The second annual 247Sports All-American team for the Class of 2013 features many of the top college prospects and high school football players in the country from the 2012 season.
Quarterback Max Browne is one of six repeat selections for the 2013 247Sports All-American Team.
The 247Sports All-American teams are distinctly different from the 247Sports prospect rankings. The teams are based on two main criteria- production on the high school football field and college projections. The rankings are long-term projections for prospects based on highest possible ceiling and upside.
“The All-American team is a combination of highly thought of prospects and players who turned in terrific seasons on the field,” 247Sports Director of Scouting Gerry Hamilton said. “It’s a nice blend of the cream of the crop prospects that were productive and a few prospect not as heavily recruited that turned in sensational campaigns. The difference with the All-American team, and the 247Sports prospect rankings is the ranking are a long term projection of prospects with player development, and continued ascending being the key.”
Absent from the 2013 team, for example, is the nation’s consensus No. 1 overall prospect, defensive end Robert Nkemdiche. “As a senior, Nkemdiche played in a three-man front and played more technique and created opportunities for teammates than as a terror off the edge in a four-man front. Because of that, he didn’t have the statistical season he had as a junior and therefore others were placed on the team before him.”
The state of Georgia leads the way with five first-team selections, followed by Florida and Pennsylvania with three each. California has two first-team picks while Alabama, Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Missouri, Mississippi, Ohio, Oregon, Virginia and Washington have one selection each.
Class of 2013 All-Americans
QB- Max Browne, (Sammamish, Wash./Skyline)
Prototypical would be a great way to describe Max Browne as a quarterback. He’s got the 6-6 size, the high release, the big-time arm and he’s got the production as well. As a senior at his powerhouse Skyline program in Washington, Browne posted 4,526 yards passing and 49 touchdowns through the air with only five interceptions. Even more importantly, Browne led his team to a 14-0 record and a 4A state championship. Those numbers speak for themselves but add on his state record for career passing yards and completions (12,947 and 882 respectively) and Browne’s prototype is a perfect fit for the first-team nod. As he moves on to the college level, Browne should fit in nicely in the rich quarterback fabric at USC. Browne committed to the Trojans all the way back in April of 2012 and has stayed firm throughout. Following the dismal Sun Bowl performance of Max Wittek and Browne’s early midterm arrival at USC, the 247Sports five-star may even have an opportunity to compete for playing time early in his career.
Derrick Henry rushed for more than 12,000 yards in his high school career at Yulee (Fla.).
RB- Derrick Henry (Yulee, Fla.)
Henry capped one of the more decorated prep careers with a senior season that saw him rush for 4,261 yards and 55 touchdowns on 462 carries. He made headlines late in the season when he shattered Ken Hall’s long-standing national career rushing record finishing with well of 12,000 yards over his four years of high school. The Army All-American also broke several state marks, including former Tennessee and NFL player Travis Henry’s Florida single season record. As a result, Henry racked up several accolades including Florida’s Mr. Football and Gatorade Player of the Year in addition to being named the Maxwell Football Club’s National High School Football Player of the Year. The 6-foot-3, 241-pounder initially committed to Georgia prior to his junior season and backed off that pledge a year later. He ultimately opted to commit to Alabama over Tennessee and Georgia in September of his senior year. Already enrolled at Alabama, Henry will take part in spring practice with the Crimson Tide and will start out at running back. While his future position has been the subject of a spirited debate, Henry’s physical tools and status as one of the more freakish prospects in the 2013 cycle is unquestioned.
