Editor’s Note: It is still VERY early in the recruiting process; Many teams still do not have a single commitment for 2013, and others have very few. These rankings are subject to significant change over the next nine months. If your favorite team is not listed do not worry! All player rankings are according to Rivals.
1. Michigan Wolverines
Total Commitments: 17 (13 four star, 4 three star)
Top Prospect: QB Shane Morris
Michigan Commit Shane Morris (Steve Johnson ESPNHS)
Brady Hoke is off to another ridiculous start in recruiting, this time striking gold in the state of Ohio, scoring seven commitments from the Buckeye state. The Detroit Cass Tech pipeline continues in 2013, with four star offensive tackle David Dawson and four star defensive back Jourdan Lewis pledging to the Wolverines. Michigan’s need for big offensive linemen has definitely been addressed, as 5 four star offensive linemen have already committed. The top player in this class, 6’3 southpaw Shane Morris, is a perfect fit for the new offensive system in Ann Arbor.
2. Texas Longhorns
Total Commitments: 13 (1 five star, 9 four star, 3 three star)
Top Prospect: QB Tyrone Swoopes
Texas Commit Tyrone Swoopes (247 Sports)
As always, the Longhorns are off to a fast start in their home state. The offensive side of the ball has received the most attention thus far, with Mack Brown picking up commitments from 3 four star linemen, 3 four star wide receivers, and five star quarterback Tyrone Swoopes, all from the state of Texas. Receiver Ricky Seals-Jones (6’5 220) is the #1 rated receiver in the nation and is very likely to earn a fifth star later this year. He’s a stud. Meanwhile, Swoopes goes 6’5 220 himself and is a perfect example of a true dual-threat quarterback. The comparisons to another recent Longhorn quarterback are inevitable. (Hint: his initials are V.Y.) Defensive tackle A’Shawn Robinson and linebacker Deoundrei Davis lead a solid group of defenders.
3. Florida Gators
Total Commitments: 15 (9 four star, 6 three star)
Top Prospect: HB Kelvin Taylor
Kelvin Taylor, Florida Commit and son of former NFL star Fred Taylor (Riku ESPNHS)
The big names aren’t there yet, but the perfect word to describe this Florida class is deep. Some bonafide playmakers have been added to benefit the young Gator quarterbacks, such as four star running back Kelvin Taylor, son of Fred Taylor, and Ahmad Fullwood, the #8 receiver in the country. 6’0 four star safety Nick Washington leads a trio of talented defensive backs and Daniel McMillan, the #2 inside ‘backer nationally, is one of four linebacker commits. The talent pool in the state of Florida is exceptionally deep this year, and the Gators could still add many players before National Signing Day.
4. Alabama Crimson Tide
Total Commitments: 11 (1 five star, 7 four star, 2 three star, 1 unranked)
Top Prospect: LB Reuben Foster
Alabama Commit Reuben Foster (247 Sports)
Surprised to see them here? Very funny. 6’2 outside linebacker Reuben Foster is simply a freak athlete and one of the best overall football players in the country. To make up for the departure of Trent Richardson and the eventual graduation of Eddie Lacy, the Tide have 2 four star backs committed: 5’11 Altee Tenpenny from Little Rock and 5’8 Tyren Jones from the state of Georgia. OJ Howard is the #2 tight end in the country, and at 6’6 226 should be a big factor in the middle of the field for ‘Bama. Three offensive linemen and a few skill position guys round out the current commitment list. Coach Saban is far from done, and expect a ton more guys, possibly including #1 overall player Robert Nkemdiche, to pledge to the Tide before it’s all over.
5. Ohio State Buckeyes
Total Commitments 10 (1 five star, 8 four star, 1 three star)
Top Prospect: CB Cameron Burrows
Ohio State Commit Cameron Burrows (Scout)
After less than a year of recruiting, it’s safe to say that Urban Meyer hasn’t lost his touch since moving north to Columbus. The need for playmakers in the defensive secondary has certainly been taken care of by the acquisition of Cameron Burrows, Eli Woodard, and Jayme Thompson. Burrows is the #2 rated cornerback in the country and the #7 player overall, while the latter two are both four star prospects. The Buckeyes made a surprising dip into Texas and landed four star dual-threat quarterback J.T. Barrett from Wichita Falls. The December high school grad and early enrollee should eventually take the reins from current Buckeye quarterback Braxton Miller. Four star athlete Jalin Marshall is another immediate impact type of player at the next level.
