ESPN 150: Most Intriguing Recruits of 2013 Class

Wes ODonnellFeatured ColumnistApril 18, 2012

The 2013 college football recruiting class is already well known to many. The future superstars of Saturday have garnered plenty of attention for most of their lives on the gridiron, but since the 2012 class signed in February, the rising seniors have taken center stage.

The recruiting circuit is in full swing, and many players have, and are, competing in camps, combines and workouts across the country.

Even though their high school seasons only last from August through early December at the latest, recruits have dozens and dozens of opportunities to show off their skills.

Rivals and Scout have had their rankings out for quite some time, but ESPN finally unveiled its Top 150 yesterday.

Here's a look at a few of the most intriguing recruits in the class.


Robert Nkemdiche, DE, Grayson (Loganville, GA)Undecided

The consensus No. 1 overall recruit in the country, Nkemdiche is a rare player with some of the best physical tools we've seen in some time.

It is easy to put him on virtually any list, but the expectations are going to be so high for Nkemdiche, and his career so closely watched, that what he makes of his 6'5", 265-pound frame is bound to keep everyone watching.

It will be extremely intriguing to see how he handles the pressures of being the top recruit—especially once he commits

If he plays and develops to his potential, he could be one of the best players in college football rather quickly.


Ricky Seals-Jones, WR, Sealy (Sealy, TX)Committed to Texas

The opposite can be said for Ricky Seals-Jones, who is also one of ESPN's seven 5-star recruits.

The 6'5", 220-pounder, actually spends time playing quarterback for his high school, but projects as a wide receiver at the next level. The Longhorns wasted no time getting after him and earned his commitment in February of this year.

His upside is remarkable, he has natural playmaking skills and at the very worst he'll be a red-zone target.

The one thing to watch is how he'll grow into his frame, and he could ultimately be shifted to tight end if he bulks up. 

He's ranked No. 7 on the ESPN 150 list.


Kendell Beckwith, ATH, East Feliciana (Jackson, LA)Undecided

Where do you play a 6'3", 225-pounder who plays both quarterback and defensive end?

He's like Tim Tebow with even more physicality and a little less speed.

Beckwith is not going to play quarterback, though, and could have a future as a linebacker or even a wide receiver if he gets faster.

While he doesn't have amazing straight-line speed, he has incredible quickness, leg drive and toughness.

The 16th-rated player on the ESPN 150 list, Beckwith has offers from the likes of LSU, Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Nebraska, Alabama and Tennessee.

Where he commits and what position he plays will be exciting to watch.


Jalin Marshall, ATH, Middletown (Middletown, OH)Committed to Ohio State

Ranked 55th on the ESPN 150, Marshall is a 6', 190-pound athlete who fits in perfectly with the Urban Meyer offense at Ohio State.

He plays quarterback in high school, but he'll move over to wide receiver, play a version of wing back or possibly even play defense in Columbus.

Marshall has great quickness and explosion and has a knack for ripping off big plays with the ball in his hands.

Fortunately, Meyer does a phenomenal job of getting his best athletes the ball in space, and that is likely the reason the Ohio native wasted no time committing.

He could have a huge career in the Big Ten.