RB- Thomas Tyner (Beaverton, Ore./Aloha)
The legend of Thomas Tyner is growing steadily and a first team All-American is barely a footnote in the long list of eye-popping accomplishments in Tyner’s still-young career. Over the course of his high school career, Tyner has rushed for 6,976 yards, good for fourth all-time in the state of Oregon. He earned his All-American nod with a season total of 3,415 yards and 45 touchdowns in only 11 games. Included in that total was a single-game effort that would probably match the season totals of a lot of All-District backs around the country. In an 84-63 win over Lakeridge High School, Tyner rushed for 643 yards and 10 touchdowns. The legend continues when you factor in Tyner’s outstanding frame at 6-0, 210 pounds and legit tracks speed with a documented 10.35 100 meter time. The hometown legend is staying in state for school and is currently committed to Oregon. There’s little doubt that Chip Kelly’s departure will bring a lot of fresh phone calls from coaches around the country but his commitment has remained firm to date.
WR- Laquon Treadwell Crete (Ill.) Monee
The nation’s top receiver and No. 15 prospect overall according to the 247Composite, Treadwell committed to Ole Miss over his other two finalists Oklahoma and Oklahoma State. As a senior, the 6-foot-3 pass catcher caught 81 passes for 1,424 yards and 16 touchdowns in leading his team to a state championship. Treadwell capped his prep career as an Under Armour All-American. A complete wide receiver, the five-star Treadwell is extremely talented after the catch, is a vertical threat and also a devastating blocker.
WR- James Quick Louisville (Ky.) Trinity
Quick is ranked by the 247Composite as the nation’s No. 8 receiver and No. 68 prospect overall. He helped lead Trinity to four-straight state titles during his high school career, including a senior year where he hauled in 85 passes for 1,416 yards and 16 touchdowns. Quick finished his prep career at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl where he was awarded game MVP. He is a true deep threat and saves his best performances for the biggest games. Quick is also a state champion in basketball and track. He committed to Louisville, picking the local program ahead of Ohio State, at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl in early January.
Hunter Henry caught 107 passes this past season at Pulaski Academy in Little Rock, Ark., and played in the Under Armour All-America Game.
TE- Hunter Henry, (Little Rock, Ark./Pulaski Academy)
The 6-foot-6, 235-pound Arkansas commit had a huge year from his tight end position. Henry finished the season with an astounding 107 receptions for 1,449 yards and 15 touchdowns. He helped Pulaski Academy run through its district schedule undefeated and reach the Class 5A state semifinals. Named an Under Armour All-American, he had a strong week in Orlando as 247Sports named him the best tight end throughout the week of practices as he made several tough catches and showed surprising speed as well. He was named an AHSAA all-state selection after the season and was a finalist for the Landers Award, given to the top student-athlete in the state of Arkansas. Henry has shown the ability to be both a dangerous receiver as well as a blocker and could see immediate playing time at the next level.
OL- Laremy Tunsil (Lake City, Fla./Columbia)
It’s no surprise that offensive tackles are consistently among the first prospects off the board in the NFL Draft, with true left tackles being difficult to find at all levels of the game. Tunsil is one of those rare talents, as he displays the size, length, flexibility, and movement skills to make him an elite prospect at the position. The 6-foot-6, 295-pounder’s skill set- particularly his uncanny ability to bend- were on display throughout his senior season, helping Lake City to an 11-2 record and an appearance in the Class 6A quarterfinals.Tunsil, who ranks as the third best prospect in the nation according to the 247Composite, is the focus of one of the more intense recruiting battles in SEC country this cycle, with Georgia and Alabama fighting tooth and nail for most of the process for the top tackle. He took an official to Ole Miss last weekend, cancelled a scheduled visit to Florida State for this coming weekend and the Bulldogs are likely edging ahead to land his signature on Feb. 6.
OL- Dorian Johnson (Belle Vernon, Pa.)
The 6-foot-6, 270-pound Johnson, who is committed to Pittsburgh, enjoyed another dominant season on the high school football field. One of the most athletic offensive tackle prospects in the country, Johnson was a Class AAA All-State selection this past season and started at tackle in the Under Armour All-America Game.
