College Football Recruiting 2013: The Must-Have Recruit for Each BCS Top 25 Team
So we have our final regular season BCS Standings and Notre Dame will play SEC Champion Alabama for the national title. We also have some very interesting match ups in the Rose, Sugar and Fiesta bowls as this bowl season figures to be another great one.
Continuing our recent theme of putting a recruiting spin on the BCS Standings, today we're going to take a look at each top 25 BCS team's "must have" recruit. This can be either a currently committed recruit a team has right now or an uncommitted prospect that a program is still after.
Here is each BCS top 25 program's critical must-get prospect for 2013 recruiting.
25. Kent State
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Prospect: Donovan Munger, DT
Munger is a 6'3", 290-pound DT prospect from Ohio that the Golden Flashes would love to get. However, their top must-get recruit is their head coach Darrell Hazel.
Hazel has turned around the program in short order, which will attract larger profile programs to inquire about his services. Kent State must keep him as their leader, without a doubt.
24. San Jose State
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Prospect: Austin Hooper, DE
Hooper has a chance to max out as a poor man's Justin Smith. He's 6'4", close to 250 pounds and plays solid, smart, tough and disciplined football. He doesn't back down from a fight, can shoot off the ball well and has a high motor.
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Prospect: Andrew Billings, DT
Billings is a 6'1", 305-pound DT that Texas could still get. The Longhorns usually finish up their recruiting early, but Billings may be a late addition. He has a stout frame, outstanding strength and can eat up blocks well. Also, don't count Billings out from playing OG in college.
22. Utah State
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Prospect: David Maka, OL
Maka is a huge 6'5", 330-pound OL prospect that can play guard or center. His massive frame allows him to engulf and bully defensive tackles. He is a strong interior line prospect that could help Gary Andersen's program.
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Prospect: James Quick, WR
The best player in the Bluegrass State, Quick is Louisville's most critical recruit. He's a dynamic 6'0", 185-pound WR that has solid speed and RAC ability. If Charlie Strong stays with the Cardinals, look for him to increase his efforts to land Quick.
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Prospect: Patrick Enewally, CB
The Big Ten is a big-boy conference and having big players is a great thing. Northwestern needs to go get the 6'2", 190-pound Enewally, as he is a big and athletic CB from California that can play Big Ten football.
With his size and athleticism, if Enewally doesn't make it as a CB for some reason, then WR or S are fall back options.
19. Boise State
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Prospect: Charles Okonkwo, CB
Getting a big corner like the 6'1", 170-pound Okonkwo would be huge for Boise State. A California prospect, Okonkwo has great movement skills, length and could even develop into a free safety for the Broncos.
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Prospect: Derrick Green, RB
Green is a powerful big back at 6'0" and close to 230 pounds. He would do an awesome job of getting, and keeping the Wolverines' offense on schedule with hard nose runs. Green has the strength to be his own blocker, exploit leaky yardage tacklers and has deceptive quickness.
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Prospect: Priest Willis, DB
Jim Mora is a DB coach at heart so one has to imagine as we move forward, he will want that part of his roster stocked with talent. Willis is one of the most talented DBs in the country, as he has outstanding size at 6'2", 200 pounds, and great athleticism.
He's a five-star-caliber player from Arizona and would automatically become the Bruins' 2013 class headliner.
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Prospect: Mackensie Alexander, CB
Big Red has had some impressive players at the CB position in recent years. Names like Prince Amukamara, Alfonzo Denard and getting stud Charles Jackson in 2011.
Alexander could help continue that trend, as the 5'11", 175-pounder from Florida is an instinctive, tough, athletic and deceptively strong CB. He's just extremely secretive, as we all know.
15. Northern Illinois
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Prospect: Caleb Bailey, OLB
Bailey is a little light in the pants at 205-pounds for an OLB, but he's 6'1" and is a solid athlete. He hails from Illinois, and NIU would get a boost in landing him. Bailey could develop into a starter for the Huskies as a second-level defender.
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Prospect: Montravius Adams, DT
Earlier this year, I really thought Clemson was the team to beat for Adams but things cooled off a bit. However, the Tigers remain in the picture but have to compete with some other heavyweights.
Getting Adams would be huge for Dabo Swinney's defense. The 6'3" DT is close to 310 pounds and has a chance to be an elite player.
