College Football Recruiting 2013: 8 Recruits Set Up to Join Perfect Situations
Whenever a recruit makes a decision, it is for the school and situation he feels is best for him. All commitments are a good thing, but not all may really the ideal fit for each recruit. However, commitments are made each year that really stand out above others for various reasons.
For this article, we will focus on the top eight recruits set up to join perfect situations, and by perfect situations, I am referring to the "perfect football fit." Whether the depth charts are set up in their favor, or the schemes on offense or defense suit their skills, the following recruits are primed to join football fits that are perfect situations for them.
Let's take a look.
8. Peter Kalambayi, LB
At 6'2", 235 pounds Kalambayi is an inside linebacker prospect with limited range and athleticism. He is at his best inside the box from guard to guard or in short areas.
Kalambayi is a physical thumper who loves to play big at the point of attack, take on blockers and make tackles inside. That sounds like a classic 3-4 inside 'backer to me, which is the base defense Stanford plays.
This is a great situation for Kalambayi.
7. Jalin Marshall, Offense
Commitment: Ohio State
Remember when Percy Harvin was at Florida, and how he played a little bit of wide receiver, slot receiver, some running back and even some wildcat quarterback? Well, Harvin basically does the same thing now with the Vikings.
At 5'11", 196 pounds, Jalin Marshall has similar size and skills to Harvin and is headed to play for his old coach Urban Meyer at Ohio State. This is perfect for Marshall because Meyer will take advantage of his versatility on offense and use him like he did Harvin Gainesville.
6. Thomas Tyner, RB
Oregon's offense is based on speed, and if there is one thing Tyner has, that is it. The 6'0", 218-pound running back is said to be the fastest recruit in the nation when he's healthy, and Chip Kelly will put him to work early in Eugene.
This is an excellent situation for Tyner, as he gets to stay close to home in Oregon and play in an offense that will exploit his speed.
5. Adam Breneman, TE
Commitment: Penn State
Breneman is a 6'5", 230-pound receiver stuck in a tight end's body. He is rehabbing a torn ACL right know, but his long term prognosis is good.
He's set up to join a perfect situation because he's headed to play at Penn State for Bill O'Brien, who loves using tight ends. O'Brien was the Patriots' offensive coordinator last year when tight ends Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez exploded for big time numbers.
Look for Breneman to leave Happy Valley with several records of his own.
4. Max Redfield, S and 3. Su'a Cravens, S
Two of the best safety prospects in the country, Cravens and Redfield are a perfect fit for each other. Their skill sets complement one another's very well, which should transition to more great safety play at USC in the coming seasons.
Cravens is a 6'1", 205-pound safety who is great at playing the run and being in the box like a strong safety. Redfield is a 6'2", 190-pounder with excellent athleticism, speed and ball skills. He's at his best when he can roam around the back end like a free safety.
These two were made for each other.
2. Derrick Griffin, WR/TE
Commitment: Texas A&M
Griffin is big 6'6", 220-pound pass-catcher from Texas who has big time athleticism, leaping ability and ball skills. Every pass-catcher wants to play in a wide open passing offense, and that is what Griffin is set up to do for the Aggies.
Coaches Kevin Sumlin and Kliff Kingsbury will make sure they exploit the big pass-catcher's strengths by deploying him as both a wide receiver and tight end. This is perfect for Griffin, as he gets to stay at home in Texas while having the chance to catch a ton of balls in college.
1. Shane Morris, QB
Michigan is trying to get back to its traditional ways, and once Denard Robinson leaves after this season, the transition will likely be complete.
Morris is a celebrity around Michigan already, and even though he's likely out for the rest of the season with mono, he will contend for the starting quarterback gig as a true freshman in Ann Arbor in 2012-13.
This is a perfect situation for anybody, as he gets to walk into Michigan already a fan favorite, with the chance of being the starting quarterback on opening day. Morris is living the dream, folks.
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.