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College Football Recruiting 2013: Power Ranking the Current Top 25 Classes

Edwin WeathersbyAnalyst ISeptember 5, 2016

College Football Recruiting 2013: Power Ranking the Current Top 25 Classes

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    Recruiting is the lifeblood to every single college athletics program, especially in college football. To win football games, a program needs talent. The way to get talent to join your program is fierce recruiting.

    Recruiting has become a major industry itself, and recruiting class rankings are one of the leading topics in the recruiting world. For this read we'll rank the Top 25 recruiting classes right now in Class of 2013 recruiting. This year has brought many surprises, and you'll see early on in our rankings that several under-the-radar programs are doing well. 

    There also are the standard recruiting juggernaut programs that maintain their consistent greatness on the trail. So come on inside, and let's rank the Top 25 recruiting classes right now.

25. Miami

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    Top Commitment: Kevin Olsen, QB

    Top Remaining Target: Matthew Thomas, OLB

    Miami and its staff have drawn some criticism for not going after enough big-name prospects.

    Right now, Al Golden has just 11 commitments, but six are inside the ESPN 300. QB Kevin Olsen is one of the top-10 QB prospects in the country, and CB Artie Burns should be a starter in due time.  

24. Stanford

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    Top Commitment: Ryan Burns, QB

    Top Remaining Target: Jordan Cunningham, WR

    With only six commitments, Stanford has a very small class, but it packs a big punch.

    Quality is the theme for David Shaw, as he has pledges from players such as QB Ryan Burns and LB Peter Kalambayi. Look for Stanford to add to its commitment list with a few more quality prospects before the end of this cycle. 


23. Penn State

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    Top Commitment: Christian Hackenberg, QB

    Penn State was hit hard with sanctions, which we all know. It also has lost several key commitments, which has hurt its recruiting ranking.

    Yet, Bill O'Brien has managed to keep QB Christian Hackenberg and TE Adam Breneman committed. Look for these two players to not only help lead the Nittany Lions through these tough times but to also be stars. 

22. Oregon

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    Top Commitment: Thomas Tyner, RB

    Top Remaining Target: Derrick Green, RB

    Oregon only has 11 commitments, but I like the quality this class is building.

    Thomas Tyner is one of the fastest players in the country, and the 6'0", 218-pound running back recently scored 10 TDs in one game.

    Dontre Wilson can play RB or WR, and look out for lineman Evan Voeller.

21. Baylor

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    Top Commitment: Robbie Rhodes, WR 

    Baylor checks in at No. 21, and the Bears have a great class going this year.

    WR Robbie Rhodes is a future No. 1 receiver in Waco thanks to his good size, speed and route-running ability. I also like the potential that dual-threat QB Chris Johnson offers, and Travon Blanchard is a solid linebacker. 

     


20. Ole Miss

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    Top Commitment: Devante Kincade, QB

    Top Remaining Target: Antonio Conner, S

    Hugh Freeze has sold 18 prospects on his plan for a new Ole Miss in Oxford. Freeze has worked hard on the trail and has shown he is not afraid to go big-game hunting.

    Devante Kincade had a solid showing at the Elite 11 finals and is one of the top dual-threat quarterbacks in the country.

    This class should be a part of the foundation that helps turn things around for the Rebels. 



19. Vanderbilt

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    Top Commitment: Johnathon McCrary, QB

    Top Remaining Target: Leon McQuay III, S

    James Franklin has put in some serious work and could give Vanderbilt its first Top-25 recruiting class maybe ever.

    Credit Franklin's passion and work ethic as a recruiter, along with his staff. With 21 commitments and four being inside the ESPN 300, the talent on the Commodores roster is certainly being upgraded. 



18. Oklahoma

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    Top Commitment: Keith Ford, RB

    Top Remaining Target: Justin Manning, DT

    The Sooners have 13 commitments, and have done a good job getting quality and filling needs.

    RB Keith Ford is one of the most instinctive runners in the country, and QB Cody Thomas has great size and a solid arm. DE D.J. Ward is the top pass-rusher in the Sooner State, and OU isn't done yet. 


17. North Carolina

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    Top Commitment: Greg Webb, DT

    Top Remaining Target: Marquez North, WR

    Larry Fedora wants to keep Tar Heel State talent in the Tar Heel State and have them play in Chapel Hill.

