Ranking the 5 Fastest College Football Recruits from Class of 2013

Edwin WeathersbyAnalyst IJanuary 21, 2013

Ranking the 5 Fastest College Football Recruits from Class of 2013

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    Personally, I prefer a fast football team over a bigger and stronger team. I just feel that one can never have too much speed on the football field, and it makes your team much more dangerous. Many others subscribe to this same theory, which is why you see speedy players getting recruited very hard.

    This 2013 national recruiting class has a wealth of fast players who can blaze and skate around the football field. I'm here to give you the top five fastest high school football recruits in the country. 

    The following five players can blow by their opponents, and their speed just jumps at you on tape and live in person. They'll be speeding on a college football field near you pretty soon.

5. Tramel Terry, CB/WR

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    Terry is out of South Carolina and is a sheer blazer. He could become an excellent CB prospect at 5'11", 193-pounds and be used on both the field and boundary.

    I can imagine Terry developing into an All-SEC CB due to his ability to carry any WR in the country deep. However, the offensive staff at UGA may plead with Mark Richt to let Terry be a WR.

    He's dangerous with the ball and plays like a 4.3 40-yard dash guy with the ball. His speed translates to the football field, and Terry can routinely get on top of a back end and haul in deep passes. 

4. LeAndrew Gordon, WR

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    Never heard of this guy? Don't worry, you will once he gets to Kansas State. Gordon is the fastest WR in the country, per ESPNU.

    He's been clocked as low as 4.3 seconds in the 40-yard dash, and it shows on film. He's not very big at at all, standing 5'7" and weighing 170 pounds. Yet Gordon has very good quickness, burst and another gear when running.

    He is going to be a weapon for the Wildcats and will sneak up on people. Think Trindon Holliday with Gordon. 

3. LaQuvionte Gonzalez, WR

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    Gonzalez is a 5'10", 160-pounder from Texas who just needs the football in his hands, and he can do the rest. Man is this guy a nightmare to defenses, due to his incredible speed.

    Gonzalez isn't just fast, he's jaw dropping fast. If a defense gives him space, he's more than likely to run by all 11 guys to pay dirt.

    He's headed to Texas A&M where I feel he will become a wonderful compliment to Derrick Griffin and Ricky Seals-Jones. Look for Gonzalez to work as a WR, RB and return man.

2. Jeryl Brazil, CB

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    Brazil, according to ESPNU, has 4.32 speed in the 40-yard dash, and that is remarkable speed. He's an LSU commit that will head to Baton Rouge to play CB.

    With his loose hips, athleticism, short area quickness and ability to stay even with a WR deep, Brazil should be a very solid defender for Les Miles. I also wouldn't be shocked if he ran track for the LSU indoor and outdoor squads, too.

1. Thomas Tyner, RB

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    I still rank Tyner as my No. 1 fastest prospect this year, and that's a rare feat for a 6'0", 218-pound RB. Not only does Tyner posses good size, he has one of the smoothest bursts I've ever seen.

    Tyner can glide upfield like a Cadillac with the ball, and once he turns the corner on defenses, he's more than likely gone. He's a huge home run threat who should be able to contribute right away in the Oregon offense as a true freshman.

    He's an accomplished sprinter in track and field, as he has contended for the Junior Olympics and several other high profile sprinting races.

    Tyner is so fast with the football that there's a chance he could one day be All Pac-12 as both a RB and return man.

    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.