2013 College Football Recruits Who'll Blow Up the SEC Next Season

Andrew KulhaSenior Analyst IIISeptember 18, 2012

Via 247Sports
Via 247Sports

SEC football is known for its big plays, superstar athletes and national attention, and there are more than a few incoming players in the recruiting class of 2013 that will fit right in.

It's hard to come in as a freshman and make an immediate impact, especially in a dominant conference like the SEC, but the players I'm about to talk about have everything that you're looking for in a recruit at their position.

Keep an eye out for these three guys. They'll be blowing up the SEC next season.


Reuben Foster, ILB, Auburn Commit

Foster has the opportunity to come into the Tigers program and be a stud right off the bat—he's literally that good. The former Alabama commit changed his allegiances and is now rolling with the Tigers, which is a huge recruiting win for Gene Chizik.

This is also a huge win for Auburn on the field, though. He's got incredible size for an inside linebacker at 6'1" and 250 pounds, and he plays just as big as he is. He's very physical at the line of scrimmage and tackles with good power.

He's also extremely athletic. He can play on the line or at linebacker and will be fast enough to be effective on the edge as a run stopper.

Foster is a player who can come in right away and dominate in the SEC.


Vernon Hargreaves III, CB, Florida Commit

Hargreaves III is only 5'11'', 185 pounds, so he's a bit on the small side, but he makes up for it with his speed and athleticism.

According to 247Sports, Hargreaves III runs a very fast 4.41 40-yard dash, and if you watch some of his highlights, you'll immediately notice how athletic he is.

He's got good closing speed on the ball and can go up and make a play on it, which—combined with his speed—will make him a playmaker in the SEC. He'll be a player that really swings the momentum in the Gators' favor with the plays he makes.


O.J. Howard, TE, Alabama Commit

At almost 6'6'', 221 pounds, Howard has the size and skill to be a superstar in the SEC. The tight end position is transitioning to a more athletic wideout, tight end breed, and Howard fits the mold perfectly.

He's big enough to block and be effective at the line, but he's also athletic and fast enough to be a threat downfield as a receiver. He's a mismatch against slower linebackers and a huge mismatch against any corners that may draw him in coverage.

Alabama's running game is going to be strong, which will also benefit Howard in play-action pass situations.

He can be an elite tight end for the Crimson Tide.

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