NFP Class of 2013 team recruiting rankings

Dave Miller
January 21, 2013

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With National Signing Day roughly two weeks away, let's take a look at the National Football Post's Top 25 Class of 2013 team recruiting rankings.

Of course, these rankings are definitely subject to change as players will commit and decommit before National Signing Day, which is on February 6.

1. Alabama: The rich get richer, as the Crimson Tide recently added defensive end Tim Williams, who is the top player from Louisiana. He's joined by fellow end Jonathan Allen in a loaded defensive class. But the Tide also have commits from receiver Robert Foster, running backs Tyren Jones and Altee Tenpenny as well as freakish athlete Derrick Henry. Yet another strong recruiting cycle for Nick Saban and his staff.

2. Florida: The Gators have 27 commitments, highlighted by defensive back Vernon Hargreaves III. But Will Muschamp is looking to add more offensive playmakers, and running back Kelvin Taylor, who is the state of Florida's all-time leading rusher, and five solid wide receiver commits lead the way.

3. Notre Dame: The Fighting Irish won't officially be "back" until they can have sustained success, and that begins on the recruiting trail. Brian Kelly's haul is led by outside linebacker Jaylon Smith as well as athlete and former USC commit Max Redfield, who will likely play safety in South Bend. The Irish also have a pair of top offensive tackles as well as Top 5 running back Greg Bryant.

4. Michigan: Brady Hoke has put an emphasis on the offensive line, and that unit is led by the trio of David Dawson, Patrick Kugler and Logan Tuley-Tillman. Quarterback Shane Morris is also on board, but the Wolverines would love to add Derrick Green, who is the best uncommitted running back in the country.

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US PRESSWIREUrban Meyer will look to close strong in his second recruiting cycle in Columbus.

5. Ohio State: Urban Meyer has verbals from three of the Top 15 cornerbacks in the nation, and tackle Joey Bosa and outside linebacker Mike Mitchell lead the defensive haul. But the Buckeyes would love to add another playmaker on offense, so keep an eye on Oregon commits Dontre Wilson and Tyree and Tyrell Robinson.

6. USC: The Trojans have put a priority on defense, and Lane Kiffin has commitments from safeties Su'a Cravens and Leon McQuay III, two of the best in the country. Defensive tackle Kenny Bigelow and cornerback Jalen Ramsey are also in the group, along with Max Browne, the best pocket passer in this class.

7. Texas A&M: Kevin Sumlin is working his magic in College Station, and he has loaded up on receivers for Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel. Ricky Seals-Jones, who can be a dynamite red-zone option, leads the way. The Aggies also have concentrated on linebackers and defensive tackle.

8. Georgia: The Bulldogs already have 29 commitments, but they would love to add Laremy Tunsil, an offensive tackle who is favoring the 'Dawgs over Alabama. Inside linebacker and safety have been a priority, and Mark Richt always has a chance to close strong.

9. LSU: The Bayou Bengals recently landed Kendell Beckwith, the second-best player in Louisiana. He will likely play outside linebacker or defensive end after starring on both sides of the ball at the prep level. Quarterbacks Hayden Rettig and Anthony Jennings as well as seven defensive linemen lead the way.

10. Florida State: The Seminoles continue to bring in top talent, including defensive tackle DeMarcus Walker, who flipped from Alabama. Jimbo Fisher and Co. would love to land Matthew Thomas, the top-rated outside linebacker in the country, as well as Top 5 wide receiver Stacy Coley.

11. Washington: Top recruiter Tosh Lupoi continues to stockpile defensive talent, led by end Joe Mathis and tackle Elijah Qualls. The Huskies also have nice offensive talent aboard, highlighted by receivers John Ross and Damore'ea Stringfellow.

12. UCLA: Adrian Klemm, who is the team's running game coordinator/offensive line and top recruiter, is paying dividends for Jim L. Mora's staff. The Bruins have seven O-Linemen committed, led by center Scott Quessenberry and guards John Lopez and Caleb Benenoch. Keep an eye on the defensive side of the ball, too, as the Bruins are still in play for Top 5 safety Priest Willis and cornerbacks/teammates Johnny Johnson and L.J. Moore.


