Predicting Who Will Be the Biggest Busts of the 2013 Recruiting Class
Not every single recruit in this 2013 class will be successful and productive in college. Many things play a role in why a prospect doesn't pan out, such as scheme fit, injuries, maturation, coaching, physical development, personal problems and of course academics.
However, for this read, when we discuss prospective disappointments I will strictly only project from an on-field/football standpoint. Much can take place that strictly involves football over other variables when a prospect becomes a "bust" so to speak.
Whether they lack a crucial trait to be successful at their position, lack the size, speed or athleticism or may not fully get the playbook, some recruits come into college football and just aren't successful.
5. E.J. Levenberry, LB
There are several things that I do like about Levenberry. For starters, his size at 6'3", 230 pounds is impressive as is his strength and ability to stack blocks to play the run.
Yet, I don't see a dynamic athlete in space nor the range to get to the edges to combat perimeter runs. Levenberry can be pretty stiff and a liability vs. the pass.
With so many teams spreading defenses out and throwing the ball, he may have a hard time finding a consistent role at Florida State.
4. Derrick Griffin, WR/TE
Reservations remain about whether the 6'6", 228-pound pass catcher has the speed to stay at WR.
Griffin probably doesn't want to be moved to TE because he likely doesn't want to block, yet that may be where he fits best long term.
I also question Griffin's suddenness and ability to separate from defenders. He's a big target with great athleticism, but he may find trouble detaching from cover defenders at Texas A&M, thus constantly not being open.
3. Demarcus Walker, DL
Chad Simmons at Scout.com reported this week that Walker had an inconsistent week at the UA game practices. Walker usually weighs between 275 and 280 pounds, but showed up light at 252 last week.
Walker was pushed around, lacked the bulk and strength to anchor and just doesn't have the consistent explosiveness at the snap to be a pure pass rushing type of DE.
He's at his best when he's a versatile, swing DL that can fit as an end in both a 3-4 or 4-3 scheme and play some 3-technique too. It sounds like Walker is trying to make himself into a weak-side 4-3 end and that's not his game.
2. Earnest Robinson, WR
Robinson is headed to Auburn and the 6'2", 200-pound WR has good size and great hands. However, he lacks the speed and separation ability to uncover at the college level.
I'm not sure how much success Robinson is going to have for the Tigers because I expect him to struggle to get deep and separate underneath. He'll make some catches, but don't expect him to be a dominant No. 1 WR.
1. Tyrone Swoopes, QB
Swoopes has really taken a fall down many boards this cycle, including mine. The Texas commit has great size at 6'5" and 229-pounds along with dual-threat skills.
However Swoopes makes this list because he needs refinement with his footwork, mechanics and field vision. Some even feel Swoopes is a "project" and should move to another position for the Longhorns.
He's got a high ceiling, but Swoopes could turn out to be a grand bust at the QB position.
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.