Rick O'Brien: Imhotep senior Williams tops among the RBs

We continue our top-10 football rankings with the best running backs in Southeastern Pennsylvania.

Note that some multipurpose standouts, such as Imhotep Charter's Eerin Young and Coatesville's Daquan Worley, will not be listed here. We also are saving the area's best fullbacks (i.e. Pennsbury's Daquan Mack and Plymouth Whitemarsh's Corey Kelly) for another time.

1. Dave Williams, Imhotep Charter, Sr., 6-foot-1, 200 pounds. In his career, the speedster, coming over this year from West Catholic, has rushed for more than 3,200 yards and 40 touchdowns.

Williams, who suffered a strained hamstring early in last weekend's win over Springside Chestnut Hill, is considering Arizona State, South Carolina, Tennessee, Wisconsin, and Notre Dame, among others.

He is scheduled to make an official visit to Tennessee the weekend of Oct. 19, when the Volunteers host Southeastern Conference rival Alabama. His first trip was to Arizona State.

2. Mike Class, Pennridge, Jr., 5-10, 175. Quick and shifty, Class has carried 122 times for 975 yards and 13 touchdowns. He netted 170 yards and three TDs, including an 88-yard jaunt, in Friday's 28-21 win at Central Bucks West.

3. Josh Adams, Central Bucks South, So., 6-1, 182. Few have made a bigger first-year splash than Adams. For the 5-0 Titans, the bruising rookie has carried 103 times for an area-best 1,137 yards and 22 scores.

4. Jarred Jones, Spring-Ford, Jr., 5-10, 195. Unfortunately for the Rams, Jones, who ran for 1,455 yards last year, is out with a broken elbow suffered in Week 3. Michigan and Maryland visited last week.

5. Kyle Mayfield, North Penn, Sr., 6-0, 205. Mayfield, durable and able to turn the corner, has been the Knights' go-to rusher the last two seasons. In Friday's 42-7 romp over Quakertown, he ran for 145 yards and four TDs.

6. Dimetri Kelly, Roman Catholic, So., 5-11, 180. Following in the footsteps of brother Marcus Kelly, fast and not easily tackled, he is a breakaway threat for the Cahillites.

7. Anthony Williams, Souderton, Sr., 5-11, 180. Williams, who scored on a 91-yard kickoff return in Friday's 44-28 loss at Central Bucks South, has rushed 62 times for 494 yards and seven TDs.

8. Eric Neefe, Penn Charter, Sr., 5-10, 215. Neefe, who has impressive leg strength, ran for 230 yards and two TDs in Week 4 against Interboro.

9. Mark Dukes, Pottsgrove, Sr., 5-11, 190. For the Falcons, Dukes (57 carries for 477 yards, 11 TDs) and quarterback Tory Hudgins make up quite the one-two ground punch.

10. Greg White, West Catholic, So., 5-9, 183. Keep an eye on this rising underclassman. In the Burrs' first three outings, he averaged 149 yards rushing.

Twenty others to watch, listed alphabetically: Jeremiah Agrio, Archbishop Ryan, Sr.; Ryley Angeline, Downingtown East, Jr.; Terry Brown, Plymouth Whitemarsh, Sr.; Samir Bullock, Father Judge, So.; Shimeek Carter, Northeast, Sr.; Ben Coulibaly, Boys' Latin, Sr.; Hassan Gardner, Upper Merion, Sr.; Joe Gartland, Penncrest, Sr.; Sherrod Higginbotham, C.B. West, Sr.; Jake Irving, Garnet Valley, Jr.; Vince Moffett, St. Joseph's Prep, Jr.; Sihmare Morgan, Neumann-Goretti, Jr.; Rob Murphy, Springfield (Delco), Sr.; Darrell Nicholson, Chester, Sr.; Eric Purnell, Malvern Prep, Sr.; Craig Reynolds, Abington, Jr.; Donte Simmons, Bristol, So.; Luke Spahits, Hatboro-Horsham, Jr.; Darren Washington, Ridley, Sr.; Khalid Weems, Upper Dublin, Sr.

Trivia answer. In Thursday's column, we asked readers to name the former area quarterback who threw for more than 4,000 career cards in college and is now coaching at the Division I level.

James Franklin, 40, was a quarterback at Neshaminy in the late 1980s, passed for 4,687 yards and 36 TDs at Division II East Stroudsburg from 1991 to 1994, and is now in his second season as Vanderbilt's head coach.

Glenn Braksator, of Coatesville, was the first to answer correctly.

TV alert. Friday's Catholic League cross-division matchup between Archbishop Wood and St. Joseph's Prep, set for 7:30 p.m. at Plymouth Whitemarsh, will be televised live on The Comcast Network.


Contact Rick O'Brien at 610-313-8019, robrien@phillynews.com, or on Twitter @ozoneinq. Read his blog, "The O'Zone," at www.philly.com/ozone