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The first Five-Stars of 2013 are announced

A perfect 10?

You could say they are. We certainly are.

As the Class of 2012 readies for its final week of play at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl in San Antonio, Texas, next week – the Rivals.com recruiting analysts are getting ready for the Class of 2013.

Ten players already have shown they are ready for the coveted five-star designation. Landing just one of these prospects would make for a stellar class. If you get two, you better start thinking about making room in the trophy case.

They are two quarterbacks, a too-quick-to-believe running back and, of course, an offensive lineman to do the dirty work.

The group, however, would have a battle with some of the early defensive five-stars, including three defensive backs and two defensive ends and a linebacker to take care of whatever is needed.

We haven’t ranked them yet, but there’s still plenty of time for that. For now, just take a sneak peak at the best of the Class of 2013 as we prepare for the final week of the top recruits of 2012.

Bigelow is a massive defensive lineman with no bad body weight and room to add to his already big frame. He is very powerful in his upper and lower body, explosive off the snap and is relentless in pursuit. He is a very rare athlete for a big man and is still learning the technical side of things so it will be scary to see how good he can be when he puts it all together. Bigelow has quickness to the outside, a tremendous bull-rush and the foot speed to track down quarterbacks. He is also stout against the run and strong at the point of attack. [Read More]

Browne threw for 4,034 yards with 45 touchdowns and seven interceptions in his junior season and helped lead Skyline to an 11-3 record and the state championship. As a sophomore, Browne had 4,182 passing yards and 50 touchdowns after taking over for four-star Jake Heaps, who was a senior when Browne was a freshman. The Skyline standout shined at the Palo Alto NIKE Camp and was arguably one of the top quarterbacks at that event regardless of age or class. He also looked great at the Seattle NIKE Camp this past off-season. There are not many quarterbacks in the 2012 or 2013 class who are as polished and look as comfortable as Browne in the pocket. He has backed up his abilities by putting up big statistics in his sophomore and junior seasons. Browne has great arm strength, he can throw on the run accurately and he is smart with his vision and misdirection, keeping safeties off guard. [Read More]

Burrows is every bit of his listed 6-1 and 195 pounds. Prospects with that size usually get projected to safety, but Burrows is a lockdown cover corner with great speed and quickness. He played cornerback and saw spot duty on offense as a wide receiver for a Trotwood-Madison team that took home the Division 2 state title this past fall and finished with a perfect 14-0 record. On defense, Burrows finished with 26 solo tackles, 20 assists, 12 pass breakups and four interceptions, including one he returned 80 yards for a touchdown in a state semifinals win. He also added eight receptions for 198 yards and a touchdown. [Read More]

While Cravens thrives at running back and wide receiver, his future is on the defensive side of the ball at safety or outside linebacker. He finished with 96 tackles, 11 sacks and three interceptions in his junior season. On offense, Cravens averaged nearly 17 yards-per-catch and he rushed for 673 yards and 15 touchdowns. His versatility is extraordinary because he looks comfortable at every position he plays. There is hardly a time where Cravens isn’t making an impact on the game. The Vista Murrieta standout doesn’t deliver a ton of big hits but he’s always in the right spot to make the play and he does a great job reading the quarterback when he’s in coverage. When Cravens blitzes he’s almost unstoppable because he’s sneaky fast and almost never misses a tackle. [Read More]

Foster is a big, strong, athletic defender who could play either inside or outside linebacker in college. His coach thinks he’s better at outside backer. Although Foster enjoys that position most, he thinks he currently is more advanced inside. Playing inside, it is clear that Foster sees the entire field well and has good instincts about what might be coming his way. Playing at that spot also allows him to utilize his terrific range. He also excels at taking on blocks, even multiple ones. On the outside, Foster is an elite pass-rusher who can get into the backfield fast. Foster’s relentlessness is another thing that gives him an edge. He’s an effort guy to say the least. [Read More]

Fuller is a technician on the defensive side of the ball and explosive on the offensive side. Projecting as a cornerback at the next level, he has good size and is very strong and physical. He’s adept at press coverage or can play off and his change of direction is impressive. His closing speed is sneaky as he always finds a way to be around the football and his instincts are off the charts. He comes from a long line of college defensive backs and could be the best of the bunch. [Read More]

Nkemdiche is the rare prospect that not only has a great frame, terrific instincts, solid athleticism, sound technique and a high football IQ, but plays the game with great energy seemingly at all times. For a 260-pounder, he is incredibly lean and carries little, if any bad weight. Few prospects look as good in pads. Nkemdiche can be effective on the line, or when dropping into coverage, and that versatility is one of his greatest assets. His quickness is simply too much for many offensive linemen to handle. Although he often is double and triple-teamed, he has the ability to consistently find creases in the line and rapidly accelerate through them to blow up a play. He has the speed to create problems on the edge for tackles, and the strength to be an effective bull-rusher. If Nkemdiche can’t disrupt things in the backfield, he can go in the other direction and use his speed to chase down a ball carrier. [Read More]

Swoopes is a very dynamic dual-threat quarterback. He is a long strider that has deceptive speed in the open field. He has very good vision and is able to gain extra yards out of almost every run. As a passer he has an incredibly strong arm and is very comfortable throwing outside the pocket. He is more of a running threat at this point but the tools are all there for him to be a top-flight college passer. Coming from a very small school he will need some coaching as a quarterback but his upside is through the roof. [Read More]

Tunsil has been a multi-year starter for Columbia and earned all-area accolades as a sophomore while handling left tackle duties for Columbia. He has benefited in his high school career of competing day-in and day-out with college-level defensive linemen such as Timmy Jernigan, now at Florida State, and Dequan Ivery, who is committed to Louisville. On Friday nights, a majority of Columbia’s offense goes directly behind Tunsil’s blocking at the line and he provides the ability to get down field and make a key block to spring huge plays. [Read More]

Tyner missed six games in his junior season with various injuries but still rushed for 1,136 yards and 12 touchdowns averaging nearly nine yards per carry. He is considered the fastest athlete in Oregon’s history after becoming the state record holder in the 100 meters last track season. The Oregon commit is impressively fast with the ball in his hands and he also has great cut-back ability to create even more space in the open field. Once Tyner finds an opening there aren’t many players in the country who could track him down. What’s also impressive about Tyner is that he’s not just a speedster, he can find holes, make defenders miss and follow blockers to gain extra yards. [Read More]


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