Posted: Fri February 8, 2013 12:58PM; Updated: Fri February 8, 2013 12:57PM

Top 2013 recruiting classes by offensive position

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Hayden Rettig, a Los Angeles native and U.S. Army All-American, is one of two four-star QBs to sign with LSU.
Hayden Rettig, a U.S. Army All-American, is one of two four-star quarterback recruits to sign with LSU.
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Signing Day has come and passed, and now it's time to forecast which recruiting classes will find the most on-field success. With the faxes all sent, takes a look at which teams fared best on the offensive side of the ball.


1. LSU

• 2013 recruits: Anthony Jennings, Hayden Rettig

• The skinny: The Tigers brought in the nation's third-ranked pro-style quarterback in Rettig and the sixth-ranked dual-threat passer in Jennings. Both will need time to mature, but -- coupled with an elite LSU defense -- both could grow into game-changers in Baton Rouge.

2. USC

• 2013 recruit: Max Browne

• The skinny: Browne went wire-to-wire as the nation's top-ranked quarterback in the 2013 class. The Sammamish, Wash., native threw for 12,742 yards and 144 touchdowns over the final three years of his high school career, and he could make an immediate impact after enrolling early at USC.

3. Penn State

• 2013 recruits: Christian Hackenberg, Tyler Ferguson

• The skinny: It's tough to accurately gauge Hackenberg's value to Penn State's 2013 haul. Not only is he the second-ranked quarterback in this year's cycle, but he stuck with the Nittany Lions after they were pummeled by NCAA sanctions. Ferguson comes from the juco ranks, and he could potentially provide Hackenberg with some extra time to develop.

4. Texas A&M

• 2013 recruits: Kenny Hill, Kohl Stewart

• The skinny: Kevin Sumlin's Aggies were the only other school besides LSU to land two four-star quarterbacks. Both Hill and Stewart committed to A&M before Johnny Manziel's Heisman-winning campaign, and both have ambitions to become his eventual successor.

5. Auburn

• 2013 recruits: Jeremy Johnson, Nick Marshall

• The skinny: At 6-foot-6 and 215 pounds, Johnson has drawn comparisons to former Auburn great Cam Newton. Still, the Montgomery, Ala., product is much more of a pocket passer than Newton was. Marshall was the second-rated juco quarterback on the board, and he brings more of a dual-threat package to the Plains.

Running back

1. Alabama

• 2013 recruits: Derrick Henry, Tyren Jones, Alvin Kamara, Altee Tenpenny

• The skinny: The Crimson Tide have the top incoming running back crop in the nation -- and it's not even close. Four more prized backs are on their way to Tuscaloosa, including Henry, high school football's all-time leading rusher. Look for at least one true freshman to team up with T.J. Yeldon in 'Bama's backfield next season.

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2. USC

• 2013 recruits: Ty Isaac, Justin Davis

• The skinny: Isaac and Davis committed to the Trojans within days of each other, and, at the time, they said they looked forward to the competition. Both are Rivals100 prospects, bring different skill sets to campus and could add another weapon to an attack that already features wideout Marqise Lee.

3. Ole Miss

• 2013 recruits: Eugene Brazley, Mark Dodson Jr., Kalio Moore, Jordan Wilkins

• The skinny: Perhaps overlooked in Ole Miss' star-studded class, a crop of talented running backs will join Hugh Freeze's squad in Oxford. The headliner is Dodson, a 5-10, 193-pounder who is a dynamic receiving threat out of the backfield.

4. Notre Dame

• 2013 recruits: Greg Bryant, Tarean Folston

• The skinny: Signing Bryant out of Delray Beach, Fla., was one of Brian Kelly's biggest achievements in his impressive 2013 haul. Bryant rushed for 1,464 yards and 19 touchdowns as a senior, while Folston -- a Cocoa, Fla., native -- should add an elusive game-changer to the Irish attack.

5. Michigan

• 2013 recruits: Derrick Green, Deveon Smith

• The skinny: The Wolverines are looking to get back to their power-running roots, and Green and Smith are between-the-tackles backs who should further that cause. Green, a five-star talent out of Richmond, Va., was the top-ranked running back in this year's cycle and should make an instant impact.

Wide receiver

1. Florida

• 2013 recruits: Alvin Bailey, Ahmad Fulwood, Marqui Hawkins, Demarcus Robinson, Chris Thompson

• The skinny: The Gators signed five wideouts in their 2013 class, three of whom are four-star prospects. Bailey is a do-it-all playmaker with a nose for the end zone, while the 6-2, 200-pound Robinson is one of the most naturally gifted athletes in the country.

2. Ole Miss

• 2013 recruits: Laquon Treadwell, Quincy Adeboyejo, Derrick Jones, Quadarias Mireles

• The skinny: Treadwell, a five-star talent out of Crete, Ill., turned heads when he spurned Midwest programs to sign with Freeze's Rebels. Both he and Adeboyejo should see early action in an offense that racked up 10 passing touchdowns over its final three games last season.

