College football's 2013 recruiting class was so jam-packed with talent that it must’ve been easy for coaches to just throw out offers willy nilly. Despite how much of a home-run talent many of these prospects looked, as is the nature of the beast, recruiting rankings continued to prove hit or miss.
Let’s check out which members of 2013's class were more hit than miss.
Note: Rankings provided by Rivals.com
1. Derrick Henry, RB, Alabama
No. 5 Running Back, No. 36 Nationally
A 2015 consensus All-American and Heisman Trophy winner, Henry was the engine that helped power the Alabama Crimson Tide to yet another national championship.
Who was No. 1: Robert Nkemdiche, DE, Ole Miss
2. Joey Bosa, DE, Ohio State
No. 4 DE, No. 47 Nationally
A likely top-five selection in the 2016 NFL Draft, Ohio State’s Bosa was a terror along the defensive line. His work garnered 2014 Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year and 2015 consensus All-America honors.
Who was No. 2: Vernon Hargreaves III, CB, Florida
3. Jaylon Smith, OLB, Notre Dame
No. 1 Outside Linebacker, No. 3 Nationally
A 2015 consensus All-American and Dick Butkus Award winner, Smith took no prisoners with 115 tackles to his name (69 solo) and racking up an additional four sacks.
Who was No. 3: Jaylon Smith, OLB, Notre Dame
4. Jalen Ramsey, CB, Florida State
No. 3 Cornerback, No. 10 Nationally
A versatile 2015 All-American, Ramsey was a constant irritant over the course of his collegiate career tallying 181 tackles (121 solo), 15.5 for a loss while forcing four fumbles.
Who was No. 4: Carl Lawson, DE, Auburn
5. Robert Nkemdiche, DE, Ole Miss
No. 1 Defensive End, No. 1 Nationally
Nkemdiche showed solid progress throughout his career including a 2015 season that included 26 total tackles (12 solo), seven tackles for a loss and three sacks for the Rebels.
Who was No. 5: Laquon Treadwell, WR, Ole Miss
6. Vernon Hargreaves III, CB, Florida
No. 1 Cornerback, No. 2 Nationally
A 2015 consensus All-American, Hargreaves picked off 10 passes in his Gators tenure to go along with 121 tackles (81 solo). He also led the SEC in passes defended with 13 during the 2014 season.
Who was No. 6: Kenny Bigelow, DT, USC
7. Ezekiel Elliot, RB, Ohio State
No. 12 Running Back, No. 84 Nationally
The 2015 Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year, Elliot was key in Ohio State winning the first-ever College Football Playoff. During the 2015 season, he led the Big Ten in rushing yardage (1,821 yards), yards from scrimmage (2,027) and points (138).
Who was No. 7: Max Browne, QB, USC
8. Su'a Cravens, S, USC
No. 12 Safety, No. 12 Nationally
Cravens was a frequent annoyance for offensive coordinators everywhere as he snagged nine interceptions over the course of his career. He also tallied 207 tackles (134 solo), 34.5 for a loss and 10.5 sacks.
Who was No. 8: Derrick Green, RB, Michigan
9. Laquon Treadwell, WR, Ole Miss
No. 1 Wide Receiver, No. 5 Nationally
The SEC’s leading receiver with 1,153 yards, Treadwell also snagged a conference-best 11 touchdowns this past season.
Who was No. 9: Kendall Fuller, CB, Virginia Tech
10. Baker Mayfield, QB, Oklahoma
Not Ranked Quarterback, Not Ranked Nationally
Originally a Texas Tech Red Raider, Mayfield has thrown for more than 6,000 yards in only two years of competition. He was also named the 2015 Big 12 Offensive Player of the Year and placed fourth in the Heisman Trophy voting.
Who was No. 10: Jalen Ramsey, CB, Florida State
The Best of the Rest:
Jonathan Allen, DE, Alabama
No. 2 DE, No. 11 Nationally
J.T. Barrett, QB, Ohio State
No. 7 Dual-Threat Quarterback, No. 152 Nationally
Tyler Boyd, WR, Pittsburgh
No. 12 Wide Receiver, No. 103 Nationally
Jake Butt, TE, Michigan
No. 5 Tight End, No. 144 Nationally
Corey Clement, RB, Wisconsin
No. 17 Running Back, No. 223 Nationally
Maliek Collins, DT, Nebraska
No. 30 DT, Not Ranked Nationally
Kendall Fuller, CB, Virginia Tech
No. 2 Cornerback, No. 9 Nationally
Jared Goff, QB, California
No. 8 Quarterback, No. 140 Nationally
Randy Gregory, DE, Nebraska
Not Ranked DE, Not Ranked Nationally
Christian Hackenberg, QB, Penn State
No. 2 Quarterback, No. 24 Nationally
Daeshon Hall, DE, Texas A&M
No. 15 DE, Not Ranked Nationally
Rashard Higgins, WR, Colorado State
Not Ranked WR, Not Ranked Nationally
Darron Lee, LB, Ohio State
No. 44 Athlete, Not Ranked Nationally
Jalin Marshall, ATH, Ohio State
No. 1 Athlete, No. 35 Nationally