College Football Recruiting: Top 3 Safeties of 2013

By Rick Stavig

Assembled is a preseason ranking for the top safeties in College Football Recruiting for the class of 2013.  While the crop of safeties isn’t quite that of the excellent group of cornerbacks, it’s still a very solid group, especially at the top.  Here’s a quick breakdown of the top three…

1.  Su’a Cravens –Murrieta (CA) Vista Murrieta- The 6’1’’ 205lb Cravens committed to Southern Cal in early June, and has already begun recruiting other players on their behalf, so don’t expect much to change in that category.  This will be a big pickup for the Trojans, who are planning on playing him next to fellow stud safety recruit Max Redfield (Who could very easily be on this list).  What the Trojans are getting is an excellent athlete and all around outstanding football player.  Cravens could very easily be one of the top receivers in the country if he wanted to be.  But the quiet playmaker seems intent on becoming the next in a long line of outstanding safeties from Southern Cal, joining the likes of Ronnie Lott and Taylor Mays.  Early Prediction: Southern Cal.

2.  Leon McQuay III– Seffner (FL) Armwood- McQuay is another big and talented safety at 6’2’’ 185lbs.  McQuay has been blowing up this summer on the camp circuit and is only going to keep improving his stock at this rate.  One of the things that many teams are attracted to with McQuay, other than his elite playmaking skills and ability to play safety or cornerback in college, is the fact that he will be graduating high school early.  That’s a huge plus because that means McQuay will be able to get a head start on fall camp by competing in spring ball and getting used to life in college a semester early.  An extra eight months on campus getting used to the classes, coaches, teammates, practices, and workouts can only help his development.  He recently narrowed down his choices to Southern Cal, Vanderbilt and Florida State.  Early Prediction: Florida State.

3.  Antonio Conner– Batesville (MS) South Panola- Conner has had a very quiet summer, electing not to do the camp circuits and instead just visiting some of the campuses of his top four schools (Ole Miss, Miss. St, Alabama, LSU).  Conner comes from the practically semi-pro football factory of South Panola, which historically is one of the best high school programs nationally.  Conner is an elite athlete, and complemented his superb junior year on defense with 1,472 yards rushing and 22 touchdowns.  Heck, he even threw for 2 touchdowns.  Conner has said that early playing time will be a big factor in his decision, so it will probably come down to Ole Miss and Mississippi State.  Even though Oxford is only a couple miles down highway 6 from Batesville, I have a hunch Conner will be going to Starkville.  Early Prediction: Mississippi State.

The common element of these three players, and one of the many things that makes them so special, is their size.  All have measured in at 6’1’’ or taller, and have excellent frames to add more muscle from a great collegiate lifting program.  Some other players to keep an eye on is Tahaan Goodman and Marcell Harris, who are both uncommitted at this point.

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