College Football Recruiting 2013: 5 Top 25 Classes Least Likely to Pan out
Not every recruiting class that is full of highly rated recruits fulfills their destiny or lives up to their hype. Different factors abound as to why recruiting classes don't always work out.
Whether incoming players run into off-the-field problems, academic problems or have to endure bad coaching or a coaching change that brings a shift in system philosophies—all these obstacles could render a recruiting class irrelevant.
Just because your school has on paper a great class doesn't mean much. Some of these 2012 classes will be disappointing when we look back in a few years.
Here are five that could have us scratching our heads.
The Tigers have 17 commitments, but 12 of them are just 3-star prospects according to ESPNU. ATH Chase Abbington and Nick Ramirez lead the group, but as a whole this may be a disappointment.
The Tigers lack the arsenal of top-tier prospects to ensure raising their competitive level in the SEC. This could be a disappointing class.
This class may never pan out because it might not be a class that even comes to Clemson.
Dabo Swinney has 16 commitments from solid football players. However, he may see this 2013 class come and go without taking Clemson to the next level.
Trojans fans, don't act like your program has not had some 5-star and 4-star busts come through Heritage Hall.
I love USC's 2013 class, and it's ranked No. 1 on my board, but there is a chance this class sees some more players who flame out.
Whitney Lewis, Rocky Hinds, Thomas Herring, Jeff Schweiger, Luthur Brown, Patrick Turner, Martin Coleman, Jamere Holland, Vidal Hazelton, Antwine Perez, T.J. Bryant, Blake Ayles, D.J. Shoemate, Markeith Ambles, Devon Kennard, Jesse Scroggins and even Chris Galippo are all former major-level recruits who failed to live up to their hype.
I'm just saying, recruits have flopped at USC, and this 2013 class is so hyped that it may happen with a few of these commits.
There are several players in Auburn's class who I think are just too good to not pan out: Reuben Foster and Carl Lawson are just too talented to not do anything.
However, the Tigers' coaching staff under Gene Chizik has come under fire for not being able to develop the talent that they've gotten on the recruiting trail.
The best example of this might be Kiehl Frazier, as many feel that he should be further along than he is after being in the program for two years.
With Chizik possibly on the way out, this class isn't in the best of spirits right now.
When you fire a coach, you know it's going to impact your program's current recruiting class. The Vols already lost stud DB Kameron Miles and more could follow.
It's going to be tough for them to get Vonn Bell now and whoever they hire, big name or not, this 2013 class will be a patch work group because of the limited amount of time to make a push.
To the good people on Rocky Top, I do believe better days are ahead for your beloved Volunteers, but this 2013 recruiting class may not be much help.
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.