15 High School Football Recruits Who Will Struggle in College

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High School Football Recruits: 15 Who Will Struggle in College

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Part of the crap shoot that is college football recruiting is about numbers. That is why the big time programs try to get as many great players on their team as possible. Half of them might not work out, but some of them might turn into the next Geno Smith or Montee Ball. For as many success stories as there are though, there are many who it ends up not working out for.

This list will look at some of the upcoming football recruiting class of 2013 and see if we can recognize some players who might struggle for a time at the college level.

You will see a lot of big time programs on here, because a player can sometimes get buried on a depth chart and not get playing time as a result. There are also a lot of undersized guys on this list, because it is a big adjustment from high school football to the size and speed most of these recruits are used to playing against.

These picks are only my opinion based on the highlight reels and clippings I’ve seen about each recruit and what I know of the college situation they are entering. I certainly don’t wish ill for any of these young men, but I’m just trying to read the writing on the wall for each of their respective college situations.

Disagree with one of my selections? Feel free to rant your comment below or get in touch with me at my twitter handle @AllDave_AllDay.

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Tier 5: Riding the Edge

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US PRESSWIRE- Daniel Shirey

15. Cooper Bateman- QB Alabama: Bateman has a big-time arm, but I question whether he has the athletic ability to keep from getting sacked in the more and more athletic SEC.

14. Austin Ramesh- FB Wisconsin: Ramesh is a bit undersized for a fullback at 221 lbs. He was only a 3-star recruit on scout.com, and Wisconsin was by far the best school to offer him a scholarship. He might struggle in conference play at first until he can pack on a few more pounds.

13. Maurice Smith- CB Alabama: Smith is joining an Alabama team with a ton of defensive talent in the wings. Smith will need to work on his backpedal speed for him to see the field in his first year, but it is his physicality at the cornerback position that will make or break him. He needs to add weight to his 175 pound frame to make this happen.

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Tier 4: Next Up

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US PRESSWIRE- Brian Spurlock

12. Alex Anzalone- OLB Notre Dame: Anzalone is another player who will struggle, because the top ranked OLB, Jaylon Smith, in the class is also going to Notre Dame. Notre Dame is already deep at linebacker, so it will be tough for Anzalone to have early success.

11. Dane Crane- C Washington: Crane has my favorite rhyming name on this list. He has nice size at 295 pounds, but I wonder if he will have the backward mobility to help in Washington’s pass game. He should be effective in the running game, but I wonder if it will be enough.

10. Kohl Stewart- QB Texas A&M: Stewart will have trouble finding any playing time in the next 2 years. Johny “Football” Manziel is coming off of one of the best freshman year’s in college football history and could even come home with a Heisman tonight.. Enough said for Stewart’s starting hopes.

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Tier 3: Middle of the Sandwich

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US PRESSWIRE- Reese Strickland

9. Jake Raulerson- OT Texas: Raulerson is ranked below his future teammate Kent Perkins on Scout.com, which leads me to believe he might struggle to see the field for the Longhorns next year. At 250 pounds he could also stand to add some weight.

8. Hunter Bivin- OT Notre Dame: Bivin is the Irish’s 3rd OT in this recruiting class, and he is not ranked above the other two. He will struggle to see the field very often his freshman year, but if he continues to develop his agility then he could turn into a game-changer for the Irish.

7. Chris Fox- OG Michigan: Patrick Kugler is the top ranked OG in the class and is also going to Michigan. I could be wrong and Kugler and Fox could end up being a devastating one-two freshman punch at the guard position in Ann Arbor, but I see one of these two recruits losing playing time and it’s unfortunately going to be Fox.

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Tier 2: Riding High

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US PRESSWIRE- Thomas Campbell

6. Isaiah Golden- DT Texas A&M: The Aggies already have 5 star recruit Justin Manning joining them at DT next year, so I question whether Golden will have an immediate impact. He needs to improve his technique despite his explosion and athleticism at the line. If he can improve his wrap-up ability as well as technique then I will be sorely, sorely wrong .

5. Kenny Hill- QB Texas A&M: Hill here is facing the same issue Kohl Stewart is to get playing time next year. Hill will have to enjoy the backseat for a while for Manziel to finish up his college career to get a shot with the Aggies.

4. Kenny Bigelow- DT USC: Bigelow is about 280 pounds and could stand to put on a bit more mass to counter the run game more. His spryness makes him an effective pass-rusher though so it is hard to say what Bigelow’s recipe for success will be at the next level.

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Tier 1: Top of the Field

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US PRESSWIRE- Jeff Hanisch

3. Daniel McMillan- MLB Undecided: McMillan is one of the few undecided on this list, because I don’t think McMillan quite has the size to succeed in any of the power conferences. He has decent, but not elite speed and will need to work more on his footwork to be effective.

2. Marcus Baugh- TE Ohio State: Baugh has unique athleticism and if I was wrong about one of these recruits it could be him. He will be joining a Buckeyes team that went undefeated last season, and he could prove a wildcard as well is he ends up playing on the defensive side of the ball.

1. Ty Isaac- RB USC: Isaac is only on this list, because the number 1 ranked running back in the recruiting class is also going to USC, so Isaac might struggle to get carries his freshman year. He will need to improve his size and blocking ability to see the field his freshman year.

