Tracking Where Every 5-Star College Football Recruit Is Headed for 2013

Edwin WeathersbyAnalyst IJanuary 24, 2013

Tracking Where Every 5-Star College Football Recruit Is Headed for 2013

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    You want to know the scoop on every 5-star recruit? Then this is for you!

    Using the composite rankings, we've got a running tracker on every 5-star recruit on this list. 

    From information on their skill sets, size and, of course, where exactly they are headed, this 5-star tracker of 2013 college football recruits is certainly worth five stars. These are the best prospects in the country, and landing just one of these types of prospects can take not only a recruiting class, but a whole program to another level.

    As decisions are being made, we'll continue to update the tracker until all of the 5-star recruits have announced their college selection.

34. A'Shawn Robinson, DT/OL

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    Robinson is a big 6'5", 302-pounder who can play defensive tackle or offensive lineman. He's a very good athlete for his size and shows great agility and power in the trenches.

    He can get out of his stance quickly and play huge at the point of attack on either side of the ball. It will be interesting to see where he ends up, as I think Robinson prefers to play tackle.

    UPDATE: Tuesday, Feb. 5 at 8 p.m.:

    Robinson has decommitted from Texas and will go to Alabama, Mike Farrell from Rivals reports.

33. Darius James, C

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    Committed to Texas

    James is an excellent offensive line prospect and the best center in the country. He measures in at 6'6", 320 pounds and has heavy hands to punch, a quick first step at the snap, athleticism and strength.

    In fact, I feel that James is athletic enough that he could require a look at left tackle. His versatility will help him ascend the Longhorns depth chart quickly.

32. Tony Conner, S

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    UPDATE: Tony Conner committed to Ole Miss on 2/6.

    Conner, from Mississippi, is one of the elite safeties in the nation. He's 6'1.5", 203 pounds and has outstanding athleticism, speed and a rare burst on balls. 

    Never one to back down from attacking the run, Conner can squeeze into run alleys well, make tackles and also can play on the first level of a defense as an effective blitzer.

31. Leon McQuay III, S

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    Committed to USC

    Already enrolled at USC, the 6'2", 184-pound McQuay is a ball-hawking back-end defender from Florida. He's got classic safety traits due to his length, speed and hands.

    McQuay shows great ball skills and will sniff around the box against the run too. He has the potential to log crucial snaps for the Trojans right off the bat.

    He had 54 tackles and five interceptions this season. 

30. Max Redfield, S

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    Committed to Notre Dame

    A one-time pledge to USC, Redfield is now locked up to the Golden Domers. Brian Kelly has to be stoked that he has a very athletic 6'3", 195-pound safety coming to South Bend from Southern California.

    Redfield can roam the deep middle of the back end, break on balls with speed to jump passing lanes and use his outstanding ball skills to pluck interceptions.

29. MacKensie Alexander, CB

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    UPDATE: Mackenzie Alexander committed to Clemson on 2/6.

    Alexander can play cornerback, safety, wide receiver or running back at 5'10", 180 pounds. He's got great movement skills, quickness, deceptive strength and football instincts.

    His recruitment has been pretty mysterious, but he's a great prospect. He'll fit in well as a cornerback who can play on the field or boundary. 

    Alexander totaled 51 tackles and four interceptions as a senior. 

28. Robbie Rhodes, WR

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    Committed to Baylor

    Rhodes used the camps and combines circuit to rise up the board last spring and summer. He has a high ceiling and should become a No. 1 wide receiver at Baylor.

    He stands 6'1" and nearly 190 pounds. Rhodes possesses smooth athletic ability and great speed, and he competes for the ball in flight as hard as any wide receiver in the nation. A lot is expected from him before he leaves Waco.

    He caught 30 balls for 913 yards and 15 touchdowns as a senior. 

27. Vonn Bell, S

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    UPDATE: Vonn Bell committed to Ohio State on 2/6.

    The 6'0", 180-pound Bell has great ball skills, versatility and play speed. He can play either safety spot and a little cornerback too. Bell should become an All-Conference defensive back in college, as he is extremely talented.

