- Running back
- 183 lbs
- Dr. SEC Recruiting Ranking
- 247 Composite Ranking
- High School
- Baylor School (TN)
- Current Team
- Tennessee Volunteers
Scouting Report: (3/13/2020) Elijah Howard is the type running back that Jim Chaney loves. He will need to add size and strength but has a frame that will see huge growths after a year inside a college strength and conditioning program. While I think a redshirt year would be huge for Elijah, he has some of the better play-speed we have seen in this class.
Elijah has elite vision and sees daylight well in tight spaces. He has the foot speed to get through tight seams and runs decisively when a hole is present. He has the patience to bounce and stretch or pick and slide in-line.
His burst and acceleration are at an elite level. Elijah will stick his foot in the ground and split defenders up the seam going from 0-60 in a hurry. He is a sudden cutter in-line and can get around the corner on perimeter runs. He is an ankle breaker in the open field and has the change of speed ability to outrun pursuing DB’s without flashy elusiveness.
Elijah is not built real powerfully at this point but is quick-twitched and explosive on contact which allows him to break arm tackles. He uses leverage well and bounces off a lot of initial contact and has a style that makes it difficult for opponents to get a direct shot on him.
Bottom line is that Elijah is a playmaker with all the tools to excel at the next level. If he makes the gains in the weight room I expect, Chaney will use him much like he used D’Andre Swift while he was at UGA.