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13. Ole Miss: The addition of Laquon Treadwell, who is the nation's best wide receiver, moved the Rebels up in these rankings. And if Hugh Freeze is able to land defensive end Robert Nkemdiche, the nation's top overall player, this could turn out to be a Top 10 haul.

14. Oklahoma: The Sooners have compiled some strong offensive talent, led by running back Keith Ford and quarterback Cody Thomas. Meanwhile, safety Hatari Byrd is a great "get" for the secondary, but OU needs to continue to add depth in the defensive backfield.

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US PRESSWIREDabo Swinney continues to bring in top talent to Clemson.

15. Clemson: The Tigers have commitments from three stud defensive ends: Ebenezer Ogundeko, Dane Rogers and Shaquille Lawson. Outside linebacker Dorian O'Daniel and inside linebacker Ben Boulware also have given their verbal pledges, and the Tigers would love to land the best defensive tackle remaining, Montravius Adams.

16. Texas: The Longhorns have focused on offensive linemen and have pledges from center Darius James, the best in the nation, as well as Top 10 offensive tackles Kent Perkins and Jake Raulerson. But the 'Horns have had two recent decommitments: running back Kyle Hicks and tight end Durham Smythe. Can Mack Brown and Co. close strong?

17. Auburn: Gus Malzahn's hire was supposed to help maintain some previous commits, but the Tigers have lost the pledges of top recruits such as linebacker Reuben Foster and defensive tackle Dee Liner. The big question is whether defensive end Carl Lawson will remain committed. For now, quarterback Jeremy Johnson, who was named Mr. Football in Alabama, remains pledged. And the Tigers have been working the JUCO route since Malzahn's arrival, too, which should provide immediate help.

18. Virginia Tech: Frank Beamer has managed to put together a strong class despite a rough 2012 campaign. The Hokies have focused on the secondary, led by cornerback Kendall Fuller, who may be the team's highest-regarded recruit since running back Kevin Jones. And dual-threat quarterback Bucky Hodges is an intriguing offensive player.

19. Vanderbilt: James Franklin continues to work wonders in Nashville, as he is putting together the best class in school history. It is led by defensive tackle Jay Woods and wide receivers DeAndre Woods and Carlos Burse. Can the Commodores land Nashville athlete Cornelius Elder to be an offensive playmaker?

20. Nebraska: Quarterback Johnny Stanton headlines Bo Pelini's class, while defensive end Randy Gregory is a JUCO who could be plugged in immediately. The linebacker corps also received help with Marcus Newby, Courtney Love and Josh Banderas.

21. South Carolina: Defensive tackle Kelsey Griffin and running back David Williams were nice snags by Steve Spurrier because they are out-of-state finds. Meanwhile, Larenz Bryant leads a nice linebacker haul, and the 'Cocks are the leaders for offensive tackle Na'Ty Rodgers.

22. North Carolina: Larry Fedora was able to snag out-of-state quarterback Mitch Trubisky, and he'll arrive with a nice group of receivers, including Jordan Fieulleteau, Ryan Jenkins and Ryan Switzer. Meanwhile, Lucas Crowley and R.J. Prince offer help along the offensive line.

23. Oklahoma State: The Pokes are primed to bring in some dynamic wide receivers, including Fred Ross, Ra'Shaad Samples and Marcell Ateman. Meanwhile, junior college transfer Sam Wren will bring help to the defensive line at end.

24. Mississippi State: Dan Mullen's haul is led by defensive end Chris Jones. But will he stay committed to the Bulldogs? Junior college wide receiver Jeremey Chappelle should pay immediate dividends, while dual-threat Cord Sandberg could be the quarterback of the future.

25. Miami (FL): Al Golden keeps bringing in very good talent to Coral Gables despite likely looming NCAA sanctions. Quarterback Kevin Olsen, who is the brother of former Miami tight end Greg Olsen, leads the way. Defensively, end Al-Quadin Muhammad, safety Jamal Carter and cornerback Artie Burns are nice "gets."

The next five: Arizona, Oregon, Baylor, West Virginia and Cal

Five more: Pitt, Penn State, Virginia, Missouri and Rutgers

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