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Vote now: Who was the best high school running back in the country in 2022

We want to hear from you: Who is the best of the best?

State championship games still await in several states, but we've seen enough to get a jump on honoring some of the best high school football players in the country this season.

The top running backs across the nation this season have posted some downright silly yardage and touchdown numbers, and this week we gave a shout-out to the best of the best.


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Now we're giving fans a chance to choose the running back who has impressed them the most in 2022. 

The top three vote-getters in the running back poll below will advance to the MVP round, where fans can choose the top player in the country this season regardless of position. 

Running back voting will conclude Tuesday, Nov. 29, at 11:59 p.m. Eastern time.

Write-ups on each player are below the poll.

(Lamar Sperling photo by Jeff Harwell)

Keyjuan Brown, sr., South Atlanta (Georgia)

Another year, another 2,500-yard-plus season for Brown, who rushed for 2,757 yards and 38 touchdowns as a junior and is on his way to eclipsing at least that yardage mark this season. The Purdue commit has led South Atlanta to an undefeated season thus far as he guns for a state championship before heading to college.

Colton Brunell, jr., Columbus (Wisconsin)

After an 1,800-yard, 26-touchdown regular season on the ground, Brunell kept rolling in the playoffs, leading is team to an undefeated season and a state championship. The 6-foot, 210-pounder rushed for another 1,100 yards and 17 TDs in the playoffs, including 186 yards and two touchdowns in the championship game win over Catholic Memorial and fellow star junior running back Corey Smith.

Tyvonn Byars, soph., Lake Creek (Texas)

Byars has been a wrecking ball this season, approaching 2,500 yards and 40 touchdowns on the ground as undefeated Lake Creek barrels toward the state championship game. The 5-foot-10, 205-pounder has rushed for at least 100 yards in all but one game this season (and that one was 10 carries for 90 yards and a TD).

Andre Crews, sr., Simeon (Illinois)

Crews put up some eye-popping numbers in his senior season, racking up 1,938 rushing yards and 34 touchdowns while averaging 12.8 yards per carry. The 5-foot-10, 185-pound athlete who also excels at cornerback is still considering his college options.

Dante Dowdell, sr., Picayune (Mississippi)

Dowdell is approaching 2,000 yards this season and has 23 touchdowns on the ground as he tries to lead Picayune to its second straight state championship in his final high school football season. The Oregon commit has not one but two 98-yard touchdown runs this season.

Malaki Dowell, sr., White County (Tennessee)

Dowell fell just 156 yards short of the all-time single-season Tennessee rushing record held by Jalen Hurd, finishing with 3,201 rushing yards. He averaged 10.7 yards per carry and found the end zone 40 times in 12 games. Hurd played 14 games in his record-setting season in 2012.

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Jalen Dupree, jr., Malvern (Arkansas)

Dupree followed up an impressive sophomore year (1,607 yards and 16 touchdowns while averaging 7.0 yards per carry) with an even bigger junior year. He has 2,238 yards rushing with 31 touchdowns on 10.3 yards per carry as Malvern's playoff run continues.

Luke Hansen, sr., Roncalli (Indiana)

Hansen and Roncalli missed out on a state championship, but he broke the school's career rushing record with 4,427 yards. He went over 3,000 yards for the season and finished with 35 rushing touchdowns after an overtime loss Friday in the state semifinals.

Alvin Henderson, soph., Elba (Alabama)

Holy smokes, what a season for the five-star prospect Henderson, who was piling up Division I offers even before he put on a statistical show this season. The 5-foot-10 speedster rushed for 2,636 yards, averaging over 13 yards per carry and scoring 47 touchdowns.

Damian Henderson, sr., Los Alamitos (California)

Henderson had 184 carries for 1,729 yards and 23 touchdowns entering Los Alamitos' semifinal game against Mater Dei, which he was limited in because of injuries. He put together big numbers against tough competition despite giving up some carries to sophomore star Anthony League.

CJ Hester, sr., Wyoming (Ohio)

Hester has 46 touchdown runs and is just 33 yards short of a 3,000-yard season heading into the state semifinals this weekend. The 5-foot-11 Western Michigan commit scored the lone touchdown to send undefeated Wyoming there on a 59-yard scamper.

Trey Holly, sr., Union Parish (Louisiana)

Holly has put together his third straight 2,000-yard season on his way to becoming the career leading rusher in Louisiana high school football history. He even nearly had a 1,000-yard season as an eighth-grader. Holly will be playing for LSU next season.

Ethen Knox, jr., Oil City (Pennsylvania)

Knox had six 400-yard rushing games this season, breaking a national high school record previously held by Tennessee Titans running back Derrick Henry. He finished unofficially leading the nation in rushing yards with 3,705. Knox also scored 41 rushing touchdowns and had six interceptions on defense.

Dawson Pendergrass, sr., Mineola (Texas)

Pendergrass has been unstoppable this season, as the 6-foot-3 Baylor commit has posted over 3,000 yards on the ground along with 37 touchdowns. He had a 481-yard, five-touchdown game in an October win over Rains. Pendergrass just missed the 2,000-yard mark as a junior.

Kendrick Raphael, sr., Naples (Florida)

Raphael comprises half of one of the most dynamic running back tandems in the country along with Isaiah Augustave. The two have combined for over 2,500 rushing yards this season, but Raphael has just over 1,500 of them while averaging 13.7 yards per carry. He recently decommitted from Iowa and has almost two dozen Power Five offers. Raphael had his ninth 100-yard game of the season Friday to help Naples keep its state championship hopes alive.

Roderick Robinson, sr., San Diego Lincoln (California)

A recent flip from UCLA to Georgia, Robinson is just shy of 2,000 yards rushing this season, including one of the biggest games in the country with 476 yards and eight touchdowns in a September win over Mater Dei Catholic. He led Lincoln to a thrilling win Friday in the San Diego Section Open Division championship game.

Tyler Smith, sr., Barnwell (South Carolina)

Smith is a bruising runner who's had some huge games this season en route to piling up 2,795 yards and 45 touchdowns this season. The 6-foot-1, 205-pounder is one of seven finalists for South Carolina Mr. Football, and he's still uncommitted for college.

Lamar Sperling, sr., Archbishop Hoban (Ohio)

Sperling finished the 2021 season with 2,934 yards rushing and 41 touchdowns, and he's already surpassed those totals as a senior. After rushing for 288 yards and five touchdowns Friday in a quarterfinal win, the Buffalo commit has 3,228 yards and 51 touchdowns this season.

Jamarion Wilcox, sr., South Paulding (Georgia)

Wilcox keeps piling up Power 5 offers during his dominant senior season. The 5-foot-10, 200-pound speedster finished the season with over 2,000 rushing yards and 29 touchdowns as South Paulding fell to Gainesville in Round 2 of the playoffs.

Aneyas Williams, jr., Hannibal (Missouri)

Williams might be one of the most decorated running backs in Missouri history before he's done. Through nine games as a junior, he ran for 1,362 yards and 27 scores and grabbed 33 passes for 424 yards and seven scores. He recently released his top 10 college choices, and the list is SEC-heavy. Williams missed Hannibal's quarterfinal loss Saturday because of an injury.