College Football Recruiting 2013: Bold Predictions for the Top 10 Commitments
Making a bold prediction means you are willing to go out on a limb and make an out-of-the-world projection or forecast. Some are just borderline insane and impossible, but they are always fun to do to see how crazy someone's thinking can be.
This piece will continue making crazy predictions and we'll focus on the top 10 committed recruits. These are the top 10 prospects who have already made their decisions, so we're going to boldly project what we think will happen with their college careers.
I think you might want to come check this out because these predictions will be bold.
10. Darius James, OL
James is a big, athletic and strong offensive lineman that is likely to start off his Texas career at center. However, I think the 6'5", 320-pound big man has enough athletic ability and agility to play left tackle. Keep an eye on this development as he develops in Austin.
Bold Prediction: Becomes an All-Big 12 LT
9. Christian Hackenberg, QB
Commitment: Penn State
Hackenberg is a 6'3", 215-pound signal-caller with franchise potential. He shows a quick release, great arm strength and fine accuracy. He will be under the tutelage of Bill O'Brien who definitely will have Hackenberg watching tape of Tom Brady. Penn State's future through these tough times rest on the right arm of Hackenberg.
Bold Prediction: Leaves Happy Valley as the best QB in Penn State history
8. Jaylon Smith, OLB
Commitment: Notre Dame
At 6'3", 225 pounds, Smith has the coverage skills of a defensive back. He is very athletic, agile and has great speed. He can factor as a pass defender by latching onto RBs, TEs and even WRs. I expect him to become one of the most complete defenders on the Irish roster by his sophomore year.
Bold Prediction: Team captain and All-American OLB
7. Su'a Cravens, S
The 6'1", 205-pound Cravens could easily become an OLB in USC's defensive scheme, but look for him to start off as a SS. With his fantastic and natural football instincts, I expect Cravens to become an awesome Pac-12 defender. The Trojans have had great safeties like TJ McDonald and Taylor Mays recently, but Cravens will be better than them.
Bold Prediction: Leaves USC as best safety since Troy Polamalu
6. Kenny Bigelow, DT
The Trojans also have had a great recent run of good defensive tackles such as Mike Patterson, Shaun Cody, Sedrick Ellis and Jurrell Casey. Leonard Williams looks to be next in line, but Kenny Bigelow and his 6'3", 297-pound frame will be there next year.
At some point Bigelow will get on the field and he is too talented to not make a big impact. He will be mentioned in the same breath of the before-mentioned names when he leaves Los Angeles.
Bold Prediction: Leaves USC as school's all-time sack leader for DTs
5. Carl Lawson, DE
Lawson is a 6'2", 255-pound DE prospect that can do it all. He's quick off the ball, can crash down on the edges, anchor to stop the run and make plays.
He is still committed to Auburn right now, and if he sticks out his pledge, he could become better than Corey Lemonier. Some say Lawson is better than Robert Nkemdiche now.
Bold Prediction: Leads SEC in sacks and TFLs in one season
4. Max Browne, QB
The 6'5", 214-pound Browne will graduate early and head from Seattle to Los Angeles in December to compete to replace Matt Barkley. With his great size, quick release, solid arm strength, accuracy and exceptional play smarts, he could very do it.
Big things are expected from Browne at USC, and I think his work ethic and gym-rat mentality will net him results in a large fashion.
Bold Prediction: Starts as a true freshman and breaks every major USC passing record
3. Vernon Hargreaves III, CB
Hargreaves is the top cover corner in the country at 5'11", 180 pounds. The Gators have him sewn up, and Gainesville will love this guy's instincts, technique, awareness and cover skills.
Recent times have seen Florida have stud cornerbacks like Joe Haden and Janoris Jenkins among others. With Brian Poole and Marcus Roberson on the roster, when Hargreaves is done at UF he will be among Haden and Jenkins' caliber.
Bold Prediction: Better CB than Haden and Jenkins
2. Reuben Foster, LB
The 6'2", 245-pound Foster has the tools to not only be a good linebacker, but a dominant defensive player. He could be the best 'backer prospect ever in the modern era of recruiting, and many view Foster as the No. 1 prospect over Robert Nkemdiche. I can't wait to see what he does on The Plains.
Bold Prediction: Day one starter and all-time career tackles leader at Auburn
1. Robert Nkemdiche, DE
Nkemdiche is said to be perhaps a once-in-a-generation prospect and has been compared to Lawrence Taylor. He's 6'5", 265 pounds and is a beat on the defensive edges.
With his overwhelming strength, power and quickness, the Clemson commit could be the next Jadeveon Clowney of college football. Will his family give their blessing for him to head to play for Dabo Swinney?
Bold Prediction: Becomes the best defensive player ever to play at Ole Miss