College Football Recruiting 2013: 5 Recruits Who Will Not Live Up to Their Hype
There are some instances where the recruiting sees some of the commits that have a ton of hype just flame out. These hyped prospects don't live up to their status and fulfill the prophecies they are hyped to attain.
Not every recruit in this 2013 class will live up to their ranking, rating, lofty status or hype and any other word you want you use. Various factors and reasons abound as to why this will happen, but you will see several of these prospects not live up to their recruiting hype nonetheless.
Here are five recruits that could fit that mold.
5. Stacy Coley, WR
Coley makes this list not because he isn't talented enough. The 6'1" WR from Florida is a sleek speedster at 175 pounds and has a ton of potential.
What has Coley on this list is his academic concerns. There is a chance Coley may have problems qualifying and that could hinder his on-field development.
This could lead Coley not living up to his potential.
4. Kendell Beckwith, LB/DE/ATH
Beckwith is a fantastic all-around athlete and stands 6'2", 225 pounds. What concerns me with him is if he has a true position.
He lacks the quick twitch explosiveness at the snap to be a dominant DE, but he may not project well to play OLB. Beckwith will find a home, but I'm not convinced that he will live up to his ranking as a top 20 prospect in the ESPNU 150.
3. Kelvin Taylor, RB
I don't think Taylor will be a bust at all.
Yet, I have him on this list because I know there are going to be some older Gator fans that claim he isn't as good as his dad was in Gainesville and in the NFL.
Trust me, it's going to happen. Taylor could rush for a million yards for UF, but there will be some people in Gainesville that claim his dad is still the better RB.
2. Tyrone Swoopes, QB
At the start of this year Swoopes was being hyped by everyone (me included) as the next Vince Young for Texas. Nowadays, there are serious reservations about that hype coming true.
Swoopes has great size at 6'4" and 229 pounds, but he's a project at QB. If he sticks at QB, then he won't be ready to play for awhile and may not ever beat out Connor Brewer.
There's a chance Swoopes' best bet is to switch positions in Austin.
1. Robert Nkemdiche, DE
Nkemdiche is very good football player, but much pressure and hype comes when you're the No. 1 prospect in the country. We've seriously hyped this guy to be Superman and he's not that.
I've heard people say he's the next Lawrence Taylor, and some feel he will be better than Reggie White. That is some insane hype that I don't think anyone could live up to.
Yes, he's the No. 1 player on my board and many others. But Nkemdiche can't possibly live up to all the ridiculous hype that is surrounding him. He will be a great player wherever he goes, but no matter what he does some people will still feel he didn't live up to his hype.
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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