Class of 2013 Rankings

Scout released its first Top 100 in September, and today Scout updates its rankings to include 500 players...

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If the Class of 2012 was the year of the linemen, both offensive and defensive, the Class of 2013 is shaping up to be the year the quarterback makes a comeback. Of the last four classes, only 2013 breaks 20 quarterbacks in the Scout 300 with a whopping 29 signal callers in the Scout 300 this year.

The last several classes have been dominated by running quarterbacks, while Major League Baseball has talked about how many great high school pitchers have come out of high school during the same timeframe. It looks like some of those big bodied throwers are making their way back to the gridiron, because there are some big, athletic quarterbacks in this class led by No. 1 overall Max Browne (6'5/200) of Skyline High School in Sammamish, Wash. and Tyrone Swoopes (6'5/220) of Whiteright High School in Whiteright, Texas.

Browne is a prototype pro-style passer who stands tall in the pocket and can deliver the ball to any spot on the field, while Swoopes is the running hybrid quarterback that has dominated the top of the quarterback rankings in the past few years. Browne has yet to make a commitment, but Swoopes chose Texas early in the process.

Tyrone Swoopes

If quarterbacks aren't the story in 2013, then the state of Georgia is. The nation's top two prospects both hail from the Peach State. There was little debate amongst the Scout team that defensive lineman Robert Nkemdiche (6'4/270) of Loganville, Ga. and linebacker Rueben Foster (6'1/240) of LaGrange, Ga. were the top two prospects in the nation, but the order that they would be ranked was a much more lively debate.

The superlatives flow easily for both players. Nkemdiche and Foster aren't just plus size and speed, they're exceptionally big and fast. Nkemdiche actually shows off his quickness and cutting ability playing running back reminiscent of New York Giants big back Brandon Jacobs (6'4/260), and Foster lines up at defensive end, linebacker, and running back for his Troup County team.

In the end, with two prospects virtually equal in the minds of the Scout team, the nod went to the premium position of defensive line. Nkemdiche has the ability to play defensive end, defensive tackle, or even linebacker on the next level. For reference sake on which position is placed at a premium by football personnel men, defensive linemen were drafted in the first round at a rate of 10-1 and 8-2 vs. linebackers in the last two NFL Drafts.

Reuben Foster

Needless to say, there's not much separating these two players, each falls into the "best we've ever seen" discussion.

It's not just the top two in the Georgia though, defensive tackle Montravius Adams (6'3/285) of Vienna, Ga. shows incredible explosion off the ball and is Scout's No. 1 defensive tackle in the nation. After having only one 5-Star prospect in 2012, Georgia made a comeback in a big way with four so far in 2013 including Nkemdiche, Foster, Adams, and safety Vonn Bell (6'1/190) of Rossville, Ga.  

In the East region, Robert Foster (6'2/190) of Monaca, Pa. checks in as Scout's No. 1 receiver. Foster is an exceptional athlete who also excels on the defensive side of the ball. He has good size and the ability to take a short pass and turn it into a big gainer.

Robert Foster

Foster is joined by two other players from Pennsylvania in the 5-Star range including tight end Adam Breneman (6'5/220), and offensive lineman Patrick Kugler (6'4/270). Breneman is a complete player who can dominate catching or blocking, and Kugler is a road grader from his offensive tackle position. 

It's no surprise that the state of Texas dominates the Midland rankings, considering that it makes up more than 80% of the signees from that region and is bigger than the Midwest and East for total number of signees per year. The two top players from the Midlands are receiver Ricky Seals-Jones (6'5/215) of Sealy and Swoopes. On the field, they look like carbon copies of one another with their size and easy strides. Both have committed to Texas.

The Longhorns haven't totally wrapped up the state though as Texas A&M received a commitment from another giant receiver in Derrick Griffin (6'6/215) of Rosenburg. Griffin is a match up night mare who is only beginning to scratch the surface of his potential. Should the top players in Texas decide to get involved in a game of pickup basketball, they'd certainly look the part.

The Midwest is home of the nation's No. 1 running back in Ty Isaac (6'2/220) of Joilet, Ill. Isaac is a big, powerful runner who has deceptive speed.

Ty Isaac

 After a lengthy debate by the Scout team on the nation's top running back, Isaac won a split decision because of his combination of size, speed, and instincts.

Linebacker Jaylon Smith (6'3/225) of Fort Wayne, Ind. is Scout's No. 1 outside linebacker prospect. He has tremendous quickness and great size and finishes through plays.

There were two strong contenders for the No. 1 running back spot in the West in the form of Justin Davis (6'1/195) of Stockton, Calif. and Thomas Tyner (6'0/200) of Beaverton, Oreg. Davis and Tyner are both plus sized backs with exceptional break away speed.

Justin Davis

After having a plethora of Top 100 offensive tackle in 2012, Nico Falah (6'5/270) of Bellflower, Calif. is the lone representative from the West in 2013 to crack the Top 100. Su'a Cravens (6'1/200) of Vista Murrieta made a strong push for the top prospect in the West at either safety or outside linebacker and finished No. 2 behind Max Browne.

Scout has currently ranked 500 prospects from around the nation and will push that number to 750 next week as we make our way towards the 2000 college prospects we rank every year. With spring evaluation period, summer camp season, and senior seasons still to come, there will be a multitude of changes between now and Signing Day next February, but these 500 young men have already shown themselves to be high level college football prospects.

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Scott began with Scout as the Southeast Regional Manager in 2002. In addition to his recruiting responsibilities, Scott developed and ran the National Scout Combine series from 2005 thru 2008. Scott has been Director of Scouting since 2006 and oversees the Recruiting Rankings for Scout.
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