13 College Football Recruits Who Will Make Coordinators Look Better
As a fan of your favorite college football teams and probably as a college football fan in general, you watch a ton of games. You start to really get to know a team's personnel well and a get a good feel for what they're trying to do as the season wears on.
With that, you start to notice what a team's weaknesses are and where they're weak in personnel. You even start to see which side of the ball is the weaker unit and why that coordinator is having a bit of a tough time.
For this next piece, we're going to give you 13 recruits from this 2013 college football who will make their committed school's coordinator look better soon.
Torii Hunter, Jr., WR
Commitment: Notre Dame
Hunter is a 6'0", 175-pound WR with big-time speed, quickness and playmaking ability. He's a similar athlete to Davonte Neal for the Irish, and I think he could be the next Theo Riddick for Brian Kelly.
Kelly has been trying to upgrade his team's speed and quickness at the skill positions. He serves as his own play-caller, and I think Hunter will really help his spread offense look even better soon enough.
Dymonte Thomas, S
Thomas can play an array of positions for a football team, but safety may be his best bet. He's a 6'1", 185-pound ballhawk with great athleticism and versatility for the back end.
Greg Mattison could chose to use Thomas like he did when he had Ed Reed with the Ravens. The Michigan defense has a ton of potential going forward, and Thomas could be the piece to help Mattison install his full scheme.
Cooper Bateman, QB
The Alabama offense doesn't nearly as much from the QB as other programs do theirs. Alabama likes for QB's to not make mistakes, manage the game and not to lose it.
I think that could change with Bateman, along with the upgraded skill position personnel. Bateman is a 6'3", 200-pound signal-caller from Utah with way too much arm strength and passing skills to be held back by being asked to be a game manager.
Rashard Fant, WR/ATH and Antonio Allen, S
The Hoosiers are not a good ball club, and more talent is needed in Bloomington. Kevin Wilson and his coordinators have two prospects coming in that should make them all look good.
Fant is a 5'10", 170-pound dynamic athlete that will help the offense immediately. From playing WR, Wildcat QB, RB and slot WR, look for the Hoosiers to be just a bit more explosive offensively.
Allen is a 5'10", 195-pound hard hitting SS-type that can impact vs. the run and pass. He should also help the defense right off the bat.
Jalin Marshall, WR/ATH
Commitment: Ohio State
Tom Herman runs Urban Meyer's offense and ran the spread option scheme pretty well this year. Marshall could help Herman run it even better.
The 6'0", 200-pound ATH can play QB, RB and WR, and his versatility, speed and natural instincts will definitely serve as oil to a growing offensive machine. Marshall can do many things and should help expand Herman and Meyer's playbook.
Jalen Ramsey, CB and Su'a Cravens, S/ATH
Lane Kiffin may be best suited to remove his father, Monte, from the defensive coordinator position at USC. A defensive chief with college experience and the ability to adjust to college offenses is needed.
Also, finding better CB play is vastly in demand. Torin Harris was awful this year, and Josh Shaw seems to best suited for the safety position. Ramsey could be the man to help, as his size at 6'0", 190 pounds and athleticism are great.
Cravens will help the defense by bringing in more playmaking ability. The 6'1", 205-pound DB has amazing instincts, athleticism and a knack for doing big things on the field.
Taquan Mizzell, RB
Bill Lazor is going to be in the NFL one day, and I think he's going to try to really polish up his offense at Virginia to make sure that happens.
The 5'11", 185-pound Mizzell should help accomplish that task. Mizzel has great quickness, speed and should help the Wahoos reel off more big plays.
O.J. Howard, TE and Josh McNeil, TE
The TE position for the Crimson Tide has been mainly manned by big-bodied blockers who help seal edges and make holes for the running game. Howard and McNeil are nothing like that.
The both stand about 6'5", 225 pounds and excel as pass-catchers. Look for both of these guys to help usher in a new trend of 'Bama seam players, which will get Doug Nessmeier more love.
Shane Morris, QB
Al Borges has had to tailor his offense to personnel he didn't recruit at Michigan. He's done a good job of putting Denard Robinson in a position that plays to his strengths.
Yet Morris will give Borges to fully install his true offense in Ann Arbor. We should see what Borges' scheme really is about, and when you have a 6'3", 190-pound southpaw QB with moxie and great arm strength, you should look better as a coordinator.
Christian Hackenberg, QB
Commitment: Penn State
Bill O'Brien serves as his own offensive coordinator in Happy Valley. He's done a great job of getting solid play out of Matt McGloin, but let's face it, McGloin has limitations.
Hackenberg doesn't have the limitations that McGloin has, and O'Brien should look even better as an offensive mind with the 6'3", 215-pound QB.
Hackenberg's quick release, good arm strength, accuracy and deceptive athleticism will be molded by O'Brien and the Penn State offense should look a little better going forward.
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.