With the various publications that are in recruiting, there are many different opinions on where recruits should be ranked. I make my own evaluations, formulate my own rankings or lists and only follow the other publications just to compare to my own.
Some recruits are overrated and are underrated. Remember, if someone says a recruit is overrated, that doesn't equate to them saying they think the recruit isn't a good football player. Also remember, if someone says a recruit is underrated, that doesn't mean the recruit is going to be an All-World player either.
Here are a couple prospects that I feel are the most overrated and underrated for the 2013 recruiting class.
Hunt is a smallish corner at 5'9" and weighs just 175 pounds. He doesn't look like much, but this guy plays like a rattlesnake.
He's very physical, tough, instinctive and quick. Hunt reminds me a lot of Cortland Finnegan of the Rams. He can play some short area zone and also cover the slot as a nickel back.
Beckwith is an outstanding football player, and ESPNU ranks him within their top 20, but I think patience will be needed with the 6'3", 228-pounder.
Right now, Beckwith plays QB and some DE for his team in Louisiana. Some say he will be a DE at LSU, but he needs technique work and isn't as explosive as people believe. I think Beckwith could be best suited for OLB.
Kamara could be special.
The 5'10", 195-pound RB from Georgia has everything you want in a complete running back. Whether you like your backs to have great speed, superb quickness, lateral agility, good vision, natural instincts, ball skills or be able to hold up in blitz pickups, Kamara can do it and excel at it.
He could be as high up as No. 3 on my RB board next time I re-rank my top RB prospects.
I like Green as an RB prospect a ton. He has great size at 6'0" and close to 230 pounds. He's good in a straight line, powerful and can be a bully with the ball.
I just don't think he's the best RB prospect in the country, as several others do. Green has very little wiggle, seems to need to gather to cut and isn't as elusive as I would like. He could be great, but don't be shocked if Green becomes a Broderick Green-type of player in college.
I don't get why this guy didn't have more high-profile offers. He's a 6'3", 190-pound QB from California, a state that breeds passers like none other.
Zwahlen will make Pac-12 programs pay one day for not showing him more love. He has a cannon for an arm, can change delivery slots and launch points with ease and will be coached well by Norm Chow at Hawaii.
That's probably why Chow is smiling.
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.