Re-Ranking the 2013 College Football Recruiting Classes at the End of the Season
While it's still way too early to make any final judgements on the recruiting classes put together by schools in 2013, it may be fun to make a few tweaks here and there to last year's 247Sports Top 10 recruiting rankings.
While it's completely understood that many players in each class have yet to make an impact, the classes with the best impact recruits will be rewarded.
You may be surprised to see whose class looks better (and worse) than it did at this time last year.
Original 247Sports 2013 recruiting class ranking: No. 3
Florida's 28-man 2013 class couldn't do much to stop the Gators from having a disappointing season, but it has a clear-cut superstar on the horizon in cornerback Vernon Hargreaves III.
Running back Kelvin Taylor played in 10 games, starting four, and rushed for 508 yards and four touchdowns, says Florida's official stats. Receiver Demarcus Robinson caught five passes for 23 yards in seven games, while Ahmad Fulwood caught 17 passes for 127 yards and one touchdown.
Original 247Sports 2013 recruiting class ranking: No. 6
LSU's 27-man class was well-respected in 2013.
Linebacker Kendell Beckwith played in 12 games and had 11 tackles. Offensive lineman Ethan Pocic started one game, while playing in a total of six. Tight end DeSean Smith played in 13 games. Offensive lineman Josh Boutte got in eight.
Meanwhile, cornerback Tre'Davious White started 11 games, finishing with 55 tackles and two interceptions, per LSU's official stats.
8. Texas A&M
Original 247Sports 2013 recruiting class ranking: No. 9
This Aggies signed a huge class of 32 commitments in 2013.
The headliner of this group was receiver Ricky Seals-Jones, whose true freshman season was cut short due to injury.
Even so, receiver LaQuvionte Gonzalez caught 21 passes for 240 yards and a touchdown, per the Aggies' official stats.
In addition, defensive tackle Isaiah Golden had 32 tackles in 12 games, linebacker Jordan Mastrogiovanni appeared in 13 games and made 26 tackles, while cornerback Noel Ellis also appeared in eight games.
Original 247Sports 2013 recruiting class ranking: No. 4
With 27 commitments, Michigan's 2013 class was another impressive haul for head coach Brady Hoke.
Running back Derrick Green, the top player in the class, rushed for 265 yards and two touchdowns as a true freshman, per Michigan's stats.
Safety Dymonte Thomas played in 12 games and had five tackles, while cornerback Jourdan Lewis had 17 tackles and two passes defensed. Quarterback Shane Morris started the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl.
Look for the offensive linemen in this class to make a difference in the coming seasons.
6. Florida State
Original 247Sports 2013 recruiting class ranking: No. 10
While outside linebacker Matthew Thomas was the headliner, the best player out of this 22-man class already looks to be defensive back Jalen Ramsey, who started all 14 games for the 'Noles.
Defensive lineman DeMarcus Walker started three games, while linebacker E.J. Levenberry had 39 tackles as a true freshman, according Florida State's official stats.
Levonte Whitfield impressively returned a kickoff for a touchdown in FSU's BCS title game win over Auburn.
Original 247Sports 2013 recruiting class ranking: No. 7
UCLA finished with 27 commitments in 2013. Defensive lineman Eddie Vanderdoes was a late addition, who started seven of 13 games and had 39 tackles. Defensive back Priest Willis played in nine games, while linebacker Isaac Savaiinaea played in 13.
However, the star of this class is going to be Myles Jack, who played linebacker and running back. Jack finished with 75 tackles and a sack on defense, while rushing for 267 yards and scoring seven touchdowns on offense, per UCLA's official stats.
4. Notre Dame
Original 247Sports 2013 recruiting class ranking: No. 5
Outside linebacker Jaylon Smith was the headliner of Notre Dame's 2013 class of 24 commitments. He played in 13 games, registering 67 tackles, an interception, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery and three passes defensed, per Notre Dame's official stats.
Running back Tarean Folston ran for 494 yards and three touchdowns, safety Max Redfield played in 12 games and had 11 tackles and offensive lineman Steve Elmer started four games. Meanwhile, defensive back Cole Luke played in 13 games and defensive lineman Isaac Rochell had 10 tackles.
3. Ole Miss
Original 247Sports 2013 recruiting class ranking: No. 8
The star of the 2013 recruiting cycle, Ole Miss brought 29 players to Oxford in 2013.
The leader is defensive lineman Robert Nkemdiche, while receiver Laquon Treadwell, left tackle Laremy Tunsil and defensive back Tony Conner are co-headliners.
Nkemdiche played in 11 games, finishing with 34 tackles and two sacks, according to the Rebels' official stats. Treadwell caught 72 passes for 608 yards and five touchdowns, while Tunsil appeared in 12 games.
Conner, who played in 13 games, had 66 tackles, one sack and five passes defensed.
2. Ohio State
Original 247Sports 2013 recruiting class ranking: No. 2
Ohio State's 24-man recruiting class finished runner-up in last year's recruiting rankings, but it has a great list of talent.
Safety Vonn Bell played in three games, intercepted a pass and even played some nickel for the Buckeyes. Meanwhile, defensive lineman Joey Bosa was a beast. He played in 14 games and finished with 44 tackles and 7.5 sacks, per the Buckeyes' official stats.
Running back Dontre Wilson ran for 255 yards and a touchdown, while Ezekiel Elliot—another talented freshman running back—rushed for 267 yards and two touchdowns.
Wilson also caught 22 passes and scored two touchdowns through the air.
Linebacker Trey Johnson played in six games and had 11 tackles.
Original 247Sports 2013 recruiting class ranking: No. 1
With 26 pledges and six 5-star recruits, Alabama had the top class in the nation in 2013. Running back Derrick Henry finished his freshman campaign strong, as he totaled 383 yards and three touchdowns, according the Crimson Tide's official stats.
Linebacker Reuben Foster finished with 12 tackles, while defensive tackle A'Shawn Robinson had 38.
JUCO offensive tackle Leon Brown played in nine games, tight end O.J. Howard started five and caught 14 passes for 269 yards and two touchdowns.
This class is loaded with players who will be starters and NFL prospects in a season or two.
Edwin Weathersby is the College Football Recruiting Analyst for Bleacher Report. He has worked in scouting/player personnel departments for three professional football teams, including the New York Giants and Cleveland Browns.
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