College Football Recruiting 2013: 9 Schools Building Offensive Juggernauts
Earlier this week, I took a look at schools that are loading up on defense with this year's recruiting class. Today, we're going to flip the script and take a look at what excites fans the most: offense.
In today's game, you have to be able to score points. Period. If not, then your defense better go into games with shutout on their minds each Saturday, and that's pretty much impossible.
For this read, I'm going to give you nine schools that are building scoring juggernauts on offense by picking up good skill position talent.
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I'll get to the other two big commitments in a second, as lost among them is a solid pledge from 6'1", 170-pound WR Will Fuller.
Plus, Penn State is going hard after WR Robert Foster and RB David Williams along with RB Derrick Green, so Bill O'Brien is trying to get this offense right.
Last year, he hung on to WR Eugene Lewis, and this year he has commitments from QB Christian Hackenburg and TE Adam Breneman, who both could be argued as the No. 1 players at their respective positions in the country.
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Come on, when you saw the title of the piece, Oregon had to have been on your mind.
The Ducks always recruit well offensively, and this year is looking good yet again.
With RB Thomas Tyner, they have a 6'0", 207-pounder that actually may be the fastest player in the country. Tack him on with speed demon RB/ATH Dontre Wilson and Darren Carrington. Chip Kelly is getting more toys to work with in Eugene.
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Georgia was on my list of teams loading up defense, but they're also doing well offensively, as they have a commitment from promising QB Brice Ramsey.
Yet, it doesn't stop there. They have about four to six commitments from players that could play WR in Athens, including speedy 5'11" ATH Tramel Terry.
Now, if they can get RB Derrick Henry back to being committed, then the Dawgs would be really cooking.
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The Sooners missed out on Max Browne, but they swung back around with Plan B and landed 6'5" 220-pound QB Cody Thomas. A baseball pitcher, Thomas has good arm strength and a blank canvas for Josh Heupel to work with in Norman.
However, the juggernaut portion of the offense stems from commitments from RB's Keith Ford and Greg Bryant. WR Trey Metoyer is already in Norman along with several WR prospects.
So, you take them along with the two stud RB's this year, plus Thomas' ceiling, and you see the Sooner offense should be fine for years to come.
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Talk about filling your needs this cycle. Will Muschamp is doing just that. The Gators are getting defensive help to make sure they stop people at The Swamp, but look for them to score some points too.
QB Max Staver has a big time Megatron-like cannon and stands 6'6", 240-pounds. He is joined by RB Kelvin Taylor who's among the top prospects in the country, RB Adam Lane, WR Ahmad Fulwood and WR Rodney Adams.
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When we think of the Crimson Tide, offense isn't exactly the first thing that comes to mind. This is a defensive program through and through.
However, the Tide is starting to turn their recruiting prowess towards upgrading their offensive talent, on the OL front, but also at the skill positions.
Last year, they landed RB's TJ Yeldon and Kenyan Drake, plus WR Cyrus Jones, Chris Black and Amari Cooper. This year, they have QB Cooper Bateman, TE OJ Howard, RB's Altee Tenpenny and Tyren Jones, plus WR Ardarius Stewart.
There is a talent influx headed to Tuscaloosa on the offensive side of the ball.
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Urban Meyer is getting players that can fit what he wants to do offensively in Columbus. His spread-option scheme is based on speed, athleticism and versatility.
He has a dual threat QB committed in J.T. Barrett that can do many different things on the football field. Toss him on a squad that has ATH Jalin Marshall, TE Marcus Baugh and RB Ezekiel Elliot and you see Meyer is doing it big on offense.
Keep in mind that RBs Brionte Dunn and Warren Ball will be just true freshman this year too.
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The Trojans have risen up the recruiting rankings and are approaching the No. 1 spot for 2013. Lane Kiffin is an offensive coach by trade, and he's making sure that he has talent to work with for years to come in Los Angeles.
It starts with QB Max Browne, who many view as the No.1 QB prospect in the country. RBs Ty Isaac and Justin Davis should form a great duo early in their careers, and Isaac's hands will enable him to impact the passing game for Kiffin too.
Plus, this class also includes WRs like Eldridge Massington, Steven Mitchell and Sebastian LaRue. Plus, Max Redfield, who committed today per Scout.com, can also play WR.
Kevin Sumlin set records at Houston with his offense and also coached up some high octane attacks at Oklahoma. So, it's only natural that he nabs great offensive talent now at Texas A&M.
Sumlin has two QB commitments in Kohl Stewart and Kenny Hill, plus he got Matt Davis last year. RB James White is sewn up and, last year, Trey Williams stuck also with the Aggies.
Derrick Griffin, a 6''6", 220-pounder, can play WR or TE, while LaQuvionte Gonzalez is among the fastest players in the country at WR. Jamar Gibson, Quincy Adeboyejo and Kyren Parker all round out a talented WR group of commitments.
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.