CFB Recruiting 2013: 10 Future Top Tag Teams and Tandems in College Football
Some of the top duos and tandems of this college football season include Marqise Lee and Robert Woods, Jadeveon Clowney and Devin Taylor, Kenjon Barner and De'Anthony Thomas and Geno Smith and Tavon Austin.
Teams win championships, but there are also many great former and current tandems and duos in college football. Which leads me to this piece, because it's time to look at some future pairs that'll be wreaking havoc on college football in a few seasons.
Here are 10 future top tag teams, tandems or duos of various positions that should be productive and exciting to watch in a few seasons.
10. Demorea Stringfellow and Darrell Daniels
Washington signed two good QBs last year in Jeff Lindquist and Cyler Miles. This year, Stetve Sarkisian has made sure whichever young QB wins the future starting job have two stud WRs to throw to.
Both Stringfellow and Daniels are big WR prospects at 6'3". Another interesting element is that they weigh 215 pounds and 210 pounds, respectively.
Having two tall, thick and strong stud WRs will make life tough for Pac-12 DBs down the road in Seattle.
9. Larenz Bryant and Matt Rolin
South Carolina is led by an offensive coach in Steve Spurrier, but his top incoming duo lies on defense. Both Bryant and Rolin are linebackers that can do an array of things.
Rolin, from Virginia, can play inside and out and is very strong at the point of attack. He also has solid ball skills in coverage.
Bryant, a North Carolina native, is a great OLB prospect that plays with great athleticism, agility, speed, range and instincts. Bryant also can factor as a pass defender.
The Gamecock defense will be even stronger with the addition of these two.
8. Robbie Rhodes and Chris Johnson
Baylor fans, in a few years, you're going to be hearing the phrase "Johnson to Rhodes, touchdown!!" a lot. Johnson is a 6'4", 210-pound dual-threat playmaker with a strong arm.
Rhodes is a 6'1", 190-pound WR that has excellent release quickness, athleticism, speed, route-running ability and hands. It's safe to assume that these two should remind the Bears fans of RG3 and Kendall Wright in a few seasons.
7. Eli Woodard and Cameron Burrows
Getting two top-flight CB prospects is always a good thing. With so many spread offenses these days, any time you can get a good DB, you can't pass on him.
Woodard and Burrows are two of the best CB prospects in this year's class. The New Jersey born Woodard is a 6'0", 185-pounder that has excellent play smarts, technique, discipline and cover skills.
Burrows is a 6'2", 195-pounder from Ohio. If he can become more consistent in his effort, then his size, speed and hips make him a prototypical big CB.
These two should be flanking each other on opposite ends of the Buckeye secondary down the line.
6 Thomas Tyner and Dontre Wilson
Oregon is a program based on speed, and basically, if you don't have it as a skill position player, then you can't have much success in their system.
Luckily, Tyner and Wilson has plenty of it. From Oregon, Tyner is a 6'0", 218-pound RB that can jet as well as any player in the nation. He's competed in the Junior Olympics as a sprinter and, when healthy, could be the fastest recruit in 2013.
Wilson is from Texas and stands 5'10", 180 pounds. He can play RB or slot WR and has outstanding speed. I smell an inside and outside type of duo here, where both can skate all around the field in Eugene.
5. Derrick Griffin and LaQuivonte Gonzalez
Kevin Sumlin and Kliff Kingsbury are going to bring a wide-open spread scheme offensively to the SEC. So, the Aggies will need plenty of pass-catchers, which Griffin and Gonzalez are.
The two are from Texas and really contrast and compliment each other well. Griffin is a big 6'6" WR/TE that is in the 220-pound range. He's very athletic and likely will grow into a dynamic pass-catching TE.
Gonzalez is only 5'11", 160 pounds, but has amazing speed. He can release off the line quickly and blow by defenders deep at anytime.
The Griff 'N' Gonzo Show will be catching passes for Texas A&M in a city near you very soon.
4. Eddie Vanderdoes and Kenny Bigelow
Two DTs couldn't fit each other any better than these two. Vanderdoes is a big 6'4", 305-pounder with terrific strength to lock up the the interior.
Bigelow is a 6'3", 297-pounder that has good strength, athleticism, quickness and gap penetrating ability. I can easily see Vanderdoes playing the zero and one technique at USC while Bigelow lines up on his side at the three technique.
Remember when Jacksonville had two stud DTs in John Henderson and Marcus Stroud? USC could be enjoying similar success in a couple years.
3. Dee Liner and Carl Lawson
Another set of DLs, Liner and Lawson are going to team up at Auburn, where The Plains shall treat them well. Both can play inside and out, and they should be great for Brian Van Gorder.
Lawson is 6'2" and just about 255 pounds, and has a quick first step, good strength and athleticism as a DE. Liner is 6'3", 275 pounds and can play with a great surge at the snap, athleticism and solid play strength.
With two good future DLs anchoring the front, Gene Chizik will be a happy man.
2. Robert Nkemdiche and Elijah Daniel
The Tigers have another set of bookend DEs coming to town in Nkemdiche, the nation's best prospect, and Daniel.
Nkemdiche is ready to ball out for Clemson right now, as the 6'4", 270-pounder has excellent strength, athleticism, power, quickness, speed and competitiveness.
Daniel is a 6'3", 255-pounder that has a high ceiling. He shows good quickness, speed and athleticism while his strength is solid too.
Nkemdiche will command a lot of attention, but Daniel will show he's no slouch either.
1. Chrisitan Hackenberg and Adam Breneman
Penn State may face upwards of 10 years of hardships due to the sanctions, but I'm excited to see what Hackenberg and Breneman become in State College.
Hackenberg is a 6'3", 215-pound QB that can toss the rock as well as any field general in this year's class. He has a quick release, good field vision and has all of the tools to be a good one for Bill O'Brien.
Breneman is a 6'5", 230-pound TE that can play the move/joker role. He can be flexed out and has solid play speed, great hands, length and sound ball skills.
With Bill O'Brien loving to use TEs in his offense, these two should be a lethal pair for the Nittany Lions in the future.
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.