February 8, 2013

Position recruiting ranking: Offense

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Rivals.com has broken down how the teams did overall on National Signing Day, and now here's a look at which teams fared best, position-by-position, on offense.

Offensive Position Recruiting Rankings
QUARTERBACK
Anthony Jennings
Hayden Rettig
1. LSU

The Tigers brought in the nation's No. 3 pro-style quarterback and the No. 6 dual-threat quarterback. Both are four-stars and inside the top 150 prospects nationally, adding depth and elite talent to the most critical position on the field.
Max Browne
2. USC

Browne went wire-to-wire as the nation's top quarterback in the 2013 class and proved his ranking time and again at events such as the Rivals100 Five-Star Challenge and the U.S. Army All-American Bowl where others were targeting his No. 1 status.
Christian Hackenberg
Tyler Ferguson
3. Penn State

It is tough to measure the value of Hackenberg to Penn State's 2013 class. Not only is he the No. 2 quarterback in this class, he also stuck with the Nittany Lions after their sanctions were handed down. Ferguson comes from the JUCO ranks and gives Hackenberg time to develop.
Kenny Hill
Kohl Stewart
4. Texas A&M

The only other school to land two four-star quarterbacks beside LSU. Stewart and Hill made their commitments before Johnny Manziel started a game, let alone won the Heisman, and both have ambitions to be his successor.
Jeremy Johnson
Nick Marshall
5. Auburn

At 6-foot-6 and 215 pounds, Johnson might draw comparisons to former Auburn great Cam Newton, but he is much more of a pocket passer than the Heisman Trophy winner. Marshall is the No. 2 rated JUCO quarterback, and brings more of the dual-threat abilities.
RUNNING BACK
Derrick Henry
Tyren Jones
Alvin Kamara
Altee Tenpenny
1. Alabama

The Crimson Tide brought in the nation's No. 2 running back class in 2012. This year they have the No. 1 class, and it is not even close. Four more four-star ball-carriers are headed to Tuscaloosa, including high school football's all-time leading career rusher, Henry.
Ty Isaac
Justin Davis
2. USC

Isaac and Davis committed to the Trojans within days of each other and said at the time they looked forward to the competition. Both bring a little something different to the running back position, but as top 100 prospects are immensely talented.
Eugene Brazley
Mark Dodson Jr.
Kalio Moore
Jordan Wilkins
3. Ole Miss

The Rebels brought in four backs in the 2013 class, three of whom are rated four-stars. The group is lead by Dodson, the nation's No. 6 all-purpose back, who at 5-foot-10 and 193 pounds has good size and is also an outstanding receiver out of the backfield.
Greg Bryant
Tarean Folston
4. Notre Dame

Grabbing Bryant out of Florida was one of the Irish's greatest recruiting feats in a 2013 class that was full of wins for head coach Brian Kelly and his staff. They then complemented the five-star backfield by adding Folston a month before National Signing Day.
Derrick Green
Deveon Smith
5. Michigan

The Wolverines are looking to get back to a power running game, and both Green and Smith are between-the-tackles runners who already weigh in at 220 pounds. Green is the nation's top running back prospect and should make an immediate impact in Ann Arbor.
WIDE RECEIVER
Alvin Bailey
Ahmad Fulwood
Marqui Hawkins
Demarcus Robinson
Chris Thompson
1. Florida

Florida landed the nation's top wide receiver group by bringing in five prospects at the position, three of whom are rated four-stars. Bailey is a playmaker with a nose for the end zone, while Robinson is one of the most gifted WRs in the country.
Laquon Treadwell
Quincy Adeboyejo
Derrick Jones
Quadarias Mireles
2. Ole Miss

Treadwell shocked many when he spurned the big Midwest programs to sign with the Rebels, but Hugh Freeze's willingness to put the ball in the air was a big reason he won over the Chicago native. Adeboyejo used a big senior season to move into four-star territory.
Paul Harris
Ryan Jenkins
Marquez North
Josh Smith
3. Tennessee

