Within the Class of 2013 prospect rankings, 247Sports has identified multiple outliers where our rankings were significantly higher than those in the 247Composite, which includes rankings from the rest of the recruiting industry.
247Sports ranked Mississippi State-bound defensive end Chris Jones as the No. 2 overall prospect in the 2013 cycle. According to the 247Composite, he was No. 18.
Here’s a look at 16 and the reasons why we made the calls that we did. Of course, prospect rankings are long-term projections, so if the calls were correct or not are too be determined.
Chris Jones, DE, Houston (Miss.)
Top247 Ranking - 2
247Composite Ranking - 18
There wasn’t a prospect in the 2013 class those rose more than the 6-foot-5, 250-pound Mississippi State signee. With a frame that will out in a similar manner to Julius Peppers, plus athleticism and agility and a very high-ceiling to go with it, Jones has the chance to develop into a high NFL draft pick in time.
Dorian Johnson, OT, Belle Vernon (Pa.)
Top247 - 8
247Composite - 43
The 6-foot-5, 280-pound Pitt Panther recruit is blessed with the type of first quickness, body quickness, agility and initial punch college coaches scour the country in search of.
Tre'Davious White, CB, Shreveport (La.) Green Oaks
Georgia's coaches have already been impressed with the raw ability of freshman quarterback Brice Ramsey.
Top247 - 9
247Composite - 55
The 5-foot-10.5, 170-pound White played at a different speed than the majority of others at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl. The future LSU Tiger is not only big time corner prospect, but also posseses dynamic ability in the return game.
Alex Collins, RB, Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) South Plantation
Top247 - 17
247Composite - 41
The 5-foot-11, 204-pound Collins may be best known for the way in which his recruitment played out (signing with Arkansas over Miami after signing day). He should be best known for his great feet and explosive ability as a runner and receiving threat out of the backfield. He was the top running back prospect in the 2013 class in our opinion.
Brice Ramsey, QB, Kingsland (Ga.) Camden County
Top247 - 37
247Composite - 100
While the 6-foot-3, 197-pound signal caller will need time to be groomed at Georgia coming from a running offense, he will not need much too much refining. The underrated athlete has one of the best releases in the class to go with a powerful arm.
Alabama-bound defensive tackle Darius Paige has everything that you want in a big-time prospect at his position. 247Sports ranked him as the nation's No. 55 overall prospect.
Hunter Bivin, OL, Owensboro (Ky.) Apollo
Top247 - 43
247Composite - 97
The 6-foot-7, 290-pound Bivin was called the best lineman at the Under Armour All-America game by head coach Herm Edwards. The reason being, he played tackle and center during the week showing the ability and understanding to pick up scheme quickly. He signed with Notre Dame
Darius Paige, DT, Foley (Ala.)
Top247 - 55
247Composite - 155
The 6-foot-4, 300-pound Paige has the body type, skill set and physicality college coaches covet all the way down to long arms and skinny ankles. He signed with Alabama and was one of the top prospects at the Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl.
Mitch Trubisky, QB, Mentor (Ohio)
Top 247 - 79
247Composite - 212
Auburn signee Jason Smith was ranked 98 spots higher by 247Sports (104) than in 247Composite (202). The silky-smooth athlete was impressive all season and should be an impact player for AU.
The best feet in the pocket of any quarterback in the 2013 class belong to the North Carolina early enrollee. The 6-foot-3, 195-pounder was also one of the most improved signal callers as a senior in the class, resulting in Gatorade Player of the Year honors in Ohio.
Jason Smith, WR, Mobile (Ala.) McGill Toolen
Top247 - 104
247Composite - 202
The silky smooth Auburn signee made playing the wide receiver position look smooth and easy during the Alabama-Mississippi All-Star week of practices. The 6-foot-1, 175-pounder will likely do the same in Gus Malzahn’s offense.
Jason Carr, DE, Memphis (Tenn.) White Station
Top247 - 117
247Composite - 185
The 6-foot-6, 275-pound Carr is another with high NFL draft pick potential featuring plus feet, agility and long arms. Needless to say, this was a huge hold by Butch Jones and staff in January.
Rashard Robinson, CB, Pompano Beach (Fla.) Blanche Ely
Cal defensive end signee Takkarist McKinley has been timed as fast as 10.79-seconds in the 100-meter dash and has huge upside.
Top247 - 118
247Composite - 328
The 6-foot-2.5, 165-pound LSU signee possesses a world of ability and potential. Having run sub 4.4 forty yard dashes on multiple occasions, Robinson is among the fastest in the 2013 class with the size and frame coaches covet.
Takkarist McKinley, DE, Fremont (Calif.) John F. Kennedy
Top247 - 132
247Composite - 462
The 6-foot-3, 240-pound McKinley is one of the top pound for pound athletes in the 2013 class with a very high ceiling. The future Cal defensive end has already posted a 10.79 100-meter time on the track this month.
Jonathan Cook, CB, Spanish Fort (Ala.)
Top247 - 145
247Composite - 523
The 6-foot-0, 183-pound Cook was a senior riser in the state of Alabama, and nationally. He flashed his impressive change of direction, burst and ability to stay attached in coverage at the annual Alabama-Mississippi All-Star practices and game in December.
We are told that the Alabama coaching staff actually had signee Eddie Jackson higher on its board than five-star safety Vonn Bell, who signed with Ohio State.
Eddie Jackson, ATH, Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) Boyd Anderson
Top247 - 157
247Composite - 349
The 6-foot-1, 175-pound playmaker entered the 2012 season as a complete unknown after having to sit out due to academics in 2011. Jackson could end up on either side of the ball at the next level at Alabama, but the secondary is most likely with a very high ceiling with a what will be wiry strong frame.
Andrew Nelson, OT, Hershey (Pa.)
Top247 - 192
247Composite - 451
The 6-foot-5, 270-pound Nelson has some of the best feet and body quickness on the offensive line in the 2013 class. Once he has ample time to add strength and weight to his frame, Nelson should be a key cog on the Penn State offensive line.
Maurice Porter, OT/G, Missouri City (Texas) Marshall
Top247 - 198
247Composite - 421
The future Baylor offensive lineman has a terrific frame and an impressive natural punch. Once he adds strength and refines technique, look for the 6-foot-5, 280-pounder to be multi-year starter for Art Briles and staff.
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