College Football Recruiting 2013: Grading Recruiting Class of the BCS Top 25

Edwin WeathersbyAnalyst IOctober 11, 2016

College Football Recruiting 2013: Grading Recruiting Class of the BCS Top 25

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    The BCS standings are out again (per ESPN) and it looks like we may be on track to see Notre Dame and Alabama play in the BCS title game. Interestingly enough, both teams are enjoying great 2013 recruiting cycles and should finish with top-10 classes.

    Expanding on the recruiting approach to these BCS standings, let's hand out recruiting grades for each Top 25 BCS team. Some of these teams have high grades, while some may be ineligible. Here are the recruiting grades for the BCS Top 25.

25. San Jose State

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    The Spartans have nine commitments in their class and none are 4-star prospects. They're not a recruiting giant, but credit their staff for having their team at 10-2. They'll take this class and develop prospects like QB Darrell Garetson and coach 'em up.

    Recruiting Grade: Incomplete

24. Utah State

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    The Aggies are a 10-2 football team and are demanding respect. They have 11 commitments on the recruiting trail and their best incoming prospect is 6'5", 300-pound Tyshon Mosely. DE Caden Anderson and WR Tyler Fox are two prospects to watch out for.

    Recruiting Grade: Incomplete

23. Oklahoma State

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    The Pokes are having a very good recruiting cycle by their standards. Mike Gundy has netted 17 commitments and could be flirting with a top-25 recruiting class finish.

    In typical OSU fashion, their three best prospects are WRs. Fred Ross leads the group that also features Marcell Ateman and Ra'Shaad Samples. DT Vince Taylor will help the defense improve in Stillwater, too.

    Recruiting Grade: B-

22. Northwestern

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    This 18-man recruiting class for Pat Fitzgerald starts and ends with Matt Alviti. He's a 6'0", 192-pound QB from Illinois that could be a college version of a cross between Brett Favre and Tim Tebow. 

    ATH Godwin Igwebuike, OLB Anthony Walker and LB Brad North are a few other prospects that stand out in this group.

    Recruiting Grade: C

21. Northern Illinois

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    The Huskies are a nine-win team and have squeezed inside the BCS standings. They have 13 commitments in recruiting and their class headliner is 6'1", 175-pound WR Corey Winfield. The rest of the class are 2-star prospects, but NIU has a formula that is clearly working just fine for them.

    Recruiting Grade: Incomplete

20. Boise State

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    The Broncos hold 15 commitments and two of them are 4-star prospects, RB Aaron Baltazar and C Andrew Tercek. I like 6'4", 190-pound QB Ryan Finley and the size of 6'3" WR Jack Austin could remind some Bronco fans on Austin Pettis. Boise State will maximize its return from this class.

    Recruiting Grade: C

19. Michigan

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    The Wolverines have had a fantastic recruiting cycle and will finish with a top-five class in all likelihood. QB Shane Morris leads a class that includes DB Dymonte Thomas, OG Patrick Kugler, CB Gareon Conley, DE Taco Charlton, RB Deveon Smith and WR Jaron Dukes among others.

    Recruiting Grade: A

18. Texas

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    The Longhorns have just 15 commitments but most of the class are 4-star and 5-star caliber prospects. This is a very quality class that has OL Darius James, LB Deoundrei Davis, OT Jake Raulerson, WR Jacorey Warrick and DT A'Shawn Robinson.

    Mack Brown has recruited extremely well once again and Texas will finish in the top 10 recruiting rankings again this year.

    Recruiting Grade: A-

17. Kent State

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    The Golden Flashes are 11-1 and could be one of the best teams no one is talking about. Their 2013 recruiting class has just six commitments and it is lead by QB Nathan Strock and LB Dustyn Moore. 

    Recruiting Grade: C-

16. UCLA

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    Jim Mora's program will compete in the Pac-12 title game this week, and the recruiting momentum in Westwood is growing. The Bruins have 19 commitments and the top-25 recruiting rankings are in sight.

    Notable commitments include DE/OLB Deon Hollins Jr., C Scott Quessenberry, RB Craig Lee, OT Erik Bunte, ATH Mossi Johnson and OG John Lopez.

    Recruiting Grade: B+

15. Oregon State

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    Oregon State is 8-3 this year and a big step forward was taken by Mike Riley's team. He should use this momentum to improve his 11-man recruiting class and continue upgrading his talent in Corvallis. DB Terin Solomon and WR Jordan Villamin are the top two commitments for the Beavers.

    Recruiting Grade: D+

14. Clemson

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    The Tigers may have lost Robert Nkemdiche and Elijah Daniel, but they still possess a solid recruiting class.

    Players like LB Dorian O'Daniel, WR Mike Williams, RB Tyshon Dye, DT Scott Pagano, WR Demarcus Robinson and LB Ben Boulware are the main commits to watch in this 16-commit class.

    Recruiting Grade: B

13. Florida State

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    FSU has 17 prospects committed right now and RB Ryan Green is the top player. He's a speedster with big-play ability that Tallahassee will love.

