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College Football Recruiting 2013: Recruits Who Will Come Roaring out of the Gate

Feb 6, 2013; Loganville, GA, USA; Robert Nkemdiche reacts while being interviewed after he announced his decision to attend Mississippi on National Signing Day at Grayson High School. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports
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Ryan RudnanskySenior Writer IFebruary 8, 2013

Not only do you have to be a dynamic recruit to make an impact right out of the gate at the college level, you have to get the opportunity.

Some top recruits this year will have to wait a bit to receive ample playing time. Some won't be in the right situation to succeed early on.

Here's a look at some top recruits I see making an immediate impact for their respective programs in 2013 given the pieces surrounding them and their talent level.


Robert Nkemdiche, DE, Ole Miss

OK, this one's easy. Robert Nkemdiche, the No. 1 overall recruit in the country, will most certainly grab a starting spot at Ole Miss.

The 6'5", 265-pound defensive end possesses a tantalizing combination of size, strength, explosiveness and quickness. Beyond that, he's displayed impressive technique, instincts and lateral agility at Grayson High School in Georgia.

Coming off a bounce-back year, Hugh Freeze and the Rebels can't wait to see what Nkemdiche can do to opposing offenses in the SEC.


Derrick Green, RB, Michigan

Not only did Michigan land five 4-star offensive linemen in 2013 (according to, the acquisition of Derrick Green is a godsend for the program.

Ever since Brady Hoke arrived in Ann Arbor in January 2011, he's been working to build an identity. That identity consists of pushing people around on the line and ramming the ball down their throats. That becomes even more pronounced with the Wolverines shifting to a pro-style offense with the departure of dual-threat quarterback Denard Robinson to the NFL.

Enter Green.

Green is the definition of a powerful, downhill runner. Rarely do you see him lose yardage. He's always moving forward and has the strength to push the pile. That will go great with Hoke's philosophy on offense.

Beyond that, the Wolverines don't have a true No. 1 running back on the roster.


Max Redfield, S, Notre Dame

Exit Zeke Motta. Enter Max Redfield.

It's almost too good to be true for the Fighting Irish. They lose a valuable player in Motta at the safety position and they simply land a 5-star recruit in Redfield

Redfield is a playmaker, first and foremost. His awareness on the football field combined with his speed, burst and explosiveness makes him a dangerous defender. He could also become a very good special teams player for the Fighting Irish.


Kelvin Taylor, RB, Florida

With Mike Gillislee gone, Kelvin Taylor has the opportunity to seize the reins right away at Florida.

Matt Jones will likely be the greatest competition for Taylor, but Taylor has the edge down the road because the 5-star running back simply has the tools to do it all. As the season progresses, he figures to show off more of his explosiveness, elusiveness and receiving ability out of the backfield.

Before long, I wouldn't be surprised if Taylor grabbed the starting spot.


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