My own 2013 Recruit rankings

Submitted by rman247 on June 21st, 2012 at 12:24 AM

Since December, I have been watching highlight tapes of the top recruits of this class.  I have been able to get through about 500 before I decided to finish my rankings, and publish this.  For obvious reasons, I am unable to watch all of the recruits 15-20 minutes highlight tapes, however I got through at least 5 minutes of all  Now I encourage questions about why I ranked prospects where I did, and I tried my best to keep all bias aside.  Thank you and attatched is the link.

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June 21st, 2012 at 12:59 AM ^

Tell me, how did you do this? Game film or measurables, offer sheets? What criteria did you use? Always interesting to me how a player might be rated highly by one service, but less so by another.


June 21st, 2012 at 6:20 AM ^

Just a fan more than anything else... I practiced before I started the rankings however by ranking some of the past classes top ten or so and also a few selected positions to try and see why sites rank the ways they do, and ways to judge potential and weaker opponents.


June 22nd, 2012 at 2:17 AM ^

I have watched a few tapes of some of 247's top 100 as well as a few other Michigan targets. In my opinion Hand will be better than Nkemdiche, however no Clowney, and while I know we are all in love with Peppers, Jalen Tabor is someone to really keep an eye on.  According to scout we are "in the fight" but out of his powerhouse high school it will be tough to get him.   I think he is just as good as prospect.  I watched McDowell's which was impressive, but watching right after Hand's was not a good idea.  The other three prospects that really impressed me who are not in the early five stars were USC committ Jordan Poland, Georgia's (very soft) commit Nick Glass who will be taking a Michigan visit, and the incredibly hard hitting Clifton Garrett.  He will be taking a Michigan visit for the big house barbque.

oc michigan fan

June 22nd, 2012 at 12:16 AM ^

Maybe I missed him, but I didn't see Alabama bound RB, Tyren Jones? His highlight film is the most impressive to me of the RB's I've seen. Plus, he was going up against top GA competition. 


I agree with your thoughts on Thomas Tyner, btw. 


Nice work. 


June 22nd, 2012 at 1:58 AM ^

Jones was in my next ten and just missed the 200, he was one of the guys who I watched the full tape....  He has a strong set of offers, and I think will grow into a good playmaker.  My biggest problem with him was the lack of a power running skill set, something needed in the SEC.  He had a very nice juke move, but I am not convinced that will be something he can rely on in college.  While I think Alabama has recruited some nice lineman, I don't see him getting those holes to run through.  For me, he was "unproven" rather than a poor prospect.  I think he can be a very good offensive weapond if occasionally used at reciever, but in that relativley crowded backfield, I don't see hime becoming an everydown back.


June 25th, 2012 at 10:46 PM ^

Curious in what you see in Damion Terry. I have seen his film and think he is decent but too many mechanical flaws to be that high. I do notice you have a lot of QB's in your top 200 though. Just would like to hear your evaluation there.



June 26th, 2012 at 12:41 AM ^

I did put a lot of qbs in the top 200 but what impressed me about Terry was his patience.  He would wait until a defender made one wrong step, and immeadiatley put the right throw there.  Sure he has some kinks to work out, but he will cause fits for any secondary who tries to jump routes.  For example, he could tear apart any of those ball hawking Iowa defenses who make all of the picks because he simply wouldn't give them oppurtunities, however for a more disciplined secondary, he will struggle.


June 26th, 2012 at 12:53 AM ^

with all bias aside, Browne is the top qb prospect this year.  He doesn't give defenders a chance to break up a play.  My only concern with him, and it is a very small one, is that he looks for the deep routes too often.  Again very small, but something to look for going forward.  I love Swoopes.  Without the state title debocle, he would be top ten for me.  He seems to be a Vince Young the second, but the title game really caused concern for me.  One thing about Young is regardless where he has been, regardless of his stats, he always keeps his team in the game.  After getting shelled in the most important game of the year, I am not so sure he can do that.  He will be a very good QB but can he single handly defeat a, perhaps dominant Oklahoma team?  Some is maturity, but some is a very special skill that is only in a guy like Tebow or Young.  Morris has all of the tools needed to be a heisman winner, but lacks decision making.  Even on plays that may result in the apparent touchdown, he often decides to throw in well defended areas.  Luckly he has a bullet like throw so he shouldn't get picked all that often, but when the ball gets deflected, anything can happen.