    The enthusiastic coach has made good progress on his goal and has 19 commitments right now. His top prospect is DT Greg Webb, whom Fedora took from Penn State, and CB Brian Walker is also very good. 


16. Washington

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    Top Commitment: Damore'ea Stringfellow, WR

    Top Remaining Target: Tahaan Goodman, S

    Steve Sarkisian is really starting to see results on the recruiting trail, and this class proves it. He has 18 commitments, four ESPN 300 players and several other prospects who can flat-out play.

    It starts with WRs Damore'ea Stringfellow and Darrell Daniels, two top-tier receivers.

    QB Troy Williams is a gritty and gutty signal-caller, and DT Elijah Qualls can play big-boy football in the trenches. 


15. Virginia Tech

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    Top Commitment: Kendall Fuller, CB

    Top Remaining Target: Derrick Green, RB

    Frank Beamer has a 17-man Virginia Tech class inside the Top 15 recruiting class rankings, which is a great feat for the Hokies. Usually VA Tech is in the middle of the pack of the rankings, but with commitments from prospects such as Kendall Fuller, Bucky Hodges and Holland Fisher, they have surged upward.

14. South Carolina

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    Top Commitment: Matt Rolin, LB

    Top Remaining Target: Greg Bryant, RB

    South Carolina has 21 commitments this year, with four being inside the ESPN 300. The Gamecocks have a star-studded class that includes big names such as LBs Matt Rolin and Larenz Bryant, QB Connor Mitch and OT D.J. Park.

    Steve Spurrier has built the Gamecock program into a top SEC East contender, thanks to good recruiting. 


13. Texas A&M

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    Top Commitment: Derrick Griffin, WR/TE

    Top Remaining Target: Ricky Seals-Jones, WR/TE

    Kevin Sumlin and his staff have done a great job recruiting this year. The Aggies have 28 commitments and seem to know what type of players are needed to compete in the SEC.

    Derrick Griffin is a 6'6", 220-pound pass-catcher, and I also really like LaQuvionte Gonzalez as a speedy WR prospect. Isaiah Golden anchors the defensive class as a versatile DT prospect. 


12. LSU

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    Top Commitment: Ethan Pocic, OT

    Top Remaining Target(s): Ricky Seals-Jones, WR/TE and Tim Williams, DE

    With 23 commitments and 11 being members of the ESPN 300, nearly half of LSU's class is among the top 300 football players in America.

    Ethan Pocic is a future starter at RT, while Hayden Rettig and Anthony Jennings will add depth to the QB position.

    CB Jeryl Brazil is another DB who figures to become the next great LSU secondary player. and John Diarse is an incredible athlete who can play almost anywhere. 


11. Florida State

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    Top Commitment: Ryan Green, RB

    Top Remaining Target: Laremy Tunsil, OT

    The Seminoles are lurking around the top recruiting class rankings, as their 18-man class is a great group.

    Ryan Green is the headliner and is one of the fastest players on offense in the nation. E.J. Levenberry is a thumper at linebacker, and Austin Golson is a great wall-off type of blocker as an OT. 


10. Clemson

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    Top Commitment: Robert Nkemdiche, DE 

    Top Remaining Target: Montravius Adams, DT

    Clemson got hot in the spring, and their run was capped by receiving a commitment from the nation's No. 1 player in Robert Nkemdiche. A powerful DE prospect, Nkemdiche gives the Tigers the top-notch edge-defender they wanted when they went hard after Jadeveon Clowney two years ago.

    Other prospects to watch out for in this class are RB Tyshon Dye, DT Scott Pagano and LB Dorian O'Daniel. 


9. Georgia

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    Top Commitment: Shaq Wiggins, CB

    Top Remaining Target: Laremy Tunsil, OT

    Mark Richt and his staff were on fire at the start this year, and it has led to them getting 27 commitments to date. With pledges from players such as QB Brice Ramsey, ATH Tramel Terry, S Tramel Terry and CB Shaq Wiggins, UGA will likely land a Top-10 class again.

    If you thought last year's class was a fluke for the Dawgs, this year's class is validation. 


