National Signing Day: College Football Newcomers Set for Stardom

Patrick Clarke@@_Pat_ClarkeCorrespondent IFebruary 7, 2013

Ohio State's Vonn Bell. Credit:
Ohio State's Vonn Bell. Credit:

College football will welcome a plethora of fresh faces in 2013. But only an elite group of newcomers are set for stardom.

Whether they're catching passes from Johnny Football, taking pointers from Urban Meyer or lighting up South Beach, these high school superstars, who shone bright on national signing day, won't take long to adjust to their new college lifestyles.

Here we'll showcase a trio of talented incoming freshmen sure to make a name for themselves early on next fall.


Ricky Seals-Jones, Texas A&M, WR

All the physical attributes are there when talking about Texas A&M's Ricky Seals-Jones. The 6'5", 230-pound wide receiver signed with the Aggies on Wednesday, according to, but has been getting praise from many around the football world for awhile now.

Texas A&M head coach Kevin Sumlin clearly likes what his newest addition brings to the table (via Aggie Sports):

Seals-Jones has a frame very similar to that of NFL star Plaxico Burress. His biggest strength at the next level in college will be elevating above defensive backs and providing Johnny Manziel with an excellent red-zone option. 

The 5-star recruit isn't the fastest athlete around, but his size and above-average leaping ability make him a future star in the SEC. 


Vonn Bell, Ohio State, S

Urban Meyer looks determined to field the best secondary in college football in 2013. Ohio State reeled in two of the top defensive back recruits in this year's class: New Jersey's Eli Apple and Vonn Bell out of Rossville, Ga. (via ESPN College Football):

A 6'0" ball hawk with tremendous closing speed, the 5-star defender will look to become one of the Big Ten's premier safeties this coming fall and could potentially even see some snaps at cornerback.

With time spent in the weight room, Bell is sure to pack on more muscle, making him that much more intimidating as a hitter. When also considering that he'll be working with a brilliant staff in Columbus, led by Meyer, the future is seemingly limitless for Bell.


Stacy Coley, Miami, WR

The Miami Hurricanes added an explosive, game-breaking talent on national signing day, signing 4-star wide receiver Stacy Coley, who was anything but shy during his announcement (via @Bleacher5):

More impressive than his hats, though, is Coley's speed. 

In addition to possessing a quick burst off the ball, the Fort Lauderdale, Fla., native can outrun defenders to the ball and past the pylon. At 6'1" and 175 pounds, Coley can make tacklers miss and also hold his own against larger defenders.

There's no ceiling in sight when it comes to Coley's potential. Like all college freshmen, he'll bulk up over the summer and throughout his first year in Miami. But unlike most newcomers, Coley will be making an impact on the field in the process of stepping into his man body.


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