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Taj Griffin recruit scouting report: Explosive running back

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Taj Griffin is one of the most explosive running back recruits in the country.

Taj Griffin is one of the top running backs in the nation, and the Georgia prospect is being pursued by schools across the country vying for his services.

Griffin attends Powder Springs (Ga.) McEachern High School, and is projected to play running back at the next level. He is listed at 5'10 and weighs in at 170 pounds.

Griffin is rated as a five-star prospect by 247sports, and a four-star by Rivals, Scout and ESPN. The 247sports composite, which aggregates the ratings of the four major services, considers him a four-star running back. The composite also ranks him as the 38th-best player in the nation and considers him to be the top all-purpose back in the class of 2015 and the fifth-best player in the state of Georgia.

The rising senior claims offers from Clemson, Florida State, Ohio State, Oregon, USC, Alabama, Auburn, Florida and Georgia, among others. He can be found on Twitter @TG_7.

What makes Griffin so coveted by college coaches?

Griffin is all about explosion. It is tough for a player of his size to be truly elite, but Griffin indeed has the athleticism and explosive speed to be just that.

Griffin has very good top-end speed and he reaches is extremely quickly while showing great acceleration. He is very difficult to tackle in the open field, as his speed and quickness destroy angles. He seems to lose very little of his speed when cutting or cornering.

But Griffin also has a good feel for playing running back, though I wish he would cut fewer runs to the perimeter. He's not all that strong, but is quite strong for his size. And he runs low, a with good center of gravity.

Griffin is capable of making an immediate impact at the highest levels of college football both at running back and in the return game thanks to his rare explosive abilities.