13. Oregon State
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Prospect: Dashon Hunt, CB
It would behoove Mike Riley to make sure he landed a player like Hunt. I've always felt this is one of the more underrated prospects in the country, as the 5'9", 175-pounder doesn't have great size but plays like he's 6'2".
With his toughness, physicality and short area quickness, Hunt would definitely be a multi-year starter in Corvallis.
12. Florida State
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Prospect: Matthew Thomas, OLB
The 'Noles have their hand in many different pots of prospects, but Thomas' could be the biggest pot of them all. The five-star OLB is a flat-out future star and could fulfill his destiny in Tallahassee. At 6'3", 210 pounds, Thomas has everything you want in an OLB-nickel DE prospect.
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Prospect: Justin Manning, DT
Oklahoma has always recruited the state of Texas well. Manning is a Texan, but the Sooners are in the hunt for him.
He's also the brother of former OU DL DeMarcus Granger, so it's crucial Bob Stoops keeps the family pipeline open. Manning would fit well as a swing DL in Norman at 6'2", 275 pounds.
10. South Carolina
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Prospect: Greg Bryant, RB
The Gamecocks probably have some fine backs in the stable to help replace Marcus Lattimore, but Bryant probably is better than anyone they have. Steve Spurrier knows that to win in the SEC now, you must run the ball well on a consistent basis.
Bryant would help keep the offense on schedule, and closely resembling what it looked like with Lattimore. It just so happens that the 5'10", 205-pounder is one of the best RBs in the country too.
9. Texas A&M
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Prospect: Ricky Seals-Jones, WR/TE
Aggie fans, once you saw the title of this piece, then I'm pretty sure you knew who would be here. Kevin Sumlin just has to get RS-J—he has to.
The damage the 6'5", 230-pound Seals-Jones could with Johnny Manziel, and the lethal big-boy combination he'd be with current commit Derrick Griffin would be a sight to see.
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Prospect: Tim Williams, DE
Maybe LSU is slowing down their pursuit, but I still think they can't let Williams get away. The Tigers already let Landon Collins escape out of the Bayou, they can't let another top guy like Williams leave or a trend could form.
Williams is a good at 6'4" and 230 pounds. He could be an early impact DE in Baton Rouge.
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Prospect: Reuben Foster, LB
I know Foster is still committed to Auburn, but the flirtation with UGA continues and will only increase with Gene Chizik's firing. Foster is the nation's best LB prospect and one the top overall prospects.
The 6'2", 245-pounder has a great work ethic, instincts, athleticism, strength and range.
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Prospect: Jordan Cunningham, WR
Stanford is national recruiting program, and their reach is aided by their wonderful academics. The Cardinal already have QB Ryan Burns committed, and he is from Virginia.
Getting the 6'1", 175-pound Cunningham would be a good for their investment in Burns, and their national reach, as he is from Florida.
5. Kansas State
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Prospect: Marquel Combs, DT
Bill Snyder loves to scour the JC ranks for immediate impact prospects, so it's no wonder why K-State's must-get is a JC guy like Combs.
At 6'3" and 310 pounds, Combs has big time strength, stacking ability and flashes heavy hands. He can play NT or DT.
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Prospect: Leon McQuay, S
Oregon is a real problem for USC these days, and the Trojans do not like it one bit. If you're the Ducks, what better way to show USC that your program will be sticking it to them for more years than to take a player the Trojans desperately need?
Landing the 6'1', 185-pound McQuay, and developing him into a stud safety in Eugene would draw the ire of USC even more.
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Prospect: Laremy Tunsil, OG
Florida has to find out a way to close the deal on Tunsil. He's from close-by Gainesville, is the top OT in the country and is an impact guy. He's the top must-get prospect on the board for Will Muschamp, as even though UF has ground to make up, they still are in the race.
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Prospect: Robert Nkemdiche, DE
This current Alabama defense is very, very good and has a bunch of very good players. Yet, there isn't really that classic superstar defender Alabama usually has.
Nkemdiche can be that guy in Tuscaloosa, as the nation's best prospect is 'Bama's critical prospect. He's a superstar in the making, and could be an excellent DE/OLB type in 'Bama's system.
1. Notre Dame
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Prospect: Max Redfield, S
Brian Kelly is an offensive-minded coach, but his program is currently known for their defense. The must-get prospect for the Irish is the 6'2", 195-pound Redfield from California.
Landing him would give Notre Dame one of the nation's best classes and a safety that has so much speed and ball skills that their offensive-minded coach could make him a WR.
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.