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2012 College Football Recruiting Rankings: ATH

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- by Braden Gall (@BradenGall on twitter)

The next batch of in-coming college football All-Americans have inked their respective letters of intent. Recruiting is the life blood of the greatest sport on the planet, and, while coaching stills plays the biggest role in winning a championship, having better players can go a long way to earning a trip to the BCS.

Recruiting is an inexact science by definition. It is virtually impossible to accurately peg the mental make-up of any 17-year old child -- much less high-profile, over-coddled 17-year-old athletes. But team recruiting rankings offer the best indication of which team has the best ingredients each coach has to work with each season.

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There are many prospects who come to campus without a position. Many times, the most gifted athlete on a high school team is asked to play quarterback or both sides of the ball full-time. Once these 'athletes' get to campus, the coaches have the exciting but sometimes difficult decision to make on where to play a give prospect. Is this kid a tight end, outside linebacker or defensive end? What about this do-everything slot man who is also great in coverage? These types of players can offer versatility to a head coach who needs to fill voids on his depth chart. It just may take a year or two to figure out exactly where he helps the team the most.

Here are the best incoming 'athletes' in the nation (tight ends below):

 

Name

HT

WT

Hometown

AC100

College

1.

Stefon Diggs

6'

185

Olney, MD

No. 5

Maryland

2.

Cyrus Jones

5'10"

192

Baltimore, MD

No. 48

Alabama

3.

Davonte Neal

5'9"

175

Scottsdale, AZ

No. 56

Notre Dame

4.

Angelo Jean-Louis

6'

182

Wellington, FL

No. 85

Miami

5.

Bralon Addison

5'10"

185

Missouri City, TX

No. 111

Oregon

6.

Marvin Bracy

5'9"

170

Orlando, FL

No. 126

Florida State

7.

Sheldon Dawson

5'11"

180

Memphis, TN

N0. 188

Georgia

8.

Dominic Ramacher

6'3"

230

Denton, TX

No. 231

Oklahoma State

9.

Daje Johnson

5'10"

175

Pflugerville, TX

No. 255

Texas

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