2013 College Football Recruits: Top Players Who Will Make an Impact Next Season

Rob GoldbergFeatured ColumnistJanuary 29, 2013

It is difficult for college football stars to make an impact in their first year out of high school. However, there are some rare talents in this draft class that could do just that.

Players are starting to contribute to college teams faster than ever. This past season, Johnny Manziel became the first freshman ever to win the Heisman Trophy.

While the Texas A&M quarterback had a redshirt season, his ability to be that good this early was quite impressive.

This recruiting class has a few players who can do even better by helping their team in 2013.

Note: All photos courtesy of 247Sports.


Robert Nkemdiche, DE

The top overall recruit in almost every publication got to that point for good reason. He is an incredible athlete that has the size and speed to match up with any collegiate offensive lineman in the country.

However, it is not just the athleticism that sets Robert Nkemdiche apart from his peers. He has incredible technique that is very advanced for his age and he uses it to get past opponents in a hurry.

Next season, he will not only put up great individual numbers, but he has the ability to transform an entire defense. He will completely disrupt opposing gameplans while allowing teammates to make plays on the other side of the field.

Similar to South Carolina's Jadeveon Clowney, he will cause NFL scouts to salivate as they must wait for him to be eligible for the draft. 


Derrick Green, RB

There are plenty of talented running backs in the 2013 class, but Derrick Green has the perfect mix of talent and opportunity to come up big next season.

The Michigan commit likely saw the lack of production from the Wolverines' backfield last season as a reason to join the team. Fitzgerald Toussaint only rushed for 514 yards as the second-leading rusher behind senior quarterback Denard Robinson.

Green should get plenty of chances to see the field, and he has the ability to really take advantage of it. He has the perfect combination of size and speed that will allow him to succeed right away.

All he needs is some good blocking next year and he could end up being a starter as a freshman.


Laquon Treadwell, WR

Ole Miss has a good young receiver in Donte Moncrief, but the Rebels could certainly use some additional help at that position.

This is where Laquon Treadwell will be able to help out. 

The Illinois native has very good speed that will allow him to stretch defenses as they try to prevent him from catching deep passes. In addition, he has the size to allow him to survive a full season at this level.

Many receivers struggle out of the gate due to the lack of strength coming out of high school. This is not a problem for Treadwell, as he can already catch passes in traffic and make things happen down the field.

He has a chance to be a special talent with Ole Miss.


Montravius Adams, DT

His ability to start right away will depend on what school he decides to attend, but there is little doubt that Montravius Adams has the ability to contribute as early as next season.

Unlike most players his age, he has the ideal size to compete on the college football field. This is before he even enters a legitimate weight-training program that will start at the next level.

However, his agility is what is truly amazing to watch. The 300-pound defensive tackle has great explosiveness off the ball and can get into opposing backfields in a hurry.

He also knows how to take on blockers and clog the middle of the field to stop the run.

Regardless of where he lands, Adams knows what he is doing on the defensive line and should see the field early in his career.