ESPNU 150 2013: Breaking Down Top January Commits

Ryan RudnanskySenior Writer IJanuary 28, 2013

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As we near national signing day on Feb. 6, several high-profile recruits ranked in the ESPNU 150 have committed in January.

That includes athletes on both sides of the ball, ranging from defensive ends to running backs.

Here's a look at the top five commits of January 2013.


5. Derrick Green, RB, Michigan

Ranked No. 38 overall by ESPN, Green is a physical, downhill runner, who almost always falls forward and can push the pile, racking up yardage after contact.

At 6'0", 215 pounds, the Virginia native has the frame and strength to be an asset for Brady Hoke's pro-style offense in 2013. He's very decisive with the pigskin, and he runs with the kind of no-nonsense attitude Hoke will love.

Green is arguably Michigan's most important recruit of 2013, given his ability and how he fits in with the program.


4. Tim Williams, DE, Alabama

The No. 36 recruit according to ESPN, defensive end Tim Williams has the strength, burst and explosiveness to be a nightmare for opposing offensive linemen.

But Williams' appeal goes beyond his physical abilities. He's also very good at recognizing blocking schemes, and he takes direct, decisive angles to the ball. Combined with his motor, it's somewhat of a perfect storm.

The Louisiana native does need to add some bulk, and developing his pass-rush skills will make him a more complete player. But he's already an excellent run-defender, which should serve him well in the rough-and-tough SEC.


3. Elijah Daniel, DE, Ole Miss

The No. 34 overall recruit according to ESPN, Daniel has the size and length to hold up well in the SEC.

The Indiana native shows surprising quickness and athleticism for a 249-pounder, with the ability to bend around blocks. He's not a speed-rusher, per se, but he does have the ability to side step opposing linemen to get into the backfield.

He'll need to develop his technique to be a major player in the SEC, but he has the physical tools and motor to be an impact player in due time.


2. Max Redfield, S, Notre Dame

The Fighting Irish scored a touchdown when Redfield committed to them on Jan. 4.

The No. 23 recruit in the class, Redfield has the size and athleticism to step in right away for Notre Dame with Zeke Motta headed to the NFL. His speed, combined with his explosiveness, translates well to the next level.

Redfield's physical attributes, as well as his awareness and hands (he played receiver at Mission Viejo High School), could make him a hard-hitting ball hawk for Brian Kelly's defense.

After the season Notre Dame had on the defensive side of the ball, Redfield stands to continue the tradition of playing hard-nosed football at South Bend.


1. Laquon Treadwell, WR, Ole Miss

The No. 19 recruit in the class and the No. 1 receiver, Laquon Treadwell should have no trouble transitioning to college ball in the SEC.

The Illinois native is a graceful, explosive wideout with the ball skills and ability after the catch to weave his way through defenses in the coming years. Considering his measurements (6'3", 195 pounds), he plays with much more fluidity than you would expect.

With a natural feel for the game, deceptive speed and incredible leaping ability, it won't be long before  Treadwell makes his mark on college football's landscape.

His last name isn't "Treadwell" for nothing.


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