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Countdown to Kickoff: Running backs to watch

Here is an early look at some of the top running backs in Southeastern Pennsylvania to watch in the 2013 campaign (listed in alphabetical order):

Countdown to Kickoff: Running backs to watch

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As a sophomore last season, Central Bucks South tailback Josh Adams carried 257 times for 2,085 yards and 28 touchdowns.

Here is an early look at some of the top running backs in Southeastern Pennsylvania to watch in the 2013 campaign (listed in alphabetical order):

Josh Adams, C.B. South, junior. He had a breakout campaign, netting 2,085 yards and 28 touchdowns. Has about a dozen scholarship offers, including Penn State, Notre Dame, and Stanford.

Cyree Ames, Great Valley, senior. The 5-foot-8, 180-pounder has drawn the interest of Old Dominion, Hampton, Penn, Wagner, and Valparaiso. He will be joined in the backfield by Chris Temple.

Ryley Angeline, Downingtown East, senior. Recently committed to Delaware, Angeline spurred a 10-1 season by rushing for 1,102 yards and 10 TDs.

Nasir Bonner, Imhotep Charter, junior. Primed to take over for David Williams, he has scholarship offers from Connecticut, Massachusetts, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Old Dominion, and Purdue.

Samir Bullock, Archbishop Ryan, junior. A 1,000-yard rusher last season at Father Judge, Bullock has joined the Crusdaders' Northeast Philly rival.

Mike Class, Pennridge, senior. Rushed for 2,417 yards and 32 scores while leading Rams to District 1 Class AAAA semifinals. Drawing interest from Colonial Athletic Association schools.

Quinton Ellis, Frankford, senior. In trying to defend their Public League Class AAAA crown, the Pioneers are counting on big things from Ellis. Damion Samuel is also a home-run threat for Will Doggett's group.

Jarred Jones, Spring-Ford, senior. Looking to impress college scouts, the explosive Jones is banking on a stellar, injury-free campaign.

Dimetri Kelly, Roman Catholic, junior. With Mike Keir and Will Fuller gone, Kelly will likely be the main man on offense for Joe McCourt's squad.

Jerry Lanier, Academy Park, senior. As the go-to back for the Knights, he rushed 246 times for 1,566 yards and 16 scores.

Kevin Leyden, Haverford High, senior. Leyden is a big-time threat, as a rusher and receiver, for the Fords. He netted 1,077 yards on the ground last year. He has committed to play lacrosse at Penn State.

Vince Moffett, St. Joseph's Prep, senior. Moffett, Olamide Zaccheaus, John Reid, and lightning-quick freshman De'andre Swift head an explosive backfield.

Craig Reynolds, Abington, senior. Reynolds, who has been clocked at 4.5 seconds in the 40-yard dash, is being eyed by the likes of Monmouth and Villanova.

Donte Simmons, Bristol, junior. In nine games, the diminutive speedster carried 233 times for 1,542 yards and 17 touchdowns.

Charles Snorweah, Pennsbury, junior. In what is expected to be a rebuilding year for the Falcons, the 5-foot-10, 165-pounder will be a focal part of a wing-T attack.

Greg White, West Catholic, senior. In 10 outings, White carried 197 times for 1,469 yards and 28 TDs. Primarily receiving Division I-AA interest.

Daquan Worley, Coatesville, senior. For the District 1 Class AAAA champs, Worley, a Penn State recruit, carried 228 times for 1,777 yards and 20 TDs. He is projected to play cornerback for the Nittany Lions.

Olamide Zaccheaus, St. Joe's Prep, junior. Quick and strong, Zaccheaus has a scholarship offer from Temple. Miami and Penn State are also keeping tabs.

Rick O'Brien Inquirer Columnist
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Rick O’Brien has been at The Inquirer since 1993, primarily covering high school sports in Southeastern Pennsylvania. Reach Rick at robrien@phillynews.com.

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