Signing Day Showcase: RB Thomas Rawls

Thomas Rawls -RB- 5'10" 210- 4.5,40-yard dash
Flint, Michigan-Northern HS
Star Gazers- 3 *** Scout/3 *** Rivals
Rankings: Rivals: #19 State of Michigan/ Scout: #77 RB

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Offers: Michigan, Central Michigan, Cincinnati

Stats: (JR)  138 rushes for 1,056 yards and 16 TD's (SR) 50 rushes for  1,585 yards and 21 TD's

Analysis:  The last running back to come out of Flint, Michigan eventually won the Heisman Memorial Trophy.  That same running back also helped lead his team to a National Championship win his sophomore year.  That back is Mark Ingram.  What has the Michigan fans raising an eyebrow when looking at Rawls' film is the fact his skill set is reminding some scouts of Ingram.  If Rawls can mature to be just half the back that Ingram is then brighter days definitely lie ahead for Michigan football.  Rawls has done well for himself up at Flint.  He played so well during his sophomore and junior seasons that he made All-State Honorable Mention, All-Conference and All-City.  Rawls may be small but he is tough.  He possesses a combination of a low center of gravity with powerful running. What is appealing about Rawls even more his is instinctive way of running north and south.  A lot of running backs these days will try and go east-west when they see the hole filling up. Rawls just lowers the boom and runs through the crowded hole, usually making through to the other side. He wastes no time getting to the hole as fast as he can.  Rawls has good hands for a running back and his 4.5 speed will definitely be a major plus.  Opposing defenders are going to have to go "back to the basics" when trying to tackle Rawls.  A mere shoulder or one-armed tackle is not going to bring him down. He has to powerful of a running style to be brought down on first contact.  With only three offers he was definitely an underrated running back and a great pick up for the Maize and Blue.


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