Top 10 Sleepers in the 2013 College Football Recruitment Class
Every year, we pay a ton of attention to the 5-star prospects, elite 4-star recruits and players that we feel are top-10 caliber recruits at their position. That's always going to be the case, because those prospects get a lot of hype and, therefore, they get a lot of coverage.
The drawback from that is that many other good football players get "slept on" and become "sleepers". They don't get the hype, coverage and attention that the elite recruits get, even though they deserve it.
In this 2013 recruiting class, there are a ton of sleepers and players at the bottom of the board who I feel will go on to have great careers.
For this read, I'm going to give you the top-10 sleepers to watch out for from this 2013 college football freshman class.
10. Cord Sandberg, QB
Sandberg is a Florida kid that is headed to Mississippi State. He stands at about 6'2" and weighs 200 pounds. As a dual-threat quarterback, Sandberg is a gritty player who I feel can win for the Bulldogs.
He fits the spread option attack that Dan Mullen runs very well, and he can beat a defense with his legs. With the athletic defenders that he'll face in the SEC every week, being mobile and capable of making throws on the run will be assets that will help him succeed.
9. Kyle Hicks, RB
Hicks is headed to TCU and is listed at 5'10" and 190 pounds. What I love about him is that he runs bigger and more powerful than his listed size.
Hicks doesn't back down from contact. He runs well behind his pads and will challenge defenders to finish runs. He can gain yards after contact and has good quickness.
I think he is a prime time sleeper at the running back position.
8. Richard Benjamin, WR
James Quick gets all the hype in Louisville's 2013 class, but I think Charlie Strong knows that he has a good one coming in with Benjamin, too.
He comes from Florida, and he is a skater at 5'11" and 194 pounds. He can release quickly off the line, use athleticism to avoid trash at the stem of his routes and separate at junction points with quick cuts.
I think he'll form a great tandem with Quick in Louisville.
7. Max Staver, QB
Cooper Bateman gets credited by many for having the strongest arm in the country this year, but Staver is right there on his heels.
At 6'6" and almost 240 pounds, Staver reminds me a ton of Joe Flacco. He has very similar arm strength and the kind of deceptive athleticism that the Ravens' quarterback possesses.
He is headed to Florida, and Staver could develop into a starter.
6. Antonio Allen, S
The Indiana Hoosiers are going to love Allen, as the 5'10", 200-pounder should be among the top safeties in the country. Still, he doesn't get enough "shine time".
He is great in the box, and the Indiana pledge can be stout against the run by attacking ball carriers quickly and making big hits. He also has enough speed and range to to play in the back end, but I think Indiana will love what he does in the box the most.
5. Zach Greenlee, QB
I don't know why bigger schools didn't come into play for Greenlee, who is headed to Fresno State.
At 6'2" and about 190 pounds, he's a great ball handler that can pitch with great control and placement. He's a poised quarterback that should be a productive player for the Bulldogs.
4. Joas Aguilar, OL
Aguilar is from Texas and the 6'5", 280-pounder is committed to Texas A&M.
With Ricky Seals-Jones, Kohl Stewart, Derrick Griffin and Justin Manning getting most of the attention, Aguilar is a sleeper in his own class. Yet this guy can flat-out drive block with the best of them.
Aguilar has a chance to become a great guard or even a right tackle. He should help anchor a strong Aggie running game.
3. Jayme Thompson, S
Eli Apple. Gareon Conley. Cam Burrows.
Yeah, if you're an Ohio State fan, just hearing those three names as defensive back commits alone will make you forget about anyone else. Still, Thompson should not be overlooked.
At 6'2" and almost 185 pounds, Thompson has solid athleticism and hitting ability. I can foresee a defensive backfield one day of Apple and Conley at the corner spots and Burrows and Thompson as the safeties for the Buckeyes.
2. Aaron Zwahlen, QB
Zwahlen is a quarterback that is 6'3" and weighs almost 190 pounds. He's from California and has outstanding arm strength that allows him to rifle passes all over the field.
His mobility is solid and he makes solid decisions. He's headed to Hawaii and Norm Chow is pretty fortunate to have him.
Zwahlen is going make other schools kick themselves for not recruiting him harder.
1. Dashon Hunt, CB
From Southern California, Hunt is headed to Oregon State, where he should be able to play pretty quickly. He's a 5'9", 175-pound cornerback that plays and acts like he's 6'2".
Hunt reminds me a lot of Cortland Finnegan, as he's tough, competitive and physical. He'll press at the line, use good cover skills to latch on to his man and will support against the run.
Mike Riley got himself a steal with Hunt.
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.