College Football Recruiting 2013: 7 Recruits to Build a Program Around
In every recruiting cycle, there are a group of awesome recruits that just have a ridiculous amount of talent on the football field. They are all great football players that you want on your team.
Then, there are the great players that can have programs built around them. These are players that not only have excellent talent, but also have outstanding work ethics and leadership qualities. They will represent the program in a positive and mature fashion while producing terrifically on the field.
Here are seven recruits from the 2013 class that I believe one could build a program around.
Robert Nkemdiche, DE
The nation's No. 1 overall prospect is such a talented DE that Dabo Swinney has to be selling the "come play with Robert Nkemdiche" card to the uncommitted recruits the coach is trying to lure to Clemson.
Swinney will have to work hard to keep Nkemdiche, as Hugh Freeze wants to build Ole Miss around the 6'5", 270-pound, beastly DE. With his strength, size, power, speed and tenacity, Nkemdiche is a winner that opens up a lot of things for those around him.
Kevin Olsen, QB
Al Golden has acquired some talent in his recruiting classes thus far in Miami, but I don't see a QB on the roster that can lead the program going forward.
Olsen gives Golden just that, as the young 6'3", 190-pound QB from New Jersey is a calm, mature, steady and hard-working field general. Golden can put pieces on offense to supplement Olsen and start to recruit other players that mesh well with him.
Kelvin Taylor, RB
There are many talented players in Gainesville, aside from Taylor.
However, Taylor strikes me as the type to build Gator Football around, going forward. He will be extremely productive on the field, and he will be a great team leader and representative of Florida off the field.
Christian Hackenberg, QB
The Nittany Lions will need a pillar player and someone to attract attention during these coming years. Why not have that guy be your potential star QB?
Christian Hackenberg has displayed maturity by sticking with his Penn State pledge while knowing a bowl game may never be played during his tenure in Happy Valley. However, Bill O'Brien would be extremely wise to craft Nittany Lion Football around "Hack," the young athlete being his franchise QB.
Max Browne, QB
Browne has the ability to be the next great QB at USC, and he also has great leadership traits, as I understand.
Following The Opening this past summer, many of the 2013 USC recruits were already looking at Browne as the leader of the group; he, being the first commit in the class, was further motivated to get others on board with him at USC.
Those are traits of a natural leader at QB who, because of his talent and level of production, could be a player Lane Kiffin builds around at USC in the post-Matt Barkley era.
Shane Morris, QB
Morris is another a QB that I feel a program can be built around. He's very charismatic, and that's a great sign of a good leader.
Also, Morris is simply a great QB prospect that can make plays. He'll earn the respect of his peers with toughness, a strong work ethic and his devoutness as a Wolverine.
Morris will be the face of Michigan football as early as next fall—mark it down.
Reuben Foster, LB
Foster is a special talent at LB and one of the best pure football players I've ever seen at the high school level. He's committed to Auburn—he even released a statement several weeks ago in support of Auburn football to rally the program, and he hasn't even arrived there yet.
Again, that's an excellent display of maturity and leadership.
Foster's athletic build, his work ethic and his leadership qualities make him a player that I definitely would build my program around.
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.