College Football National Signing Day: Top 10 Recruits Of 2013
1. DE Robert Nkemdiche
Nkemdiche stands at 6-5, 265 pounds. He played high school ball at Grayson High School in Loganville, GA. He signed with Ole Miss. Nkemdiche has good speed for a defensive end clocking in with a 4.72 on his 40 yard dash, and he is a powerhouse that will quickly pressure opposing pass games with his quickness and he makes meals out of opposing running backs. Ole Miss didn’t sign this kid to have him sit; they will do all they can to get him playing in the fall. If not, he will red shirt and begin tearing it up next season.
2. DE Carl Lawson
Lawson stands at 6’3, 251 lbs. He played high school ball at Milton High School in Alpharetta, GA. He signed with Auburn University. Lawson doesn’t possess the best 40 time for a DE his size, he clocked in at 5.11, but he has a knack for being very disruptive and can excel against the run. Auburn is loaded on the defensive line so Lawson will likely be red shirted and need to work on improving his speed, but should be a solid DE once he’s inserted into the starting lineup.
3. CB Vernon Hargreaves III
Hargreaves III stands at 5’11 185 lbs. He played high school ball at Wharton High School in Tampa, FL. He signed with Florida University. Hargreaves III has dangerous speed clocking in a 4.45 on his 40 yard dash. His speed and hips will allow his to make an immediate impact for the Gators, if not red shirted. He also contains great and instincts in man and zone coverage. He has the potential to be the next Joe Haden for the Gators.
4. CB Mackensie Alexander
Alexander stands at 5’11, 175 lbs. He played high school ball at Immokalee High School in Immokalee, FL. He signed with Clemson University. He has great speed for a corner, clocking in a 4.5 on his 40 yard dash. He has good agility and loose hips that coupled with his speed makes him dangerous in man coverage. He has good ball instincts and burst in zone coverage and doesn’t shy away from contact. Clemson had good depth at corner this season so red shirting Alexander is likely, but he could be used as a true in nickel and dime packages.
5. OT Laremy Tunsil
Tunsil stands at 6’6, 295 lbs. He played high school ball at Columbia High School-South in Lake City, FL. He signed with Ole Miss. He has decent speed for an offensive tackle clocking in at 5.12 on his 40 yard dash. He has long arms and is a bull in space blocking, his pass protection needs some work, but he’s another kid that can step into a starting role for Ole Miss, though he will likely be red shirted as Old Miss has good depth already for next season.
6. OLB Matthew Thomas
Thomas stands at 6’3, 205 lbs. He played high school ball at Booker T. Washington High School in Miami, FL. Thomas signed with Florida State on 2/6/2013. Thomas possesses good speed clocking in at 4.59 on his 40 yard dash. He brings with him good inside and outside run support, but will need to bulk up before starting for the Seminoles. He’ll easily red shirt this season and maybe if he can bulk up enough by next season he could slide into a starting role.
7. OLB Jaylon Smith
Smith stands at 6-3, 212lbs. He played high school ball at Bishop Luers High School in Fort Wayne, IND. He signed with Notre Dame University. Smith is fast for his position clocking in a 4.59 on his 40 yard dash. He possesses solid diagnosing skills, range, speed, tackling and short zone coverage. I expect the Irish to red shirt Smith, but he should have a solid collegiate career in South Bend.
8. RB Kelvin Taylor
Taylor stands at 5-11, 216 lbs. He played high school ball at Glades Day High School in Belle Glade, FL. He signed with Florida University. Taylor is a powerhouse out of the backfield and possesses great speed for a power back clocking in at 4.63 on his 40 yard dash. He also possesses elusiveness, great field visions, and has good hands for a running back. There’s the potential he can put in a big spring, if not red shirted, and make an immediate impact from the Gators backfield as a freshmen on situational downs.
9. ATH Derrick Henry
Henry stands at 6-3, 243 lbs. He played high school ball at Yulee High School in Yulee, FL. He signed with Alabama University. Taylor has excellent athletic ability and can play either LB or DE and has solid speed for either position clocking in a 4.72 on his 40 yard dash. Aside from his good speed he also contains versatility and can make an impact as a pass rushing and disruptive DE or a balanced LB. He will certainly be red shirted as Alabama is loaded on defense, but once he gets into the starting lineup, Henry is going to be a name circled by opposing teams.
10. DT Eddie Vanderdoes
Vanderdoes stands at 6’3, 310 lbs. He played high school ball at Placer High School in Auburn, CA. He signed with Notre Dame. Vanderdoes has great strength and supplies a wall against the run. He is good in pursuit but pass disruption and pressuring opposing QBs is the biggest knock on him. He’s has average speed for a DT clocking in at 5.12 on his 40 yard dash. He will be may be able to avoid the red shirt and get in on situational down for run support, but until his pass rushing improves, he wont be starting for Notre Dame.