In the game of football, speed can be the great equalizer or it can be a tremendous advantage.
It's something that, for the most part, you can't teach, and it has the potential to completely change the feel of any given game.
Speed neutralizes strength and size, it creates big plays and it separates the good from the great.
Especially in college football today, where the spread offense and read-option is prevalent, having speed out on the field can oftentimes be the difference between winning and losing.
With all of that in mind, here are the 10 fastest recruits in the 2013 class.
Note: All 40 times via Rivals.com
40 time: 4.38
Three-star cornerback Ranthony Texada is very fast, even for a defensive back.
He's committed to TCU, and he projects to be a big-time corner for the Horned Frogs. His speed will allow him to stick with players in the slots as a nickelback or dimeback, and he'll be a threat to take it back in a hurry if he ever picks a pass off.
He's only a 3-star recruit, but he has tremendous potential for TCU.
40 time: 4.38
John Franklin is a dual-threat quarterback with immense potential.
He's obviously extremely fast (thus the reason he's on this list), but he also brings great size to the table. He checks in at 6'1'', 171 pounds.
Franklin could play quarterback or wide receiver for Florida State, although he'll get his first look at quarterback.
40 time: 4.38
Thomas Tyner has the potential to be the next great Oregon running back.
He has exceptional speed and he fits Oregon's offense perfectly. He's also a very strong runner between the tackles, though, so he really is the complete back for the Ducks.
He'll be able to break long runs because of his speed, but he can also pick up tough yards in a crowd at 6'0'', 200 pounds.
40 time: 4.37
Levonte Whitfield has star potential as a receiver for Florida State.
He's obviously extremely fast, running a 4.37 40, but he's ranked as the No. 38 overall receiver in the 2013 class, according to Rivals.com.
He's a player that Florida State can line up in the slot in order to create mismatches in the middle of the field, and he'll be an over-the-top threat as well on the outside.
40 time: 4.36
Melvin McAdams is a 2-star athlete who has yet to commit.
The only offer that he holds right now is from Southeastern Louisiana, although he does have interest in notable programs such as Arizona State and Ole Miss, according to Rivals.com.
McAdams is only 5'8'', 170 pounds, but his speed will really set him apart on the football field.
40 time: 4.34
Jeremy Tabuyo is a 3-star wide receiver who's committed to Texas A&M.
He's going to be an interesting option at wideout for Johnny Manziel and the Aggies if they can get him onto the field and in open space.
He'll stretch a defense vertically with his speed, and he'll have a chance to create some mismatches in Texas A&M's scheme.
40 time: 4.33
Zachary Yousey has the potential to be a superstar receiver for Toledo.
Not only is he extremely fast, running a 4.33 40, but he also has great size. He checks in at 6'2'', 190 pounds, according to Rivals.
He'll be a huge deep threat for the Rockets on the outside. He'll be able to break deep zone coverages because of his speed, and he could be almost impossible to cover in man-to-man.
40 time: 4.32
Brandon Jones is going to be a great safety for Texas State.
He has elite speed, but he couples that with great size as well. He checks in at 6'2'', 210 pounds, according to Rivals.
He's big enough to be physical at the line of scrimmage, but his speed will allow him to patrol the secondary with ease. Overall, he projects to be a very good defender.
40 time: 4.32
Jeryl Brazil is going to be a great cornerback for the LSU Tigers.
He has tremendous speed, and he's ranked as the No. 11 cornerback in the 2013 class, according to the 247Sports Composite Rankings.
At 5'10'', 181 pounds, he doesn't have size of a prototypical LSU cornerback, but he'll be extremely effective as a nickel or dime corner for LSU against smaller and faster slot players.
40 time: 4.21
I once heard a coach say that a player was so fast that if he put his arms out while he was running he would probably take off and start flying. I don't even think that player was running anywhere near a 4.21.
Tatum Taylor has beyond elite speed. Running a 4.21 40 is incredible, and he's going to end up being a very valuable commitment for whichever program he ends up with.
Taylor has notable offers from Ole Miss, Southern Miss, Purdue, Oregon State and Washington State, among a few others, according to Rivals.com.