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Jordan Scarlett recruit scouting report: Elite running back

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Jordan Scarlett -- SB Nation Recruiting
Jordan Scarlett -- SB Nation Recruiting

Jordan Scarlett is one of the best tailbacks in the nation, and he's commanding the respect and attention of the best programs in the nation during this recruiting cycle.

Scarlett is a tailback from the powerhouse Ft. Lauderdale (Fla.) St. Aquinas High School, which routinely pumps out high-level college prospects, and is a recent transfer from University School. He is the prototypical size for a running back at 5'11 and 206 pounds (verified at Miami Nike Camp). He's one of the best prospects in the entire nation, a high-four star in the 247 Composite. His offer list is ridiculous: Florida State, Alabama, Auburn, Ohio State, Georgia, Florida, Miami — basically wherever he wants to go, he can.

Scarlett is on Twitter at @Famousscarlett

There is quite a bit to like about Scarlett.

I have heard some say that he does not have good speed. I disagree. He has very good size for a player entering his senior season, and he posted a 4.48 40-yard dash at the Miami Nike Camp, which is fantastic given the turf surface. To put that in perspective, more than 50 eventual FBS-level players attended the camp, and Miami is probably the fastest recruiting city in the country, and only one player on the day posted a better time. And that is consistent with what I timed him at during a combine in 2012.

This is backed up by his play on the field. Though he is not the fastest player in pads, there are several examples of Scarlett turning the corner and taking plays the distance.

Scarlett isn't a player with tremendous moves or the ability to make a lot of defenders miss, but he does a good job of not allowing them to square him up, and in doing so, can power through the arm tackle attempts. He manages to keep his balance and is adept at making yards after contact.

I'd like to see Scarlett run with better lean at times, and to hit cutback lanes better. He aggressively hits the hole, and doesn't dance around much, but does tend to bounce the ball to the outside perhaps a bit too much.

Scarlett is a tough, physical runner who is capable of carrying a workload at the top levels of college football.