The 2013 Bleacher Report Preseason Committed Recruit All-Star Team
Today, we're going to take a look at the recruits who have already made up their minds. However, this won't be just any list; we're going to form a team.
This will be the 2013 Bleacher Report Preseason Committed Recruit All-Star squad. With players like these sewn up to schools, sure it's a dream to field a team like this—but wait until you see the roster I've built.
Come inside, and let's get this thing rollin'!
CB: Shaq Wiggins
Wiggins is a 5'10", 165-pound DB who plays with great smarts, instincts and quick feet. He is light in the pants, but makes up for it with athleticism, speed and transition quickness.
He can play some FS, but I like him as a CB. Wiggins will latch onto a man on the flanks, feel on him during the route and break on the ball to jump a passing route with quickness and burst.
FS: Cam Burrows
Commitment: Ohio State
Burrows is a big corner prospect from Ohio, yet on this team, I'd put him at FS and run a "little-base" type of defense. Burrows can man up on slot WRs and TEs with ease while also offering another long-bodied athlete to defend the run.
He stands 6'1" and 195 pounds already, along with showing loose hips, instincts and speed to carry pass-catchers all around the field.
SS: Su'a Cravens
Obviously Cravens can do a variety of things, such as play multiple spots in the secondary.
On this team, I plug him at the SS spot and let him be my enforcer.
A 6'1", 205-pound athletic baller from Southern California, Cravens has excellent football instincts, ball-locate skills, play speed, agility and is a solid tackler.
CB: Eli Woodard
Commitment: Ohio State
Our second Buckeye in the secondary is Woodard, as he's a 6'0", 185-pounder from New Jersey.
Instinctive and rarely found out of position, Woodard plays the game with his mind and great athleticism. He has a muscular frame, can press at the line, shows great hips to come out of transition, short-area quickness to drive on the ball and length and strength to fight to break up passes.
OLB: Daniel McMillan
McMillan is a 6'2", 220-pound LB prospect from Florida. He has a great frame and can play with good speed, range and challenge in run alleys.
McMillan can play all three spots in a 4-3 alignment, including the MIKE spot. He shows solid instincts, quickness to work through traffic and make stops at the edges of the box and some pass coverage potential.
MLB: Reuben Foster
Foster possibly is the best pure football player on my team. He's a 6'2", 245-pound plug-and-play prospect from Georgia who shows the potential to be a complete and polished LB.
Foster has great instincts, a quick first step to beat blockers to spots, speed to jump into run alleys and the strength to not get dug out. He can stack and shed, escape blocks and make stops with thump.
His pass coverage needs refinement, yet Foster has the speed and athleticism to develop those into strengths in his game, too.
OLB: Jaylon Smith
Commitment: Notre Dame
Smith is an Indiana native and probably is the best coverage 'backer in the country. He has a 6'3", 225-pound frame, and it's dripping movement skills, agility and coverage awareness.
At worst, Smith will be a nickel LB in college, yet his instincts, awareness, solid strength and speed also allow him to combat the run well, too.
DE: Carl Lawson
The Peach State native is a super talent on the DL, as he can wreak havoc on the edges at 6'2" and 250 pounds. Lawson is a great athlete who is just coming into his own as a player.
He'll hone his pass-rush plan at Auburn, which—combined with his surging first step, excellent fight to pressure, strength and burst on the passer and ball-carriers—should make him a star.
DT: Dee Liner
An Alabama native, Liner is headed to play on The Plains, where his 6'4", 270-pound frame should add on more bulk while keeping his great snap quickness. He also has the skill set to play strong-side DE in a 40 front for Gene Chizik if needed.
Liner can penetrate gaps well due to his great quickness, fights to pressure with solid strength and has the athleticism to free himself up and make plays on the ball.
DT: Kenny Bigelow
Hailing all the way from Delaware, Bigelow is opening a lot of people's eyes to the Northeast. He's a 6'3", 297-pound beast of a DT who can flat-out ball with the best of 'em.
Bigelow has a powerful first step, is big and physical at the point of attack, has some quickness to his hands, athleticism to get around blocks and speed and quickness to finish on the ball.
DE: Robert Nkemdiche
The No. 1 overall prospect is headed to Clemson, where he should follow in the tradition of great DEs to have the white paw on the helmet.
A 6'4", 270-pounder from Georgia, Nkemdiche is a pure power player with great athleticism, speed, tenacity and competitiveness. He plays huge at the point of attack, has overwhelming strength and can hawk from the backside.
