14 Committed Recruits Who'll Continue Their School's Great Position Tradition
Penn State is known for producing linebackers. USC has churned out many great running backs. LSU is becoming a defensive back factory, and Clemson has has recently had some great defensive ends come through their program.
I don't know what it is, but within college football, there are certain schools who just seem to produce great players at a position. The 2013 recruiting full of excellent prospects and several of them play the same position that their committed school is known for.
The following list is 14 committed recruits who will carry on their school's great tradition of outstanding play at their respective positions.
Jeryl Brazil, CB
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The Tigers have become a great school for defensive backs, especially corners.
With Patrick Peterson and Morris Claiborne both being recent top 10 picks in the NFL draft, plus the expected first-round selection of S Eric Reid next April, back end play is great in Baton Rouge.
Jeryl Brazil is a 5'11", 175-pound cover corner with good athleticism and elite speed. He could be next in line for LSU.
Thomas Tyner and Dontre Wilson, RBs
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The Ducks are a program founded on speed, and LaMichael James is the recent great running back from Eugene, with Kenjon Barner and De'Anthony Thomas being carrying on the flag now.
Look for Tyner to play the Barner role while Wilson because the next Thomas and for these two to continue the tradition of Chip Kelly having speedy runners.
Robbie Rhodes, WR
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The Bears have a WR tradition that is just getting off the ground, but deserves to be mentioned. Kendall Wright is the first name that comes to mind, and if he would have stayed more focused, Josh Gordon would have also been a "dude."
This year, Terrance Williams is enjoying a great season and could be a first-round pick next NFL draft. Robbie Rhodes and his 6'1", 185-pound frame, speed and smooth athleticism should be next.
Ty Isaac, RB
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Playing RB at USC is an honor, and not many get the chance to do it. With great backs like Marcus Allen, O.J. Simpson, Sam Cunningham, Reggie Bush, Anthony Davis, Ricky Bell, Charles White and LenDale White all USC alums, the list is impressive.
Isaac is a 6'3", 220-pound runner who also has fantastic receiving ability. Look for him to carry on the tradition of big-time backs residing in Troy.
Kevin Olsen, QB
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The Hurricanes have had good QB play in their overall history. With Bernie Kosar, Jim Kelly, Gino Torretta Steve Walsh, Vinny Testaverde and Ken Dorsey, Miami has produced some fine signal callers.
The newest possible addition to that list is Olsen, who is a 6'3" passer from New Jersey. With his heady play, solid arm strength and accuracy, Olsen should be a good one in Coral Gables.
Robert Nkemdiche, DE
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Nkemdiche could easily not wind up at Clemson, as Ole Miss, Alabama, Florida and LSU are still hot after him. Yet Clemson would love for him to come join the ranks of former greats like the late Gaines Adams and DaQuan Bowers.
With his 6'5", 270-pound powerful frame, strength, athleticism and tenacity, Nkemdiche could leave Clemson better than Adams and Bowers.
Ryan Burns, QB
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The Cardinal have shown that they are a program who will give us a stud QB. With names like John Elway, Jim Plunkett, Andrew Luck, Bobby Garrett and John Brodie, playing QB on The Farm is not a bad idea.
At 6'5", 220 pounds, Burns is Stanford's top commit this year and has everything needed to join the list of great QB's in Palo Alto.
Eli Woodard, CB
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Commitment: Ohio State
We've some great DB's come from Columbus through the years, such as Jack Tatum, Antoine Winfield, Malcolm Jenkins, Nate Clements, Shawn Springs, Mike Doss and Donte Whitner.
The next great DB at Ohio State will be Eli Woodard, a 6'0", 185-pound cornerback from New Jersey. Woodard has great instincts, awareness, athleticism, speed and technique.
Max Browne, QB
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USC was once known to be "Tailback U," but these days "Quarterback U" may seem more like it. Great signal callers like Carson Palmer, Matt Leinart, Mark Sanchez, John David Booty and Matt Barkley have walked through Heritage Hall as of late.
Browne, with his great size at 6'5" and 215 pounds, quick release, arm strength, accuracy and ability to read coverages, could easily be the next top-notch Trojan QB.
Tyren Jones, Altee Tenpenny and Derrick Henry, RBs
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One of these guys, if not all, will be the next great starting running back for the Crimson Tide. That, of course, will come after T.J. Yeldon has his time in the glory, followed by Kenyan Drake.
Mark Ingram won a Heisman at Alabama a few years ago, while Trent Richardson followed him and become a top-five draft pick. The stable is loaded in Tuscaloosa at RB position, and these three 2013 commitments will only help keep the tradition going.
Shane Morris, QB
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The Wolverines also has a good history of QBs to play in Ann Arbor. Elvis Grbac, Tom Brady, Jim Harbaugh, Drew Henson, Denard Robinson, Chad Henne, Todd Collins and Brian Griese are all top names the Wolverines boast.
The new "Chosen One" is Shane Morris. The Michigan native grew up a Wolverine fan, is 6'3", 190 pounds and has a strong left arm with charisma.
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.