CFB Recruiting 2013: 10 Recruits Who May Need to Redshirt as True Freshmen
In this day and age, we are an impatient society. This mentality trickles into college football recruiting among other facets of life. We all want to see instant impact and instant success—and we want it to happen right now.
However, in college football, many recruits are not to ready to play college football. Some actually are, but in reality, many of them will be pressed into action sooner than they should.
For this read, I looked at the crop of the 2013 class and am ready to give you 10 recruits who may need to redshirt as true freshmen.
Let's get started.
10. Chris Hawkins, CB
Hawkins, a 5'11", 170-pound CB, is committed to USC. He has great hips, athleticism, quick feet and really good length.
He shows great deep balls and plays with solid instincts, showing a savvy to cut off the receiver when the ball is in the air.
However, Hawkins likely needs to spend a year adding strength and bulk to his frame. His jamming at the line is average at best, and he offers little help in supporting the run.
9. E.J. Levenberry, LB
Levenberry is physically strong enough to play at Florida State tomorrow, as his strength and size at 6'2" and 230 pounds are not an issue.
I think he needs to spend a year working on his flexibility and ability to play in space. Levenberry is limited range-wise and needs to get faster and quicker laterally.
He'll fit best in the middle interior LB spot, but he needs to add to his range, loosen up his hips and play better in space.
8. Scott Quessenberry, OL
Quessenberry is a 6'4", 265-pound OL prospect who plays OT for his high school team in Southern California. However, many feel his best position will be moved to OC in college.
His skill set projects well to the pivot, but there are two things that Quessenberry will need.
First, he needs to add more bulk to his 265-pound frame.
Second, he'll need time to adjust to snapping both tight and in shotgun, time to adjust to calling protection adjustments and the footwork needed to man the OC spot well.
7. Dorian O'Daniel, LB
Hailing from the D.C. area, O'Daniel is a 6'1", 200-pound OLB prospect. He has a great skill set, sees the ball, pursues quickly and can play on the flanks pretty well.
However, you can't play OLB for Clemson at barely 200 pounds. ACC OLs will come up to O'Daniel's level and knock him backwards due to larger girth, bulk and strength.
Spending a year hitting the weighs will get O'Daniel the strength he needs to be ready for ACC contact.
6. Isaac Rochell, DE
Rochell is a 6'4", 250-pound DE prospect who can also play OT. He is from Georgia and is also an academic stand-out.
Rochell is a long and lean athlete with good balance and athleticism. He's just not very strong right now, and I don't think he's ready to play the DE spot in Notre Dame 30-front.
Rochell should redshirt, Notre Dame style, and get stronger. Then he'll be ready to go for the 2014 season.
5. Torrodney Prevot, DE
Prevot is an explosive pass-rushing DE prospect from Texas. He stands 6'4" and weighs around 205 pounds.
With his length and quick first step, Prevot should make a solid weak-side DE in college. However, I don't think that will be as a true freshman, as his weight and strength need to be improved.
College OTs can walk back Prevot off his spot and maul him versus the run. He may not be strong enough to fight through as a rusher.
4. Tyrone Swoopes, QB
Swoopes would probably be fine as a true freshman QB, but why should Texas rush anything with him? David Ash and Case McCoy will still be there, as will 2012 Top 100 prospect Connor Brewer.
So why not redshirt Swoopes, work on his fundamentals and have him learn Bryan Harsin's offense through and through?
Then, in 2014, trot him out into the QB competition and tell him to go earn the job.
3. Kendell Beckwith, OLB/ATH
Beckwith is a Louisiana native who is 6'3" and 225 pounds. He's a super-athlete who can play a variety of positions, but I think OLB may be his best bet in college.
The only thing is, he's going to need some time to adjust to being a full-time OLB.
Right now, Beckwith is a dual-threat QB for his high school team. Reading his keys, stacking OLs in run alleys, locating the football and pass coverage will be a bit foreign to him until he is able to adjust.
2. Adam Breneman, TE
Breneman is a 6'5", 230-pounder who will play TE at Penn State, though he plays like WR for his Pennsylvania high school team.
However, Breneman won't be playing this senior season, as he has a torn ACL. I think it could be wise for him to rehab this year, then get with the PSU trainers and continue to strengthen his knee by redshirting his freshman year.
Then when 2014 comes, he should be ready to play the Rob Gronkowski role in Bill O'Brien's offensive attack.
1. Laremy Tunsil, OL
Tunsil has made progress in adding bulk and strength, getting himself up to 295 pounds on his 6'6" frame.
Yet his technique is still raw, and he needs to continue improving his strength. Tunsil can catch blocks too often and get walked back at times against strength and power.
Once he adds more strength and improves his technique, he could be a great LT, albeit after a redshirt year.
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 & 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.