    The players that will help Green spring for long runs is OT Austin Golson and OG Ira Denson. LB E.J. Levenberry is a good run-stuffing 'backer and ATH Levonte Whitfield can play CB or WR.

    Recruiting Grade: B+

12. Nebraska

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    Big Red has 15 pledges and this class is a standard middle-of-the-pack group that Nebraska always brings in.

    The class headliner is QB Johnny Stanton, who, at 6'2" and 220 pounds, draws a ton of comparisons to Tim Tebow. Other prospects to watch out for is S Marcus McWilson, DE A.J. Natter and LB Josh Banderas.

    Recruiting Grade: B-

11. Oklahoma

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    This hasn't been the best recruiting cycle for the Sooners, yet it's not like this class is bad. OU has 13 commitments and its class is on pace to be small.

    RB Keith Ford is the headliner, with QB Cody Thomas, DE D.J. Ward and DB Hatari Byrd are also notable prospects that Bob Stoops is bringing in with this class.

    Recruiting Grade: B

10. South Carolina

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    The Gamecocks have 21 commitments and are recruiting well this year. Steve Spurrier has a very solid group coming to Columbia that is led by LB Matt Rolin.

    QB Connor Mitch should be an early career starter and LB Larenz Bryant has great athleticism and range. I also really like OT D.J. Park, and Kelsey Griffin should be plugging the run for years for South Carolina.

    Recruiting Grade: B+

9. Texas A&M

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    The Aggies are going to sign a very large class, as they have 31 commitments as it stands right now. WR/TE Derrick Griffin is the top player in the bunch, as he is an athletic 6'6", 228-pound pass-catcher.

    WR LaQuvionte Gonzalez is one of the fastest players in the country, OL Joas Aguilar is a tough run blocker, and Isaiah Golden is a good DT prospect.

    Recruiting Grade: B+

8. Stanford

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    The Cardinal have just nine commitments but the class has solid quality. Ryan Burns is a 6'5", 220-pound QB that is the best field general Palo Alto will see come in since Andrew Luck.

    LB Peter Kalambayi is a physical downhill defender and TE Greg Taboada is one of the best big athletes in America this year. If David Shaw can add more numbers, this class could be a top-25 group.

    Recruiting Grade: B-

7. LSU

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    Les Miles has 25 commitments this year and he could be positioning the Tigers for a top-10 finish.

    CB Jeryl Brazil could be the next great LSU CB, while OT Ethan Pocic is a good RT. I also like QB Hayden Rettig, DT Greg Gilmore and DE Frank Herron.

    Recruiting Grade: A-

6. Kansas State

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    The Wildcats have just seven commitments and their recruiting class isn't too impressive. LB Tanner Wood and WR LeAndrew Gordon are two players that stand out, but this class won't get much attention.

    Recruiting Grade: D

5. Oregon

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    The Ducks have a 10 commitments and are another team on pace to sign a small class. They are lurking around the top-25 rankings in recruiting, however, due to their quality group.

    RB Thomas Tyner is the clear-cut headliner and is perhaps the fastest player in the country. RB Dontre Wilson, OT Evan Voeller and the Robinson twins should make an impact in Eugene.

    Recruiting Grade: B-

4. Florida

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    Will Muschamp has done an excellent job recruiting this year. He has 21 commitments and Florida has a good chance to land the nation's best class.

    CB Vernon Hargreaves III would be the headliner in any recruiting class in the country. He's a special player and RB Kelvin Taylor isn't too far behind. LB Daniel McMillan, DT Caleb Brantley, WR Ahmad Fulwood and LB Quinton Powell also should be stars.

    Recruiting Grade: A

3. Georgia

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    The Bulldogs have 30 commitments and this could be a top-10 class for Mark Richt. He has commitments from studs such as CB Shaq Wiggins, ATH Tramel Terry, QB Brice Ramsey, LB Tim Kimbrough and S Tray Matthews.

    Georgia has recruited well this year and I don't think Richt is finished big-game hunting just yet.

    Recruiting Grade: B+

2. Alabama

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    Alabama can pull off top-five recruiting classes in their sleep and they've done it gain this year. Nick Saban has 19 commitments and his class could end up as the best in the country.

    With pledges from QB Cooper Bateman, TE O.J. Howard, RB Derrick Henry, DE DeMarcus Walker, CB Maurice Smith, WR Ardarius Stewart and RB Tyren Jones, the Tide has rolled on the recruiting trail.

    Recruiting Grade: A

1. Notre Dame

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    Brian Kelly has notched up 22 commitments for 2013 recruiting and he has a very talented class coming to South Bend. It starts with OLB Jaylon Smith, who is one of the nation's top overall players.

    WR Torii Hunter Jr. is a good skill position player, I like OLB Alex Anzalone and Devin Butler has great size for a DB at 6'1". The OL unit in this class is very good and also keep an eye on OLB Doug Randolph and RB Jamel James.

    Recruiting Grade: A-

    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.