College Football Recruiting 2013: 12 Most Explosive One-Two Punches Committed
Combinations, duos or even trios are always great for college football and a college football team. They can provide depth, explosive plays, strategy advantages and mismatches which all surely can help a team win games.
For college football as a whole, they provide great entertainment for us as fans. From Robert Woods and Marqise Lee to Kenjon Barner and De'Anthony Thomas to Sam Montgomery and Ke-Ke Mingo to Joe Bergeron, Malcolm Brown and Johnathan Gray, tandems and trios are all around the country.
For today, let's focus on trying to identifying some future one-two punches and trios from the 2013 recruiting class. Here are 12 most explosive that I see.
12. Daniel McMillan, LB and Quinton Powell, LB
McMillan is generally the higher-rated recruit, and he is a good linebacker prospect at 6'2", 220 pounds. With his athleticism and instincts playing the middle/inside, that will leave the very strong and speedy pass rushing Powell on the edges to wreak havoc.
SEC offenses will have to deal with both 'backers versus the run and pass, and they should be a beloved tandem in Gainesville.
11. Chris Johnson, QB and Robbie Rhodes, WR
The Bears are getting their future versions of RG3 and Kendall Wright in Johnson and Rhodes. At 6'1', 185 pounds, Rhodes has the speed, size, hands and route-running potential to be an elite No. 1 WR in Waco.
Johnson has the arm strength, athleticism, accuracy and size at 6'4", 210 pounds to deliver him the football, which will give Baylor many explosive plays.
10. Eli Woodard, CB and Cam Burrows, CB
Commitment: Ohio State
These two of the top 10 cornerback prospects on my board, and Ohio State is getting two guys who have size, athleticism and cover skills. Woodard is a 6'0", 185-pound cover man from Jersey that is as smart a defensive player as there is in the country.
Burrows is from Ohio and stands a big 6'2", 200 pounds for a corner. He has great speed, quickness, and once he becomes more consistent in his effort, he will be a top-flight starter.
9. Brice Ramsey, QB and Tramel Terry, WR
Of course this duo depends on whoever wins the fight between the offensive and defensive coaches in Athens over where Terry will play. He's a 5'11", 193-pound explosive athlete can play WR as well as CB with the best.
Ramsey could be best suited to redshirt to learn the Bulldog offense and get his reads down, but the 6'3", 190-pound signal caller has a powerful arm, and his accuracy has gotten better in each rep.
8. Matt Rolin, LB and Larenz Bryant, LB
Commitment: South Carolina
Columbia should see their beloved Gamecock defense be led by two stud 'backers in the coming seasons. Rolin is from Virginia and stands 6'4", 210 pounds. He plays tough, smart, instinctive and has deceptive athleticism and ball skills in space.
Bryant is a 6'2', 210-pounder from North Carolina with great lateral agility, speed, range and instincts. He flows well to the ball and can also cover backs and tight ends well.
7. Justin Davis, RB and Ty Isaac, RB
Davis is a 6'0", 200-pound runner that will get bigger at USC and become a good inside puncher. He shows good vision and has enough burst to shoot through holes with force to get up on linebackers at the second level.
Isaac, however, is the more dynamic player. He is a 6'3", 220-pound back from Illinois with great speed, elusiveness and has fantastic ball skills to factor into the passing game. This duo will be very productive in a few years.
6. Cooper Bateman, QB, Josh McNeil, TE and OJ Howard, TE
If you look deeper into USC's offense, you see that Xaxier Grimble and Randall Telfer are two NFL-caliber TE's. Matt Barkley probably doesn't go to them enough, but when he does they have shown they care capable of making plays.
Alabama has two stud seam players coming into their program too, in Howard and McNeil. Both stand 6'5" and weigh around 225 pounds. Both are athletic, quick, have good speed and can catch the rock like WR's.
Cooper Bateman will be responsible for getting them the ball.
5. Derrick Griffin, WR/TE and LaQuvionte Gonzalez, WR
Commitment: Texas A&M
With the Aggies running a high-octane passing offense, more top receivers are sure to start flocking to College Station. Gonzalez and Griffin will definitely reap the benefits of the offense with their contrasting skill sets, that will bring them together to make an explosive one-two punch.
The 6'6", 220-pound Griffin gets the job done with size, length, athleticism and leaping ability. Whereas Gonzalez is smaller at just 5'10", 150 pounds but is among the very fastest players in this 2013 recruiting class.
4. Max Browne, QB and Steven Mitchell, WR
These two have already began to show what they will become, as they hooked up well at The Opening this past July. The 6'5", 214-pound Browne displayed a good football rapport with the 5'11" Mitchell in the passing game.
Browne is excellent at pre-snap and post-snap reaction reads, has a quick release, good arm strength and great pocket presence. Mitchell is super quick out of the slot and separates well at junction points to free himself up to let his RAC skills do damage to defenses.
3. Darrell Daniels, WR and Demorea Stringfellow, WR
Whether you are Troy Williams, Jeff Lindquist or Cyler Miles, you have to be stoked that these two big-time WR's are headed to Montlake. Kasen Williams will show them the ropes and Steve Sarkisian will put them in good positions to succeed.
Both stand 6'3" and weigh between 205-210 pounds. The have good speed, strength to beat up corners in press coverage and great ball skills. U-Dub will love these two as a duo.
2. Reuben Foster, LB, Carl Liner, DE and Dee Liner, DT
Auburn is building a potential No. 1 defense with this 2013 recruiting class, and these are the three best players from it. Foster could be the best linebacker prospect ever at 6'2", 245 pounds and could be an immediate starter.
Some say the 6'2", 255-pound Lawson is better than Robert Nkemdiche now, as his athletic ability, power and quickness are remarkable. Then there's the explosive Lawson, who at 6'3", has gotten up to 294 pounds and is among the best DT prospects in the country.
1. Tyren Jones, RB, Altee Tenpenny, RB and Derrick Henry, RB
All three of these running backs could go somewhere else, start as a true freshman and be their team's No. 1 RB. Yet, as of right now, all three are committed to Alabama and bring great skills to the table.
They will still have to all find a way to fit in with TJ Yeldon, as he will be the lead dog in the Crimson Backfield for the 2013 and 2014 seasons at least. However one day, should they all stay in Tuscaloosa, these three could form an incredible three-headed monster rushing attack.
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.