10 Recruits Whose Decisions Will Fuel College Football Rivalries
One of the great aspects of college football is the passionate rivalries that run pretty much 365 days a year. Rivalries are even apparent on the recruiting trail which is one of the reasons why rivalries do not stop in the offseason.
Many recruiting decisions have fueled rivalries in the past, and they will continue to do so in the future. For this read, we'll look at 10 recruits from the 2013 class who will make decisions that will affect rivalries.
Fan bases will be mad with whatever school they go to. These players will be booed at certain places, and the intense competitiveness between schools will only increase. These recruits face tough decisions, and rivalries will be impacted.
10. Max Redfield, S
Redfield is a big time safety prospect that is so athletic he could be a star WR in college. He was once committed to USC but has decommitted from Troy and could be looking to sign with rival Notre Dame.
Washington and LSU are also circling around, and there are some big time rivalry implications in Redfield's recruitment.
9. Tim Williams, DE
Williams is a stud DE from Baton Rouge who stands 6'4", 230 pounds. If he stays in the SEC, it will likely be home at LSU or even Alabama, and we all know the rivalry that the Tide and Tigers have.
If Williams feels he should leave SEC country, then two big rivals in Florida will slug it out for him between Miami and Florida State.
8. Alvin Kamara, RB
Kamara is a very talented RB prospect from Georgia that has good speed, instincts, strength and quickness on a 5'10", 195-pound frame.
This race appears to be an Alabama vs. Georgia standoff, and the two SEC rivals both want Kamara badly. It's looking like the SEC title game could be the Alvin Kamara Bowl.
7. Antonio Conner, S
Conner is a Mississippi native and one of the best defensive players in the country. He's a 6'1", 205-pound back end defender with great athleticism, range and hitting ability.
Ole Miss could be the pick for him, but their rival Mississippi State is not taking no for an answer. Also, other SEC rivals such as Alabama and LSU, are in Conner's ear too.
6. Montravius Adams, DT
Adams appears to be set on playing in the SEC, as the 6'3", 310-pound DT from the Peach State is a wanted man around the South.
With his great snap quickness, raw point of attack strength and playmaking ability, Adams could be a future All-SEC DT.
Adams has options at Georgia, Auburn, Florida, LSU and Alabama along with Auburn. So whether this decision affects SEC rivalries or recruiting rivalries, rivalries will be affected nonetheless.
5. Matthew Thomas, OLB
Thomas has put recruiting on the back burner during this season a little bit, but looking into his recruiting, my gut tells me he's keen on Alabama, Florida State and Miami.
The 'Noles and Hurricanes are bitter rivals on the field and on the trail, while Alabama and FSU have begun a recent, choppy recruiting rivalry.
4. Ricky Seals-Jones, WR/TE
Texas A&M and LSU do not have a popular rivalry, but things could be jump-started between the two schools for two reasons going forward.
First, they are now both in the SEC and will be meeting up on the field a lot more often.
Second, they are both in a heated recruiting battle for 6'5", 230-pound pass catching prospect Ricky Seals-Jones.
RS-J is going to tick off a fan base and school. Which one will it be?
3. Laremy Tunsil, OT
Tunsil's recruitment is widely known to be down to Georgia, Florida, Alabama and Florida State.
The Crimson Tide and Bulldogs are the likely leaders, but let's face it: All four of these schools are rivals on the recruiting trail if not also on the field.
Three programs are going to get the real double whammy whenever Tunsil makes up his mind.
2. Reuben Foster, LB
Well, Foster has already affected the Alabama vs. Auburn Iron Bowl rivalry by spurning his Crimson Tide commitment for the Tigers.
So if he sticks with his Auburn pledge, then that decision will always be remembered whenever Foster plays 'Bama.
Notice I said "if", as Georgia is still strong on Foster, and should he sign with the Dawgs then an SEC trifecta rivalry will be impacted.
1. Robert Nkemdiche, DE
Nkemdiche is a free agent, and Ole Miss, Alabama, Georgia, LSU, Florida and Clemson are all among the schools he's considering.
My money is on him going to Ole Miss, but their SEC rivals will all have strong pitches to the big DE, as well as Dabo Swinney attempting to reel him back to the Tigers' fold.
Nkemdiche's commitment will be felt around the college football landscape and rivalries will be impacted.
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.