12 Future Great Defensive Duos from the 2013 College Football Recruiting Class
Last Monday, we took a look at 11 future great duos in college football on offense. The duos were all prospects from this 2013 recruiting class. It's a great read, and if you have not had the chance to check out, I suggest you do so.
Continuing that trend, today let's flip sides and look at the defense. However, we'll kick it up notch and give you 12 future great defensive duos stemming from this 2013 recruiting class. These defensive duos are going to team up with one another at their positions and help their schools shut down some serious offenses.
Batman and Robbin. Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen, Eric B and Rakim...If you have a dynamic duo, then clearly you can accomplish some big things.
Reggie Chevis and Jordan Mastrogiavanni, Texas A&M
I like both of these 'backers and Chevis is a "sleeper" type. Both guys stand 6'2", weigh close 230 pounds and move pretty well. Mastrogiavanni is a deceptive athlete and Chevis is a good run-stuffer.
Look for these two and other Aggie LB commit Brett Wade to be stalwarts in the middle of Kevin Sumlin's defense. While the Aggies will be scoring a lot of points, they should also be solid defensively in the future too.
Jeryl Brazil and Tre'Davious White, LSU
Remember a few seasons ago when LSU boasted a CB duo of Patrick Peterson and Morris Claiborne? Well, those days could be returning under White and Brazil.
White is a little longer at 5'11", 170 pounds, while the 5'10", 180-pound Brazil is one of the nation's fastest players. These two should help continue the trend of good DB play in Baton Rouge.
Tashawn Bower and Carl Lawson (if He Stays Committed), Auburn
Aside from the fact that Lawson is a flat-out awesome prospect, another reason Auburn wants to keep him so badly is because he would fit well with Bower.
Bower is a 6'5", 240-pounder that really is an edge-setter. He can play the run very well due to being strong and stout. Lawson can play the run well too, but the 6'2", 252-pounder is such an explosive pass-rusher.
So it's a great potential fit if these two both wind up on The Plains.
Jaylon Smith and Doug Randolph, Notre Dame
Like Bower and Lawson, these two should form a great tandem because they contrast each other's strengths so well. Smith is the 6'3", 220-pound gifted athlete of the two.
He can roam and cover while also rushing the passer with speed. Randolph is 6'3", 220 pounds too, but he's more of a power guy that can stack blocks and take on the run better.
Tahaan Goodman and Priest Willis, UCLA
Although the 6'2", 200-pound Willis prefers to play CB, he's likely to be moved to safety. That should work well in Westwood as he will be alongside his good buddy Goodman, who can easily play SS or FS.
Goodman is the more physical of the two, so he can be deployed to the box at times and leave Willis free to roam the back end. UCLA is stoked about the future duo these two should make.
Any Duo of Matt Rolin, Daniel McMillan and Alex Anzalone, Florida
The Gators have a great LB class coming in with this recruiting class. I'll also add that safety commits Keanu Neal and Marcell Harris could also grow into LBs in Gainesville.
With Rolin, Anzalone and McMillan, Will Muschamp has three of the better LB prospects in the country to work with. The LB unit shouldn't be a weakness at UF at all.
Keanu Neal or Marcell Harris with Nick Washington, Florida
As I said before, Neal and Harris may become OLBs, as both stand 6'1" and weigh over 200 pounds already. Yet, I have to believe that one could stay at safety and team with Nick Washington.
Washington is a natural ball-hawking free safety that plays with good speed and range. Pairing him with a physical guy like Neal or Harris should make an imposing safety duo for Florida.
Greg Gilmore and Maquedius Bain, LSU
Anytime you can land a 6'5". 285-pound DT with great athleticism, quickness and strength, then you're happy. Yet, when you can land two of those type of guys, then you're downright giddy.
Bain and Gilmore both will likely be in the 6'5", 300-pound range soon and LSU will have two anchors in the middle of its defense at the DT position. Les Miles has struck DT gold this recruiting class.
Mike Mitchell and Trey Johnson, Ohio State
The two LB prospects committed within a short time of one another earlier this month. The Buckeyes wanted to add depth to their LB position, and they will do so with Mitchell and Johnson.
Mitchell is a 6'4", 220-pounder from Texas that can play across the LB depth chart. He's a physical guy who also has fantastic straight-line speed.
Johnson is from Georgia and stands 6'1", 215 pounds. He's a physical and instinctive 'backer that plugs the run and should work well with Mitchell.
Tim Williams and Jonathan Allen, Alabama
The Crimson Tide defense is such a powerful unit and we expect it to be dominant every year. This past season, while good, many felt it lacked a dominant pass-rusher.
I'd imagine Allen and Williams will be coming in looking to change that. Williams is a 6'4", 230-pounder with great length, quickness and deceptive strength.
Allen, from Virginia, is a 6'3" edge defender that has gotten him bulk over 250 pounds already. Can you imagine the terror these two will present when an offense breaks the huddle and sees each guy on the opposite sides of one another?
Eli Apple and Gareon Conley, Ohio State
I'd be shocked if these two didn't become a potent duo at the CB position at Ohio State. Apple is a special CB talent that is very intelligent, instinctive and athletic at 6'0", 185 pounds.
On the opposite side of him at the CB spot will be Conley, who is 6'1" and about 170 pounds. Conley has great length and anticipates plays extremely well.
Two big CBs with athleticism, plays smarts and length. The Buckeyes' pass defense should be more than OK in a few seasons.
Su'a Cravens and Leon McQuay III, USC
The USC defense is going through a scheme overhaul and also an attitude overhaul. The safety position also is going to be wide open.
Cravens and McQuay, two of the top safety prospects in the country, are already on campus and will practice in the spring. The 6'1" Cravens is almost 210 pounds and has amazing instincts and athleticism.
McQuay, 6'2" and nearly 183 pounds, is more of ball-hawking, roaming type with great hands. These two have the talent and the contrast of skills to be a perfect fit.
They should make a great duo.
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.