15 three-stars who could shine in college
Corion Webster
Corion Webster

Posted Feb 8, 2013


Our experts give you 15 three-star recruits from the 2013 class who could star at the next level.

The elite recruits colleges yearn to land on Signing Day don't always end up as the top stars at the next level. Just ask Johnny Manziel.

The Texas A&M quarterback was rated as a three-star quarterback by many recruiting services, including Scout.com, coming out of high school. He's doing just fine, though. He won the Heisman Trophy as a freshman in 2012.

In the spirit of Manziel and the other under-the-radar high school players that have went on to bigger things, our recruiting experts give you the three-star players from the 2013 class that look like the best bets to achieve big success in college.

Dane Crane, C

College: Washington

Crane is the top center in the West and has a chance to be a four-year starter for the Huskies. With Washington graduating their starting center from a year ago, and as big, physical and nasty as Crane is, he'll have a legitimate shot to step in and take that spot from day one. -- Greg Biggins

Matthew Dayes, RB

College: North Carolina State

Dayes is a very good running back prospect from South Florida headed to North Carolina State. He's a very compact 5-foot-9 and 200 pounds and has good speed. Dayes runs with deceptive power and gets many of his yards after contact. He also runs with vision and balance and has the feet of a smaller, quicker back. It was a super year for running backs in Florida and this is a kid that got a little overlooked. -- Jamie Newberg

Danny Etling, QB


Quarterback Danny Etling could surprise some people at Purdue.

College: Purdue

Etling should be the quarterback of the future for the Boilermakers, and he played in a system in high school that is going to be similar to what he steps into in college. At 6-foot-3, he has nice size and an accurate arm. He could be a guy who really surprises some people. -- Allen Trieu

Riley Ferguson, QB

College: Tennessee

A Tennessee signee and native of Matthews, N.C., Ferguson (6-foot-2/190 pounds) is a gritty competitor who is very comfortable in the pocket, has good mobility and is tough. He can be the type of leader who outplays the sum of his physical traits. -- Scott Kennedy

Zachary Green, RB

College: Arizona

The most productive college running back in the country this year was Arizona's Ka'Deem Carey, once a three-star recruit. Green can be that same type of back for head coach Rich Rodriguez’s offense, and if Carey leaves after his 2013 season, Green may have a chance to do it even earlier than expected. -- Brandon Huffman

Gerald Holmes, RB

College: Michigan State

Le'Veon Bell came out of nowhere to surprise people as a Spartans running back, and now he leaves for the NFL. That leaves Holmes, who was also lightly recruited, to fill the void. He sneaked under the radar because of an injury his junior year, but he has good size (6-foot-1, 200 pounds) and rarely goes down on first contact. His physical running style is a good fit for the Spartans too. -- Allen Trieu


Austin Hooper could be the next great tight end at Stanford.

Austin Hooper, TE

College: Stanford

Hooper was known as a defensive end most of his high school career but was recruited to play tight end for the Cardinal. Over the past few years, no school has done a better job producing NFL-caliber tight ends than Stanford. Hooper is coming in with lofty expectations and has a lot of tools to offer including great size and toughness for the position with very soft hands. -- Greg Biggins

Taivon Jacobs, WR

College: Maryland

Jacobs was a Signing Day flip as he opted to remain home with Maryland rather than go to Ohio State. He is fast, and he can score any time he touches the ball. He can make an immediate impact on special teams and could develop into a receiver who can stretch the field and also create problems with crossing routes under the linebackers and bubble screens. -- Brian Dohn

Johnny Jefferson, RB

College: Baylor

He's a do-it-all type of player who is lethal with the ball in his hands in the open field and also excels as a wide receiver. He's the type of player who can at times make defenders look silly when they are trying to corral him in open space, something which he should see plenty of in the Bears' wide-open offense in a league which seems to be struggling to find a way to play good enough defense to keep scores under 40. -- Greg Powers


Viliami Latu and his twin brother were part of a stellar defensive unit.

Viliami Latu, LB

College: Arizona State

Overshadowed by a pair of All-American defensive backs at their own high school, Viliami and his twin brother Alani both have a chance to play as true freshmen and be a part of Arizona State's traditionally strong linebacker corps. While he didn’t quite make the Scout 300, Latu is a talented prospect who will probably be a big-time contributor early on. -- Brandon Huffman

Andrew Nelson, OT

College: Penn State

Nelson is long and plays with a very good base. He needs to get stronger, but he can flourish in Penn State's system. His recruitment was a bit under-the-radar because he committed to Penn State so early in the process, but he has a chance to be a dynamic offensive lineman because he has the length to play tackle and the athleticism to pull. -- Brian Dohn

Rashard Robinson, CB

College: LSU

Robinson is a bigger cornerback at 6-foot-1 and 175 pounds. He's long-legged and has long arms and plays much bigger than his size. And he has elite speed too. This size/speed combination is a huge asset for Robinson and he has very good cover skills. He will have a chance to become a star in Baton Rouge. Oh, by the way ... former LSU star Patrick Peterson is from the same high school. -- Jamie Newberg


Kemoko Turay has some work to do, but he could be a star of the future.

Kemoko Turay, DE

College: Rutgers

Turay received an offer and committed before playing a varsity game, and it was easy to see why the Scarlet Knights took a chance. The basketball-turned-football player was dominant in his lone varsity season. He showed tremendous burst and acceleration off the edge, and he covers ground very quickly. He needs to gain a lot of strength and develop his technique, but he could be a star in a few years. -- Brian Dohn

Corion Webster, RB

College: Oklahoma State

Webster is a back who hits the hole extremely hard and has the necessary blend of skills to be a real three-star steal for Oklahoma State. The major contributors at the position are upperclassmen and will be seniors in 2013 and the doors will be wide open for a back to come in and win the starting job in 2014. If things go right, then Webster should be right in the thick of it and playing in one of the Big 12’s most prolific offenses. -- Greg Powers

Gerard Wicks, RB

College: Washington State

Washington State's leading returning rusher had less than 300 yards last year, and Gerard Wicks (5-foot-10/195 pounds) of Long Beach Poly High School in California is a talented runner who could come in and win the starting running back job right away. -- Scott Kennedy





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