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History shows landing 2 elite running backs a real possibility for Georgia football
CLOVIS, Calif., — Kendall Milton announced his commitment to Georgia on Monday night shortly after 5 p.m. local time.
Not even 30 minutes after his announcement, Milton was already discussing the possibility of landing another elite running back.
“I plan on playing with another great back,” Milton said. “So [I’m] going after Zach. Going after Tank. Trying to put together this all-star team to make the competition a little bit easier.”
The subject of which running back Georgia might prefer is a much deeper subject of debate. Evans is the No. 1 running back in the country while Bigsby is the No. 1 running back in the state of Georgia. Evans has a higher ranking, but Bigsby has the appeal of being an in-state commitment.
Both players rate among the top 35 players in the country using the 247Sports composite rankings. Evans — from Houston — is the No. 6 player in the country. Evans is the No. 31.
As for the plausibility of landing two highly-touted running backs, it’s more common than you might think. And it’s beginning to happen a lot more now that running backs, like Milton, are aware of how important it is to have a measured workload before getting to the NFL.
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From 2010 to 2015, only four signing classes featured two top-10 running backs, using the 247Sports composite rankings. Since 2016, it has happened six times.
*Does not include players who were ranked as athletes, like Derrick Henry was in 2013
Of the 10 teams to pull off the feat, Georgia has done it three times. The first was in 2012 when the Bulldogs landed Keith Marshall and Todd Gurley. It happened again in 2014 when Nick Chubb and Sony Michel.
Those first two pairings proved to be very beneficial for the Bulldogs. Before Marshall’s career was derailed by injuries, he and Gurley were a big reason the Bulldogs came as close as they did to beat Alabama in 2012.