2013 College Football Recruits: Breaking Down the Top 3 Playmakers

Ryan RudnanskySenior Writer IFebruary 7, 2012

It's never too early to start talking about next year's college football recruits.

As soon as 2012's recruiting season ended, schools began taking a look at who could help them next season. As always, there are plenty of high school stars who project as difference-makers at the next level.

Here's an early look at the top three recruits who are positioned to explode on the football field after National Signing Day 2013.

3. Shane Morris, QB, De La Salle Collegiate High

Shane Morris is currently committed to Michigan, which would be a dream for the Wolverines given they will be losing quarterback Denard Robinson after next season.

But we've all seen recruits can change their mind.

Morris is a 6'3", 190-pound southpaw who has top-of-the-line arm strength. He also can make all the throws—short, intermediate and deep—and his intangibles are off the charts, showing great pocket poise and leadership while at De La Salle. He also has the legs to scramble if pressured out of the pocket.

If there's one weakness I could point to, it's probably that Morris needs to view the field a bit better, but that can be improved in time. He doesn't get rattled in the pocket.

He passed for 1,658 yards and 19 touchdowns to seven interceptions in his junior year.

2. Reuben Foster, LB, Troup County High School

Reuben Foster has the speed, range and instincts to be a dangerous outside linebacker in college. His athletic ability is off the charts, and with his strength and physicality it's hard to see him not being an impact player at the next level.

At 6'1", 240 pounds, Foster has committed to Alabama (surprise, surprise).

1. Robert Nkemdiche, DL, Grayson High School

Robert Nkemdiche has the ability to step in right away and make an impact as a freshman in college.

At 6'4", 270 pounds, he's a very strong player, and his burst, speed and athleticism will make him a handful at the next level. His combination of elite skills makes him versatile at defensive end, defensive tackle and even outside linebacker.

He had 78 tackles, including 36 tackles for a loss, and 18 sacks in 2011. He's simply not meant to be playing in high school right now.

Nkemdiche is undeclared.

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