College Football Recruiting 2013: 5 Recruits Poised to Rise Up the Board
As I always say, recruiting is a very fluid and ever-changing entity. Even in player rankings before the final board is set towards National Signing Day, they continuously change and shuffle.
There are many reasons why rankings are always moving around, which can include good senior seasons, improved skill sets and bad play by various recruits on the field. Looking around the country, I see five prospects who are going to create some movement on the board.
These five prospects are poised to rise up the recruiting rankings board.
5. Josh McNeil, TE
McNeil could find himself among the top 100 players in the country before this cycle is over. He's a fascinating TE prospect from North Carolina that has good skills in the passing game.
At 6'5" and a bit over 225 pounds, McNeil has great speed for a TE. He releases well for a big man, has good athleticism to avoid traffic in his route running and shows the quickness to separate at junction points.
McNeil can also settle in voids then catch passes to use his surging speed to gain yards after the catch. The Alabama commit has a chance to be a very good player in college.
4. Quinton Powell, LB
Powell, committed to Florida, may weigh just 200 pounds (light for an OLB), but the 6'2" young man is a very good defender. He has good strength to stop, stack and set the edges on either side of the front and can anchor well to hold up in run defense.
Powell also shows a solid first step and the strength to become a solid bull rusher when attacking the passer. His ranking could be higher than it is now by the time we're done stacking prospects.
3. Laquon Teadwell, WR
Treadwell has tacked on five extra pounds to get himself up to 195 and stands between 6'2" and 6'3".
That added bulk has netted results for the Illinois native as he has shown himself to be a great blocker. He's impressed observers by sustaining blocks on the perimeter to help aid his team's rushing attack and that is a step closer to Treadwell becoming a complete WR.
2. Mike Mitchell, LB
The more I watch Mitchell, the more I get perplexed as to why he's not a consensus top-100 guy. Well, he will be in my board the next time I shuffle my rankings.
Mitchell, from Texas, stands 6'4" and weighs close to 220 pounds. His excellent straight-line speed allows him to generate extreme force when arriving at the point of attack to strike a ball carrier.
His hitting, toughness and deceptive athleticism to drop into coverage is pretty impressive. Mitchell will rise up the board before NSD comes.
1. Alvin Kamara, RB
Kamara is going to rocket up many recruiting lists and it's already starting to show. In the updated ESPNU 150, he is now at No. 37 and I don't think that will be the final resting spot for Kamara's ranking.
Out of Georgia, Kamara is a 5'10", 195-pound running back that could be special. Kamara has excellent speed, elusiveness, vision, instincts, burst, run strength, receiving ability and also has displayed good blocking ability versus the blitz.
He could end up as the No. 1 RB in the country before it's all said and done.
Edwin Weathersby is the College Football Recruiting Analyst for Bleacher Report. He 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 (formerly 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.
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