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Looks Can Deceive

Some prospects wow you the moment they step off the bus.

Cornelius Elder is a little thin, but he's a gamer.

Other talented players don't exactly ace the eyeball test.

Maybe they aren't very tall. Or all that muscular. Or perhaps they've still got some baby fat to shed.

With that in mind, today 247Sports offers up our "Don't judge a book by its cover" team -- a list of players in the 2013 class that may not be physical specimens but will get your attention with their excellent play.

Without further ado, here's the squad ...


QB- Kevin Olsen, Wayne (N.J.) Wayne Hills -- The 6-feet-3 Olsen is a little thin, and looks really young in the face. But he's a four-star prospect because of his arm and physical upside.

RB- Cornelius Elder, Nashville (Tenn.) Ensworth -- A four-star prospect, Elder checks in at only about 165 pounds, but he is ultra-quick and shifty, making him among the country's most dangerous playmakers.

RB- T.J. Logan, Greensboro (N.C.) Northern Guilford -- The 5-feet-11 North Carolina commit is probably 175 pounds ringing wet and has skinny legs, but he possesses great acceleration, instincts and one-cut ability.

Speed is the name of the game for Aggies commit Laquvionte Gonzalez.

OL- Andrew Billings, Waco (Texas) -- Billings is 6-feet-1 at the most, but he was first-team all-state on offense and honorable mention all-state on defense. He's strong and incredibly quick off the ball.

OL-Dane Crane, Rancho Santa Margarita (Calif.) Santa Margarita Catholic -- A Washington commit, Crane isn't going to win any beauty contests, but he is incredibly effective and has anchored one of the country's top offensive lines.

OL- Tyrone Crowder, Rockingham (N.C.) Richmond -- Crowder is in the 6-feet range, about 330-ish pounds and carries a little bad tummy weight. That said, he's extremely agile and moves nicely.

OL- Cameron Dillard, Canton (Mich.) -- When you look at Dillard, you see a smiling, happy-go-lucky kid. He's just that -- until the lights come on, and a physical and intense lineman emerges.

OL- Brandon Kublanow, Marietta (Ga.) Walton -- The Georgia-bound center/guard is only of medium height and has a stocky build, but he's strong as the proverbial ox and just plain nasty.

WR- Laquvionte Gonzalez, Chatfield (Texas) Cedar Hill -- A Texas A&M commit, he measured in at 147 pounds this summer and certainly doesn't strike fear into opponents coming off the bus. However, he is one of the fastest players in Texas and is dangerous with the ball in space.

WR- Ryan Jenkins, Marietta (Ga.) Lassiter -- Jenkins isn't a guy that stands out physically in a crowd. Medium height. Medium build. But the Clemson commit has above-average ability and a high upside in the slot.

WR- John Ross, Long Beach (Calif.) Jordan -- Ross might not be very big, but his game is. He's an exciting, explosive player with the ball in his hands.

Chris Hawkins isn't big, but he's a big-time playmaker.


DL- Rod Crayton, Dadeville (Ala.) -- Crayton is only about 6-feet tall, so he definitely doesn't stand out physically. Yet his arm length isn't bad, and he is extremely strong, making him a nice nose tackle prospect.

DL- Paulo Lepua, Harbor City (Calif.) Narbonne -- The Washington State commit doesn't have a true defensive end, defensive tackle or linebacker body. But with a high motor and good athleticism, he registered 25 sacks in 2012.

DL- Jaylen Miller, Gaffney (S.C.) -- Miller is the classic tweener. A little wide for an end. A little small for a tackle. It doesn't matter, because he's quick, powerful and relentless.

DL- Lewis Neal, Wilson (N.C.) Hunt -- The LSU-bound Neal is generously listed at 6-feet-1, 235 pounds. But the defensive end is a ball of muscle and plays with an exceptionally high motor every snap.

LB- Reggie Chevis, Houston (Texas) Sharpstown --The Texas A&M commit is north of 250 pounds and bigger than some SEC defensive line commits. He doesn't look like he should be able to move nearly as well as he does.

LB- Cameron Judge, Thousand Oaks (Calif.) Oaks Christian -- A UCLA-bound standout, Judge looks more like a safety physically than a linebacker, but he impresses with his speed and coverage abilities.

LB- Tim Kimbrough, Indianapolis (Ind.) Warren Central -- The Georgia commit is at least one-to-two inches shorter than every other four-star inside linebacker but he's typically in the middle of the action.

DB- Nadir Barnwell, CB, Piscataway (N.J.) Piscataway -- The Rutgers-bound Barnwell isn't tall or physically imposing, but he has an excellent feel for the game and plays the ball well.

DB- Chris Hawkins, Rancho Cucamonga (Calif.) -- Hawkins is a bit thin and looks like he would be overmatched against bigger receivers, but the Southern California commit uses instincts and savvy to help him often dominate.

DB- Kyle Fulks, Katy (Texas) -- Fulks, a Baylor commit, is short and somewhat slight of frame, but he brings track-star speed to the field and was a key two-way star for a state championship team.

DB- Jourdan Lewis, Detroit (Mich.) Cass Technical -- The Michigan pledge plays much bigger than his 5-feet-10, 170-pound frame would suggest, and was a star on a squad that won back-to-back state titles.

ATH- Will Likely, Belle Glade (Fla.) Glades Central -- A Maryland commit, the 5-feet-7 Likely could play on either side of the ball but might end up at corner and as a return man. He's not tall, but has terrific football instincts. Basically, he just makes plays.

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