OL- David Dawson (Detroit, Mich./Cass Tech)
Headed to Michigan over offers from the likes of Alabama, Florida, Michigan State, Ohio State and Wisconsin, Dawson was a key cog on an offensive line that paved the way for Cass Tech to win its second-straight state championship. The nasty interior lineman was selected to play in the Under Armour All-America game. He is ranked by 247Sports as the top player in the state of Michigan, the nation’s No. 3 offensive guard, and the No. 65 prospect overall.
Michigan commit David Dawson had an outstanding senior season and many feel he could be Michigan's best offensive lineman in time.
OL- Grant Hill (Huntsville, Ala./Huntsville)
Hill has developed into one of the nation’s top overall offensive linemen over the past year. The 6-foot-6, 300-pounder cut about 40 pounds and transitioned from an interior mauler to a versatile talent who could play at guard or right tackle at the next level. Possessing an outstanding work ethic, Hill is one of the stronger and more well-conditioned athletes you’ll find in the 2013 crop of linemen and is the prototype for what Alabama and Nick Saban look for along the offensive front. Ranked as the no. 54 overall prospect and no. 2 offensive guard by 247Sports, Hill selected Alabama shortly after visiting Tuscaloosa for a junior day in February of 2012. He chose the Crimson Tide over Auburn and received offers from Georgia and Clemson after his commitment.
OL- Patrick Kugler Wexford (Pa.) North Allegheny
Committed to Michigan back in February over scholarships from places such as Florida, Florida State, Miami, Michigan State, Notre Dame, Penn State, South Carolina and Stanford. Kugler is ranked by the 247Composite as the nation’s top center and No. 63 prospect overall. Kugler finished his high school career as an Under Armour All-American. His father Sean Kugler is the head coach at UTEP.
DE- Carl Lawson (Alpharetta, Ga./Milton)
The 6-feet-3, 245-pound Lawson, an Auburn commit, is among the most dominant rushers off the edge in the 2013 class. Lawson recorded 27 sacks in 2012, and his first step is as good as any we've seen in this cycle. But that is only one of the many skills he has at his disposal. Not only is Lawson extremely quick, but he is built like the proverbial tank. His power base is extremely stout, and his upper body is thick. Lawson is blessed with great strength and he bench presses well over 400 pounds. He's also a student of the game. When he watches college and NFL games, he studies the tactics used by the best of the best and tries to apply what he likes to his own game. If Lawson's speed at the snap doesn't faze an opponent his counter moves often do. More than anything, perhaps, what stands out is his relentlessness. He plays to the whistle every snap. While he remains committed to the Tigers and takes his official visit there this weekend, Tennessee and Clemson have moved toward the top as well, so it’s a three-team race heading to signing day.
DE- Chris Jones (Houston, Miss.)
There may not be a more improved player in the country than Jones. After having to sit out four games as a junior due to state transfer rules, the Mississippi State commitment put together a dominant senior campaign leading Houston High to their deepest playoff run in school history. Jones' frame at 6-foot-5 and 255-pounds, along with his quick first step, balance, change of direction ability and non-stop motor make him a near impossibility to block on the high school level. Jones, the No. 2 overall prospect in the country according to 247Sports, had a whopping 160 tackles, including 45 for loss, this past season and was named to both the Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Game and the Under Armour All-America Game. Despite being committed to the Bulldogs, Ole Miss has entered the race for the talented prospect and it will be a Magnolia State battle for his signature on Feb. 6.
Defensive tackle Montravius Adams never came off the field for Dooly County (Ga.) this year and was exceptionally productive.
DT- Montravius Adams (Vienna, Ga./Dooly County)
Adams is an absolute terror on the interior. When focused, he was almost impossible to contain. Although best suited as a three-technique tackle, he has the frame and the ability to also play nose or end (in the 3-4 defense). Adams, who is uncommitted, is every bit of 6-feet-4, 310 pounds, yet he is extremely agile and flexible for his size. Explosive off the ball, Adams knows how to use his hands and body to get skinny in space to find his way into the backfield. When someone gets a body on him, he's strong enough to fight them off and stay involved in a play. Most of the time, one person simply was not enough to block him unless they went low at the snap. In 2012, Adams recorded more than 20 tackles behind the line of scrimmage while helping lead his team to the state finals in Georgia. He also punted. Adams also was named to the Under Armour All-America Game. Clemson, Auburn, Georgia and others are in the race to land Adams heading to Feb. 6.
