Top 15 High School Football Recruits Who Will Be NFL Stars One Day
15 Prep Football Recruits Who Will Be NFL Stars
The high school football season may be over, but recruiting is heating up as national signing day gets closer and closer. What a better time than to break down and give you 15 top recruits who will one day be stars in the NFL.
There really is no “set” criteria when it comes to these type of lists. Simply put it’s 15 high school football stars who I personally think will one day be stars as well every Sunday.
While compiling this list, I decided to go all the way back to 2003 and look at the top recruits from that year and see how bright their star is shining now. I choose that year because it gives us a better understanding of how well they are doing in the NFL. Just looking at the top 15 of that class only a couple names really stood out, Reggie Bush and LaMarr Woodley. The next star on that list falls all the way down to almost 50 where you find Vernon Davis.
Stars can come from anywhere, it’s not just the players at the top of the list.
Obviously there will be a lot of big name recruits who will not make this list. I mean absolutely no disrespect to those who did not make the cut, this is simply just my opinion on who I think will be NFL stars one day based on what I’ve seen and heard.
Without further ado, I give you my top 15 recruits who will one day be stars at the NFL level.
Kelvin Taylor-RB Florida Gators
If you think Kelvin Taylor is the son of former All-Pro running back Fred Taylor than you are correct. Taylor ended the season as the Florida Dairy Farmers Class 2A player of the year. Taylor will have an immediate impact for the Florida Gators which will ready him for the NFL.
Dee Liner-DT Auburn Tigers
If you have not heard of Liner, you soon will. The Auburn Tigers commit is very well at rushing the passer and at 6'3", 270 pounds he has room to bulk up a bit. He's quick (running a 4.86 40) and has great pursuit. An all around athlete that you will be hearing from on Sundays.
Jalin Marshall-ATH Ohio State Buckeyes
If there's one thing head coach Urban Meyer does well is developing all around great athletes, and he will have a great one with Marshall next fall. Under the direction of Meyer, the Under Armour All-American will develop into even more of a threat than he is now. He can play both sides of the ball and be an effective weapon either as a QB in the Wildcat system, splitting out at receiver or playing on the defensive side.
O.J. Howard-TE Alabama Crimson Tide
I consider the future Alabama Crimson Tide player as the top tight end in the nation. Howard is the type of hybrid tight end we have been seeing in the NFL of late. At 6'6" and 220 pounds Howard has the size, strength and speed (4.49 40 yard dash) to be a great tight end. He will blossom into a star with the Tide that will carry over into the NFL.
Derrick Henry-ATH Alabama Crimson Tide
Henry broke some astonishing records this season and the accolades poured in. Henry broke the single season rushing record with 4,292 yards and broke the career rushing record with a total of 12,243 yards all while scoring 153 touchdowns on the ground in his great prep career. He was also named Florida's Gatorade Player of the Year and was selected to the U.S. Army All-American Bowl. I think it's safe to say we will be seeing Henry making an impact in the NFL.
Laquon Treadwell-WR Undecided
Treadwell is considered the top receiver in this class. He's a burner and can get down the field fast. Not only that he is great after the catch at making people miss and getting the extra yardage. I also like the fact that he can catch the ball in traffic. Although he is undecided in what college he will attend, the Ole Miss Rebels are in the driver's seat at the moment.
Dorian Johnson-OL Pitt Panthers
Johnson in my eyes is a player that is underrated. He has a great frame that will allow him to bulk up and add even more strength. The 2013 Under Armour All-American is tough and physical and is a type of player that just gets it. The Pitt Panthers got a gem with Johnson and any NFL team will be lucky to draft the offensive lineman.
Reuben Foster-LB Undecided
Foster is one of the top linebackers in this class and for good reason. He's an all around great player who can stuff the run up the middle and has speed to chase down running backs on the outside. He plays at a high rate of speed and is a great tackler. Foster is undecided after decommitting from Auburn recently, though it looks to be between them and the Georgia Bulldogs.
Robert Nkemdiche-DE Undecided
Nkemdiche is widely considered as the top player in this class. He has everything you look for in a defensive end and then some. He can get to the quarterback, stop the run at the line and is quick enough to chase down a back. Nkemdiche is strong and physical and has all the tools to not only excel at a high level in college but also in the NFL.
Max Browne-QB USC Trojans
The USC Trojans have a star in the making with Browne under center. He's the complete passer with great accuracy and arm strength and has a really nice delivery. Browne is a pocket passer but if he needs to he has no problem scrambling out of the pocket and making something out of nothing. Browne was named Washington's Gatorade Player of the Year for the second year in a row and is the state's career record holder for passing yards with 12,951. He has all the tools to develop into a star in the NFL.
Vernon Hargreaves III-CB Florida Gators
Vernon Hargreaves III is a complete corner, meaning he can play man and zone with no problem and has great football instincts. He's a speedy corner, running a 4.4 40 yard dash, that can close quickly on the ball to make a tackle or interception. Hargreaves is an Under Armour All-American and was named Florida's class 8A player of the year. He'll be ready to play right out of the gates in college and I see no reason as to why he won't make an impact in the NFL.
Jaylon Smith-LB Notre Dame Fighting Irish
Smith will continue the legacy of top linebackers playing for the Irish (i.e. Manti Te'o). Smith is strong with room to grow but at the same time loses no speed with his strength. He has the ability to chase down ball carriers and does well in coverage. I'm not going to compare Smith to Te'o quite yet, but he has the potential to be one of the best for the Irish.
Su'A Cravens-DB USC Trojans
Another speedy player Cravens will do wonders at USC playing safety. Cravens can run a 4.5 40 yard dash, using that speed to close on the ball and pursue receivers and running backs. Cravens was named California's Gatorade Player of the Year and the star athlete will be nothing short of great for Lane Kiffin and the Trojans.
Carl Lawson-DE Auburn Tigers
Some consider Lawson the best player in the nation this year. I would consider him and Nkemdiche 1 and 1A as I think they are both great in their own right. Lawson in my opinion is a better athlete than Nkemdiche and has more fire power as well. Lawson could easily develop into a roamer type defensive lineman, being able to play either inside or outside and still produce. He will only get quicker and stronger over time and will be a player you will be hearing about on Sunday afternoons.
Ricky Seals-Jones-ATH Texas A&M Aggies
I am really high on Seals-Jones and the upside this kid brings to the table. He is by far the top athlete recruit in the 2013 class and for very good reason. Seals-Jones is quick and strong and can make plays anytime he is on the field. Although he played quarterback this season, he is expected to play receiver once he gets to college. Seals-Jones is so talented and explosive you try and get the ball to him anyway you can. He reminds me of a Percy Harvin type guy where you can split him out wide or bring him in the backfield. Either way he will produce in college and will be a first round draft pick in the future.