College Football Recruiting 2013: Ranking Top Undecided CBs in the Nation

Wes ODonnellFeatured ColumnistJune 22, 2012

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With the continued increase of the spread offense and more dynamic passing games, elite cornerbacks are becoming more important than ever.

The 2013 class not only has elite talent at the position but is deep as well. Starting-caliber talent can be found in a number of these recruits.

We are still seven months out from national signing day, and only a few top talents have determined where they'll play ball on Saturdays.

This list of top undecided recruits is actually a list of arguably the top four cornerbacks in the entire class.


1. Vernon Hargreaves III, Wharton High School (Tampa, Fla.)

The son of a USF coach, Hargreaves has every major program in the country chasing him, and with good reason.

At 5'11", 185 pounds, VHIII has solid size and athleticism for the position. He's not an otherworldly athletic freak, but he's an elite recruit with a complete game, instincts, ball skills, tackling ability and speed.

There isn't anything this kid can't do, and he's a likely candidate to step on the field from day one and make an impact.

Should he continue to develop in this fashion, he has the potential to be one of the best all-around defensive players in the country in a few years.

He carries a unanimous 5-star rating.


2. Kendall Fuller, Our Lady of Good Counsel High School (Olney, Md.)

Roughly the same size as Hargreaves at 5'11", 190 pounds, Fuller has no shortage of elite offers either.

The Maryland corner isn't as fast or fluid as VHIII, but he understands how to cover receivers, is great when playing the ball and plays bigger than his size suggests.

Fuller will be out at the Rivals100 Five-Star Challenge this weekend. We'll get a chance to see him take on some of the best talent in the entire country.

He should be able to find the field early in his career regardless of where he commits.

Fuller carries a near-consensus 5-star rating (only ESPN rates him a 4-star prospect).


3. Mackensie Alexander, Immokalee High School (Immokalee, Fla.)

Another similarly sized cornerback, Alexander checks in at 5'11", 175 pounds, and is the most explosive and athletic on this list. He's a natural playmaker around the football, covers a ridiculous amount of ground and can contribute on special teams as well.

He also has a ton of offers and is capable of choosing just about any major program in the country.

Should he continue to grow and mature, he could be a potential day one starter on Saturdays.

He carries a 5-star grade from ESPN but a 4-star with every other service.


4. Priest Willis, Marcos de Niza High School (Tempe, Ariz.)

ESPN lists the Arizona standout as a safety, but he's a cornerback to every other service. At 6'2", 200 pounds, he has elite size for the position and plays with great speed and strength. He flies to the football and plays with a ball-hawk mentality.

It should be worth noting that he's extremely close friends with Rancho Cucamonga safety Tahaan Goodman, and the two could potentially link up and play together at the next level. LSU and USC stand out as the programs with the best chance to land not just Willis, but the potentially dynamic duo.

Willis is the least heady of the players on this list, but that will come with time.