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Biggest recruiting needs for the class of 2013

Arkansas,ArizonaState,LouisvilleandUSFneedquarterbacks.
FloridaStateandMichiganState?They'researchingfordefensiveends.
AndCalandMiamiwouldlovetofindthenextgreattightend.
NowthatamonthhaspassedsinceNationalSigningDay,collegefootballprogramsacrossthecountrymustconcentrateonfortifyingthepositionswheretheycameupshort.
Withthatinmind,Rivals.comistakingalookatsomeofthebiggest2013recruitingneedsforprogramsacrossthenation.
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Remember,thesearenottheneedsoftheteamtheschoolwillputonthefieldthisfall-buttheneedstheywilladdressduringtherecruitingseason.
Forinstance,FloridaStatereturnsmostofthepassrusherswhohelpedtheSeminolesrankamongthenation'stop10teamslastyearinsacksandtacklesforloss.SoitwouldseemfoolishtolistdefensiveendasFloridaState'smajorrecruitingpriority.
ButmanyofthosequalityFloridaStatepassrushersmaynolongerbeontheteamin2013,whichmeanstheSeminolesmustfindtheireventualreplacements.Theygotagoodstartonthatprocesswiththeir2012class,buttheymayneedevenmorehelpatthatposition.
Inthecyclicalworldofcollegefootball,today'sstrengthcouldbetomorrow'sweakness.
Withthat,alookatsometopneeds:
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ArizonaStatewillenterthespringwithonlythreescholarshipquarterbacksonitsroster.TheSunDevilsdidn'tsignasinglequarterbacklastmonth,asthree-starprospectTJMillweardClickArizonaStatequarterbackHeretoviewthisLink.ofFortWorth(Texas)AllSaintsEpiscopalswitchedhisverbalcommitmenttoUCLAClickArizonaStatequarterbackHeretoviewthisLink.aftertheBruinshiredformerSunDevilsoffensivecoordinatorNoelMazzoneClickArizonaStatequarterbackHeretoviewthisLink..TheSunDevilsmustsignatleastonequarterbacknextyear.Frankly,onemightnotbeenough.
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Arkansashasonlytwoscholarshipquarterbacksontherosterwhowillstillhavesomeeligibilityremainingin2013.Arkansasdidn'tincludeaquarterbackinits2012recruitingclass,andJacobyWalkerClickArkansasquarterbackHeretoviewthisLink.'sdecisiontotransfertoCentralArkansasfurthercutintotheRazorbacks'depthattheposition.Arkansasprobablyneedstosigntwoquarterbacksnextyear.TheRazorbacksalsohavesignedatotaloftwodefensivetacklesoverthelasttwoyears-andthat'sifyouinclude2012DT/DErecruitDariusPhilonClickArkansasquarterbackHeretoviewthisLink.-sotheyneedtoupgradethereaswell.
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California'sonlyreturningtightendsofnoteareRichardRodgersClickCaliforniatightendHeretoviewthisLink.andJacobWarkClickCaliforniatightendHeretoviewthisLink.,unlessyouincludeSpencerHaganClickCaliforniatightendHeretoviewthisLink.,aformerwalk-onwidereceiverwhonowisonscholarshipasanH-back.Calwantedtoaddressthispositioninits2012signingclass,buttheonlytightenditaddedwasSacramento(Calif.)AmericanRiverCollege'sHarrisonWilfley,whohasn'tplayedfootballthelasttwoyearswhileparticipatinginachurchmissioninUruguay.
