Rising seniors in the class of 2013 are taking most of the recruiting headlines as the 2012 season approaches, but that doesn't mean the underclassmen aren't blazing up recruiting boards in the process. When looking at which rising juniors and sophomores need to be watched going forward, look no further than the elite prospects that camped at Alabama last week and earned offers from the defending National Champions.
Class of 2014
Additional Offers: LSU
Quick Take: Clapp is a solid run-blocker with the ability to punish defenders through the whistle using his big frame. He seems to have the athleticism to stay at the guard position, but it depends on how much he will grow over the next two years. As a pass-blocker, his hips need work as most young pass-protectors' often do as they adjust from a downhill scheme into a spread or pro-style offense at the next level.
Upon receiving UA offer: "Coach [Nick] Saban said he wasn't going to pressure me to commit. He said, 'You have a scholarship; make the decision when you're ready,' and I really liked that."
Quick Take: Clark is a versatile prospect that can play several skill positions. He worked out as a wide receiver at the camp on the way to an offer, but the staff admitted they were recruiting him as an athlete. He has experience at safety, linebacker and running back as well – so he may become an elite 2014 prospect should he focus on a particular skill-set.
Upon receiving UA offer: "When I got my first offer (Auburn) I was shocked and when I got this offer I was shocked. It was cool, it was a nice offer to get but it was shocking to me."
Quick Take: Lane has a chance to be one of the best wideouts in the entire class. He runs with great form and makes effortless cuts with the ball in his hands and he isn't afraid to utilize his height during jump-ball situations. He shows breakaway speed on tape and runs with a certain calm that elite players share at the next level.
Upon receiving UA offer: "He (Nick Saban) just told me he would love to see me there, he was telling me about the program and everything. He said I'm a special kid."
Additional Offers: Clemson, Georgia Tech, Mississippi
Quick Take: Vickers already possesses great size at his position and he runs very well behind his pads. The rising junior is a load to bring down and he seems to fall forward more times than not while still possessing good enough speed to hit a home run on any given play. He also displays natural hands out of the backfield while understanding his role as a pass blocker when his number isn't called.
Upon receiving UA offer: "I wouldn't say shocked but I was overwhelmed and I was happy. I was praying for it and it came through. I was trying to keep my composure. "
Quick Take: Washington may project as a tight end, though he has the ability to split out and overmatch most players who line up across from him. He uses his height and length to elevate over defenders with the ball in the air, and shows solid running ability with the ball in his hands. A natural receiver, he possesses soft hands an already shows the ability to hold off on giving away the balls projected location to achieve another edge on defenders.
Upon receiving UA offer: "I like everything about Alabama. The emphasis on academics stood out; so did walking into the stadium, which is huge. The facilities are real nice. It's just a blessing. When I talked with Coach Saban and the staff, they said I would fit in well with their offense…"
Class of 2015
Additional Offers: Florida State, LSU
Quick Take: Brossette is a smooth back with a natural running style. He surveys the field and makes cuts simultaneously to provide him with an above-average combination of vision and quickness. He also shows solid speed in the open field once he makes up his mind while using angles to deter defenders. Also shows decent power at times as arm-tackles rarely affect his path.
Quick Take: Jefferson has been called a "monster" by more than one analyst that has seen him play in person. His game translates to the camp setting as well, considering he has doubled his offer list over the last few weeks or so. The rising sophomore is known to have a high motor and a relentless attitude even in a practice and/or camp atmosphere.
Upon receiving UA offer: "I just didn't see this coming. It feels great to have an Alabama offer and they are a great school. They have so many championships, they always have a great defense, they put a lot of players in the NFL, and there is a lot to like about them. I just feel blessed."
Quick Take: McGraw earned his Alabama offer before the camp, but he participated anyway and impressed. He has been to campus four times already and seems to never disappoint whether it be from his coverage skills or impressive speed at a young age.
Upon receiving UA offer: "Coach Saban said he was impressed with the amount of talent I had at my age. He feels I will be a safety later on. They just really liked me."
Quick Take: Patrick is an instinctive runner who can wait for the hole to open up or hit the seam with an elite burst to get into the secondary. He uses all of his size to finish runs well and uses the jump-cut move better than most backs carrying 200-plus pounds.
Upon receiving UA offer: "Alabama is a school that wows you when you first see it and there's nothing you don't like. I love the staff and Alabama is that program that everyone would love to play for because of the traditions and how everything works."