College Football: Ranking the Top 10 Offensive Speed Demons of the 2013 Class
This 2013 college football recruiting class really features some explosive offensive players. We have great talent all around the offensive side of the ball, especially at the skill positions.
The one thing that excites fans the most are big plays, and big plays based off of speed. In this slideshow, I'm giving you the top 10 speed demons on offense.
Here's who will be racing to an end zone near you in 2013.
10. Levonte Whitfield, WR
It's easy to overlook Whitfield at first, because of his size. He's just about 5'9" and barely 165 pounds.
Then he does his thing on the field and reminds you of DeSean Jackson. Whitfield is a WR prospect that, although small, has excellent speed and burst.
He can get vertical in a flash and is also an excellent return man. The Florida native will see his stock rise as we move forward.
9. Kailo Moore, RB
Moore is a 5'10", 185-pound runner from Mississippi that has great speed. He can skate to the edges of the box, turn the corner and get upfield in a hurry.
Committed to Mississippi State, I expect Dan Mullen to really have some tricks up his sleeve for Moore. Whether it be in the wildcat, from the backfield, in the slot or other ways, Moore's speed should ignite some big plays in the Bulldogs' scoring attack.
8. Laquon Treadwell, WR
Treadwell is an Illinois native. Yes, I know he plays in Big Ten country, where speed is not the theme of the region. However, he can hang with anyone around America and excel.
A 6'2", 190-pound WR with a long frame, Treadwell has a good burst off the line. He can surge upfield, separate quickly, catch the football and jet to the end zone, pulling away with ease.
I think he ends up at Michigan, but don't rule out USC, Oklahoma or Oklahoma State.
7. Tramel Terry, WR
I list Terry as a WR here, but keep in mind that he could easily wind up at DB at Georgia. Anyway you slice it, the 5'11", 193-pound South Carolina native has big time speed.
He's at his best on the perimeter as a WR, where he can scoot and skate around the field with the ball in his hands.
Seeing him line up in the slot and make big plays after the catch in college wouldn't be shocking at all.
6. Robbie Rhodes, WR
Rhodes' speed can be a bit deceptive, because he's such a smooth athlete. He seems to glide, but before you know it he's past you and flipping the ball to the officials as the band is playing in the end zone.
A good route runner, Rhodes is a 6'1", 185-pounder that saw his stock rise during the spring.
The Texas native is committed to Baylor, where his speed and route running should make him a No. 1 WR soon in Waco.
5. Ryan Green, RB
Green is perhaps the fastest player in Florida.
I'll say it again: Green is perhaps the fastest player in Florida.
A 5'11", 190-pound rock toter, Green can surge upfield with the football and outrun defenses. He shows a quick burst when he sees a crease and skates to the end zone for long touchdown runs.
He's committed to Florida State.
4. Robert Foster, WR
Foster is the type of WR that does everything fast. He gets off the line fast. Gets into his route fast. Cuts fast and runs after the catch fast.
Foster is so athletic that he doesn't need to slow down to do anything. He is a terror after the catch and in the return game.
I've seen the Pennsylvania native reverse field, outrun angles defenders have on him, shake and bake in the open field and score, all on the same play.
3. Dontre Wilson, RB
Wilson can play RB, WR or wildcat QB and factor as PR and KOR. He's a Texas native that is committed to Oregon, who will give Chip Kelly another toy to play with on offense.
Defenses get scared when they see Wilson has space, as he's just flat-out dangerous. He always seems to find a way to get to the end zone and is very elusive and, of course, extremely fast.
2. LaQuvionte Gonzalez, WR
Gonzalez isn't very big, at only about 5'10", 170 pounds or so, but he sure is fast. He likely fits best in the slot, where you just have to get him the football and let him do his thing.
Committed to Texas A&M, Gonzalez is very explosive and plays with a tremendous amount of speed on the field.
He can get deep with ease, or skate around the field with the football searching for a crease and jet upfield to pull away from an entire defensive unit on his way to the end zone.
1. Thomas Tyner, RB
Tyner is said to be the fastest player in the country, as he even is a renowned sprinter on the track and field circuit.
He's so fast that he competes in elite-level sprinter races such as the Junior Olympics and Adidas Grand Prix. But what's even more impressive is that he's got great size at 6'0" and nearly 210 pounds.
He's staying home to play at Oregon, and if he can shake the injury big that seems to follow him a bit too much, he and his speed should be seen on highlight after highlight in Eugene almost immediately.
Edwin Weathersby has worked in scouting/player personnel departments for 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.