DT- Eddie Vanderdoes (Auburn, Calif./Placer)
A great defensive tackle has to be powerful, disruptive and ornery. Check, check and check for first-team All-American Eddie Vanderdoes. The 6-3, 310-pounder has been dominant in every setting over the past year. He’s unblockable at times because of his quickness. In padded one-on-ones, his power is undeniable and he was clearly one of the best players on the field in the US Army All-American Bowl. But Vanderdoes was chosen as an All-American due to his Friday night performances this fall and he was plenty productive there as well. On the year, the five-star had 72 tackles and nine sacks from the defensive interior. He also added 10 tackles for loss, a pair of pass deflections, one forced fumble, another fumble recover, one safety and even a blocked punt. It’s just not fair for high school offensive linemen. College offensive linemen will try to present a more formidable challenge but as of yet, Vanderdoes remains undecided. Previously a USC commitment, the battle for his signature has gotten crowded in recent weeks. He visited Notre Dame last weekend and has a scheduled trip to Alabama this weekend.
LB- Jonathan Allen, (Ashburn, Va./Stone Bridge)
Allen was a disruptive presence in several phases as a senior totaling 119 tackles, 8 sacks, 7 pass breakups, 6 fumble recoveries and an astounding 6 blocked kicks. The five-star prospect’s efforts helped Stone Bridge finish with a 14-1 record and reach the Virginia Class AAA Division 5 state final for the second time in three years. As a result of his play, Allen was named Virginia’s Gatorade Player of the Year and All-Met Defensive Player of the Year by the Washington Post. The 6-foot-3, 260-pounder also participated in the Army All-American Bowl in San Antonio. A former resident of the state of Alabama, Allen had one of the more low key recruitments of the nation’s top prospects, selecting the Crimson Tide over Florida in May less than 24 hours after returning from an unofficial visit to Tuscaloosa. While he played with his hand on the ground in high school, Allen is being recruited to Alabama as a linebacker and offers scheme versatility to the Crimson Tide’s base 3-4 defense.
LB- Jaylon Smith (Fort Wayne, Ind./Bishop Luers)
The five-star Smith is ranked as the nation’s top outside linebacker and No. 2 prospect overall by the 247Composite and backed that billing up as arguably the top performer in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl. Smith led his high school team to four-straight state championships, playing everything from linebacker to running back to even nickel. As a senior he used his 4.4 speed to register 75 tackles including 20 stops for loss and eight sacks as a senior while rushing for another 1,265 yards and 20 touchdowns. Smith was named Indiana’s Mr. Football and also won the Butkus Award, given to the nation’s top high school linebacker. Smith gave his pledge to Notre Dame in June over his other finalist Ohio State.
Alex Anzalone rushed for more than 1,500 yards and was a standout linebacker in Pennsylvania this past season. He has enrolled at Florida.
LB- Alex Anzalone Reading, Pa./Wyomissing
As a senior, the five-star Anzalone registered more than 100 tackles while rushing for close to 1,500 yards and over 30 touchdowns in leading his team to a PIAA Championship. He was the state’s AA Player Of The Year and was also a runner-up for the Butkus Award, given to the nation’s top high school linebacker. Anzalone is tabbed by 247Sports as the nation’s No. 4 outside linebacker and No. 32 prospect overall. Anzalone enrolled early at Florida, making a last second change from Notre Dame.
