College Football Recruiting 2013: The Most Electric Playmakers Still Uncommitted
Thousands of teenagers play high school football every year. Thousands want to be recruited, get scholarships and go on to play big-time college football.
You want to know the best way to get noticed? Be a playmaker. When a player has the football, he has to make plays that excite the crowd, show off his skills and catch the eye of onlookers. In this piece, we're going to take a look at the most electric playmakers still left on the board.
Not only have these recruits made highlight-reel plays a normal part of their games, they are the top uncommitted playmakers in the country. So if your favorite school is still yearning for another playmaker this recruiting cycle, they probably want to take a look at these guys.
James Quick, WR
From Kentucky, Quick is a 6'1", 175-pound receiver who gets the job done on the perimeter. He is very athletic and shows solid release quickness off the line.
Quick has some length in his arms that allows him to combat press-man coverage and his speed shoots him upfield in a hurry. He shows good hands and is speedy guy in run-after-the-catch situations.
Fox Sports reports Kentucky, Louisville, Ohio State and Oregon are among his favorites right now.
Laquon Treadwell, WR
Treadweel is a 6'2", 190-pound playmaker from Illinois. His lanky frame, solid hands and excellent speed have him rated as one of the top wide-receiver prospects in America.
Treadwell can surge off the line, use quickness to get around corners, or speed to eat up cushion in his release. He has great movement skills and can sharply cut at break points in his routes, showing good separation quickness.
His strike zone is only growing and his speed allows him to outrun defenses after the catch. I predict he eventually ends up at Michigan.
Marquez North, WR
North is a big receiver from North Carolina that stands 6'3", 210 pounds. He is a big-time deep threat who can take the top off a defense. North's physical stature can be a bit intimidating to corners who try to roll up and press him at the line.
With his great speed, size, long arms and potentially large catch radius, North is a wanted man on the recruiting trail. I like Tennessee's chances right now.
Stacy Coley, WR
Coley is a 6'1", 175-pound speedster from Florida with a large upside. He reminds me of Shaq Roland, who signed with South Carolina last year.
Coley has great deep speed while also displaying the quick feet, separation quickness and athleticism to detach from coverage on underneath routes. He is an excellent athlete who is a terror with the football. He uses his legs and natural running ability to chalk up yards-after-the-catch numbers.
Fox Sports lists Florida, Texas Tech, Florida State and Ole Miss as his top suitors.
Greg Bryant, RB
From Florida, Bryant is a great playmaker who is more of a "chain-mover" than a speedster. The 5'10", 200-pound runner is very productive, strong, quick and has a good burst through holes.
Bryant will attack a front seven coming downhill, running hard and strong. He blasts through run alleys and will challenge linebackers trying to tackle him. He makes plays by being consistent and showing solid elusiveness.
Look for him to end up at South Carolina or Florida State.
Robert Foster, WR
If this list didn't have Robert Foster on it, then it wouldn't be worth reading. Foster, a 6'2" and 190-pound receiver from Pennsylvania, is one the best and most electric players in the nation.
He is as explosive as any recruit on the offensive side of the ball and is a very smooth athlete. Foster doesn't need to decelerate to cut and detach from coverage. After the catch, Foster shows excellent vision, natural run instincts and all the speed you need, plus some.
Foster also is great as both a punt and kickoff returner and has extra gears to skate around the field. I predict he signs with Pitt.
Ricky Seals-Jones, WR-TE
A massive man at 6'5 and 230 pounds, Seals-Jones is a huge target from Texas who is also a solid basketball player. He plays quarterback for his high school team and is nursing a knee injury right now, but he still is one of the best playmakers in this class.
Along with his great athleticism, speed, quickness, agility and leaping ability, Seals-Jones also has good hands. All you have to do is toss the football to his zip code and chances are this guy is coming down with it.
It's widely known that LSU and Texas A&M are his top two choices.
Alvin Kamara, RB
Alvin Kamara has a chance to be special. The Peach State native is a 5'10", 195-pound running back who can do just about everything.
He has excellent speed and quickness, allowing him to dart past defenders. Kamara is elusive and has great instincts, awareness and vision. In the passing game, he is a great weapon out of the backfield and also has the skills to make plays in the slot.
With his versatility and explosiveness, Kamara will be one of the best playmakers in college football really soon. I think he ends up at Georgia.
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 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.