5 Recruits We Would Pay the Most Money to See Play
It's one thing to go see a recruit play and get a chance to really see them perform live. For me, as an evaluator, I'll go to see anyone play if I have a chance. Loving football and the love to evaluate recruits and see them up close and personal is a neat thing to me.
Yet, like anyone, spending money is a drawback. In order for me to pay to see a player play, then I must think he is special and it must be an honor and a near privilege to see him play. For this recruiting class, there are several recruits that I honestly would have no issue spending money and paying to go see.
Out of those recruits, here are the five that I'd be willing to pay the most money to watch play football.
5. Robert Foster, WR
If you're going to spend money, then you better be entertained and Foster is one of the most exciting and entertaining players in America. He's explosive, speedy and dangerous with the football.
Forking over some funds to watch a 6'2", 190-pound WR blow by DBs to catch deep balls and using incredible RAC skills to reverse field and shake tacklers to scored TDs would be fun to watch for me.
It should be a joy for Alabama fans.
4. Robert Nkemdiche, DE
Just from the hype alone, one has to have Nkemdiche on a list like this. Yet, this guy isn't just talk and hype, as he showed at the Under Armour game what a talent he is.
Nkemdiche is a man amongst boys most of the time and his snap quickness and strength is remarkable.
Seeing him pop blockers in the mouth at the point of attack after jumping on top of them with explosiveness down after down is cool to see for football guys like myself.
Besides, he's the No. 1 player in the country and probably will be in the NFL in three years. I rather spend money to see him now than paying those expensive NFL ticket prices.
3. Reuben Foster, LB
When he's on top of his game and his weight is in order, Foster is downright special. Watching the Under Armour game showed me flashes of what his brilliance can be.
Seeing a linebacker that has close to the complete package is rare and I'm willing to spend my money for a chance to Foster play because that rare occurrence could happen that night I'd be there.
He has great athleticism for a big bodied athlete and I saw solid movement skills in space during the Under Armour game. I'd spend some money to see him play for sure.
2. Vernon Hargreaves III, CB
Foster may have flashed his "special" ability at the Under Armour game, but Hargreaves let it all hang out on a consistent basis. This is a player who I think could be the best CB prospect ever in college football recruiting.
If getting a chance to see Hargreaves use his play smarts, instincts, speed, awareness, technique and natural cover skills to win game causes me to spend money, I'm still down to do it.
Florida is getting itself an outstanding prospect and potential All-American who will come into Gainesville ahead of where Joe Haden was.
1. Su'a Cravens, S
Even if you don't like the Steelers, when Troy Polamalu was healthy and in his prime, he was a game changer and someone we all loved watching play.
Well, Su'a Cravens may be the second coming of the long-haired safety and I'm sure anyone would spend money to see a player compared to Polamalu. Cravens can line up anywhere on defense and is so instinctive that he can do something unorthodox but the end result will leave you amazed.
An early enrollee to USC, don't be shocked if Cravens is starting at a safety spot for the Trojans on opening day this fall.
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.