8. Notre Dame

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    Top Commitment: Jaylon Smith, OLB

    Top Remaining Target: Mackensie Alexander, CB

    The Irish received great news last weekend when WR Torii Hunter Jr. announced his commitment to Notre Dame. Brian Kelly now has 21 commitments, and the Irish are nestled into the Top 10 recruiting class rankings.

    The headliner is OLB Jaylon Smith, a long and athletic defender who can play all three downs. Notre Dame also boasts perhaps the best offensive line class in the country this year, as five of their commitments at this position are among the best in the nation. 


7. Texas

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    Top Commitment: Darius James, OL

    Top Remaining Target: Marcell Harris, DB

    Maybe Texas gave up on Ricky Seals-Jones too early, maybe it didn't. Whatever your opinion is, the Longhorns still will sign a great class next February.

    OL Darius James can play center or left tackle, QB Tyrone Swoopes is an elite-tier dual-threat field general and LB Deoundrei Davis hits like a truck.

    Mack Brown only has 14 commitments, but 10 are inside the ESPN 300 with seven being among the top 150. 


6. Auburn

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    Top Commitment: Reuben Foster, LB

    Top Remaining Target: Montravius Adams, DT

    The Tigers may be struggling on the field, but Gene Chizik isn't struggling on the trail. He has 17 commitments and is building a memorable defensive class. With pledges from LB Reuben Foster, DE Carl Lawson and DT Dee Liner, Chizik has three cornerstone defenders in this class.

    WR Earnest Robinson and QB Jeremy Johnson lead the way on offense. 


5. Ohio State

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    Top Commitment: Eli Woodard, CB

    Top Remaining Target: Vonn Bell, S

    With 11 ESPN 300 prospects out his 17 total commitments, Urban Meyer has the Buckeyes in the Top Five recruiting rankings. Meyer is no stranger to recruiting greatness and has spiced up the Ohio State recruiting approach.

    CBs Eli Woodard and Cam Burrows are two of the very best at their position. Joey Bosa is future starter at DT, and Jalin Marshall could be the next Percy Harvin under Meyer. 


4. Florida

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    Top Commitment: Vernon Hargreaves, CB

    Top Remaining Target: Laremy Tunsil, OT 

    Florida is set finish inside the Top Five recruiting class rankings this year. With 20 commitments, The Gators have 14 ESPN 300 players, and nine of them are among the top 150 overall.

    Vernon Hargreaves is the nation's best CB and leads the class. Other top names include LB Daniel McMillan, S Nick Washington and, of course, RB Kelvin Taylor. 


3. Alabama

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    Top Commitment: O.J. Howard, TE

    Top Remaining Target(s): Laremy Tunsil, OT and Matthew Thomas, OLB

    Don't be surprised if Alabama makes a late push and finishes with the nation's No. 1 class again this year. 'Bama is under consideration for several top uncommitted prospects and already has a great 20-man class as it is now.

    Tight end O.J. Howard is an athletic marvel, and QB Cooper Bateman has the strongest arm in the country. Running backs Altee Tenpenny and Tyren Jones are solid, while the defensive class has studs such as DL DeMarcus Walker and DE/OLB Jonathan Allen. 


2. Michigan

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    Top Commitment: Shane Morris, QB

    Top Remaining Target: Derrick Green, RB

    Michigan got off to a white-hot start this recruiting cycle, and that has carried it all the way to a No. 2 class ranking. Shane Morris is one of the top QB prospects in the country and practically could win recruiter of the year, too.

    Morris has helped Michigan attract other great commitments such as DB Dymonte Thomas, OG David Dawson, CB Gareon Conley, OG Patrick Kugler and DE Taco Charlton. The Wolverines have one of the best offensive line classes in the country coming to Ann Arbor.


1. USC

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    Top Commitment: Max Browne, QB

    Top Remaining Target: Priest Willis, DB

    The Trojans have 18 commitments, and 17 of those commitments are inside the ESPN 300. With such excellent quality, they take the No. 1 recruiting class honors for now, but the question becomes, can they hold on until Signing Day?

    With commitments from QB Max Browne, DTs Kenny Bigelow and Eddie Vanderdoes, RB Ty Isaac, CBs Chris Hawkins and Jalen Ramsey, and safeties Su'a Cravens and Max Redfield, they just might. 

     

    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.

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