2013 College Football Recruits: Power Ranking Best 4-Star Signings

Pete SchauerCorrespondent IFebruary 6, 2013

Feb 6, 2013; Muscle Shoals, AL, USA; Muscle Shoals High School defensive tackle Dee Liner announces his intentions to attended Alabama on national signing day. Mandatory Credit: Marvin Gentry-USA TODAY Sports
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National signing day has seen Ole Miss dominate the recruiting ranks, as 5-star recruits Robert Nkemdiche and Laremy Tunsil both committed to the Rebels.

While we saw other 5-star recruits make their decisions on Wednesday, there were also a multitude of 4-star players who have the potential to be some of the best college players in the years to come.

Here are the top three 4-star signings of the 2013 recruiting class.

3. Jalin Marshall, WR, Ohio State

In need of a dominant wideout, the Ohio State Buckeyes took a step in the right direction when Jalin Marshall committed to OSU.

Marshall is 247 Sports' fourth-ranked WR, as his 6'0" frame and 4.4 40-yard dash time make him one of the top commodities in college football.

ESPN Insider reports that Marshall can play the QB position in the Wildcat and can also serve as a DB, which clearly displays his athleticism.

Ohio State beat writer Brandon Castel tweets of his pleasure with this year's recruiting class:

The Buckeyes ranked 105th in passing yards last season, as their offense primarily focused on attacking on the ground.

While Marshall won't single-handedly change OSU's scheme, he'll serve as a threat through the air for the next four years.

2. Dee Liner, DT, Alabama

Looking to build on a defense that's already among the best in the nation, the Crimson Tide got fantastic news when 4-star defensive tackle Dee Liner officially committed to Alabama.

Besides sporting the best name among the incoming recruiting class, Liner is the fourth-ranked DT, according to 247 Sports, and can be effective at both DT and DE for the Crimson Tide.

At 6'3", 275 pounds, Liner is a physical specimen on the D-line and has the explosiveness to produce against the run and when rushing the quarterback.

As a coach who instills defense in his teams, Nick Saban has to be extremely pleased with Liner's decision to join the national champions.

Given Alabama's history of producing NFL prospects on the defensive side of the football, I'm willing to bet that Liner won't regret joining the Crimson Tide.

1. Eli Apple, CB, Ohio State

The Buckeyes all but assured themselves of boasting one of the best secondaries for years to come when New Jersey native Eli Apple committed to Ohio State.

Regarded as the fifth-best cornerback prospect (h/t 247 Sports), Apple will join a Buckeyes secondary that also boasts CB Gareon Conley and safety Vonn Bell.

The 6'1", 185-pound corner owns great instincts and awareness on defense and boasts 4.6 speed to keep up with opposing wideouts (h/t ESPN). 

OSU posted the second-worst pass defense in the Big Ten last season, according to ESPN Stats & Info, but that should change in the coming seasons for the Buckeyes.

Given the fact that Ohio State's pass defense has been so weak of late, the signing of Apple and the bolstering of the Buckeyes' secondary is the most important signing of the 4-star recruits.

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