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BrandonJenkinsClickFloridaStatedefensiveendHeretoviewthisLink.,CornelliusCarradineClickFloridaStatedefensiveendHeretoviewthisLink.andBjoernWernerClickFloridaStatedefensiveendHeretoviewthisLink.giveFloridaStateatrioofformidablepassrushersforthemoment,buttheSeminoleswon'thavethemmuchlonger.JenkinsandCarradinewillbeseniorsthisfall.Wernerwillbeajunior,buthecouldopttoenterthe2013draft.TheSeminolesalsowillhavetoreplacebackupToshmonStevensClickFloridaStatedefensiveendHeretoviewthisLink.,aseniorthisfall.DanHicksClickFloridaStatedefensiveendHeretoviewthisLink.recentlymovedfromdefensiveendtotightend.There'sarealisticpossibilityFloridaStatecouldheadinto2013withonlythreedefensiveendsonscholarshipiftheydon'taddanyrecruits.TheSeminolessignedChrisCasherClickFloridaStatedefensiveendHeretoviewthisLink.(thenation'sNo.36prospect)lastmonth.FloridaStatealsoaddedthenation'sNo.3overall2012prospectinDenton(Texas)Ryan'sMarioEdwardsJr.,whocanplaydefensivetackleordefensiveend.ButtheSeminolesstillwouldliketoacquireevenmoredefensiveends.
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Georgia,whichrunsa3-4defense,didn'tsignasingleinsidelinebackerlastmonth.GeorgiaalsowillloseatleasttwokeyinsidelinebackersafternextseasonwhenMichaelGilliardClickGeorgiainsidelinebackerHeretoviewthisLink.andChristianRobinsonClickGeorgiainsidelinebackerHeretoviewthisLink.completetheireligibility.ThatmakesthisspottheobviouschoiceastheBulldogs'biggestneedintheupcomingrecruitingcycle.
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IndianafigurestorelyheavilythisfallonseniordefensivetacklesLarryBlackJr.ClickIndianadefensivetackleHeretoviewthisLink.,AdamReplogleClickIndianadefensivetackleHeretoviewthisLink.andNicholasSligerClickIndianadefensivetackleHeretoviewthisLink..Allthreewillbegoneafterthisseason,forcingtheHoosierstoretoolatthisspot.Thefirst-teamandsecond-teamdefensivetacklesforIndiana's2011regular-seasonfinalewereallupperclassmen.
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Thereturnof2012Rivals.comFreshmanAll-AmericanselectionTeddyBridgewaterClickLouisvillequarterbackHeretoviewthisLink.givesLouisvilleplentyofreasonforconfidence,buttheCardinalslackdepthatthisposition.Louisville'sotherthreereturningquarterbacksarewalk-onsorformerwalk-ons.Louisvillesignedthree-starrecruitWillGardnerClickLouisvillequarterbackHeretoviewthisLink.ofDouglas(Ga.)CoffeeCountylastmonth,buttheCardinalsneedtosignatleastonemorequarterbacknextyear.Louisvillealreadyhasanearlycommitmentfrom2013quarterbackrecruitKyleBolinClickLouisvillequarterbackHeretoviewthisLink.ofLexington(Ky.)Catholic.
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All-ACCselectionJoeVellanoClickMarylanddefensivetackleHeretoviewthisLink.andA.J.FrancisClickMarylanddefensivetackleHeretoviewthisLink.areheadingintotheirseniorseasonsthisfall,whichmeansMarylandwillhavetoreplacetwoofitstopthreedefensivetacklesin2013.Marylanddidn'tsignasingledefensivetacklelastmonth,sothere'snoquestionthisisanareatheTerpsmustaddressintheir2013class.
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Miamitightend
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MiamihasbeenatraininggroundforfutureNFLtightendsfromJeremyShockeytoKellenWinslowJr.toGregOlsentoJimmyGraham.ButtheHurricanesdidn'tsignasingletightendthisyear,whichmeansthey'redefinitelygoingtobeinthemarketforatleastoneinthisupcomingrecruitingcycle.Miamialsocouldusesomereinforcementsatrunningbackanddefensivetackle.
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JuniorHemingwayClickMichiganwidereceiverHeretoviewthisLink.andKelvinGradyClickMichiganwidereceiverHeretoviewthisLink.completedtheireligibilitylastseason,whileRoyRoundtreeClickMichiganwidereceiverHeretoviewthisLink.isheadingintohisfinalyearandDarrylStonumClickMichiganwidereceiverHeretoviewthisLink.hasbeendismissedfromtheteam.Michigansignedfour-starprospectAmaraDarbohClickMichiganwidereceiverHeretoviewthisLink.ofWestDesMoines(Iowa)Dowlingandthree-starrecruitJehuChessonClickMichiganwidereceiverHeretoviewthisLink.ofSt.Louis(Mo.)LadueHortonWatkinslastmonth,buttheyneedtoaddmorefirepower.Thecommitmentof2013recruitJaronDukesClickMichiganwidereceiverHeretoviewthisLink.ofColumbus(Ohio)MarionFranklinrepresentsanicestart.
