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The Uncommitteds: Running backs

Updated: December 29, 2008, 10:52 AM ET
By Mike Loveday | ESPNRISE.com

Ever wanted to know whom the best uncommitted players in the state were?

[+] EnlargeTavon Austin
Mike LovedayTavon Austin is Maryland's all-time leader in rushing and touchdowns.

That is where MDVarsity.com can help. For the next month and a half, until the Feb. 4 signing day, we will list the Top 5 Uncommitted prospects by position. We will launch the initial lists this week and will update the lists once players commit.

Today we are taking a look at the running back position.

1. Tavon Austin, Dunbar

There is no arguing that Austin is the No. 1 running back on this list. The only argument is whether or not he will play this position in college. A tribute to his athleticism and play-making ability, the 5-foot-8, 160-pound senior is being recruited as a running back, receiver and defensive back. Electrifying with the ball in his hands, Austin will likely end up on offense in college. Austin holds offers from over 15 schools, including West Virginia, Maryland, Michigan, North Carolina, Pittsburgh, Boston College and Illinois.

2. Nick DePaola, Hereford

The 6-foot-1, 205-pound DePaola rushed for over 1,500 yards during his senior season, helping lead Hereford to the Class 3A state semifinals. Already with an older brother at Rutgers, DePaola looks like a perfect fit at fullback in the I-formation.

3. Davon Muse, Dunbar

The 5-foot-8, 160-pound Muse is not the biggest name in Dunbar's stable of athletes, but the senior is athletic, agile and able to make plays. Muse rushed for over 900 yards this season as the compliment to Austin. The team captain showed potential colleges what they could be getting as he made several nice plays during the Maryland Crab Bowl.

4. Brandon Greening, Calvert

There are few positions that Greening has not played. The 5-foot-11, 184-pound senior played running back, receiver, returner and defensive back for Calvert and accumulated over 2,000 total yards. The 5-foot-11, 184-pound Greening ran a 4.52 40-yard dash at the Nike Baltimore combine and posted a SPARQ rating of 93.27.

5. Terrence West, Northwestern-Balt.

West may be the most overlooked running back in Maryland. The 5-foot-11, 200-pound senior rushed for over 5,000 yards and caught for more than 900 yards in his career. A speedy athlete, West plays running back, receiver returner and defensive back for Northwestern and has played on the varsity squad for four seasons.

Off the board: Caleb Porzel, Good Counsel (Maryland), Malek Redd, River Hill (Central Michigan), Devon Smith, Westlake (Penn State), Michael Campanaro, River Hill (Wake Forest), Nygee Carmichael, Gwynn Park (Towson).

The Uncommitteds: series

QB | RB | WR | LB | DB | OL/DL

Mike Loveday covers high school sports for ESPNRISE.com. Mike can be reached at Michael.Loveday@espn.com