Shamarian Green (Class of ’22) is a dynamic running back from Georgia. He earned 1st Team All-Region honors during his sophomore season and is a name to remember moving forward.
In August, GMTM’s Joey Grant and former USC Quarterback Max Browne evaluated his tape live on Twitch. Here’s what they thought:
The very first play showed off Shamarian’s most outstanding asset: his speed. He has elite straight-line speed and demonstrates an elite ability to run away from defenders throughout his tape. Both Joey and Max were reminded of Chris Johnson’s game while watching him, thanks to his pure speed.
Further analysis of his tape shows that he pairs this excellent speed with outstanding vision. He is a decisive, one-cut runner who constantly sets up his blocks, puts his foot in the ground, and accelerates through the hole into the second level and beyond. He would be a dream fit within a zone-running scheme that allows him to probe the offensive line to identify a hole and fire through it.
Once he gets to the next level, he is a nightmare to tackle with his outstanding quickness and a litany of moves to make defenders miss. He is extremely shifty, allowing him to be an awesome weapon in the open field. This shines brightly on his ability to be a Swiss army knife type of player at the next level. He has the ability to make an impact in the passing game along with the running game.
He is more diminutive in size but plays like he is the biggest player on the field. He is not afraid to lower his shoulder and initiate contact, as made evident in the play linked there. Shamarian shows off his vision and speed to hit the hole, but then lowers a big hit on the defender once he needs to. He is willing to play on special teams as well and does a great job of breaking down and setting himself to make the tackle on kick return.
Shamarian is a clearly a clutch player, as made evident by this play where he is handed the ball on 4th and 6. That run perfectly captures what makes Shamarian so special. He uses his vision to find a hole, and then demonstrates his outstanding contact balance as he fights through multiple would-be tacklers before using his speed to accelerate past the first down marker. This was a special play made by a special player.
• Elite speed, can run away from an entire defense
• Patient, one-cut runner
• Shifty runner with top-level ability to make defenders miss
Shamarian Greene possesses all of the traits that you would want to see from a running back prospect. He can be a threat in both the running game and the passing game, with extra potential as a kick returner. Keep an eye on Shamarian as he continues to develop over his junior and senior seasons. He will surely make an impact somewhere at the next level.