The Best 2013 College Football Recruiting Classes by Position
National signing day has passed and nearly every top recruit has made his future college plans known. The SEC had an impressive haul of talent, but the Big Ten had a strong showing this year as well.
This is a look at the top position groups from the 2013 recruiting cycle. Five SEC teams filled the list with the Big Ten taking two more of the eight spots. What Bill O’Brien was able to do at Penn State in this recruiting cycle was nothing short of amazing.
These schools battled to earn these top position groups, but there are a number of teams that are just a few steps behind these top classes. Numerous squads landed talents across the board, but these are the best that this class had to offer.
***All recruiting rankings—both player and team—are pulled from the 247Sports Composite Rankings Index
Quarterback: Penn State Nittany Lions
Penn State finished just outside the 247Sports Composite Top 25, but the Nittany Lions still finished with the No. 1 quarterback class in the country.
Bill O’Brien brought in Tyler Ferguson as an early enrollee from College of the Sequoias, and also signed the No. 2 rated quarterback in the country in Christian Hackenberg. The Nittany Lions needed immediate help at the position and Ferguson should fill that role.
Hackenberg is the future.
Considering the dark cloud that hangs over this program, the O’Brien staff is doing work in Happy Valley. Penn State will be competitive well into the future with these two on their roster.
Honorable Mention: Southern Cal, LSU
Running Back: Alabama Crimson Tide
Alabama already had a few playmakers at running back on roster, but after this recruiting haul the Crimson Tide will have the best backfield in the country.
The class is headlined by athlete Derrick Henry. Henry is a physical specimen—6’3”, 240 pounds—who runs like a bulldozer. He was an early enrollee for the Tide this spring and is the No. 1 athlete in the country according to 247Sports.
No other team comes close to this level of talent at the running back position in the 2013 class. This position group helped vault Alabama to the No. 1 class in the country.
Honorable Mention: Ohio State
Receiver: Texas A&M Aggies
Texas A&M pulled in a very talented receiver class this cycle, and the class may not be finished.
The Aggies pulled in prep school early enrollee JaQuay Williams and landed huge instate athlete Ricky Seals-Jones. Williams is the No. 4 overall prep player in the country, and Seals-Jones is the No. 2 athlete in the country.
Derrick Griffin is still set to sign with someone, and he has been high on the Aggies throughout the process. He is the No. 5 receiver in the country.
Honorable Mention: Florida
Offensive Line: Michigan Wolverines
The Michigan Wolverines landed a very talented offensive line class in this recruiting cycle. This squad needs help on the interior of the line and it landed a lot of top interior linemen.
Three of these six will likely see some playing time this fall. This is a very talented group that will be a major part of the offensive transition that will continue to evolve for the Wolverines under Brady Hoke from the spread, back to the pro-style days of old.
Honorable Mention: Texas, UCLA
Defensive Line: Auburn Tigers
Gus Malzahn took over a team on the downward spiral, and a recruiting class that fell apart at his arrival this winter. His staff scrambled to put the pieces back together, and in the process landed the No. 1 defensive line class in the country.
The headliner was Carl Lawson. He is the No. 1 weakside defensive end in the 2013 class, and was one of the original commitments that the Tigers had when Malzahn arrived. He danced with a number of other programs, but when signing day hit, he inked with Auburn.
The Tigers also landed the No. 3 defensive tackle in the country when Montravius Adams gave the Tigers his pledge. Auburn flipped Elijah Daniel (No. 6 SDE) from Ole Miss, and brought in the No. 15 overall JUCO player in the country this spring when defensive tackle Ben Bradley chose to come to Auburn as an early enrollee.
The Tigers are also awaiting the decision of Toby Johnson. Johnson is the No. 3 defensive tackle out of JUCO for 2013.
Honorable Mention: Ole Miss
Linebacker: Georgia Bulldogs
The Georgia Bulldogs loaded up at linebacker position in this class.
Leonard Floyd is a prep transfer that is game day ready, and Tim Kimbrough is as good as they come at the inside linebacker position in this recruiting cycle.
This was a major haul at a huge position of need for Georgia. Losing two first rounders in Alec Ogletree and Jarvis Jones opened up the doors for immediate playing time this fall.
Honorable Mention: Florida
Cornerback: LSU Tigers
The LSU Tigers continue to reload the secondary with the best prospects in the country.
This class is full of playmakers at corner, and the Tigers will walk away with the top cornerback group in 2013. The class is headlined by Tre’Davious White, the No. 7 corner in the country.
Honorable Mention: Georgia, Virginia Tech
Safety: Southern Cal Trojans
Southern Cal lost a lot of steam heading into national signing day, but Lane Kiffin and Co. was able to salvage the top safety class in the country.
There were no signing day surprises for this team, but landing two of the top safeties in the country and getting them on campus this spring was huge for the program. They will both be contributors this fall.
Honorable Mention: UCLA