CB-Vernon Hargreaves III (Tampa, Fla./Wharton)
At the recent Under Armour All-America Game, the 5-feet-11, 185-pounder had an interception, pass breakup and team-high five tackles to earn MVP honors for his squad. The performance came as no surprise to those that have followed his career. Earlier in the week, the Florida commit tied for second in the Under Armour All-America Game skills challenge in the defensive backs/receivers grouping. Following a standout senior season, he was named his area's Defensive Player of the Year by the Tampa Bay Times. For the season, Hargreaves produced 110 tackles, five interceptions, five forced fumbles and five pass deflections. One key to Hargreaves's success is his terrific overall athleticism. He's also a tough, physical, in-your-face type of defensive back that keeps his focus on every snap and simply is determined to not get beat. Additionally, he possess great instincts and a very good understanding of the game, which probably comes from the fact his father is a college coach.
CB-Tre’Davious White (Shreveport, La./Green Oaks)
The cousin of former Shreveport prep standout and star for LSU and the Dallas Cowboys Morris Claiborne, the 5-foot-10.5, 170-pound White looks to follow in his footsteps. An LSU pledge himself, in the finals game of the season White helped a traditionally poor Green Oaks team to its first district win in four years as he accounted for three touchdowns and intercepted a pass. Green Oaks finished the year a surprising 4-6 as White, lining up at quarterback, receiver, cornerback and return man, accounted for 30 touchdowns and recorded three interceptions. He was named a first-team all-state selection as a cornerback and excelled at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl playing defense as well. After the week of practice, he was named a five-star prospect and the No. 9 overall player in the country. Even more impressive than his on-field accomplishments is the fact that White is also the valedictorian of his high school class. With Tharold Simon leaving early for the NFL, White could conceivably come in and challenge for immediate playing time in Baton Rouge.
S- Su’a Cravens (Murietta, Calif./Vista Murrieta)
As an All-American selection, Cravens is a no-brainer. Putting him on the team is an easy decision. Narrowing down a position is much tougher. The five-star USC early enrollee was everywhere for his powerhouse Vista Murrieta team in the fall and his stats tell the story well. Offensively, Cravens had 227 yards rushing and six touchdowns with an additional 404 yards receiving and eight more touchdowns. Defensively the state line gets more complicated. He had 96 tackles on the year from his safety position with 10 coming behind the line of scrimmage. He also had five sacks and four pass deflections. Patrolling the secondary he hawked down three interceptions returning two for touchdowns (99 and 86 yard returns). Cravens also forced two fumbles and recovered four more. On special teams, he blocked three punts. All told, he found the end zone 18 times. As he transitions to the Pac-12, Cravens will likely stick to the defensive side of the ball but still has the ability to play either linebacker or safety long term. With his nose for the ball and knack for the big play, it shouldn’t take long for opponents to determine where he ultimately lines up.
S- Vonn Bell, Rossville (Ga.) Ridgeland
Bell led his high school team on a magical run in the Georgia state playoffs in 2012. While Bell was a playmaker at safety, he also doubled as a wide receiver and in the return game as a jack-of-all-trades of sorts. His ability to change games and momentum on both sides of the ball make him one of the hog school players in the country. Bell's quickness, change of direction, ball skills and feel for maximizing plays with the ball in his hand make him one of the country's top prospects in the 2013 class. As far as his recruitment is concerned, it’s a three-team race with Tennessee, Alabama and Ohio State all in the mix. Of late, it’s been believed he was leaning toward playing in the SEC.
All-Purpose- Alvin Kamara, Norcross (Ga.)
During a stellar senior season, the uncommitted Kamara carried 303 times for 2,264 yards and 26 touchdowns while leading his program to a state title in Georgia's large-school classification. He finished the year with 11 straight 100-yard games. For his efforts, Kamara was named the state's all-class Player of the Year by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Kamara's greatest asset probably is his speed, which allows him to hit the hole in a flash to the dismay of defenders. He also showed the ability to put his foot in the ground and make sharp cuts, and that made him extremely difficult to corral in the open field. The 5-feet-10, 195-pound Kamara is stronger than he looks, and was able to get tough yards in between the tackles when needed. The bonus with Kamara is that he also is blessed with terrific hands, and he has the skill to make plays catching the ball out of the backfield. In space, there were few players as dangerous in this entire class. His recruitment is expected to come down to Alabama or Georgia and he will announce Feb. 6, national signing day.