Butch Jones' biggest recruiting win after taking over as the Volunteers' head coach was landing North's commitment. Harris is also a four-star commitment with good size, while Jenkins and Smith give Tennessee long-term depth at the position.
Sebastian Larue
Kyrion Parker
Jeremy Tabuyo
JaQuay Williams
4. Texas A&M

Williams was a Rivals100 prospect in the class of 2012. Now with a year of prep school under his belt, he should be ready to contribute immediately for the Aggies. It's easy to recruit wide receivers when you have a Heisman winner returning at quarterback, and three of A&M's new additions are four-star prospects.
Earnest Robinson
Tony Stevens
Dominic Walker
5. Auburn

In Robinson and Stevens, Auburn has landed one of the best wide receiver tandems in the 2013 class. Add in the 6-foot-2, 195-pound Walker and the Tigers have three pass catchers who are well over 6-feet and will provide big targets for their quarterbacks.
TIGHT END
O.J. Howard
1. Alabama

Howard has the most potential of any tight end to come out of the high school ranks since Martellus Bennett, and he walks into a great situation at Alabama. The Crimson Tide lost senior Michael Williams and return just eight career receptions at the position in 2013.
Nathan Marcus
Mitchell Parsons
Brandon Vandenburg
Mack Weaver
2. Vanderbilt

Tight end was obviously a position of focus for the Commodores in the 2013 class, as they brought in four prospects. Parsons is the lone four-star of the group. He can be an in-line tight end or split out as a receiver.
Mike Heuerman
Jacob Matuska
Durham Smythe
3. Notre Dame

Notre Dame brought in three tight ends, though they plan to move Matuska to defensive end when he arrives. Heuerman and Smythe give them two talented, versatile additions at the position.
DeSean Smith
Logan Stokes
4. LSU

Smith locked up the No. 2 tight end ranking in the 2013 class after an impressive week at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl last month. He has an outstanding pair of hands and will be a threat in the passing game. Stokes comes from the JUCO ranks.
Jake Butt
Khalid Hill
5. Michigan

In their transition from a spread to a pro-style offense, targeting tight end depth was a key for the Wolverines in 2013. Butt can handle blocking and receiving aspects of the position, while Hill could move into more of an H-back role.
OFFENSIVE LINE
Kyle Bosch
David Dawson
Chris Fox
Patrick Kugler
Dan Samuelson
Scott Sypniewski
Logan Tuley-Tillman
1. Michigan

The Wolverines added their quarterback and running back of the future, and surrounded them with the nation's top offensive line group. Kugler is the highest-rated of the group and is expected to start off at the center position. Sypniewski was brought in as a long-snapper.

Caleb Benenoch
Kenny Lacy
John Lopez
Poasi Moala
Christian Morris
Scott Qussenberry
Alex Redmond
2. UCLA

Six of the Bruins' seven offensive line signees are rated four-stars. The 6-foot-6, 293-pound Morris is the highest rated of the group. He is still raw, but has tremendous upside. Benenoch spurned all the top in-state programs to sign with UCLA.


Hunter Bivin
Steve Elmer
Mike McGlinchey
Colin McGovern
John Montelus
3. Notre Dame

Notre Dame's No. 3 finish in the national recruiting rankings was aided, in no small part, by this group of offensive linemen. Elmer and McGlinchey are true offensive tackles. Bivin could play anywhere along the line and Montelus has the look of a future NFL offensive guard.
Rami Hammad
Desmond Harrison
Darius James
Kent Perkins
4. Texas

The Longhorns did not have many scholarships to work with, but they still had needs to address on the offensive line and met those by signing four prospects, three of whom are four-stars. Perkins is the gem of the group -- a powerful drive-blocker with good feet.
Josh Boutte
Andy Dodd
K.J. Malone
Ethan Pocic
5. LSU

The theme of this LSU offensive line group is strength. The 6-foot-7, 285-pound Pocic is one of the most physical offensive tackles in the class, and the 6-foot-5, 305-pound Boutte is the same at the guard position. Malone is the son of NBA Hall of Famer Karl Malone.

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