    He'll come up and press holes to stop the run and has big hitting ability. His range is vast on the back end.

26. Derrick Green, RB

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    Committed to Michigan

    Green is a powerful back who stands 6'0" and weighs in at 220 pounds. He could be a Jamal Lewis-type due to his great straight-line speed, power, tackle-breaking ability and subtle quickness.

    He's a load to be sure, with the ability to finish drives at the goal line. Green definitely will be able to bang between the tackles in college,

25. Ricky Seals-Jones, WR

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    Committed to Texas A&M

    At 6'5", the big-bodied Texan weighs 230 pounds already, and that is why tight end could be his future true position. Seals-Jones is of the Jermaine Gresham and Fred Davis school of body types and play.

    He's a great athlete, has stallion-like speed once he gets going and can high point the ball with ease. The pass-catcher has a good chance to make an early impact in College Station.

24. Keith Ford, RB

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    Committed to Oklahoma

    Ford is from Texas, but he will make the trip north to play for Bob Stoops at Oklahoma. He's a 5'11", 203-pound running back with a solid burst to and through holes and solid wiggle.

    Ford also has good strength, but his best asset is his vision. He runs with great awareness and instincts and has a natural feel for toting the rock.

    He ran for 1,868 yards and 24 touchdowns as a senior. 

23. Robert Foster, WR

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    Committed to Alabama

    Foster may be the top deep-threat wide receiver prospect in the country this year. He has sudden and explosive athleticism, which aids him in his release off the line.

    He can elude press coverage, use smooth and speedy athleticism in his route running, separate at junction points and haul in passes. He'll command a safety over the top in the SEC, because Foster can blow by secondaries routinely.

    He had 756 receiving yards and scored 26 total touchdowns this past season. 

22. Kelvin Taylor, RB

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    Committed to Florida

    A super-productive back, the 5'11", 216-pound Taylor is Florida's all-time leading high school rusher. He is the son of former Gator running back Fred Taylor, and some say he is better than his dad.

    Taylor has incredible foot quickness, elusiveness and instincts. He isn't the fastest back in the land, but he can make some long runs with speed. Taylor also flashes good power and can help in the passing game.

    His 2012 season was a modest 2,423-yard, 41-touchdown performance.

21. Carl Lawson, DE

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    Committed to Auburn

    Lawson is as explosive an edge defender as anyone in the country. He's a concern to an offense each snap because he's very active, quick and sudden off the ball.

    The 6'3", 245-pounder has good strength to pop blockers at the point of attack and anchor and make stops against the run too. His ceiling is high, and he should become a star early in his career.

    He had 78 tackles, 44 tackles for loss and 27 sacks as a senior. 

20. Thomas Tyner, RB

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    Committed to Oregon

    I rank the 6'0", 207-pound running back as the fastest player in America this year. Tyner can jet to pay dirt with ease, and his burst is so smooth that it's fun to watch.

    He has fought the injury bug a little bit, but when healthy, he's an upper-echelon running back prospect. He fits the Oregon offense well and could get a good amount of carries as a freshman.

    Tyner ran for 3,415 yards and had 46 total touchdowns this past season. 

19. O.J. Howard, TE

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    Committed to Alabama

    Howard is one of the best pure athletes in the country and could easily be a good defensive end or outside linebacker. However, the 6'5.5", 221-pounder is a great future tight end who will excel as a joker or move-type TE.

    Howard can flex out, play in the slot, line up as an H-back or stay on the line. He has great ball skills and can run like a deer, and his speed is fantastic for the seam position. 

18. Chris Jones, DE

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    Committed to Mississippi State

    Jones has great size at 6'5" and 250 pounds. His length is obviously an asset, as is his first-step quickness and strength.

    There's not much the big DE doesn't have, and although he is still a bit raw, he has a high upside. Expect Jones to be one of the best players to come out of this class when we look back in four years.

    As a senior, he totaled 160 tackles, 45 tackles for loss, 14 sacks and one interception. 

17. Kendall Fuller, CB

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    Committed to Virginia Tech

    Fuller will follow the family pipeline to Blacksburg, where he should become a No. 1 cornerback for Bud Foster. At 6'0" and 175 pounds, Fuller is a top-flight athlete who can match up with top-tier wide receivers.