He needs to hone his pass-rushing skills and hand use, yet Nkemdiche's ceiling is high, and he's a warrior on the field.
RT: Dorian Johnson
Commitment: Penn State
A Keystone State product, Johnson pledged to play in Happy Valley last month. He's a 6'6", 285-pound OT with solid snap quickness, a sharp and shocking initial punch and strength at the point of attack.
Johnson can get to the second level in the run game while also showing good movement as a pass protector. He's capable of play LT or RT in college.
RG: Austin Golson
Commitment: Florida State
Yes, I know Golson is more of an OT, but I'm trying to build an OL unit of five talents here and play 'em where they fit on this team.
Golson, with his 6'6", 280-pound frame, is a great OL.
He won't wow you with strength and may fit best in a zone-blocking scheme, but he has solid quickness at the snap, hands to latch on and sustain blocks and athleticism. He plays well in control of himself and gets to his targets with good position.
OC: Darius James
James is the top pivot prospect in the nation and is a big one at 6'5" and 320 pounds. He flashes great athleticism for a big man and can hold his own in space well.
James can snap, pull out of his stance in a flash and get to a target with quickness, speed and strength. He had great adjustment skills as a blocker and shows a good punch to rattle rushers.
James' strength is good, and he has the tools to become a great OC in Austin.
LG: Patrick Kugler
Kugler is the son of a coach and comes from the Pittsburgh area. He's a 6'4", 275-pound trench man who has a nasty streak to his game.
Kugler plays with good strength as well as excellent technique, awareness and solid athleticism. He isn't fooled often by stunts, adjusts well and relishes contact at the point of attack.
Although Kugler plays OT now, it's likely he will be an OG in Ann Arbor.
LT: Jake Raulerson
Raulerson, a Texas native, could easily play OC, OG or somewhere else, but it appears OT is his first choice. He's 6'5", 250 pounds and can really move his feet.
Raulerson is a versatile player who plays big, mean and physical at the point of attack. He has good athleticism, bends well at the knees and can adjust on the move to targets in the run game and versus rushers as a pass protector.
TE: O.J. Howard
Note: Adam Breneman omitted due to injury.
Howard is a physical freak at 6'5" and 225 pounds. He's from Alabama and is a big-time athlete who has good quickness to release in line, speed to get downfield and good separation quickness.
Howard's route-running needs work, but he's so athletic and long that he still is a big-time playmaker. He has long arms, which allow his strike zone to expand, and he also can be flexed out in varying formations.
WR: Robbie Rhodes
Rhodes has exploded onto the scene this spring and is now among the top players in the country. He's 6'1", 185 pounds and plays the game smooth and fast.
Rhodes can work all three levels of the defense, releases off the line well and has great speed to get vertical. He shows the potential to be a sharp route-runner, as he detaches from coverage with quickness and has solid hands to make grabs.
WR: Derrick Griffin
Commitment: Texas A&M
Griffin is a 6'6", 220-pound pass-catcher from Texas who plays WR in high school, yet likely could grow into a TE. He's a large and long-bodied lumbering athlete with good athleticism and length.
A terror to high point balls, Green has deceptive speed, shields defenders from the ball well and has a huge catch radius. It'll be interesting to see how he develops and what position he ends up at.
RB: Keith Ford
At 5'10" and 200 pounds, Ford is a natural runner who has great instincts, vision, field awareness and more. He also has good run strength and speed, but his vision sets him apart.
Ford can see things develop before they happen, get in and out of run alleys, run through arm tackles and get upfield with speed. He's a bell-cow back, bar none.
RB: Ty Isaac
Isaac hails from Illinois and is a 6'3", 220-pound rock-toter with great speed and hands. He runs with good strength, yet his skill set isn't that of a big back.
Isaac runs with good elusiveness, instincts and speed. He can use quickness to get outside and has the speed to pull away from defenders. Another trait I love is his hands, as Isaac can play some WR and work on the perimeter.
QB: Max Browne
A Seattle-area native, Browne is a big-time pocket passer who stands 6'5" and 215 pounds. He shows great mechanics, as his release is compact and quick; he can fire the ball out with solid velocity and great accuracy.
Browne excels in the pre-snap phase, as he can recognize coverages and the adjust post-snap. He won't wow you with athleticism or mobility, but he can beat you with his mind and arm by tossing accurate throws with anticipation and touch when needed.
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.