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College Football Recruiting 2013: 10 Biggest Playmakers Coming to Your Campus

Wes ODonnellFeatured ColumnistFebruary 21, 2012

College Football Recruiting 2013: 10 Biggest Playmakers Coming to Your Campus

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    Playmakers come in all different shapes and sizes. There is no set requirement for height, size or even position. 

    Quarterback, running back, defensive end, inside linebacker; you name any position that can conceivably touch the football and you can find a playmaker there.

    This 2013 recruiting class is no exception.

    Programs have long been working on the recruits of tomorrow and there are a number that have already received commitments. With the 2012 signing window all but shut, everyone will be turning the focus to the 2013 class soon enough.

    We've already done so and have gotten a good luck at some of the top playmakers in the class too.

    Here's a look at 10 of the top playmakers in the 2013 recruiting class. 

Max Browne, QB, Sammamish, WA (Skyline)

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    The 6'5", 205-pounder is holding offers from a number of the biggest programs in the country.

    He threw for 4,000 yards as a junior along with 45 touchdowns and only seven interceptions.

    Both Rivals and ESPN give the Washington native 5 stars and he's considered a top 10 recruit in the country by both.

    Browne has everything you look for in a top quarterback recruit with a tremendous combination of size, arm strength and accuracy.

    His top offers include Alabama, Auburn, California, Oklahoma, USC and Washington. 

Robert Nkemdiche, DE, Loganville, GA (Grayson)

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    Nkemdiche is about as intriguing as a prospect can be.

    Both ESPN and Rivals rate the 6'5", 260-pound defensive end as a 5-star recruit with the latter ranking him as the No. 1 recruit in the entire country.

    He's holding 12 offers according to Rivals and everyone who has seen him play agrees he's the most NCAA-ready recruit in the class.

    He absolutely dominates opponents off the line of scrimmage and recorded 19 sacks in each of the last two seasons. He's physically and mentally polished and has beyond impressive athleticism.

    He'll instantly become one of most dynamic defensive players in the country regardless of which program he chooses.

Keyante Green, RB, McDonough, GA (Eagle's Landing Christian)

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    This small, yet explosive back out of Georgia is one of the few players who can run past, over, under and through defenders.

    Green's speed and playmaking ability are undeniable and at 5'9", 190 pounds, he has enough size to handle the rigors of a Division-1 workload.

    He already holds a number of offers according to ESPN and Rivals and more and more programs are getting involved by the day.

    He doesn't go down easy, doesn't get caught from behind and possesses great balance and vision both between the tackles and on the edge.

    Whoever lands this kid is going to work for it and be happy when he signs on the dotted line.

Reuben Foster, ILB, LaGrange, GA (Troup)

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    We don't typically talk about inside linebackers as being top playmakers, but Foster is simply too talented in every possible way to overlook.

    Rivals ranks the 6'2", 228-pounder as the No. 2 prospect in the nation while ESPN also gives him a 5-star rating.

    Foster, another Georgia native, recorded a staggering 185 tackles and 14 sacks last season. He has a tremendous amount of burst and explosion as well as an uncanny ability to break down in space and make a play.

    His speed, downhill nature and instincts make him a can't miss recruit.

    He has offers from a number of top programs in the country but has already committed to Alabama.

Kendall Beckwith, ATH, Jackson, LA (East Feliciana)

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    Kendall Beckwith isn't your typical athlete. At 6'3", 220 pounds he plays both quarterback and defensive end.

    No, that is not a typo either. Beckwith loves to hit on both sides of the ball and is an extremely explosive athlete with tremendous balance and body control.

    Both ESPN and Rivals rate him as 4-star recruit although his position is undefined.

    He's simply too talented to be kept off the field. Although a bit smaller, he's been compared to Cam Newton in respect to his physicality, speed and overall athleticism, and that is impossible to ignore.

    The Louisiana native has offers from both 2011 BCS Championship Game participants.

Su'a Cravens, DB, Murrieta, CA (Vista Murrieta)

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    Watching Cravens make plays around the football is something special.

    He plays with tremendous balance and speed and has outstanding versatility.

    The 6'1", 205-pounder was all over the football field for his California high school a year ago and he wound up filling the stat sheet with 100 tackles, 11 sacks, three interceptions and also rushed for 15 touchdowns according to Rivals.

    He has absolutely no problem getting physical and he's going to shine regardless of where he plays because he's simply a football player.

    Cravens has too many offers to list, and he'll wind up holding one from nearly every major program in the country when all is said and done.

Shane Morris, QB, Warren, MI (De La Salle)

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    The most exciting thing about Shane Morris is that he's just scratching the surface of his potential.

    At 6'3", 185 pounds, the ESPNU 5-star recruit has a great combination of athleticism and traditional quarterback qualities.

    He can make plays with his feet effortlessly, but also throws a good ball and knows his way around the pocket.

    Morris will continue to grow into his frame and should fill out extremely well at the next level.

    He's already committed to Michigan and Brady Hoke's offense is a great fit for him.

Tyrone Swoopes, QB, Whitewright, TX (Whitewright)

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    This kid is straight scary. Swoopes checks in at 6'5", 220 pounds, and possesses ridiculous athleticism.

    The Texas native is a dynamic offensive weapon who makes with both his feet and arm with ease. According to Rivals he threw for over 1,300 yards and 15 touchdowns while rushing for 2,267 yards and 29 touchdowns.

    The one-man wrecking crew shines in a spread offense and draws direct comparisons to Vince Young when he was in Austin. To nobody's surprise, he committed to play for Mack Brown and the Longhorns just a few days ago.

    He'll put up scary numbers again this season and could very easily walk onto campus and challenge for the job from day one.

Kendall Fuller, DB, Olney, MD (Our Lady of Good Counsel)

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    The Maryland-native is the ideal defensive playmaker at the next level.

    Fuller stands 6'0" 185 pounds but plays like he's bigger and still maintains his speed and fluidity every step of the way.

    He breaks on the ball well, knows when to play for the interception, when to play for the knockdown and he's only going to get better.

    Rivals ranks the 5-star recruit as their No. 4 player in the nation, ESPN rates him as a 5-star recruit and it is obvious the rest of the country agrees considering nearly every major program has already offered him a scholarship.

Jalin Marshall, ATH, Middletown, OH (Middletown)

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    Urban Meyer has already earned the commitment of Jalin Marshall for Ohio State and that should speak volumes about the type of athlete this kid is.

    At 6'0" 190 pounds and possessing an inordinate amount of versatility, Marshall can play quarterback, running back or wide receiver — the perfect weapon for Meyer's offense.

    Regardless of where he lines up, he's a gifted athlete with the football in his hands and will create matchup problems for any defense.

    He's not extremely sudden, but he runs away from defenders with ease and has a propensity for ripping off long, impressive runs.

    Both Rivals and ESPN rate him as a 4-star athlete.

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