The Syracuse University football staff continues to look for help at the skill positions as we head toward National Signing Day on February 3, with a big focus being put on wide receivers and running backs. One more running back who could factor into the plans for the Orange is current Iowa commit Toks Akinribade.
The 6-foot-1, 205 pound runner is a highly regarded, 3-star recruit from Indiana, and along with being a pledge to the Hawkeyes and getting interest from Syracuse and new running backs coach Mike Hart, he’s also got offers from Indiana, Michigan, Illinois, Boston College, Purdue, and just to underline the connections to the new Syracuse staff, both Bowling Green and Western Michigan.
Akinribade is rated as the 36th best running back in the nation by 247Sports, and has blazing speed, according to his performance at one camp last spring. At the Best of the Midwest combine, Akinribade clocked a time of 4.36 in the 40, according to Rivals. In watching his highlights, he often puts that speed on display when catching the ball out of the backfield, in particular. He didn’t have a ton of catches in his career, but totaled 13 catches for 129 yards with a long of 68 yards as a senior. you can check out that reception in his senior highlights.
Akinribade committed to Iowa last summer and as of right now, still seems pretty solid to the Hawkeyes, but indications are that he’s at least open to hearing what Dino Babers and his staff have to say.
The physically gifted back rushed for 1,405 yards and 16 touchdowns while averaging 6.2 yards per carry, according to MaxPreps. Looking at his film, it’s clear he’s a talented player with the ability to pop big plays, though while he’s got solid lateral quickness, that’s one area he could certainly work on to move from being a very good to potentially elite prospect. Right now, he looks like primarily a one-cut and go runner – not that there’s anything wrong with that, of course.
Akinribade is a good looking prospect with a ton of potential, and is already physically prepared to compete at the college level. Syracuse is aiming to land at least one or two more running backs in this class, with other options including Dee Eskridge, Kentrail Moran, Jawon Hamilton, and Sam Brodner. If the Orange are able to land any combination of those backs, they’ll be in terrific shape in the offensive backfield moving forward.