The top five recruits from signing day have made their decisions.How will their choice affect college football next season? Will these players have what it takes to be in the NFL in a few years?
Here is a list of the top five recruits that includes their capabilities and their decision.
1. Robert Nkemdiche DE
The nations top recruit on signing day makes choice by going to Mississippi. Robert Nkemdiche, a 6-foot-5, 260-pound defensive end from Loganville, Ga., who was the No. 1 recruit in the country according to Rivals.com, Scout.com, ESPN, CBS Sports and 247Sports. Nkemdiche finished his varsity career with 43 sacks. The star defensive end prospect told ESPN after the announcement that joining his brother, Denzel Nkemdiche, was "a pretty big factor" and he already has set a goal of being named a freshman All-American.
But Nkemdiche's commitment is just one piece of what is quickly becoming a historic recruiting class for Ole Miss. He’ll be joined at Ole Miss by two other top recruits wide receiver Laquon Treadwell (Crete, Ill.) and offensive tackle Laremy Tunsil (Lake City, Fla.)
2.Vernon Hargreaves III DB
The next top recruit decided on making an impression of the Florida Gators on signing day Vernon Hargreaves is a defensive back from Tampa, FL, who stands 5'11" 185 pounds. Hargreaves ended his senior year with 100 tackles, 5 interceptions and 4 forced fumbles. As a freshman in college football in 2013 Hargreaves is on track to be one of the top corners. At this point there’s not too many concerns that scouts see in his game.
Hargreaves really explodes out of his breaks, can also cover off the line and flip his hips with the best of them. He's very impressive in his technique and he will contribute very early in his college career.
With the Gators this coming college season expect him to improve his open field tackling other than that he may become one of the most dangerous corners in the SEC.
3.Jaylon Smith LB
The third top recruit is Jaylon Smith from Fort Wayne, IN Bishop Luers High. He decides to stay in state and join the Notre Dame Irish. Smith is 6'3" 212 completed off his high school career in November with his fourth state title in as many years.
Rare athlete with excellent change of direction, speed and fluidity. Excels in space and can cover like a defensive back, but also does a great job as a speed rusher off the edge. Still has to get stronger and do a better job of taking on and shedding blocks. However, his combination of length and athleticism makes him a top prospect and one that can play multiple roles within a defense.
4.Su'a Cravens DB
The fourth top recruit comes out of Murrieta, CA, Vista Murrieta High School stands at 6'1"205 pounds. He is Su’a Cravens and earlier this week he committed to USC. He had five rushing touchdowns, eight receiving scores plus 95 tackles and three interceptions through 13 victories as a senior.
Now he is arguably one of the top two-way player in the nation. Cravens has excellent dimensions to develop into an outside linebacker or stick at safety. He has been very powerful but elegant to perform like a wide receiver. With incredible instincts on both sides of the ball, and with superior body control and change of direction. He will become a great college football player since he’s a fluid athlete that loves to make contact. Cravens will make a huge impact on the defensive side of the ball.
Arguably the top two-way player in the nation, Cravens has the dimensions to develop into an outside linebacker or stick at safety. He's powerful enough to be a linebacker, but graceful enough to be a wide receiver. He has terrific instincts on both sides of the ball, and has plus body control and change of direction. He is a fluid athlete also blessed with a love of contact. A difference maker on either side of the ball.
5.Max Browne, QB
Finally the fifth best prospect coming out of this year's class was a quarterback from Sammamish, WA Skyline High School. Another USC Trojan top quarterback recruit go figure, to excite the Pac-12 for the next few seasons and maybe soon an entrance way to the NFL in the next few years.
Browne passed for more than 73 percent of his throws for 4,142 yards with 45 touchdowns and four interceptions through 13 win season as a senior.
Browne has great physical tools and the intangibles to match what make college quarterback great. Built with an excellent frame, with agility than most scouts give him credit for and he' a very accurate passer at that.
Browne is physically ready for the college level right now with his excellent ball placement and release. Most importantly he doesn’t get anxious, shows great poise in the pocket and shows confidence going through his progressions and finding his secondary options
The SEC steals the show again on signing day but this time it’s Mississippi and Florida that grab a few of the best available. However, Alabama still leads the entire class in selecting their new recruits. No surprises here USC and Notre Dame don’t fall much behind.
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