Arizona landed the commitment of Russell Halimon late Friday night. Halimon is a running back out of Allatoona (Acworth, GA) and received an offer from the coaching staff about a week ago.
Matt Dudek seems to pretty high on Halimon.
He's a 5-10 185 pound running back with pretty sold speed, a must for Rich Rod's system. This gives Arizona three fresh running backs for 2016 with 3-star Trevor Speights and 3-star Sean Riley. You really can't have too many running backs, considering some just don't pan out and some can moved around in the system, going from running back to slot or return man.
Despite being unranked, Halimon held many offers to many mid-major programs including Central Michigan, Ohio, and Toledo, among others. Definitely expect his stock to rise come this fall, as he could be the most productive back of this recruiting class.
As a junior, he ran for over 2,200 yards on 339 carries, totaling 28 touchdowns on the season. He runs an unofficial 4.49 40 and has a vertical jump of 41 inches. Averaging 120 yards a game, Halimon had five games where he ran for over 200 yards, including a 320 yard performance vs North Paulding.
Some people might think, why are we using a scholarship on an unranked running back? Now, this guy will definitely climb the ranks his season year and the Arizona coaching staff loves the mentality behind the OKG. This could also be for the sake of building a recruiting pipeline in the south, specifically Georgia. Arizona has already tapped into Louisiana the last few recruiting classes and currently has a lot of talent from Florida on the roster.
His junior year highlights are below.