    He presses well at the line, shows solid mirror ability and great short-area quickness. He will squeeze off the perimeter to help vs. the run and can return a little bit too.

    Fuller chipped in 27 tackles, three interceptions and a sack as a senior. 

16. Jonathan Allen, DE

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    Committed to Alabama

    Allen stands 6'3", 260 pounds. He has added bulk to his frame, which helps his power and allows him to get under a blocker's pads and walk him back.

    He still possesses great snap quickness, bending ability and versatility. Look for him to see time as a Jack and Sam OLB in Tuscaloosa.

    He recorded 119 tackles, eight sacks and seven pass break-ups while recovering six fumbles this past season. 

15. Jalen Ramsey, CB

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    A big CB at 6'0" and already 190 pounds, Ramsey has the size to match up with big wide receiver. He's a very good athlete with loose hips and transition quickness.

    He can stab and press at the line with strength, turn and run to carry a wide receiver around the field and break up a pass. He had 49 tackles and three interceptions this past season.

    UPDATE: Tuesday, Feb. 5 at 8:15 p.m.

    Ramsey has decommitted from USC and will go to Florida State, via Tom D'Angelo of The Palm Beach Post. 

14. Laquon Treadwell, WR

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    Committed to Ole Miss

    The Rebels scored a huge pledge last week from Treadwell, who hails from Illinois. At 6'3" and almost 200 pounds, he has the size, speed, length and run-after-the-catch skills to be a No. 1 wide receiver early in his career.

    He has some Larry Fitzgerald characteristics to his game. Treadwell caught 81 passes for 1,424 yards and 16 touchdowns as a senior. 

13. Christian Hackenberg, QB

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    Committed to Penn State

    Hackenberg is a big 6'4", 210-pound quarterback with an awesome skill set and elite starting potential. He has a strong arm, effortless release quickness, solid accuracy and good mobility.

    He will likely spend his freshman year redshirting to get wrapped around Bill O'Brien's playbook and better at reading defenses. In 2014, however, look for Hack to be ready for his unleashing.

    Hackenberg threw for 2,144 yards and 24 touchdowns in his senior campaign. 

12. Derrick Henry, RB

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    Committed to Alabama

    The 6'3", 240-pounder lit up his competition this past year by running for 4,261 yards and 55 touchdowns. With his size at the running back position, Henry has a more athletic, speedy and elusive running style.

    He's gotten better at running behind his pads and with more power. Henry also has a good burst and great quickness.

11. Max Browne, QB

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    Committed to USC

    Browne is already enrolled at USC and will compete during spring practices. He's a 6'5", 210-pound quarterback from Washington with a sharp release, solid arm strength, great accuracy and ball-placement skills.

    He's not Colin Kaepernick, but he can throw his offense to first downs, touchdowns and wins from the pocket. He's a very smart quarterback who is well versed in reading coverages and decision-making.

    As a senior, Browne tossed the rock for 4,526 yards and a TD-INT ratio of 49:5.

10. Montravius Adams, DT

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    UPDATE: Montravius Adams committed to Auburn on 2/6.

    At 6'4", 310 pounds, Adams is from Georgia and plays defensive tackle.

    He's still a tad raw on the surface, but his explosiveness at the snap, quick hands to fight and counter blockers and strength are all very impressive.

    Adams registered 134 total tackles, 34 tackles for loss, 43 QB hurries and 7.5 sacks in 2012.

9. Kenny Bigelow, DT

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    Committed to USC

    Bigelow is an active and explosive 6'3", 297-pound defensive tackle prospect. He's from Delaware and played his senior year in Maryland, though his season was cut short due to competition issues.

    However, this is a prospect ready to play now. He's physical at the point of attack, plays big and strong and can really be a menace to an offensive front. 

8. Matthew Thomas, OLB

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    UPDATE: Matthew Thomas committed to Florida State on 2/6.

    Thomas is a defensive standout at 6'3", 210 pounds. He shows incredible athleticism, speed to pursue the ball, agility and solid instincts.

