College Football Recruiting 2013: 10 2013 Recruits We Wish Were Freshmen Already
There are many fans in college football that follow just the team and that is it. They don't care about anything else rather what is happening with the current team. Others, like myself and probably all of you who are reading this, follow both the team and recruiting.
As recruiting fans, don't you ever see your team get a big-time commitment and just wish he could skip high school ball and suit up in college right now? I know I do and that is what this read is going to dwell on. These are the 10 players that we're all so excited to see play that we wish they were freshmen now instead of having to wait until the fall of 2013.
10. Kevin Olsen, QB (Miami)
The Hurricanes like Stephen Morris, but I think they could look at their sideline and see Olsen on an official visit this fall and be tempted to sneak him in the game.
The 6'3", 190-pound New Jersey native is the QB of the future for Al Golden's program and it would be cool to see the young field general already in Coral Gables this year.
9. Robbie Rhodes, WR (Baylor)
Rhodes is a future No. 1 WR for Baylor. He stands 6'1", 185-pounds and has good release quickness, speed, pinpoint route-running potential and playmaking ability.
With Kendall Wright gone and Josh Gordon not working out in Waco, having a great talent like Rhodes this year would have been great to see.
With his speed, length and ceiling, Rhodes could have caught a couple balls for Art Briles in 2012, but we'll have to wait another year to see it come to fruition.
8. Eddie Vanderdoes, DT (USC)
It's tough for a trench player (OL or DL) to make an impact because of the strength and physical toughness it takes to do so as a freshman. That is why you rarely see me predict much immediate success for an OL or DL prospect.
But I'm going out on a limb and saying that Vanderdoes can do just that. The 6'4", 305-pounder has fantastic strength and is ready to go to work in the trenches right now.
With USC's DL unit being a huge question, Vanderdoes could have possibly seen some crucial snaps this 2012 season.
7. Shane Morris, QB (Michigan)
Remember when Chris Leak was a senior and started for Urban Meyer due to experience, but Meyer gave Tim Tebow true freshman snaps because he was the future?
I could have seen that happening if Morris were a 2012 recruit and freshman this season. Denard Robinson is electric, but Morris could have gotten some snaps to get his feet wet this year as the QB of the future for Michigan.
6. Thomas Tyner, RB (Oregon)
I want to see Tyner play college football now because he's fast enough to do so, when he's healthy. Tyner is a 6'0", 207-pounder that can flat out fly and could be a great fit in Chip Kelly's offense.
It's almost a crime we can't see Tyner run around and make plays in the Oregon offense until 2013. With Oregon starting a freshman QB, they'll hand the ball off more and Tyner's speed could have gotten him on the field to take a few of those.
5. Ty Isaac, RB (USC)
I wish Isaac was a freshman now because I think he could factor as a third-down receiving back on this year's USC squad.
Curtis McNeal and Silas Redd are great runners, but Isaac may actually have better hands and ball skills than they do.
He can split out wide and also run like a traditional RB on a 6'3", 220-pound frame. Isaac may be the most intriguing prospect in a loaded USC 2013 recruiting class.
4. Jaylon Smith, OLB (Notre Dame)
Smith is a great defender, and his main strength as a player is actually his ability to cover RBs, TEs and WRs. In fact, Smith grades out better vs. the pass than he does vs. the run.
The 6'3", 220-pounder would be a sight see as a nickel/sub-package 'backer for the Irish where he could come in on passing downs and cover passing targets as a true freshman this year.
I'm sure many Notre Dame fans wish Smith was a freshman this year, too.
3. Robert Nkemdiche, DE (Clemson)
Even if you don't like Clemson or how Nkemdiche has handled his leverage, don't you still wish he were in college just to see what the hype is about?
I've studied Nkemdiche on tape and it's obvious he's ready for college ball right now. The 6'5", 270-pounder is strong, stout and powerful on the edges and dominates high school competition.
Clemson and its fanbase probably wish he were a freshman this year because that would ensure Nkemdiche had indeed signed with the Tigers after all.
2. Reuben Foster, LB (Auburn)
Foster is another player I feel is ready to play college football right now. He's close to 6'2", 250 pounds and has a frame that can take big-boy banging in the SEC as a high school senior.
Foster is one of best defensive prospects in the modern recruiting and has a ton of hype around him. The linebacker has what it takes to start from day one on The Plains, and I would love to see him suit up against Clemson this Saturday.
1. Vernon Hargreaves III, CB (Florida)
Florida has a young and talented secondary, but Hargreaves is ready to join it now and compete for playing time.
The 5'11", 180-pounder has college-ready technique, instincts, cover awareness, quickness and play smarts. Hargreaves is a potential plug-and-play CB prospect that could have came to training camp this year, learned the gist of Dan Quinn's coverages and gotten extensive playing time in 2012.
Yet, we can only wait until this time next 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.
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