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RANKINGS: Top Five Running Backs in the Portal

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The transfer portal never seems to stop churning. Here are the five best running backs in the portal right now. It’s not a sexy list but there is talent here.

1. Bentavious Thompson, UCF

 Thompson rushed for 986 yards and 13 touchdowns, while averaging 6.2 yards per carry his last two seasons at UCF and Tennessee, UTSA and Western Kentucky have been mentioned the most.

2. Chaton Mobley, Middle Tennessee

Mobley had 1,432 yards and 13 rushing touchdowns in his career. He also proved effective in the passing game with 39 receptions for 341 yards and three touchdowns. In an interesting twist, Mobley took an April official visit to Ole Miss, but as a linebacker recruit. He has not played the position since high school, but the Rebels are still working on trying to talk him into the change. Other interest has come in from the likes of Charlotte, Rutgers, Sam Houston, UNLV, Mississippi State and Tulsa.

3. Andrew Van Buren, Boise State

Van Buren proved to be a touchdown machine during his time at Boise State. He totaled 21 during his Broncos career, with 17 of those coming in the last two seasons. Overall, he rushed for 1,028 yards, while adding 30 receptions for 168 yards and one touchdown. He has had recent interest coming in from Virginia, Eastern Michigan, UConn, Fresno State, Kansas State and SMU. If he chooses the FCS route, there are countless schools showing interest, including Idaho State, Portland State, Sam Houston, Campbell and Delaware.

4. C’Bo Flemister, Notre Dame

Flemister was most productive during the 2019 and 2020 seasons at Notre Dame, totaling 461 yards and 10 touchdowns on the ground. A few of the schools that have shown early interest include Utah State, Virginia, Colorado, Eastern Michigan, Buffalo, as well as FCS schools like Sam Houston, Incarnate Word, Towson, Samford, Tennessee-Martin, Western Illinois and Tennessee State.

5. Malcolm Davidson, FAU

Davidson totaled 1,317 yards and 12 touchdowns on the ground during his career with the Owls. Davidson has and continues to get steady interest from a number of Group of Five programs, including Middle Tennessee, Liberty, UTSA, Ohio and UNLV.

Known as “The Godfather” of recruiting, Farrell joins The Portal Report after a stellar 24-year run with recruiting site Rivals. Farrell has covered football at all three levels, with national TV experience and over 20 years serving as Rivals’ National Recruiting Director.

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