College Football Recruiting 2013: 7 Programs with Hands in Many Elite Pots
As a program, in recruiting, you want to go after and get every top player from around the country. With so many circumstances playing into recruiting, that is nearly impossible, but you want to remain in the hunt for as many elite prospects as possible.
When I use the term "pot," I mean that in the sense to sign him, or the "hunt" to land him. To make it more clear, the schools must have a reasonable shot of attaining the recruits.
For this read, I'm going to give you seven programs that have their hands in many different elite prospects' pots.
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Stanford only has about three commitments right now, yet they have their hands in several elite pots.
The Cardinal are in the thick of the race for great players like CB Johnny Johnson, TE Hunter Henry, LB Peter Kalambayi, WR Jordan Cunningham, LB Alex Anzalone and TE Greg Taboada.
Remember the great national signing day run Stanford made last February? Well, we may be in store for yet another.
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The Dawgs may have lost out on Robert Nkemdiche, but they still have their eyes locked on several other prize prospects.
Georgia is on the tracks for LB Matthew Thomas, OT Laremy Tunsil, DT Montravius Adams, CB Mackensie Alexander, TE Hunter Henry, WR Marquez North and DT Kelsey Griffin.
Plus, they're still recruiting RB Derrick Henry very hard, too.
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The Ducks are also a team that doesn't have many commitments at the moment, but with as many prospects who are considering Oregon, that is sure to change soon enough.
I think if NSD was tomorrow, the Ducks would land DT Eddie Vanderdoes.
Toss in prospects like WR James Quick, DL Jaynard Bostwick, S Max Redfield, WR Stacy Coley, LB Michael Hutchings, WR Marquez North, LB Mike Mitchell, Torrodney Prevot, LB Peter Kalambayi and RBs Derrick Green and Alvin Kamara, and you see Oregon has its hand in many pots.
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The Tigers have their hands in some very interesting pots, too. Les Miles and his staff are hustling up to land a great class.
Prospects like DE Tim Williams, WR Ricky Seals-Jones, OT Laremy Tunsil, DT Justin Manning, S Max Redfield, WR Stacy Coley, DE Greg Gilmore, TE Josh McNeil, ATH Kendell Beckwith and RB Jamel James are looking hard at LSU.
The Tigers could realistically land a couple of them and finish with an elite class.
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The Gators had their hands full last year, and this year is more of the same. Will Muschamp's current class is very good, but he's recruiting like he wants more.
UF has a hand in the pots of OT Laremy Tunsil, DT Montravius Adams, CB Vernon Hargreaves III, WR Stacy Coley, OG Tyrone Crowder, WR Robert Foster, LB Alex Anzalone and TE Josh McNeil, among several other elite-level prospects.
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Boy, Clemson scored big in landing Robert Nkemdiche, which has also led them to land another great DE prospect in Elijah Daniel.
I don't think the Tigers are finished, as they have realistic chances at landing CB Kendall Fuller, DT Montravius Adams, CB Mackensie Alexander, WR Marquez North, OG Tyrone Crowder, RB Derrick Green, WR Jayron Kearse and a few others.
We could be looking at another top 10 class for Dabo Swinney.
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'Bama is a juggernaut on the trail, and the Crimson Tide are always in the hunt for many great prospects, year in and year out. Even though they didn't land Nkemdiche, they should shake out with a top five class nonetheless.
Recruits such as WR Robert Foster, DB Vonn Bell, DT Montravius Adams, OT Laremy Tunsil, RB Derrick Henry, DE Tim Williams, OLB Matthew Thomas, RB Alvin Kamara, OG Tyrone Crowder, DE Demarcus Walker and TE Hunter Henry are all looking at Alabama.
That's a lot of pots and an a lot of elite pots, if you ask me.
Edwin Weathersby has worked in scouting/player personnel departments for three professional football teams, including the New York Giants, Cleveland Browns and the Las Vegas Gladiators of the Arena League. He spent a year evaluating prep prospects and writing specific recruiting and scouting content articles for Student Sports Football (now ESPN Rise-HS).
A syndicated scout and writer, he's also contributed to WeAreSC.com, GatorBait.net and Diamonds in the Rough Inc., a college football and NFL draft magazine.