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Senior Taquan Mizzell of Bayside High School (Virginia Beach, Va.) is one of the top running backs in his class. The 5-foot-10, 180-pound Virginia commit is ranked by MaxPreps as the No. 8 running back in the class of 2013 and the No. 93 recruit overall.

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Taquan Mizzell, Bayside

Mizzell had to work his way up after playing on the junior varsity team his freshman year. He would play against the varsity team during practice to help prepare them, but there was one problem — nobody could catch him.

"We call him 'Smoke' and he was given that nickname as a freshman because he was as hard to tackle as it is to catch smoke in your hand," said Bayside head coach Darnell Moore.

As important as football is in Mizzell's life, the sport will always be secondary to his family.

"My mom always taught me, 'If you can believe you can achieve,'" said Mizzell. "I think about that statement almost every day."

Mizzell hopes to excel as a student in college and then hopefully make it to the NFL and take care of his family.

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