Pulaski Academy (AR) RB product Joseph Himon II committed to Northwestern on July 12, choosing NU over programs including Louisville and Missouri. Sports Illustrated's John Garcia Jr. has Himon listed eighth on the SI All-American Running Back Ranking Watch List. Himon is ranked as a 4-star recruit by ESPN, and the fourth-ranked player in the state of Arkansas.
In 2021, Himon ran for 1,925 yards and had 23 touchdowns on the ground, in addition to 1,068 receiving yards and nine touchdowns through the air. Himon helped Pulaski Academy to two state championships.
Himon is a legitimate playmaker whenever he has the ball in his hands. He has exceptional acceleration and speed, and can take any sliver of daylight given to him and make the defenses pay.
Himon has great vision and a feel for blocking schemes and setting up blocks in the open field, a trait common for great return men.
An underrated part of Himon’s game is his power. Despite only being listed at 5’9 and 175 pounds by ESPN, he has a lower center of gravity, making it easier to push through arm tackles. Himon has enough pop behind his pads in short yardage situations.
As evidenced by his junior year receiving marks, Himon is nowhere near an inconsistent or bad receiver. He ran routes split out wide, in the slot, and from the backfield. Himon has great agility and foot speed, and knows how to set defenders up to get open in an instant.
Himon also knows how to run a variety of routes, from quick hitches, wheels and angle routes out of the backfield, plus traditional receiver routes from the slot.
Himon has the elite speed and receiving chops to be a legitimate three-down back at the next level. With some more development in blocking.
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