Lance Leipold and offensive coordinator Andy Kotelnicki had a wealth of talent at the running back position between Anthone Taylor, Jordan Johnson, and several others on the roster. Even with the graduation of Taylor there is a wealth of talent at the position making hard for younger players to break out into the lineup. However, there is also a lot of room for athletes across the board both on offense and special teams. So a name that may stand out in the incoming recruiting class is Jordan Overton.
The 5-10, 170 pound speedster is a consensus three-star recruit among the major recruiting sites and while Brush High School hasn't been successful, Overton has stood out among his peers. He does a little bit of everything for Arcs - playing wide receiver, cornerback, kick returner and running back. Overton racked up over 1,000 all-purpose yards his junior year including over 700 and two touchdowns on punt and kick returns.
Overton boasts an impressive offer list including offers from the nearly the entire MAC, Air Force, Navy, and SEC-member Kentucky, in addition to several FCS schools. Overton has also had interest from a litany of Power 5 schools including Michigan, Michigan State, Ohio State, and Oregon.
You'll see in Overton's highlights above that he is lightning quick on the field with the ball in his hands. In the return game he is deadly and you can see that he has the top end speed to pull away from defenders and take the ball to the house on any given play. You can see shades of Devin Campbell and a little Dri Archer when Overton is returning punts and kicks.
UB graduated kick returner Devin Campbell so there is room for Overton to take over punt and kick returning duties early on. Ron Willoughby and Campbell were the only receivers that UB graduated this season so there won't be much room in the receiving corps early on in his career but special teams may be where Overton earns his keep.