    He can play as a chase OLB, be used as a Sam guy and even put his hand down and rush the passer in passing situations.

7. Eddie Vanderdoes, DT

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    UPDATE: Eddie Vanderdoes committed to Notre Dame on 2/6.

    Vanderdoes is a load in the trenches and was a problem all game during the Army All-American Bowl. He's 6'2" and is just north of the 300-pound mark.

    Perhaps the strongest player at the point of attack in the country, Vanderdoes plays like a giant upon contact. He can lean on blockers and toss to shed or sit and anchor to make a mess in the middle.

6. Reuben Foster, LB

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    Foster is a special talent at the linebacker position and is a "plug and play" guy on my board. He's 6'1", 240 pounds and has the instincts, strength, shedding ability, speed, quickness and range to make an array of plays in the box.

    He still needs seasoning as a pass defender, but I have noticed improvement in this area. He'll be a starter and star likely as early as this 2013 season.

    UPDATE: Tuesday, Feb. 5 at 8:30 p.m.:

    Foster committed to Alabama on Monday night, according to ESPN.

5. Su'a Cravens, S

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    Committed to USC

    Cravens is a 6'1", 205-pounder who will begin his career in Troy at the safety position. He can play free safety or strong safety in the deep middle or can move down to outside linebacker.

    He's such a good athlete that he could be a good running back or wide receiver. An incredibly instinctive, smart player, Cravens has a knack for making big plays. 

    Don't be surprised if he sees a ton of time as a true freshman. 

4. Laremy Tunsil, OT

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    UPDATE: Laremy Tunsil committed to Ole Miss on 2/6.

    Tunsil is a 6'6", 295-pound offensive tackle who has the athleticism, feet, balance and agility to become a good left tackle in college. He can fire out of his stance to set up quickly deep and mirror rushers in space.

    He will be a prime protector of his quarterback and has the capability to perform various blocks, including getting to the second level. Once he gets stronger, look out for him.

3. Vernon Hargreaves III, CB

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    Committed to Florida

    Hargreaves is the No. 2 player on my board, but he's at this slot in the composite rankings at 

    He's a special player, and Florida is very fortunate to get him. The 5'11", 185-pounder's best assets are his instincts and intelligence. He can read wide receivers and recognize routes to get a great jump on balls.

    He's strong in his press, mirrors easily and can play off-man and zone coverage with the best of them. Hargreaves can be depended on as a run defender too. 

    He had 110 tackles and five interceptions as a senior. 

2. Jaylon Smith, OLB

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    Committed to Notre Dame

    Smith is a 6'3", 220-pound outside linebacker from Indiana with outstanding athletic ability, range, speed and cover skills. He can cover running backs, tight ends and even some wide receivers as a pass defender.

    He shows solid pass-rush ability off the edge and speed to run around blocks, and he uses his hands well. He can be stout against the run and just needs to continue getting stronger.

    As a senior, Smith had 75 tackles, 20 tackles for loss and eight sacks. 

1. Robert Nkemdiche, DE

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    UPDATE: Robert Nkemdiche announced he will sign with Ole Miss on 2/6 at 7:45 ET.

    At 6'4'' and 285 pounds, Nkemdiche is a powerful prospect. The Georgia native can fire out of his stance, really get into a blocker's body and overwhelm his opponent with strength at the point of attack.

    He finds the ball quickly and has great speed to pursue plays from the back side. He's a relentless competitor who empties the tank down after down and competes fiercely.

    As he develops more moves in college, Nkemdiche will be able to play defensive end, defensive tackle and even a little stand-up outside linebacker. Nkemdiche has been the top prospect in the country all year, and nothing has changed that. 

    Edwin Weathersby is the College Football Recruiting Analyst for Bleacher Report. He has worked in scouting/player personnel departments for three professional football teams, including the New York Giants, Cleveland Browns and the Las Vegas Gladiators of the Arena League. He spent a year evaluating prep prospects and writing specific recruiting and scouting content articles for Student Sports Football (formerly ESPN Rise-HS). A syndicated scout and writer, he's also contributed to, and Diamonds in the Rough Inc., a college football and NFL draft magazine.


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