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High School Football Recruits: 15 Who Will Struggle in College

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US PRESSWIRE

Part of the crap shoot that is college football recruiting is about numbers. That is why the big time programs try to get as many great players on their team as possible. Half of them might not work out, but some of them might turn into the next Geno Smith or Montee Ball. For as many success stories as there are though, there are many who it ends up not working out for.

This list will look at some of the upcoming football recruiting class of 2013 and see if we can recognize some players who might struggle for a time at the college level.

You will see a lot of big time programs on here, because a player can sometimes get buried on a depth chart and not get playing time as a result. There are also a lot of undersized guys on this list, because it is a big adjustment from high school football to the size and speed most of these recruits are used to playing against.

These picks are only my opinion based on the highlight reels and clippings I’ve seen about each recruit and what I know of the college situation they are entering. I certainly don’t wish ill for any of these young men, but I’m just trying to read the writing on the wall for each of their respective college situations.

Disagree with one of my selections? Feel free to rant your comment below or get in touch with me at my twitter handle @AllDave_AllDay.

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Tier 5: Riding the Edge

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US PRESSWIRE- Daniel Shirey

15. Cooper Bateman- QB Alabama: Bateman has a big-time arm, but I question whether he has the athletic ability to keep from getting sacked in the more and more athletic SEC.

14. Austin Ramesh- FB Wisconsin: Ramesh is a bit undersized for a fullback at 221 lbs. He was only a 3-star recruit on scout.com, and Wisconsin was by far the best school to offer him a scholarship. He might struggle in conference play at first until he can pack on a few more pounds.

13. Maurice Smith- CB Alabama: Smith is joining an Alabama team with a ton of defensive talent in the wings. Smith will need to work on his backpedal speed for him to see the field in his first year, but it is his physicality at the cornerback position that will make or break him. He needs to add weight to his 175 pound frame to make this happen.

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Tier 4: Next Up

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US PRESSWIRE- Brian Spurlock

12. Alex Anzalone- OLB Notre Dame: Anzalone is another player who will struggle, because the top ranked OLB, Jaylon Smith, in the class is also going to Notre Dame. Notre Dame is already deep at linebacker, so it will be tough for Anzalone to have early success.

11. Dane Crane- C Washington: Crane has my favorite rhyming name on this list. He has nice size at 295 pounds, but I wonder if he will have the backward mobility to help in Washington’s pass game. He should be effective in the running game, but I wonder if it will be enough.

10. Kohl Stewart- QB Texas A&M: Stewart will have trouble finding any playing time in the next 2 years. Johny “Football” Manziel is coming off of one of the best freshman year’s in college football history and could even come home with a Heisman tonight.. Enough said for Stewart’s starting hopes.

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Tier 3: Middle of the Sandwich

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US PRESSWIRE- Reese Strickland

9. Jake Raulerson- OT Texas: Raulerson is ranked below his future teammate Kent Perkins on Scout.com, which leads me to believe he might struggle to see the field for the Longhorns next year. At 250 pounds he could also stand to add some weight.

8. Hunter Bivin- OT Notre Dame: Bivin is the Irish’s 3rd OT in this recruiting class, and he is not ranked above the other two. He will struggle to see the field very often his freshman year, but if he continues to develop his agility then he could turn into a game-changer for the Irish.

7. Chris Fox- OG Michigan: Patrick Kugler is the top ranked OG in the class and is also going to Michigan. I could be wrong and Kugler and Fox could end up being a devastating one-two freshman punch at the guard position in Ann Arbor, but I see one of these two recruits losing playing time and it’s unfortunately going to be Fox.

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Tier 2: Riding High

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US PRESSWIRE- Thomas Campbell

6. Isaiah Golden- DT Texas A&M: The Aggies already have 5 star recruit Justin Manning joining them at DT next year, so I question whether Golden will have an immediate impact. He needs to improve his technique despite his explosion and athleticism at the line. If he can improve his wrap-up ability as well as technique then I will be sorely, sorely wrong .

5. Kenny Hill- QB Texas A&M: Hill here is facing the same issue Kohl Stewart is to get playing time next year. Hill will have to enjoy the backseat for a while for Manziel to finish up his college career to get a shot with the Aggies.

4. Kenny Bigelow- DT USC: Bigelow is about 280 pounds and could stand to put on a bit more mass to counter the run game more. His spryness makes him an effective pass-rusher though so it is hard to say what Bigelow’s recipe for success will be at the next level.

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Tier 1: Top of the Field

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US PRESSWIRE- Jeff Hanisch

3. Daniel McMillan- MLB Undecided: McMillan is one of the few undecided on this list, because I don’t think McMillan quite has the size to succeed in any of the power conferences. He has decent, but not elite speed and will need to work more on his footwork to be effective.

2. Marcus Baugh- TE Ohio State: Baugh has unique athleticism and if I was wrong about one of these recruits it could be him. He will be joining a Buckeyes team that went undefeated last season, and he could prove a wildcard as well is he ends up playing on the defensive side of the ball.

1. Ty Isaac- RB USC: Isaac is only on this list, because the number 1 ranked running back in the recruiting class is also going to USC, so Isaac might struggle to get carries his freshman year. He will need to improve his size and blocking ability to see the field his freshman year.


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