College Football Recruiting 2013: The Early No.1 Overall Recruit Watchlist
Each recruiting cycle brings us new talent to check out and many talented prospects. But the first question we always seem to ask is "who's the No.1 prospect this year?"
While it is extra early in the stages of rankings and lists, I'm going to give you a couple names that, could very well begin the year as the No.1 prospect for 2013.
Whether this year brings us a clear cut guy like a Jadeveon Clowney or a debate like a Mario Edwards vs. Dorial Green-Beckham, we're going to see who's possibly positioning themselves in the thick of the conversation.
10. Vernon Hargreaves III, CB
It's always rare to see a CB as the No.1 overall prospect, but many people had Patrick Peterson as the best player in last year's NFL Draft.
Could the 5'11", 180-pound Hargreaves be the prep version of Peterson? A son of a coach, Hargreaves has excellent instincts, technique and foot quickness.
He's among the top CB prospects in the country.
9. Ricky Seals-Jones, WR
While Seals-Jones currently plays QB and FS for his Texas high school team, many project him to be a WR in college.
Some even size up his 6'6", 215-pound frame and see a future TE. But overal, RSJ is a dynamic playmaker and one of the top recruits in the country.
Could he be DGB 2.0?
8. Kenny Bigelow, DT
6'2" and over 280-pounds, Bigelow may be this year's Malcom Brown. He looks the part of a great future 3-technique in college, thanks to his ability to 1-gap, slip blocks, and play in the offensive backfield.
Hailing from Delaware, Bigelow is going to likely be one of, if not the top, recruits in the Atlantic/Northeast region this year. He's playmaker in the trenches, and it's not a stretch to have a DT as the top player.
He has committed to USC.
7. Jalin Marshall, RB/ATH
Marshall is a 6'1", 190-pound playmaker. Period. Whether you think he can be a great duel threat QB in college or an outstanding full time RB, you know he's a difference maker.
He plays like he belongs on this list and can dazzle with the ball in his hands. It'll be interesting to see where he ends up at Ohio State.
6. Michael Hutchings, LB
Hutchings isn't a MLB/ILB thumper, so if you want a 'backer like that, keep looking. But if you want sideline to sideline defensive playmaker that can play all three downs, he's your guy.
Hailing from NorCal, Hutchings is a 6'1", 210-pounder with excellent athleticism, speed, range and instincts. He could be the top OLB in the nation.
5. Robert Foster, WR
Foster is a 6'2", 190-pound WR from Pennsylvania. His best pure trait is his explosiveness.
You can see him tape on releasing with fire, eating up cushion quickly, stemming up CBs, and blowing by them with ease. The crazy thing is, Foster is still learning the nuances of the position and his ceiling is high.
He's a player to watch on this list.
4. Shane Morris, QB
It's not a stretch by any means and almost the norm to have a QB as your No.1 prospect, so Morris makes this list. Sugar Shane is a player to watch in this 2013 cycle but more from a development standpoint.
He's already made up his mind about which school he'll attend, and that will be Michigan.
6'3", 190-pounds, Morris is a lefty with a strong arm and great setup quickness.
3. Antonio Conner, DB
Conner could be a genuinely special talent. Period. The 6'1", 200-pound safety from Mississippi is one of the best players in the this year's class, regardless of position.
Conner has most of, if not all of the needed to tools to be an impact, dynamic safety in college.
Making a safety your No.1 player on the board isn't too common, but if Conner is in the mold of say an Eric Berry, then you have to wonder...
2. Reuben Foster, LB
Foster, an Alabama pledge, is a 6'2", 245-pound fantastic second level defender. Whether you need to play MIKE, SAM, ILB, or WILL, he can do it and make plays for you.
Some even feel Foster grades out higher than Reggie Ragland at this point. I'll study him a bit more on tape myself, but having him on this list at this slot is not a stretch by any means.
1. Robert Nkemdiche, DL
Right now, I think Nkemdiche actually is the best player and No.1 overall prospect. He's a 6'5", 270-pound train that has WR athleticism and DT strength.
He can play DE or DT and has excellent size, snap quickness, athleticism, strength to convert speed to power, shed ability, ball locate skills, range and a burst to close out on the passer or ball carriers.
It's early, very early, but Nkemdiche may just be the No.1 guy.