College Football Recruiting: Top Ten 2013 Undecided Recruits
It is still very early in the 2013 college football recruiting period but a lot of recruits have already given verbal commitments to their school of choice. Obviously things can change once signing day gets closer, recruits can take back their verbal and sign somewhere else but for now they have given their word to the different programs.
Most of the top talent in the 2013 class has given verbal commitments but there are still a good number that are undecided. Here are the top ten undecided recruits in the 2013 college football recruiting class.
1- Laremy Tunsil: OT, Lake City, FL- Tunsil is a 6-foot-6, 295 pound offensive tackle with tremendous upside. His height and arm length help create a distinct advantage when trying to hold off defensive ends and linebackers. He can play either left tackle or right tackle depending on where the team wants him and can easily adapt to either position. At this point he is a better pass blocker than run blocker but once he gains a little more lower body strength the sky is the limit. He is rated by most recruiting services as a five-star recruit and the third best prospect in the country. He fields offers from most of the college football powers in the southeast but Tunsil seems to have narrowed it down to Alabama, Georgia and Florida. After visiting all three recently it looks like Georgia has the upper-hand in landing the big man but he has said he won’t make his decision until national signing day in February.
2- Vernon Hargreaves III: CB, Tampa, FL- Hargreaves is a 5-foot-11, 185 pound defensive back who is rated, by most recruiting services, as the number one corner in the 2013 class. Scouts have said that he is one of the most complete and ready to play defensive backs that they have seen in recent years. He is considered a cover corner that has great speed and surprising strength to jam receivers at the line of scrimmage. He shows great bursts to close on routes late even if he finds himself out of position, which is a tremendous tool to have. He will need some work on zone coverages at the next level but has all the intangibles to quickly pick up on any schemes or instruction. So far the five-star prospect has been very tight-lipped about his future college destination. He has been on visits to Miami, Florida, Florida State and South Florida up to this point. Hargreaves plans on visiting USC, Oregon and Stanford while he is out West for The Opening.
3- Mackensie Alexander: CB, Immokalee, FL- Alexander is the second best cornerback recruit in the country standing at 5-foot-11 and 175 pounds. He has tremendous natural ability that he combines with very-sound mechanics to pose as an ultimate cover corner. He does not have the ideal size for the next level but he is a great ball-hawk and has great anticipation and awareness skills. He is an impressive athlete that plays well in man or zone coverages and hits with deceptive force for a player of his size. Alexander is also effective on special teams as a kick returner and as a kick coverage player. He should transition well into any scheme and will likely compete for immediate playing time wherever he lands. Initially, he committed to Tennessee in January but has since de-committed and reopened his recruiting. He basically can go wherever he wants to but after leaving the Vols it seems that most of the Florida schools are in front but Florida State may be the leading candidate to sign the in-state talent.
4- Ricky Seals-Jones: WR, Sealy, TX- Standing at 6-foot-5 and 220 pounds, Seals-Jones is a mammoth wide receiver prospect who also has great speed and athleticism. He shows a surprising elusiveness in the open field and can make people miss. He can stretch the defense on vertical routes and does a good job of attacking the ball at its highest point. He has played some as a wildcat QB which has enhanced his elusive ability and his ability to read a defense. He is still a little raw at WR and is learning the nuances of the game but has the potential to line up in any formation and create a mismatch. The only thing he does need to work on is his blocking as he often plays too high and is not as physical as he could be. He initially committed to Texas in February but de-committed a few months later to assess his options. Since then he has been in contact with Texas A&M, LSU, Oregon, and Baylor. He still could sign with Texas but he plans on visiting the other schools before making a final decision.