All-Purpose- Ezekiel Elliott (St. Louis, Mo./Burroughs)
Elliott is ranked by the 247Composite as the nation’s No. 4 all-purpose back and No. 62 prospect overall. He accounted for 3,061 all-purpose yards and 50 touchdowns as a senior in leading his team to a third-straight state title game. Elliott averaged over 10 yards per carry in rushing for 2,155 yards and 40 scores. He added four touchdown receptions and six scores via return. Elliott wrapped ups his prep career as a U.S. Army All-American. He is also a state champion hurdler. Chose Ohio State over Notre Dame in the spring, but a recent official to Missouri, where his dad played football, has him thinking.
PK- Michael Geiger (Toledo, Ohio/Ottawa Hills)
Geiger is ranked as the nation’s top kicker by 247Sports. Geiger was 6-of-10 on field goals as a senior with a long of 54 yards. He also booted 48 of 52 kickoffs four touchbacks. Geiger averaged 41.6 yards per punt. He is headed to Michigan State over an offer from Boston College, where he was once committed.
Punter-Jimmy Hutchinson (Kennesaw, Ga./Harrison)
A Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl participant earlier this month, the 6-feet-2, 175-pound Hutchinson had an outstanding week in California. In the game, the Auburn commit averaged 44 yards per punt on six attempts with a long of 58 yards. His kicks didn't just go far, they had excellent hang time. He also impressed in practices leading up to the main event. In December, Hutchinson excelled at the Cobb County (Ga.) All-Star Senior Bowl, averaging 46 yards a kick with a long of 61. During the 2012 regular season, he punted 45 times and recorded a 39.18 average with a long of 55. Six of his kicks were downed inside the 20. Hutchinson is rated as the No. 5 punter nationally by Chris Sailer Kicking, which described him as "showing great explosion" and having done "extremely well under pressure."
WR- Robert Foster (Monaca, Pa./Central Valley)
WR- Jake Oliver (Dallas, Texas/Jesuit)
WR- Steven Mitchell (Mission Hills, Calif./Bishop Alemany)
WR- Johnathan Howard (Rochelle, Ga./Wilcox County)
TE- Desean Smith (Lake Charles, La./Barbe)
TE-Thomas Duarte (Santa Ana, Calif./Mater Dei)
OL- Hunter Bivin (Owensboro, Ky./Apollo)
OL- Kent Perkins (Dallas, Texas/Lake Highlands)
OL- Kyle Bosch (Wheaton, Ill./St. Francis)
OL- Josh Boutte (New Iberia, La./Westgate)
OL- Jake Raulerson (Celina, Texas)
OL- Ethan Pocic (Lemont, Ill.)
OL- Evan Lisle (Dayton, Ohio/Centerville)
OL- Ira Denson (Madison, Fla./Madison County)
LB- Zach Cunningham (Pinson Valley, Ala.)
LB- Tim Kimbrough (Indianapolis/Warren Central)
LB- Kendell Beckwith (Jackson, La./East Feliciana)
LB-Myles Jack (Bellevue, Wash.)
LB- Reuben Foster (Auburn, Ala.)
Athlete- TJ Logan (Greensboro, N.C./Northern Guilford)
Athlete- Terrell Newby (West Hills, Calif./Chaminade)
Athlete- Cornelius Elder (Nashville, Tenn./Ensworth)
Athlete- ArDarius Stewart (Birmingham, Ala./Fultondale)
Athlete- Tyler Boyd (Clariton, Pa.)
Gerry Hamilton, Keith Niebuhr, Steve Wiltfong, Brian Perroni, Barton Simmons, Charles Power and JC Shurburtt contributed.