College Football Recruiting 2013: Power Ranking the 10 Fastest Recruits
Speed. It's what we all love to see on the football field and is what college coaches covet when they are out on the recruiting trail. It doesn't matter how big or small you are as a football player, if you have speed, then you will find yourself being recruited.
For this read, I'm going to give you who I think are the 10 fastest recruits in 2013 recruiting. If you blink, chances are you'll miss these guys. Whether it's due to them having a fast 40-yard dash time or showing the ability to blow by people on the field, these are the 10 fastest recruits in the nation for this year.
Let's speed on through this one.
10. Derrick Green, RB
Green is a huge running back at 6'0" and more than 225 pounds. He runs with great power and strength, but based on his ESPNU profile, he has the fastest 40-yard dash time of any running back they've tested this year.
ESPNU shows Green to have a 4.31 40-yard dash time, and his speed is apparent on tape. He is at his best when he can turn on the jets in a straight line, which is why schools such as Auburn, Michigan and Tennessee are foaming at the mouth.
9. Kailo Moore, RB
Moore is from Mississippi and stands 5'10", 185 pounds. He is said to have legit 4.4 speed and plays even quicker on the football field.
Moore can take a handoff, jump-cut to the edges and outrun a defense to the goal posts. He is extremely quick, which aids his speed even more on the football field because he can separate from defenders.
He's committed to Mississippi State.
8. Ryan Green, RB
When you're from Florida and you stand out with speed, then that automatically puts you on the national radar. Green has done just that, and he can really impress with his jets.
The 5'10", 185-pound Green could be a Chris Johnson clone due to his excellent play speed, quickness and agility. Green can go untouched in a straight line and outrun a defense to pay-dirt with the football.
He's headed to Florida State.
7. LaQuvionte Gonzalez, WR
Gonzalez only weighs about 150 pounds soaking wet, but the way the 5'10" receiver runs would lead you to think he has hollow ankles. This guy can flat out fly on the field and is among the fastest receivers in the country.
Committed to Texas A&M, Gonzalez can blow by his man off the line or eat up cushion in chunks. He will command safety help almost exclusively and is sure to be a prime time deep threat in College Station.
6. Tramel Terry, CB/WR
Terry is a 5'11", 193-pound speedster from South Carolina who some claim has 4.3 speed. He can take the top off a defense as a receiver and really can work well out of the slot, too.
As a cornerback, if you think you're going to see a receiver outrun Terry deep, then forget about it. He also knows how to use his speed to his advantage in short areas where can quickly close out on receivers coming out of his backpedal.
Terry is committed to Georgia and will be one of the fastest players in the SEC one day.
5. Dontre Wilson, RB
Wilson is a 5'10", 176-pound running back who plays like a 4.3, low-4.4 guy on the field. He can really bring it speed-wise and is quick to cut and elude defenders with the football.
I liken Wilson a lot to De'Anthony Thomas, and interestingly enough Oregon is where Wilson is committed. His speed definitely will fit in well with Chip Kelly's offensive scheme, and Wilson also has both punt return and kickoff return ability, too.
With the Pac-12 being a speed league with great offenses, Wilson surely won't be helping to detract from that mantra in Eugene.
4. Robert Foster, WR
Foster comes from Pennsylvania, and the 6'2", 190-pound receiver is as explosive off the line as dynamite. He is a very smooth athlete who can fly deep and soar past secondaries.
Foster doesn't need to throttle down to cut and change direction, which makes his separation quickness even more outstanding. He is an excellent prospect, thanks to his fantastic play speed and sudden athletic ability.
I think Foster will sign with Pitt when it's all said and done.
3. Jeryl Brazil, CB
ESPNU lists Brazil as the fastest cornerback prospect in the country with a 40-yard dash time of 4.32 seconds. He is 5'10", 185 pounds and has amazing recovery speed.
Brazil is a terrific athlete who can excel in press-man coverage or off-man coverage. He can take chances to jump passing lanes, and then recover with sheer speed. Brazil also has loose hips and comes out of transition cleanly and smoothly to sharply close on the ball.
Brazil has the quickness and short-area speed to be a nickel corner, and he's definitely fast enough to be a slot receiver. LSU will have some decisions to make with Brazil since his impressive speed can be used in various ways.
2. LeAndrew Gordon, WR
Gordon is just 5'7", 170 pounds and doesn't look like much on the hoof. Yet, he's one of the fastest players in America and eats up a defense with quick cuts, bursts of speed and explosiveness.
ESPNU lists Gordon as the fastest receiver in the country with a 4.30 40-yard dash time this year. He can reach top speed in only a matter of steps and explodes out of his cuts at junction points to create separation.
Gordon is committed to Kansas State, and likely will be a dynamic slot receiver and return specialist in Manhattan.
1. Thomas Tyner, RB
Many believe the nation's fastest player resides in Oregon and is Thomas Tyner, who is committed to Oregon. Tyner is so fast that he has competed at elite-level track events such as the adidas Grand Prix and Junior Olympics as a sprinter.
At 6'0" and 218 pounds, when you see Tyner run you're amazed because he is such a thick-bodied guy that it's unfair he can move like he does.
Tyner recently ran for an astonishing 643 yards and 10 TDs a few weeks ago, showing off his tremendous speed. Look for him to impact both the Ducks football team and the track squad soon.
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.