5- Montravius Adams: DT, Vienna, GA- Adams is a force up the middle on the defensive line measuring at 6-foot-3, 281 pounds. Scouts say that he is rather raw at his position but is a battler in the trenches. He is able to carry his weight well and there is room for additional size once he gets to the next level. His first-step is what sets him apart from most defensive linemen as he consistently explodes off the ball and puts the offensive linemen at an immediate disadvantage. He has good ball recognition and can shed blocker effectively to pursue the ballcarrier. One thing that he can work on is the use of his hands. He often relies on his quick jump off the ball but could use improvement with his hands to shed blockers at the next level. Once he pieces everything together he has the talent to become a big-time player at the college level. Adams is considering Auburn, Clemson and Georgia just to name a few.
6- Kendell Beckwith: ATH, Jackson, LA- Beckwith is a 6-foot-3, 225 pound athlete that primarily plays as a duel-threat quarterback but is projected to be a WR or even an OLB at the next level. He is not the fastest recruit but he makes quick decisions and has good mobility. He is a very tough runner that is not afraid of lowering his shoulder and running somebody over. Once in the open field he is pretty graceful and often glides instead of using stutter steps and juke moves. He will have to find a proper position at the next level because it’s unlikely he will be a QB in college. He has the size and athletic ability to play the other two positions and once he figures out his proper position he should thrive. Right now Alabama and LSU are the front-runners to land the No. 1 athlete in the nation and he plans on announcing his decision during the Under Armour All-American game.
7- Matthew Thomas: OLB, Miami, FL- Thomas is a 6-foot-3, 205 pound outside linebacker that is a versatile defender that has a lot of upside. He is very diruptive with the ability to make plays in between the tackles as well as on the outside edges of the field. He is a very polished edge rusher and is very good at rushing the quarterback. He is able to make himself thin at time which prevents offensive linemen to get a good block on him at the point of impact. What he has in rushing ability he lacks in coverage but that will come with experience. With some good coaching Thomas may be able to play right away but will most likely be used in certain packages and situations. He has a lot of tolls to develop and that is never a bad thing. Alabama and Miami are said to be his top two but has not named a favorite. Other schools that are in his top group are Florida State, Louisville, LSU and Georgia.
8- Robert Foster: WR, Monaca, PA- Foster is a lanky 6-foot-3, 190 pound wideout who has big play ability no matter where he lines up. He has bounced around to different positions on the offense which says something about how versatile he can be. Coaches love the type of guy that they can put anywhere and still make plays regardless of their “position”. He has room to get stronger once he reached the collegiate level but is pretty lean right now. Foster catches the ball with soft hands and has no problem extending himself to make a catch. He has a good initial burst off the line of scrimmage and shows good speed to separate from defenders. He is raw but has the tools to succeed at the next level. He is a soft-spoken individual who isn’t into the flashy style most recruits have these days. He has visited Alabama and Ohio State but has been mum on naming his top schools. He plans on announcing his decision sometime this fall.
9- Demarcus Walker: DE, Jacksonville, FL- Walker is a stud defensive linemen that possesses great size, 6-foot-4 276 pounds, and a quick jump on the snap of the ball. He is rangy and has the ability to get lower than his blocker to drive them off the line of scrimmage. He often likes to rely on his raw strength but will need to be taught better techniques once he signs with a program. He wraps up the ballcarrier nicely and has strong hands to drag the runner down. Walker is still pretty raw at rushing the passer so he could use more coaching to improve that aspect of his game. Florida and Alabama seem to be the top two choices at this point but Clemson and Auburn have made surges and are now in the mix. He plans to announce his decision August 3.
10- Antonio Conner: Safety, Batesville, MS- At 6-foot-2 and 200 pounds, Conner rare safety that has the intangibles to become one of the premier safeties in the game. He has everything you want at his position. He’s a physical hitter, good in run support, tremendously athletic and a great ballhawk. He has good play recognition but for the times he makes a false read he can make up for it with his quick reactions. He loves to get up in run support while maintaining proper angles and fills the downhill holes quickly. He is able to make sudden direction changes that allows him break on receivers routes and make a play on the ball. He has eight schools on his list with Ole Miss, Texas A&M and Auburn as the front runners.