College Football Recruiting 2013: Ranking the Top 15 Offensive Skill Commitments
Many football players want to score touchdowns and the best way to do that is to play a position with an objective to do just that. QB, RB, FB, WR and TE are what we in the football world refer to as "skill positions". These positions house players that make the offense move the ball downfield and score points.
The 2013 recruiting class has a slew of skill position prospects that are very dynamic. For this read, I wanted to take a look at them and give you all the top 15 committed skill position players. It was very tough to whittle this list down to just 15, so if your favorite recruit that's committed and plays a skill position is not on this list make a case for them in the comments section!
15. Tyren Jones, RB
The 5'8" Jones weighs 190 pounds and has a compact and strong frame. He's a terror to bring down because he runs awfully hard, makes decisive cuts and a great burst to jump to the second level.
Jones also has solid power and can break tackles.
14. Ryan Burns, QB
You have to dig a 6'5", 220-pound QB from Virginia that can do a little bit of everything. Burns is that guy, as he shows solid delivery quickness, accuracy and good arm strength.
He's also solid in the mobility department and the big gunner can get to the edges and make throws on the run.
13. Adam Breneman, TE
Commitment: Penn State
When he's healthy, Breneman is a WR in a TE's body.
The 6'5" Keystone State native is a 230-pound seam player with solid release quickness for a big man, length and a large strike zone. Breneman can snatch any ball in flight and catches in crowds well.
12. Thomas Tyner, RB
Tyner probably should be higher on this list, as he is 6'0", 218 pounds on the hoof and shows blazing speed.
He's a perimeter-oriented runner that does his damage on the edges. Tyner flashes good patience, vision and possesses a a rare burst of speed that is incredible.
11. Cooper Bateman, QB
A 6'3", 200-pound QB from Utah, Bateman's best trait is his arm.
This guy can power the football into tight windows and attack the third level of a defense with ease. He has the arm strength to place balls with velocity outside the numbers and make all the throws from the pocket.
10. Robbie Rhodes, WR
At 6'1" and 190 pounds Rhodes has very good athleticism, smooth movement skills and competes for the ball harder than any WR in the country.
He has solid speed, but really is very deceptive at junctions points with the quickness to separate. He should post huge stats for the Bears.
9. Jalin Marshall, WR/RB/ATH
Commitment: Ohio State
Marshall can play QB, RB or WR for an offense and be successful in various schemes. He stands about 6'0" and is nearly 200 pounds on the hoof.
He's a good athlete, has great speed and is at his best when he has the ball in his hands in space. Marshall is one of the more naturally offensively instinctive recruits in the country.
8. Derrick Griffin, WR/TE
Commitment: Texas A&M
The Aggies are providing Johnny Football with a 6'6", 228-pound pass catcher dripping with athleticism and leaping ability. Griffin's size and ability to tower over defenders, high point balls and catch in crowds will enhance the A&M passing game to soaring numbers.
7. Derrick Henry, RB
Henry put up video game numbers this season by rushing for over 3,700 yards and 50 scores. He's a huge 6'3", 240-pound runner with good speed, elusiveness, instincts and athleticism.
He's not a power back, but he's learned to run better behind his pads and his strength will improve at 'Bama.
6. O.J. Howard, TE
Howard is a talented prospect with a high ceiling. He could play DE or OLB and easily excel there, but TE appears to be his best long-term spot. At 6'5", 225 pounds Howard combines outstanding athletic ability with speed, length and ball skills.
He can be used as a joker-type, where he aligns in-line, flexed out or in the back field.
5. Shane Morris, QB
Morris is a Michigan native and the future starter for the Wolverines. He stands 6'3", weighs 190 pounds and gets the ball out left-handed. Morris has good arm strength, sets up quickly and is pretty mobile to get out of the pocket.
With his moxie and playmaking ability, Morris will quickly grow to be beloved in Ann Arbor.
4. Kelvin Taylor, RB
Taylor has had an outstanding career in his Florida high school and will take his talents to Gainesville. The 5'11", 216-pound RB has great size, very good quickness and solid burst.
His long speed is solid, but Taylor's lateral agility, feel, awareness, quick feet and instincts are what separate him from others.
3. Ty Isaac, RB
Isaac's size at 6'3" and just about 220 pounds is impressive for RB. Yet, it's his style of play that intrigues people even more. He has good speed and elusiveness, not just for a big back but period.
Also, Isaac's ball skills and ability to play a little WR lead you to begin to think if he's strictly just a RB.
2. Christian Hackenberg, QB
Commitment: Penn State
Hackenberg is a 6'3", 215-pound QB with just about every tool needed to be a good in Happy Valley. He displays good delivery quickness, solid field vision, arm strength and sharp accuracy.
Hackenberg also has good athleticism and can escape the rush, get out of traffic and still make throws on the run.
1. Max Browne, QB
Browne stands 6'5", 215 pounds and is the top offensive skill position prospect on my board right now. I see a great college QB with a very quick release, pretty good arm strength and great ball placement skills.
Browne sees and scans the field well, understands how to read coverages and makes good decisions. He knows when to attack and when to check down, while also displaying good pocket presence.
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.
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