NAME: Travis Homer
POSITION: Running Back
JERSEY: No. 24
RECRUITMENT RATING: 4-star
WT: 195 lbs
When lead-back Mark Walton went down with an injury last season, Homer emerged in his absence and showcased and exciting skill set. As a sophomore, Homer carried the ball 163 times for 966 yards (5.9 YPC) with eight touchdowns.
My top draft-eligible back in the ACC entering the seasons, Homer offers a blend of speed, elusiveness, vision and power that make him appealing. He sees the field cleanly and has outstanding burst to and through the hole. He knows how to reduce his surface area and work through tight spaces. In the open field, Homers showcases a good second gear and has the wiggle and twitch to make tacklers miss in space. And while he isn’t necessarily built like a bruiser, Homer isn’t afraid to reduce his pad level and challenge tacklers with physicality. He is a highly competitive runner that battles of every inch. Homer runs with a low center of gravity and always keeps his feet moving.
An every down contributor, Homer’s dynamic movement skills serve him well as a route-runner and creator in space after the catch. With that said, his hands are only average so displaying more comfort hauling in passes is important. In pass pro, Homer does well to sink his hips and land his hands to work rushers away from the quarterback.
The primary area of concern with Homer is how his frame meshes with his running style. While it’s exciting to see him avoid going out of bounds to lower his shoulder against a potential tackler, there are times he needs to be smarter about not taking unnecessary hits.
Miami does have some talented young backs but Homer is likely to shoulder the running load for the Hurricanes and serve as the focal point of the offense. If he plays up to his potential, Homer will find himself in the conversation as one of the top runners in the 2019 class.