Under Armour All-American Game 2013: Breaking Down Top Recruits to Watch

Ryan RudnanskySenior Writer IJanuary 2, 2013

Photo Credit: 247Sports.com
Photo Credit: 247Sports.com

As we approach the 2013 Under Armour All-American Game on Friday, several 5-star recruits will be on the field, giving us all a glimpse of the game-changers of the future.

Whether it be a versatile defensive end or an impressive cornerback, keep your eyes on the field on Friday and be blown away.

Here's a look at the top recruits in the 2013 Under Armour All-American Game.


Robert Nkemdiche, DE, Grayson High School (GA)

Largely regarded as the top recruit in the 2013 class, Robert Nkemdiche has an excellent combination of size, strength and explosiveness.

Not only that, he's a dynamic threat against the pass and the run, possessing the pass-rushing skills to create havoc and the recognition to stop the running game in its tracks. He's also shown the ability to split double teams and occupy multiple blockers.

Nkemdiche has been compared to Da'Quan Bowers because of his exceptional physical tools.


Carl Lawson, DE, Milton High School (GA)

Carl Lawson has the size and build to be a versatile defensive lineman with the ability to be a disruptive force on the edge and in the interior.

The most glaring thing you'll notice about Lawson is his burst and quickness. He constantly gets off the line from the get-go, finding his way into the backfield before the blocker can blink an eye.

With the ability to change direction quickly, he also can be disruptive against the run.

One thing the 5-star recruit does need to work on is displaying more discipline. He can sometimes overrun the ball carrier given his aggressiveness.


Vernon Hargreaves III, CB, Wharton High School (FL)

Vernon Hargreaves III certainly has the frame, strength and speed to be an elite cornerback at the next level, but perhaps what distances him from the rest of the class is his knowledge of the game.

As a coach's son, it's no surprise that Hargreaves seems to have a keen feel for the game, whether it be reading routes or getting in position to make a play. 

He's also an aggressive tackler not afraid to stand up to the run, and he displays solid technique when wrapping up the ball carrier.

Overall, you're looking at a player who could be a team's No. 1 corner from day one.


Montravius Adams, DT, Dooly County High School (GA)

Montravius Adams possesses the size and quickness to be a disruptive force in college, as well as the instincts and knowledge of the game to bring it all together.

He reads blocking schemes very well and he recognizes plays quickly. Combined with his physical abilities, it can be a nightmare for opposing offenses.

Adams does need to work on his technique a bit, though, as he seems to get by purely with his physical prowess at times. If he wants to be a star at the next level, he will need some coaching in that area, but he has the physical tools to be a top-level difference-maker.


Matthew Thomas, OLB, Booker T. Washington High School (FL)

Matthew Thomas is raw, but his combination of strength, speed, quickness and length makes him a scary recruit.

Thomas has the sideline-to-sideline ability to seemingly be everywhere at once and the balance and agility to either beat blockers on the edge or squeeze through gaps in the line.

On the other hand, he does need some work on reading the run and is raw when it comes to coverage.

Overall, you have a kid who figures to be a dynamic pass-rusher off the edge with some coaching and whose quickness sets him apart.


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