College Football Recruiting: 10 Bold Predictions for the Class of 2013
Looking around the 2013 recruiting landscape, I have surveyed the field and found some additional bold predictions to make. I've done this several times before, I know, but there are more predictions to be made.
Usually with this series, I'd go with a more comedic and lighthearted approach, just to have some fun and change things up. I'll continue that theme with this piece, yet this one will be the serious that this series has been.
So without further wait, let's get to making 10 additional bold predictions in regards to the 2013 recruiting class. This has been a fun class to cover and many crazy things have happened.
Let's predict what will happen next!
Dropping in the ESPNU 150 Will Put a Chip on Reuben Foster's Shoulder
Reuben Foster has dropped all the way to No. 24 in the latest ESPNU 150 rankings. Foster had previously been the No. 2 overall prospect for practically the entire recruiting cycle, and now he has plummeted down to 24th, according to ESPNU.
From studying Foster and following him through this recruiting year, he seems like a very hard working guy. Foster also seems to keep his eye on rankings albeit from afar.
This will put a chip on his shoulder, and I would look for Foster to dominate at the Under Armour All-American game.
Tenpenny Could Figure Three's a Crowd
With Alabama having an impressive RB class made up of Tyren Jones, Altee Tenpenny and Derrick Henry—that's three RB prospects headed to a school that already is loaded at RB.
All three are good enough to play as true freshmen at other schools in the country, and be the lead dog as a RB. I have to imagine one of the trio will really think hard about this, and decide to go be the man on their own.
The one who I'm predicting to do just that is Altee Tenpenny, as he could figure to stay home and run at Arkansas.
Stanford Will Lose Savaiinaea to Pac-12 Foe
Isaac Savaiinaea is one of the top LB prospects in the country and he's been a soft verbal to Stanford for quite some time. Yet Savaiinaea appears to be looking around pretty hard.
Texas A&M, Notre Dame and UCLA all appear to be closing in on Savaiinaea. He took a trip to Stanford a few weeks ago, and that still wasn't enough to solidify his pledge to play on The Farm.
I think he's bound for Westwood.
Pac-12 Team Will Realize They Made a Mistake on Greenlee and Zwahlen
Zach Greenlee and Aaron Zwahlen are two good QB prospects from California that did not get much love from the top conference in their region, the Pac-12.
Greenlee is headed to Fresno State, while Zwahlen will toss the rock for Norm Chow at Hawaii. Before each QB leaves his respective school, several schools and coaches inside the Pac-12 will be kicking themselves for not pursuing these guys harder.
Alquadin Muhammad Will Sign with Notre Dame and Reveal Silent Commitment
Rumors have been running around about Muhammad regarding his recruitment. He hasn't given up much info or done many interviews due to focusing on his senior season at Don Bosco Prep in New Jersey.
The 6'3", 230-pound DE, in my estimation, is probably a silent commit to Notre Dame. Whenever he makes his decision public, I predict he'll confirm to this or at least imply that Notre Dame has been the school for a good while.
Alabama and Georgia Will Make Nkemdiche to Ole Miss Tougher Than You Think
Honestly, at this point, I'd be really shocked if Robert Nkemdiche did not end up at Ole Miss. It's the school where his brother plays at and where his mother wants him to go to.
However, I think Alabama and their prestige, status and allure will make Nkemdiche really think hard about going to play in Tuscaloosa. Then, Georgia will really play the "stay at home" card, which will also have Nkemdiche thinking.
He'll probably sign with Ole Miss, but the Crimson Tide and Bulldogs will make it tough on the Rebels.
Priest Willis Won't Have a Decision Made by National Signing Day
Willis has been cancelling trips lately and for the duration of this recruiting cycle, he has not had any leaders or favorites of any sorts.
He appears to be a recruit who really doesn't feel compelled to rush a decision. I think Willis has an emphasis on good academics and will do his research on schools.
I predict that NSD will come and go without any school receiving a faxed LOI from Willis.
A Third School Will Enter the Alvin Kamara Picture
Alvin Kamara is one of the best RBs and overall players in the country. The 5'10", 195-pound runner can do just about everything from his position, and is coveted on the recruiting trail.
Alabama and Georgia seem to be the top two schools that Kamara is looking at, but if he wants immediate playing time then he may not find it in Tuscaloosa or Athens.
Look for a third school to enter the picture for Kamara, offering earlier playing time as their main selling point.
Johnny Football Helps Texas A&M Land Ricky Seals-Jones
Johnny Manziel already is a legend in College Station, and watching him beat the No. 1 team in the country, Alabama, was special.
Manziel is one of the best players in the country, and Texas A&M will definitely highlight playing with him as part of their main recruiting pitch.
The top recruit A&M needs to really hammer this home to is WR/TE Ricky Seals-Jones. I think the chance to catch a ton of balls in a passing offense from a great QB like "Johnny Football" will help the Aggies sign the 6'5", 230-pound pass catcher.
Redfield Won't Be the Only De-Commitment from USC
Max Redfield's de-committment from USC wasn't too surprising because Notre Dame, Oregon and Washington had been knocking on his door nonstop for months.
However, will Redfield's departure be the only one from USC's 2013 recruiting class? I don't think so, as I think the Trojans will see another de-commitment before we're done with 2013 recruiting.
Who that de-commitment is, I don't know, but USC isn't done seeing recruits back off their pledges to Troy.