6. Texas A&M Aggies
Total Commitments: 14 (6 four star, 8 three star)
Top Prospect: WR Derrick Griffin
Texas A&M Commit Derrick Griffin (Fox Sports)
Texas A&M’s decision to move to the SEC has been nothing but beneficial so far, as the Aggies are off to a red-hot start on the recruiting trail. 6’6 215 pound ballhawk Derrick Griffin is the #2 wide receiver in the country and is absolutely loaded with ability. Similar to Longhorn commit Ricky Seals-Jones, Griffin is likely due for a star upgrade in the near future. #10 pro-style quarterback Kohl Stewart from Houston, Texas is a big get as Coach Sumlin tries to replace Ryan Tannehill. Four star defensive tackles Isaiah Golden and Kerrick Huggins are studs and will definitely beef up an Aggie line that struggled at times last season.
7. Georgia Bulldogs
Total Commitments: 15 (5 four star, 8 three star, 2 unranked)
Top Prospect: RB Derrick Henry
UGA Commit Derrick Henry (Tom Hauck ESPNHS)
Mark Richt reeled in a big fish out of the state of Florida when #1 all-purpose back Derrick Henry pledged to the Bulldogs. Henry in the backfield with current ‘Dawg Isaiah Crowell is definitely a scary thought for SEC defensive coordinators. #3 inside linebacker Johnny O’Neal is the best of a talented bunch of defenders also including four star safety Tray Matthews and the #21 defensive tackle recruit DeAndre Johnson.
8. USC Trojans
Total Commitments: 4 (2 five star, 2 four star)
Top Prospect: QB Max Browne
USC Commit Max Browne (Dean Rutz, Seattle Times)
The Trojans may only have four commitments on board for 2013, but each one of them is a heck of a football player. Five star quarterback Max Browne of Sammamish, Washington stands 6’5 and is the #1 rated pro-style quarterback in the country. With Matt Barkley’s graduation following this season, Browne should step on campus and immediately compete for the starting job in L.A next fall. A pair of defensive ends are also on board, them being 5 star Kenny Bigelow from Delaware and four star Kylie Fitts from California. Bigelow has the potential to be the #1 overall player in the country before National Signing Day. 6’0 four star defensive back Chris Hawkins rounds out a small but impressive start to the Trojan class.
9. Penn State Nittany Lions
Total Commitments: 8 (6 four star, 2 unranked)
Top Prospect: TE Adam Breneman
Penn State Commit Adam Breneman (Curt Werner, The Sentinel)
What? Yes, Penn State is off to a hot start in recruiting. I actually talked about it here. The class is led by some talented big-bodied linemen. Four star offensive tackle Brendan Mahon and Andrew Nelson should be key cogs on the Penn State offensive line of the future. #2 rated strong-side defensive end Garrett Sickels and four star tackle Greg Webb are defensive studs. Breneman is a big-time talent and potential playmaker for a Nittany Lions offense that has been stagnant for the past few years. Four star quarterback Christian Hackenberg will be throwing the ball to Breneman in the near future.
10. LSU Tigers
Total Commitments: 9 (4 four star, 5 three star)
Top Prospect: ATH John Diarse
LSU Commit John Diarse (Under Armour)
Not to be outdone by their SEC opponents, the LSU Tigers are off to a solid start in recruiting and round out our way too early top 10 rankings. A trio of four star athletes lead the way for LSU’s 2013 class, them being John Diarse, Tre’Davious White, and Jeryl Brazil. All could play a multitude of positions, but at least one is likely to end up at receiver. Jeremy Cutrer is a big defensive back at 6’3 and has the makings of a fearsome SEC safety. Michael Patterson and Tevin Lawson have great potential and could each earn their fourth stars very soon.
Just Missed the Cut: Notre Dame, Auburn, Florida State, Miami, Stanford