I consider Mikail McCall of Thornridge as the No. 10 big back in the country and he could rise in the ratings and earn a spot among the top 100 players if he has a lights-out senior season, if he continues to play as well as he did in Thornridge's 27-19 loss to Bradley on Saturday in Dolton.
How good is McCall? Bradley coach Craig Bundy said McCall is the best running back he has played against in his 14-year career--and that includes the roster of talented ball-carriers that he faced from Bolingbrook and East St. Louis.
"You have to get a lot of people where he is," Bundy said. "You can't let him in the secondary or it's over. He has a great combination of speed, power, toughness and quickness. He is going to Michigan State and that's all you need to know about him."
Thornridge coach Mike Morrissey said McCall is "as good as advertised, as good as the publicity he receives. He does something new at practice every week that has the coaches shaking their heads. For me, he is a bigger version of (former Iowa star) Tim Dwight. He is so tough. He runs with aggression."
My top 10 big backs:
1. Kenny Hilliard of Patterson, La., is a 5-11, 230-pounder with 4.5 speed who ranks as the No. 5 player in the nation. He is committed to LSU. He could surpass the national record for career rushing yards. He figures to be a four-time All-Stater, a rarity. He is the most difficult ball-carrier to tackle.
2. Malcolm Brown of Cibolo, Texas, is a 6-1, 215-pounder with 4.5 speed who is rated as the No. 10 player in the nation. He is committed to Texas. Last week, he rushed for 340 yards and four touchdowns in a game.
3. Jeremy Hill of Baton Rouge, La., is a 6-1, 220-pounder with 4.58 speed who is the No. 23 player in the nation. He also is committed to LSU. He is very productive and, with Hilliard, could give LSU another Pony Express backfield.
4. Harvey Langi of South Jordan, Utah, is a 6-1, 215-pounder with 4.4 speed who is the No. 65 player in the nation. He is the top-rated player in Utah but is uncommitted. He is considering Brigham Young, Colorado, UCLA, Utah, Stanford, Oregon and Alabama. He is a powerful runner who plays on the one of the nation's elite high school teams.
5. Kody Walker of Jefferson City, Mo., is a 6-1, 225-pounder with 4.6 speed who is the No. 70 player in the country. He was hurt as a junior and not highly rated by some analysts. But he is committed to Arkansas. He has power, good vision and is a perfect fit for Arkansas coach Bob Petrino's offense.
6. Marlin Lane of Daytona Beach, Fla., is a 6-1, 210-pounder with 4.4 speed who also plays for a powerhouse high school team. He runs well between the tackles and has the speed to cut outside. He keeps his pads low and explodes into defenders. He is committed to Clemson.
7. Dorian Brown of Loveland, Col., is a 6-1, 230-pounder with 4.45 speed who plays on an average high school team but is one of the strongest backs in the country. He is considering Colorado, Colorado State, UCLA, Michigan, Alabama, Oklahoma and Miami.
8. Joe Bergeron of North Mesquite, Texas, is a 6-1, 230-pounder with 4.5 speed who is committed to Texas. I saw him in December at a time when he no scholarship offers at all. He is very athletic, a straight ahead runner.
9. Adonis Moore of Denver, Col., is a 5-11, 220-pounder with 4.55 speed who plays with the best team in Colorado. He has good size, is a team player and very reliable though not spectacular. He is considering Colorado, Colorado State, Kansas State, Northwestern, Nebraska, Oregon and West Virginia.
10. Mikail McCall of Thornridge is a 6-1, 210-pounder with 4.5 speed who is committed to Michigan State. He runs low to the ground. He is a power back with good speed. He can find the holes and he stays on his feet.