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3. Tennessee

• 2013 recruits: Paul Harris, Ryan Jenkins, Marquez North, Josh Smith

• The skinny: Butch Jones' biggest recruiting victory since taking over at Rocky Top was landing North, an explosive target out of Charlotte. Harris is also a four-star prospect with good size (6-4, 186), while Jenkins and Smith give the Volunteers long-term depth at the position.

Coming off a year of prep school, receiver JaQuay Williams could make an early impact at Texas A&M.
Coming off a year of prep school, WR JaQuay Williams could contribute early at Texas A&M.
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4. Texas A&M

• 2013 recruits: Sebastian Larue, Kyrion Parker, Jeremy Tabuyo, JaQuay Williams

• The skinny: Williams was a Rivals100 prospect in the class of 2012. Now, with a year of prep school under his belt, he should be primed to contribute immediately in College Station. It's easy to attract wide receivers with a returning Heisman winner under center, and three of A&M's new additions are four-star talents.

5. Auburn

• 2013 recruits: Earnest Robinson, Tony Stevens, Dominic Walker

• The skinny: In Robinson and Stevens, the Tigers have landed one of the most potent receiving tandems in the 2013 class. Factor in the 6-2, 195-pound Walker, and Auburn has a trio of pass-catchers who could thrive in Gus Malzahn's up-tempo attack.

Tight end

1. Alabama

• 2013 recruit: O.J. Howard

• The skinny: Howard has the most potential of any tight end to come out of the high school ranks since Martellus Bennett in 2005, and he enters a great situation at Alabama. Nick Saban's squad just lost senior Michael Williams, and its returning group has a combined eight career receptions. Look for Howard to emerge as a key target for senior quarterback AJ McCarron.

2. Vanderbilt

• 2013 recruits: Nathan Marcus, Mitchell Parsons, Brandon Vanderburg, Mack Weaver

• The skinny: Tight end was certainly a position of emphasis for the Commodores in 2013, as James Franklin brought in four new prospects. Parsons is the lone four-star of the group, and the 6-5, 230-pounder can play both on the line and split out as a receiver.

3. Notre Dame

• 2013 recruits: Mike Heuerman, Jacob Matuska, Durham Smythe

• The skinny: Notre Dame signed three tight ends, though Kelly and staff could move Matuska to defensive end upon his arrival in South Bend. Heuerman and Smythe should both serve as versatile additions to an offense that just lost All-America Tyler Eifert.

4. LSU

• 2013 recruits: DeSean Smith, Logan Stokes

• The skinny: After dazzling scouts at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl last month, Smith shot up the charts to become the second-ranked tight end in the 2013 class. He has outstanding hands, and he could pair nicely with Stokes, a more polished prospect from the juco ranks.

5. Michigan

• 2013 recruits: Jake Butt, Khalid Hill

• The skinny: In Michigan's transition from the spread to a pro-style system, the tight end position takes on much greater importance. To that end, Brady Hoke did a nice job signing both Butt and Hill. Butt has potential as a blocker and receiver, while Hill could move into more of an H-back role.

Offensive line

1. Michigan

• 2013 recruits: Kyle Bosch, David Dawson, Chris Fox, Patrick Kugler, Dan Samuelson, Scott Sypniewski, Logan Tuley-Tillman

• The skinny: In addition to adding a great quarterback (Shane Morris), top running backs and solid tight ends, Hoke landed key prospects on the offensive line. Kugler is the highest-ranked player in the group, and he's expected to develop into a center. Sypniewski was brought in as a long-snapper.


• 2013 recruits: Caleb Benenoch, Kenny Lacy, John Lopez, Poasi Moala, Christian Morris, Scott Qussenberry, Alex Redmond

• The skinny: Six of the Bruins' seven offensive line signees are four-star recruits. The 6-6, 293-pound Morris is raw with tremendous upside, while Benenoch -- a Katy, Texas, native -- spurned in-state programs to go to UCLA. This group should bolster an offense that thrived under Jim Mora's tutelage in 2012.

3. Notre Dame

• 2013 recruits: Hunter Bivin, Steve Elmer, Mike McGlinchey, Colin McGovern, John Montelus

• The skinny: Notre Dame finished with the third-ranked recruiting class in the nation, and that was aided in no small part by the Irish's offensive line crop. Elmer and McGlinchey are true offensive tackles, while Bivin appears to possess the versatility to play anywhere on the line. Montelus has the size (6-5, 295) of a future NFL offensive guard.

4. Texas

• 2013 recruits: Rami Hammad, Desmond Harrison, Darius James, Kent Perkins

• The skinny: The Longhorns didn't have many scholarships to work with, but they still needed to address holes on the offensive line. Mack Brown did that by signing four prospects, three of whom maintained four-star ratings. Perkins is the standout of the group -- a powerful drive-blocker with terrific footwork.

5. LSU

• 2013 recruits: Josh Boutte, Andy Dodd, K.J. Malone, Ethan Pocic

• The skinny: The theme of this LSU offensive line group is strength. The 6-7, 285-pound Pocic is one of the most physical offensive tackles in the country, and the 6-5, 305-pound Boutte is equally dominant at the guard position. Malone is the son of NBA Hall of Famer Karl Malone.

For more coverage and analysis following National Signing Day 2013, visit Rivals' football recruiting hub.

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