It's happening fast for Feaster
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Tavien Feaster
National Recruiting Analyst
Posted Oct 15, 2013
Chad Simmons

SPARTANBURG, S.C. - It looks like the best running back prospect in South Carolina may only be a sophomore. Tavien Feaster has exploded onto the scene this season...

Tavien Feaster made a name for himself in the spring in track where he won the 100m and 200m state titles.

He then scored five touchdowns in a game back in September and he has solidified himself as one of the top running backs in the south regardless of class.

Clemson was first to offer and Florida State, North Carolina, and South Carolina have also offered. All schools have offered this fall and many more will.

It doesn't take much for the 5-foot-11, 187 pound sophomore out of Spartanburg, S.C. to catch your attention.

"Tavien has the talents that you look for in a top running back," said Chris Miller, the Spartanburg head football coach. "He can hit the hole fast, he has break-away speed, he can catch the ball out of the backfield, and he is just a very explosive player. He has a lot to like."

Coach Miller coached former five-star running back Marcus Lattimore at Byrnes before taking over at Spartanburg this year.

He sees some similarities.

"I think Marcus and Tavien are pretty similar when talking speed and hands. Tavien needs to improve in finding the holes a little quicker and just believing in that. Marcus was so good at that and running with power.

"Tavien has the speed to get to the outside, but he needs to be a better inside runner. He is still young, he is improving, and he has a chance to be very good in the future."

Feaster knows he is young and he is working hard to be that top guy in his class.

"I can make moves on people, I have top speed, and I think I can make a lot of big plays, but I have to get stronger," said Feaster. "I watch Adrian Peterson a lot and I try to learn from him. He explodes through the holes, he runs very hard, and he does a great job of lowering his shoulder to break tackles. I am trying to pick up everything I can."

He will get bigger and better over the next two-plus years, but he has done enough already to capture offers from top programs.

Feaster has not visited FSU or North Carolina yet, but he has traveled to Clemson and South Carolina this fall.

He enjoyed each trip.

"I went to Clemson when they played Wake Forest and it was cool. I liked the fans, the atmosphere, and how their offense played.

"I was at South Carolina for their game against Kentucky and it was a great crowd. Their fans really get into the game and it was pretty loud there. It was my first time at South Carolina and I liked it."

A trip to Chapel Hill could happen soon. That is in the works.

He does not have a leader this early and he does not plan to make a decision any time soon.

The talented 2016 running back wants to add more offers and to take his time with the recruiting process.

"I would like offers from Georgia, Auburn, Florida, Alabama, and schools like that," said Feaster. "I never have had a favorite school or anything. I am just going to take a lot of visits and see what different schools are like."

Chad Simmons is currently a National Recruiting Analyst for FOX Sports/Scout. He started with Scout in 2003 and then moved on to another Recruiting Service from 2004-2008 before returning to Scout the first of 2009 to become South Recruiting Manager.
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