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Southern Nevada’s top running back countdown — No. 4

Las Vegas High’s Elijah Hicks comes in at No. 4 on our #NVprepsfb list of Southern Nevada’s top five running backs.

To create the list, we spoke with coaches from the Sunrise and Sunset Regions in both 4A and 3A. A couple of the base questions were: “Who is the top high school running back today?” and “Who would you pick to start a team?”

Then we grabbed the statistics from last season, looked at the player’s collective rankings on recruiting websites and used our own judgment to fill holes.

This resulted in the #NVprepsfb running back rank. The list is based off high school productivity and not college or professional potential. Stay tuned for our wide receiver/pass catcher and defensive player lists that will be unveiled in the next two weeks.

#NVprepsfb Running Back Rank: Las Vegas High’s Elijah Hicks No. 4

Class

2018

Vitals

5 feet, 10 inches; 175 pounds

Honors

All-state honorable mention (2015); first-team All-Northeast League (2015, 2014)

Recruiting

Hicks has received interest from San Diego State and Utah State, according to Rivals.com.

Last Year’s Stats

Hicks rushed for 1,001 yards and 13 touchdowns for the Wildcats. He averaged 7.6 yards per carry and finished with 17 total TDs.

What they are saying?

— “His freshman year was like, ‘Oh my god. This kid is going to be a stud in a couple of years,’” one Sunrise Region football coach said. “He can run. He’s explosive and he gets through the hole.”

— “He’s good. For where he is, he’s doing a great job,” one Sunset Region football coach said. “He’s an athlete. He’s fast and can play. He’s going to get his yardage.”

— “He’s a football junkie,” one Sunrise Region football coach said. “He’s extremely dynamic with the football in his hands, whether he’s running it or catching it. He’s got the things you can’t teach.”

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#NVprepsfb Running Back Rank: Cimarron-Memorial’s Tyree Riley No. 5

Class

2017

Vitals

5 feet, 10 inches; 180 pounds

Honors

All-state honorable mention (2015); second-team All-Northwest League (2015)

Recruiting

N/A

Last Year’s Stats

Riley rushed for 1,439 yards and six touchdowns for the Spartans, who finished 2-8. He averaged 6.2 yards per carry.

What they are saying?

— “I thought he was (Cimarron’s) best player by far,” one Sunrise Region football coach said. “He was a workhorse. He runs hard. It wasn’t a secret who was getting the ball. We were very impressed with him.”

— “That kid is a great runner,” one Sunset Region football coach said. “He definitely stands out. I knew just by watching film on him. He runs really hard, breaks tackles and finishes runs. A lot of the extra yardage is running after contact. You’ve got to love a hard-nosed kid like that.”

— “He’s just a good athlete and a good football player,” one Sunset Region football coach said.

If you want to get involved in the discussion, #NVprepsfb is the Twitter hashtag to use. You also can follow along @nevadapreps.

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