Analyzing the top five 2024 running back recruiting classes

2024 Recruiting: Running Back Class Winners

The 2024 recruiting class is all wrapped up so it’s time to see which teams won each position. On Monday, we started with quarterbacks so today we focus on the running backs.

Georgian Bulldogs at No. 1

Putting the Bulldogs at No. 1 on this list was a pretty easy call. Georgia is the only program to sign three four-star running backs in Nate Frazier, Chauncey Bowens and Dwight Phillips. Frazier finished the rankings cycle as the top-ranked running back in the Rivals250. Even though the California native split time at Mater Dei High School with 2025 five-star running back Jordon Davison, he was still one of the most heavily recruited prospects in the nation. Bowens, also a Rivals250 prospect, flipped to Georgia after being committed to Florida for about nine months. Phillips committed to Georgia in January of last year and remained solidly committed throughout the process.

Outstanding Texas Longhorns at No. 2

The Longhorns have an outstanding 1-2 punch of running backs on the way in the 2024 class. IMG Academy standout Jerrick Gibson, a former Florida pledge, announced his commitment to Texas in June of last year. Rivals250 running back Christian Clark out of Arizona also signed with Texas. The Longhorns battled Florida State and Oregon to land his commitment.

Alabama Crimson Tide at No. 3

The Kalen DeBoer era in Tuscaloosa is underway and this recruiting class was put together by Nick Saban and his staff. The two Rivals250 running backs who signed with the Crimson Tide give DeBoer and his coaching staff plenty of talent to work with. The highest ranked of the two is local standout Kevin Riley, who actually committed to Miami before flipping to Alabama. Rivals250 running back Daniel Hill announced his commitment to Alabama at the All-American Bowl in early January.

Wisconsin Badgers at No. 4

The Badgers loaded up with talented running backs in the 2024 recruiting class. Rivals250 back Darrion Dupree out of Chicago was the highest ranked of the bunch. The second Rivals250 back Wisconsin signed was Dilin Jones out of powerhouse Good Counsel High School in Olney, Md. While Dupree and Jones are the highest ranked of Wisconsin’s running back signees, Gideon Ituka was the first of the trio to commit. The Maryland native announced his commitment to the Badgers in June.

Penn State Nittany Lions at No. 5

With a Rivals250 running back signee and another rated as a four-star, Penn State gets the nod for No. 5 on this list over Notre Dame thanks to Quinton Martin finishing the rankings cycle at No. 125. The Nittany Lions have been churning out impressive running back prospects for years and Martin looks like the next one up. Four-star Corey Smith seemed to be trending toward staying home and playing for Wisconsin in the weeks leading up to his commitment.

In conclusion, the 2024 recruiting class saw a number of top-tier running backs commit to various colleges. Georgia, Texas, Alabama, Wisconsin, and Penn State each secured top talent in the running back position, strengthening their squads for the future. These recruits will undoubtedly make a significant impact on their teams in the coming years.