College Football's Biggest Recruiting Surprises in the Class of 2013

Athlon pinpoints some of the biggest surprises of the 2013 football recruiting cycle
<p> College Football's Biggest Recruiting Surprises of the 2013 Class</p>

National Signing Day is just a few weeks away and six of the top 10 players in the Athlon Consensus 100 are still left uncommitted. In fact, 14 of the top 100 still have yet to make the most important decision in their life. The team, conference and national rankings will be shifting and moving all the way through National Signing Day 2013.

Top 25 High School Football Recruits of 2013

Who are the top 25 players in the nation in the class of 2013?
<p> AC100 Finalized: The Top 25 Recruits of 2013</p>

After over a year of evaluation that includes underclassman combines, spring and summer camps, the fall high school season and winter All-Star events, the 2013 Athlon Consensus 100 is finalized.

Names like Mississippi State’s Chris Jones, Alabama’s Derrick Henry and Oregon’s Thomas Tyner saw their stock sky-rocket in the final rankings while others like Michigan’s Shane Morris watched their names fall precipitously in the AC100.

College Football's Top 15 Two-Star Recruits Since 2003

Who are the best two-star recruits in the modern recruiting era?
<p> Top 15 Two-Star Recruits of the Modern Recruiting Era</p>

Recruiting rankings are an inexact science, and even the experts will admit that. It is virtually impossible to measure heart, work ethic, mental focus and self-awareness in 17- and 18-year-old kids. Especially, in the face of the most important decision they will ever make.

Recruiting: Ranking the Most Talented States in the Country

Athlon Sports analyzes where the best high school football players in the nation are coming from
<p> Recruiting: Rankings the Most Talented States in the Country</p>

The phrase “SEC Speed” instantly conjures images of glory, victory and pride for one region in the country and thoughts of depression, agony and exasperation for every other part of the nation. But after claiming their seventh national championship in a row, the SEC has a right to claim the best programs, players and coaches.

But why is that?

2013 US Army All-American Bowl Preview

Some of the nation's best high school prospects will be on display Saturday in San Antonio.
<p> 2013 US Army All-American Bowl Preview</p>

The nation’s best prospects are competing in two major cities this weekend. San Antonio hosts the U.S. Army All-American Bowl and Tampa-St. Petersburg welcomes the Under Armour All-American Game.

The Under Armour game will take place Friday at 5 p.m. Eastern at Tropicana Field, while the Army Bowl will be played in the Alamodome at 1 p.m. Eastern on Saturday.

AC100 Recruiting Update: Jalin Marshall

The 6-foot-1, 190-pound athlete from Middletown, Ohio has a bright future in the college game. Jalin Marshall, like most electric athletes on the high school level, was the best player on his team. Therefore, he lined-up under center to maximize his play-making ability. He doesn't project as a potential quarterback, but you can bet getting the ball into his hands will be the focus of his college coaches. He is an exciting player in open space and he will be used all over the field on offense and likely on special teams as well.

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Athlon Sports visited with Ohio State football recruit Jalin Marshall.

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AC100 Recruiting Update: Taco Charlton

A recent trend of central ohio prospects heading north to Michigan continued with Pickerington-Central defensive end Taco Charlton. The 6-foot-5, 250-pound defensive end turned some heads when he picked the Wolverines over other major programs like the in-state Ohio State Buckeyes, Notre Dame, Nebraska, Tennessee and UCLA.

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Athlon Sports visited with Michigan football recruit Taco Charlton.

AC100 Recruiting Update: Ethan Pocic

Lemont High School in the greater Chicago area is home to one of the top offensive tackle prospects in the nation. Ethan Pocic — which is pronounced Poe-sick — is a 6-foot-7, 285-pound mauler who is no stranger to the football field. His older brother, Graham, was a three-year starter and honorable mention All-Big Ten performer for the Fighting Illini of Illinois. Having an older sibling go through the recruiting process can be an invaluable commodity to a young athlete like Ethan.

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Athlon Sports visited with LSU football recruit Ethan Pocic.

NFL Draft: Do Recruiting Rankings Matter?

Athlon analyzes the first round of the 2012 NFL Draft as they were ranked as high school prospects.
<p> NFL Draft: Do Recruiting Rankings Matter?</p>

Football recruiting is an inexact science.

It is nearly impossible to evaluate the motivation, maturity and integrity of 17- and 18-year old kids. However, I personally believe that recruiting rankings are outstanding indicators of how a prospect will turn out.