2013 College Football Recruits: Most Anticipated 5-Star Studs to Look out for

Mike MoraitisAnalyst IFebruary 9, 2013

Feb 6, 2013; Loganville, GA, USA; Robert Nkemdiche shown on stage after he announced his decision to attend Mississippi on National Signing Day at Grayson High School. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports
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The 2013 college football recruiting class features some sensational 5-star studs whose debuts will be highly anticipated for the upcoming season.

Ole Miss landed itself the No. 1 overall recruit (per 247Sports), defensive end Robert Nkemdiche, who figures to be an immediate impact player on the Rebels defense.

Alabama had another stellar year in recruiting as it finished with the No. 1 class in the nation (per 247Sports). Derrick Henry headlines the Crimson Tide's class and is an incredible athlete who should have some major success at the college level.

Ohio State also made some waves in 2013 and safety Vonn Bell (per 247Sports) was one of the biggest splashes that head coach Urban Meyer was able to make.

Let's take a closer look at each of these 5-star players and what they bring to their respective teams.


Robert Nkemdiche, DE, Ole Miss

The Rebels made out like bandits on national signing day with the addition of two of the nation's top-five recruits, Nkemdiche and offensive tackle Laremy Tunsil.

Nkemdiche will be playing defensive end for Ole Miss and should bolster the Rebels defense, which finished No. 60 in the country last season. The No. 1 overall recruit will no doubt be a terror on the edge for years to come.

With great size and strength, Nkemdiche is ready to hang with some of the best offensive linemen the college game has to offer. An explosive first step ensures that Nkemdiche will beat opposing linemen to the point of attack and he has an array of moves to get around blockers.

Nkemdiche will do a great job protecting the edge in the run game as he possesses good speed to move off blockers and chase down opposing running backs. He also has the ability to reach out and grab the ball carrier when necessary.

What's scary is that there is plenty of room for Nkemdiche to add some more bulk to his frame, which will no doubt make him an unstoppable force against double teams as he's already shown he can split them effectively.


Derrick Henry, ATH, Alabama

While Henry is athletic enough to play the linebacker position, head coach Nick Saban will likely use him at the running back position with Eddie Lacy leaving for the NFL.

Henry has great size and strength, so he should have no issue taking on tacklers from day one at Alabama.

His speed makes him an instant threat to break big plays to the outside, but he runs with enough physicality to be effective up the gut. Henry can either run tacklers over straight up, or he can run around them with immense agility.

The biggest knock on Henry is that he tends to break plays to the outside too quickly, but that's a minor issue that can be solved with some more experience at the next level.


Vonn Bell, S, Ohio State

There was no telling where Bell was going to go before national signing day, but he finally decided the Buckeyes were the team for him and he should prove to be a huge addition to a defense that ranked No. 31 in the nation last season.

Bell comes into college as a physically gifted athlete who can still add more bulk to his already impressive frame. The 5-star safety can cover the entire field with his great speed and his strength makes him a solid tackler at any level.

In coverage, Bell does a great job following the ball. Even if he falls behind a step to the receiver he's covering, he can make up the ground quickly with excellent closing skills.

With great hands, Bell can come down with the ball whenever its thrown in his direction and he should get his fare share of turnovers during his time with Ohio State.