Following The Opening, the nation’s premier summer football all-star camp, 247Sports team of analysts has elected to make changes to the Class of 2013 Top247, including the addition of five new five-star prospects. Here’s a rundown of the moves we made. Look for a complete update to the entire Top247 on Thursday.
Notre Dame commit Jaylon Smith is now the nation's top linebacker prospect according to 247Sports.
New order at the top
Following The Opening and other summer events, we have re-shuffled our top seven prospects for the Class of 2013.
-Clemson defensive end commit Robert Nkemdiche remains the No. 1 overall prospect for the 2013 class and retains a franchise rating of 103.
-Defensive tackle Montravius Adams moves up to No. 2 nationally. The 6-foot-3, 295-pounder is the quickest defensive tackle we’ve seen since former Oklahoma standout Gerald McCoy came out of high school. We will caution, though, that we aren’t 100 percent sold that Adams will end up being the No. 2 overall prospect in the 2013 class when all is said and done. It’s extremely close in spots 2-7. The bottom line on Adams is that he gets the job done in pads and on film, which is the majority of our evaluation. Clemson, Auburn, Georgia and others are in the mix. Could Clemson land the nation’s top two prospects in 2013?
-Quarterback Max Browne is No. 3. The 6-foot-5 pocket passer was everything we thought he would be at The Opening this past week. The USC-bound signal caller has an excellent arm, will only get stronger once he gets into a college weight program and has the intangibles you look for in a star quarterback.
-Offensive tackle Laremy Tunsil has dominated at several college camps he’s been to and one coaching staff told us that he’s every bit as good at his position as the other elite prospects at their position nationally are this year. Tunsil may not be at the level of a Cyrus Kouandjio or La’El Collins from the 2011 class (elite prospects), but he’s absolutely a player that can make an impact early in his college career and with NFL upside. Florida, Georgia and others are in the mix to land the uncommitted star.
-After watching him in multiple camp settings and combining what we see on film in terms of playmaking ability and instincts, we believe Jaylon Smith is the No. 1 linebacker prospect in the country. The 6-foot-3, 218-pounder is elite laterally and has plenty of natural ability. He is committed to Notre Dame and checks in at No. 5 overall.
Defensive tackle Eddie Vanderdoes moes up to No. 11 overall in the latest Top247.
-We have little doubt that Vernon Hargreaves III is the nation’s top cornerback prospect. He has special instincts, excellent recovery speed and ball skills and runs sub-4.5 seconds in the 40-yard dash every time he’s hit with the clock, including a 4.42 before injuring his ankle at The Opening. Hargreaves is expected to pick either South Florida, where his father is an assistant coach, or Florida. He is No. 6 overall.
-Linebacker Reuben Foster descended in our latest update. The former franchise player at this point does not have the ceiling that some other prospects now ahead of him have. That being said, he’s still an elite, elite player and is one of the top Friday night players in the country. Our rankings are projections, though, and he simply does not project as high as he once did. Foster is committed to Alabama.
-Defensive tackle Eddie Vanderdoes impressed us with his quickness at both the Oregon Nike Football Training Camp and The Opening. The 310-pounder shredded even the toughest offensive linemen that he faced in both of those settings and has the potential to be one of the best at his position in college football if he continues to develop. USC, Oregon, LSU and others are in the mix to land the nation’s No. 11 overall prospect.
-There isn’t a better way to describe tight end O.J. Howard than “freak” after seeing what he did at The Opening. The 6-foot-5, 221-pounder ran 4.49 in the 40-yard dash on the first day and then proceeded to be one of the toughest matchups in the Nike 7on portion of the event. Howard has excellent pass catching ability in addition to holding either an athleticism or size advantage against defenders trying to cover him. Howard is committed to Alabama. He checks in at No. 15 overall.
-Speaking of talented jumbo athletes, Ricky Seals-Jones continued to ascend in our minds at The Opening. The 6-foot-5, 230-pound athlete played receiver during the event, but we will continue to project him as an athlete that could play a number of positions at the next level. Seals-Jones, No. 16 overall, was once a Texas commit and now is looking at the Longhorns, Texas A&M and LSU.
-There is a new No. 1 receiver for the Class of 2013. Baylor commit Robbie Rhodes backed up his impressive high school season with a dominant spring on the track and continued his impressive run with a big-time performance at the Under Armour Sevens tournament in Dallas. There’s not a more explosive receiver in the country and that combined with his “ball in the air is mine” attitude makes him potentially special. Rhodes is No. 18 over
-Michigan quarterback commit Shane Morris displayed consistency and his trademark big left arm at The Opening. Morris was a top two quarterback at the event for its entirety and continues to be one of the most important recruits in the history of Wolverines football considering his leadership in helping the nation’s current No. 2 overall class come together. Morris was on the verge of five-star status for most of this cycle and his showing last week put him over the top.
-Penn State quarterback commit Christian Hackenberg, Defensive lineman DeMarcus Walker, Cornerback MacKensie Alexander, Running back Altee Tenpenny and offensive tackle A’Shawn Robinson all were under heavy consideration for five-star status and it would not surprise us if any of these players were rated as five-star prospects by the end of the cycle.
-After watching Ohio State commit Jalin Marshall at The Opening, we believe an overall grade of 95 was more appropriate than the 98 that we had him ranked previously. He’s a talented, versatile, athlete for sure, but we project him a bit lower than we had him.
247Sports will update the remainder of the Class of 2013 Top247 Thursday.