There will be plenty of talent on the field at the 2013 Under Armour All-American game. Not only will the top players in the nation be showcasing their skills for top college football programs and be playing for pride, some will also be playing for the nod as the number one recruit in the country heading into National Signing Day.
At the moment five-star defensive end Robert Nkemdiche holds the honor as top recruit in the nation, and has held that title for some time now. But as the season has gone on, the gap between him and other top prospects has closed and closed quickly. Not many are capable to knock Nkemdiche off his perch, but there are a few top recruits who just might.
Vernon Hargreaves III is a talented five-star cornerback from Tampa, FL who has committed to the Florida Gators. He is by far the top cornerback in the nation and is one of the most complete player at his position in recent memory. Hargreaves III has reeled in numerous accolades this past season, including be named a USA Today 1st Team All-American and Florida Dairy Farmers Class 8A Player of the Year. He has a shot, albeit a long one, to knock Nkemdiche off the top spot. A strong week and showing at the game could make all the difference.
A better shot I think to knock Nkemdiche off his perch is Dooly County (GA) five-star defensive tackle Montravius Adams. With his size and strength and all around raw talent, it’s no wonder why Adams is tops at his position. At 6’3″ over 300 pounds Adams is very quick for his size all while maintaining his strength. He has all the tools to be a star at the next level and a good candidate to take over the number one spot.
The best shot however of taking over the role as number one recruit is defensive end Carl Lawson. Although he has been playing second fiddle to Nkemdiche all season, Lawson is no slouch himself. Lawson is by far the most explosive out of the two and has absolutely all the skills you look for in a defensive end. I consider the two to be neck-and-neck when comes to the top spot in the country, and after next week I would not be surprised to see Lawson’s name ahead of Nkemdiche’s. At the moment Lawson is committed to the Auburn Tigers, however I too expect that to change within the next month.
This is by no means a knock on Nkemdiche, as I find him to be a great player. I just think that after a strong week of practice and a great showing in the Under Armour All-American game, one of these three top recruits could very well be in the top spot.