College Football Recruiting 2013: Analyzing the Hottest Schools by Each Position
Recruiting can be broken down in many ways, one of which is by position. Most programs go into every recruiting cycle looking to bring in as much talent as possible, not caring about position, but they also know where they have needs, too.
For this read, I'm going to give you what program is the hottest at each position. These are the best positional classes so far for 2013 recruiting. This is where a program has several top level commitments at one position and they're recruiting that position better than anyone else in the country right now.
Here we go!
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The Trojans boast the best DB class in the country right now. The hold commitments from S Su'a Cravens and CB's Jalen Ramsey and Chris Hawkins.
They lost FS Max Redfield, but they'll probably replace him with Tahaan Goodman or Leon McQuay, who are both very talented safety prospects.
Runner up goes to Ohio State with Cam Burrows, Eli Woodard and Jayme Thompson.
LB: Notre Dame
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Looking for their next Manti Te'o, Notre Dame has put good focus on finding second-level defenders in this cycle. The Irish have commitments from four linebacker prospects that will help continue the defensive trend in South Bend.
Led by OLB Jaylon Smith, the group also features Alex Anzalone, Doug Randolph and ILB Michael Deeb. All four are great football players that figure to play key roles for Notre Dame's defense in the coming seasons.
Runner up goes to Auburn, with commitments from Reuben Foster, Trey Johnson and Cameron Toney.
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USC boasts commitments from a pair of stud DTs in Eddie Vanderdoes and Kenny Bigelow, who also both are among the top 20 players nationally overall.
DE Kylie Fitts is a solid DE that could be a bit underrated and then toss in Jason Hatcher and Torrodney Prevot and you see why this is the top DL class in the country.
Runner up goes to Auburn, as the Tigers have an excellent class in the DL section with commitments from Carl Lawson, Dee Liner and Tashawn Bower.
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The Wolverines may have lost OG David Dawson, but they still have the best OL class in the country.
The have four studs coming to Ann Arbor up front in OT Logan Tulley-Tillman, OG Pat Kugler, OT Chris Fox and OG Kyle Bosch.
All four OL prospects are among the best 150 prospects in the country, according to ESPNU.
My runner up here is Notre Dame. The Irish have five OL commitments from the likes of OT Steve Elmer, OT Colin McGovern, OT Hunter Bivin, OT Mike McGlinchey and OG John Montelus.
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Alabama takes the cake for me as far as the tight end position goes this year. O.J. Howard and Josh McNeil are both 6'5", close to 230 pounds, run like deer and can do damage in the passing game.
'Bama's use of the TE will drastically change with these two big-time seam players.
Miami has the runner-up honors, with commitments from Standish Dobard and Travis Johnson.
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USC has three commitments from WR prospects and all three are inside the ESPNU 300.
Steven Mitchell may be one the best RAC players in the entire country, Sebastian LaRue is a similar player and Eldridge Massington is 6'3" with good size and body control.
This is pretty good class that will add depth on the perimeter in Los Angeles.
Washington gets the runner-up nod here as both Darrell Daniels and De'Morea Stringfellow are both 6'3" WRs who are both ESPNU 300 players.
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This may have been the easiest choice I made for this list, as the Crimson Tide have an embarrassment of riches at the RB position. This recruiting cycle has brought them three RB commits who could all be top 10 RB prospects.
It starts with Tyren Jones, a compact 5'8", 190 pounder who can do just about everything. Then you take the 6'0", 212 pound Altee Tenpenny's speed and strength and add 6'3", 245 pound smooth running Derrick Henry and you see why this class has no rivals in the RB department.
QB: Ole Miss
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For the QB position, I'm going with the Rebels of Mississippi. It appears the fan base and coaching staff are both equally excited for Ryan Buchanan and Devante Kincade to come to Oxford.
Buchanan is a 6'3", 205 pound QB that likes to do work from the pocket. Kincade is a 6'0", 185 pound dual threat type who can make more plays with his legs.
Runner up goes to both Alabama, with commitments from Cooper Bateman and Parker McCleod, and Texas A&M, with Kenny Hill and Kohl Stewart committed.
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.