Texas A&M football: Building a starting lineup with only 2018-19 recruits

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Running Backs

RB – Jashaun Corbin – 4-star in 2018, No. 261 overall, No. 8 at his position
3DB – Isaiah Spiller – 4-star in 2019, No. 152 overall, No. 9 at his position
FB – Bladen Reaves – 2019 walk-on

OK, OK, I understand none of the other groups had backups on the list, but it’s hard to put together a lineup without the situational third down running back, even if Corbin ends up getting most of the work on game day.

As you saw in 2018, Fisher is not afraid to lean on a workhorse. Travyeon Williams had 298 touches in 13 games. However, he gave Corbin a moderate share of touches even against tough opponents. Spiller was rated as the No. 2 all-purpose back in the 247 Sports Composite prior to 247 reclassifying him as a general running back.

Corbin is the odds-on favorite to start in 2019 so it’s fairly obvious he’ll be the starter as a true junior in 2020, barring catastrophic injury of course. He offers a bit more upside than Williams with better top end speed and making quick cuts to burst through the hole. Williams was patient and had elite vision, which Corbin hopefully picked up in his one year behind Williams.

Technically transfer Ben Miles could be included as the starting fullback here, but he wasn’t a JUCO transfer as he comes from Nebraska so it felt wrong considering he’s technically part of the 2016 class. Bladen Reaves is not only a sweet name, but he’s a candidate for the 12th Man spot vacated by Cullen Gillaspia.