For a while it looked like Georgia would not pick up a true tailback in the class of 2015. That's really no surprise given that Keith Marshall, A.J. Turman, and Brendan Douglas were already on campus before blue chip tailbacks Sony Michel and Nick Chubb showed up this summer. That's a crowded backfield.
In order to add a guy to the depth chart at the tailback slot the Dawgs needed a guy who wanted to come to Georgia and wasn't scared of competition. It goes without saying that rules out a lot of prospects. It apparently did not rule out former Parkview and current Butler (Kansas) Community College back Chris Carson, who became the 16th member of Georgia's class of 2015 tonight.
Carson wasn't very heavily recruited out of high school, though Georgia did recruit him. In the end Carson didn't have the grades to enroll at the D-1 level as a freshman and instead went out to Butler. He told 247Sports' Rusty Mansell that he hopes to be able to enroll in Athens in January, and seems pleased to have the chance to continue his collegiate career closer to home.
Carson made an impact in his one year at Butler, rushing for 611 yards on 109 attempts, a healthy 5.6 YPC average. He scored a team high 8 touchdowns, but also dropped a team high 6 fumbles. Given the ball security issues Bulldog tailbacks have sometimes had in recent years, that's worrisome. While I haven't seen any film of the 6'0, 205 lb. Carson during his freshman year of college, I've embedded below his high school senior tape:
Carson looks pretty shifty, with decent acceleration if not world class speed. But he's a bit of a dancer, making unnecessary cuts in situations in which a 200 pound high school back should be able to just drop a shoulder and make his own hole. He does seem to have pretty good hands and, more often than not, runs with good vision. But this isn't a "wow" tape like Chubb's or Michel's. Frankly, I don't expect Carson to ever be the crown jewel of the Bulldog backfield. He does have four years to play three, so there is the chance that down the line if Chubb, Michel, and Turman leave after the 2016 season that Carson could be the senior tailback who takes charge.
But there's a reason his other offers were from Cincinnati, Iowa State, Colorado State, and Utah State. Carson's not a sure thing, can't miss prospect. But he should provide good depth after Todd Gurley's likely departure, and in the event of injuries at the tailback slot. You can never, ever have enough tailbacks in the SEC. Now we have one more who'll get a chance to prove that other SEC and ACC schools were wrong not to pursue him. Until later...