It's never too early to take a look at college football's 2013 recruiting class. After all, recruiting season is, frankly, year-round, with programs across the country examining the next crop of stars.
Whether it be the next premier pass-rusher or a dominant offensive tackle, there are plenty of exciting recruits gearing up for the next level.
Here's a look at my top three recruits of the 2013 class and what they bring to the field.
3. Laremy Tunsil, OT, Columbia High School (Lake City, FL)
Laremy Tunsil still needs to fill out his frame and work on creating better leverage, but he has all the tools to be an elite pass protector at left tackle. He has great height and length, and he has an eye-opening combination of footwork and quick hands. His sheer physical ability and measurables (6'6", 280 pounds) make him a very promising recruit with loads of upside.
2. Reuben Foster, ILB, Auburn High School (Auburn, AL)
It's no wonder Reuben Foster is being recruited by SEC programs Alabama, Auburn, Florida, Georgia and South Carolina. He has the physicality and toughness to fit right into the nation's premier conference, not to mention plenty of skills.
At 6'2", 242 pounds, Foster has a great combination of size, strength and sheer power. He also displays tremendous instincts and will fly downhill and blow up plays. Combined with his fluidity and ability to make an impact outside the hashes, there really isn't much not to like about Foster. It would be hard to imagine him not becoming a star at the next level, no matter where he plays.
1. Robert Nkemdiche, DE, Grayson High School (Loganville, GA)
Who will be the better college player?
Largely regarded as the premier recruit in the 2013 class thus far, Robert Nkemdiche is being called one of the most promising defenders to come out of high school in the last few years. He's quick, explosive, strong, has good size and is a nightmare rushing the passer and splitting double teams to blow up the run. He has the ability to disrupt with his bull-rushing or with quick moves, and his versatility makes him even more difficult to block.
A wealth of top SEC programs, including Alabama and LSU, are pursuing this kid, and it's going to be a mad race all year long.