College Football Recruiting 2013: 5 Sure-Fire, Can't-Miss Prospects
I'm going to do a piece on a subject and topic that I cringe at—"Can't Miss" prospects. No player is flawless, and there are just so many factors that go into a player's fate.
Whether it be injuries, depth chart, coaching change, personal problems, adjusting to college life, position changes, lack of development and so on, there's always a chance a player flames out.
However, for this read, based on sheer football-playing skills, I'm going to give you five youngsters that I feel could actually be the infamous "Can't Miss" prospect!
5. Kenny Bigelow, DL
I really like Bigelow, as I think it's a toss up if he's a strong side DE or inside at DT. Bigelow (6'3", 285 pounds) has transferred schools from Delaware to Eastern Christian Academy in Elkton, Maryland.
It's a significant transfer because Eastern is home to David Stills, a 2015 QB that is committed to USC already, where Bigelow is also committed.
Bigelow makes this list because he's uber-quick off the ball and has become exponentially more physical at the point of attack. He jumps on top of OLs and overwhelms them, has the range to hawk ball carriers and the burst to finish on the passer.
He's a star in the making.
4. Ty Isaac, RB
When you get a big back like Isaac at 6'3", 220 pounds, you think you're getting a power back that can push piles, win in short yardage situations and wear defenses down.
With Isaac, you're getting some of that, but really you're getting a speed guy that can catch the football well. Yes, despite his size, Isaac's game is based on speed.
He's a can't-miss guy, should he stay healthy. At his size, with his speed and hands to catch the football, he should be a stud in college.
3. Thomas Tyner, RB
I really hope Tyner can get electronically timed in the 40 yard dash this spring, so we can get an official speed on him. On tape, he looks like a 4.3 guy—maybe faster.
At 6'0", 200 pounds, this guy can pull away from cornerbacks on long runs en route to the end zone. He's a speedster, but his frame is thick enough to take every-down pounding.
Tyner has battled injuries, but if he can stay healthy and add a few more pounds to combat potential injuries, his speed and instincts will make him a star at Oregon.
2. Reuben Foster, LB
Foster is a 6'2", 240-pound prospect that fits best at LB, yet also plays RB and DE for his Georgia high school squad. Foster is super instinctive, shoots his guns like he's at war, has outstanding speed to plug alleys quickly and will thump as a wrap tackler.
He's committed to Alabama, and once he learns the system he will be on his way to becoming an All-American LB in Tuscaloosa.
1. Robert Nkemdiche, DL
What do you do with Nkemdiche? Do you keep him at DE? Grow him into a DT? Or develop him as a 3-4 OLB?
He's 6'5", 270-pound beast of a defender with more power and strength than Jadeveon Clowney, Mario Edwards or Noah Spence had at this stage.
Nkemdiche is a fantastic athlete, competes like a warrior and has excellent speed and quickness. Whatever position he ends up in, he's going to be superstar in college—book it.