact and has the strength to break free and the speed to take the football in for six. The frame looks lean and athletic. Frankie can also catch the football out of the backfield and then not many can keep up. Can make one or two cuts and then be off to the races. Makes for an excellent outlet or target out of the backfield, who also can get the job done running the football in-between the tackles with great vision and awareness.

#9. Ranked RB (TX.) Jaylen Boardley (24′) | 6’0, 190 | RB | Pleasant Grove

An athlete and long-stride runner who can run or catch the football out of the backfield or line up as a wide receiver or even play defense. Has just enough gas to beat defenders into the endzone. A multi-sport athlete who can play basketball and football as well as many different positions on the football field and dominate.

#8. Ranked RB (TX.) Derrick McFall (24′) | 5’10, 175 | RB | Tyler High

A runner with elite speed and agility. Mcfall can often go untouched into the endzone for six points. Also, a dangerous return man and a utility weapon on offense that can be used to attack opposing offenses in many different ways.

#7. Ranked RB (TX.) Jeremy Payne (24′) | 5-10 / 170 | RB | Hightower

Payne just looks like he glides effortlessly on the field. Looks light on his feet and can stack cuts on the same run. Excellent open field ability and versatile out of the backfield as a natural hands receiver out of the backfield or lined up at wide-out. Can break runs to the outside of the line caves in and no open holes are available. Not your bull-dozing running back, but more of a finesse type, that can put the moves on guys and break some ankles. Could be a multi-year starter at the next level.

#6. Ranked RB (TX.) James Peoples (24′) | 5-10 / 165 | RB | Veterans Memorial

Peoples has a lean and athletic-looking frame with a solid base, and legs build for power and speed. Shows excellent core strength, balance, and strength running the football a downhill runner who can bring the lumber to defenders. It Possesses elite breakaway speed and agility. A one-cut runner who can run in between the tackles and be off to the races.

#5. Ranked RB (TX.) Kewan Lacy (24′) | 5-11 / 192 | RB | Lancaster

Kewan is a big-framed running back who can also catch out of the backfield. Shows great balance after contact, and knows what to do with the football in his hands. A long-stride runner who builds speed downfield and can break away from most. Can also line up at wide-out and be used in many ways on offense, and is lethal after the catch. A tough runner in between the tackles that shows great vision and patience running the football. projects to be an immediate impact player in college and could see the mid- to early rounds of the NFL draft in the future.

#4. Ranked RB (TX.) Nate Palmer (24′) | 5’10” 175 | RB | Decatur

Flashes Olympic sprinter speed on all runs. Can burn most to the end-zone. Elite explosiveness and agility out of the backfield. Not many can keep up. Shows some nice open-field moves, and has the balance to stay on his feet after contact. Also displays great vision and patience waiting for holes to open up along the O-line and then exploiting them. Excellent in between the tackles, and can bounce runs off to the outside and take them upfield. Also a natural pass catcher out of the backfield that can also line up at wide-out. Long-term projection is that this will be a very highly decorated player in college, and could see the early -to mid-draft rounds in the future.

#3. Ranked RB (TX.) Caden Durham (24′) | 5-9 / 180 | RB | Duncanville

Caden could be the fastest runner on this list or in his class in the nation.No one can catch this guy. One cut then he’s gone into the end-zone in a blink of an eye with elite speed, agility, and explosiveness out of the backfield. He could jog into the end-zone and still be the fastest player on the field beating everyone into the end-zone. Showcases excellent balance, and lateral ability with the speed to take runs toward the outside and be gone.

#2. Ranked RB (TX.) Bryan Jackson (24′) | 6’0″ 185 | RB | McKinney

Great lateral speed and moves. Shows great balance while looking light on his feet. Can shed some tackles and make a few people miss in the open field. Shows he can be a straight-line runner and run in between the tackles, and take the football into the endzone often untouched because of his elite speed and explosiveness out of the backfield. A hard-nosed violent runner who can pick up some tough yardage, or that has enough gas to take runs into the endzone. Long-term projection as an early draft-round pick. Could see immediate success in college.

#1. Ranked RB (TX.) Taylor Tatum (24′) | 5-10/195 | RB | Longview

Shoots out of the backfield with elite speed. Ankle-breaking open field moves. One cutback, who can take the football the distance for 6 points.Can bounce runs to the outside. Shows he can run with a physical nature in between the tackles. Can also play receiver. Great hands catcher out of the backfield. An around workhorse back who can do it all. Excellent on sweep and jet plays. Shows excellent balance, great lateral speed, and control. Not afraid to lower his shoulders either and bulldoze defenders.







Watchlist Recruits, Honorable Mentions


Trey Roger-Joyner (24′) | 5’9″, 170 RB | Guyer
Jordan Reaves (24′) | 5-8/165 |  RB |Lamar
Trey Taylor (24′) | 5-8 / 165 | RB | A&M Consolidated
John Raybuck (24′) | 6’1, 200 | RB | Coram Deo Academy
Quinton Jones (24′) | 5’11” 190 | RB | Jersey Village
Keshun Thomas (24′) | RB | A&M Consolidated


Note: watchlist players have been added since first published by a tdrecruits editor. 

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