Elite 2013 Recruits Who Will Be Heisman Contenders During Their College Careers

Andrew KulhaSenior Analyst IIIJanuary 18, 2013

Elite 2013 Recruits Who Will Be Heisman Contenders During Their College Careers

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    The college football recruiting class of 2013 will produce more than a few Heisman Trophy contenders when all is said and done.

    Right now, these players are elite recruits, but in time they have the potential to be the best of the best that college football has to offer.

    They will make big plays, they will win big games and they project to be absolute superstars on Saturdays.

    Here are five elite recruits from the class of 2013 that will be Heisman contenders at some point during their careers.

Reuben Foster, 5-Star ILB (Uncommitted)

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    Reuben Foster is good enough to win the Heisman Trophy as a linebacker.

    He's a very physical linebacker that can be a force between the tackles at the line of scrimmage, but he's also fast and athletic enough to get to the edge and make plays in open space. Foster has an extremely natural feel for the position and he'll always be in the right position to make plays.

    What will set Foster apart as well is his ability to drop back into coverage and make things happen as a pass-defender.

    Right now, Foster is 6'1'', 240 pounds and runs a 4.60 40-yard dash, according to 247Sports.com.

    He's already extremely impressive, but he'll only get better. Depending on where he ends up, he could compete for the Heisman more than once as a linebacker.

    Note: Foster's 247Sports.com interest list features Georgia and Auburn as the leaders, followed by Alabama, LSU, Washington and Tennessee.

Greg Bryant, 5-Star RB (Notre Dame)

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    Greg Bryant has the talent and potential to be a superstar running back for Notre Dame, and that alone will get him some Heisman looks.

    He's 5'11'', 196 pounds and runs a 4.48 40-yard dash, according to 247Sports.com. Bryant possesses that unique combination of size and speed and he'll be effective in just about any running situation.

    He can run strong between the tackles and pick up tough yards, but he's also the type of runner that can bounce it outside on the edge and break a long run. If Notre Dame stays in national championship contention, Bryant will be a huge reason why. He'll garner a lot of Heisman attention in time. 

Shane Morris, 5-Star QB (Michigan)

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    Shane Morris' chances of winning a Heisman will hinge on how good Michigan is while he's at the helm. He'll naturally get a ton of attention as the quarterback of the Wolverines, but if he can lead them to a few big, meaningful wins, the hype will be undeniable.

    As far as his natural talent is concerned, Morris has it all. He has a powerful arm and throws a beautiful deep ball, but he'll also be precise on intermediate throws. He's also mobile and athletic enough to be effective moving outside of the pocket.

    Morris really is the total package as a quarterback recruit, and he'll be a Heisman candidate before all is said and done. 

Derrick Henry, 5-Star RB (Alabama)

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    In time, Derrick Henry will become the next great Alabama running back. He has the size of an elite outside linebacker at 6'3'' and 240 pounds, but he also has the speed of an elite running back.

    He runs a 4.54 40-yard dash, according to 247Sports.com.

    Henry will be a power runner between the tackles that can pick up important yards for the Tide. However, he also has that home run potential once he gets to the second level or the edge. He'll also be an effective receiver out of the backfield.

    Overall, Henry projects to be a star at Alabama. That alone will put him in the Heisman race soon enough.

Max Browne, 5-Star QB (USC)

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    Max Browne has the potential to be the next great college football quarterback. He has an elite combination of size and skill, and he couldn't be in a better position as far as garnering national Heisman attention is concerned.

    USC is somewhat on the radar when it comes to producing Heisman candidates, after all.

    He's 6'5'', 210 pounds and he has a huge arm, but he's also extremely athletic.

    What really will set Browne apart, though, is his ability to elude pressure and throw on the run. He has that rare ability to extend plays with his feet, while still being able to keep his eyes downfield and throw the ball—and that will make him elite at the college level.

    Expect Browne to be one of the best players in the country in a few years. He'll definitely be a Heisman candidate eventually.

     

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