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TheSpartanshavetoprepareforthelikelihoodthatstarpassrusherWilliamGholstonClickMichiganStatedefensiveendHeretoviewthisLink.willheadtotheNFLDraftafterhisjuniorseason.MichiganStatesufferedabigrecruitinglosswhen2012Rivals100defensiveendSe'VonPittmanClickMichiganStatedefensiveendHeretoviewthisLink.backedoutofhisverbalcommitmentandsignedwithOhioStateClickMichiganStatedefensiveendHeretoviewthisLink.instead.Pittman'sdecisionleftMichiganStatewithoutanytruedefensiveendsinits2012signingclass.Althoughfour-starrecruitJamalLylesClickMichiganStatedefensiveendHeretoviewthisLink.fromSouthfield(Mich.)Lathrupislistedasanend,theSpartansplantousehimasalinebacker.
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Nebraska'stopfourdefensiveendsthisfallwillincludethreeseniors(EricMartinClickNebraskadefensiveendHeretoviewthisLink.,CameronMeredithClickNebraskadefensiveendHeretoviewthisLink.andJosephCarterClickNebraskadefensiveendHeretoviewthisLink.)plusonejunior(JasonAnkrahClickNebraskadefensiveendHeretoviewthisLink.).TheHuskerssignedRivals250defensiveendGregMcMullenClickNebraskadefensiveendHeretoviewthisLink.ofAkron(Ohio)Hobanandthree-starprospectAveryMossClickNebraskadefensiveendHeretoviewthisLink.ofTempe(Ariz.)CoronaDelSollastmonth,butthey'dliketoaddevenmorehelpatthisposition.
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NotreDamehopedtosignthreecornerbacksthisyearinanattempttofortifythepositionnowthat2011startersRobertBlantonClickNotreDamecornerbackHeretoviewthisLink.andGaryGrayClickNotreDamecornerbackHeretoviewthisLink.hadcompletedtheircollegecareers.Andformostoftherecruitingseason,theIrishfiguredthey'dhaveatleasttwoRivals100picksinTeeShepardClickNotreDamecornerbackHeretoviewthisLink.andRonaldDarbyClickNotreDamecornerbackHeretoviewthisLink..Asitturnedout,ShepardbecametheonlycornerbacktojointheIrishasDarbychangedhismindandeventuallysignedwithFloridaState.NotreDamealsoneedsplentyofhelpintheoffensiveline,buttheMidwesthasplentyofqualityoffensivelineprospectsinthe2013class.Theareadoesn'thavenearlyasmanytalentedcornerbacks,sotheIrish'sattemptsatanupgradewillrequireanationalsearch.
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Oregon's2012signingclassincludedfivedefensiveends,buttheonlydefensivetackleinthe21-mangroupwasthree-starprospectStetzonBairClickOregondefensivetackleHeretoviewthisLink.ofIowaWesternCommunityCollege.Thosetotalsaresomewhatmisleadingbecausesomeoftheends,suchasRivals100prospectAlexBalducciClickOregondefensivetackleHeretoviewthisLink.,conceivablycouldmoveinside.ButtheDuckswouldlovetoaddmorepuredefensivetacklestothemixnextyear.
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TheVolunteers'2012signingclassdidn'tincludeasingleoffensivelineman,whichmakesitimperativethattheystockupinthatareanextyear.Tennesseeaddedplentyofoffensivelinemenintheprevioustwocyclestogiveitselfabitofabufferzone,butit'sraretoseeanyschoolfailtosignasingleoffensivelinemaninagivenyear.Tennesseedoeshaveanearly2013verbalcommitmentfromRivals250offensivetackleAustinSandersClickTennesseeoffensivelineHeretoviewthisLink.ofCleveland(Tenn.)BradleyCentral.
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TheHornedFrogswereseekinghelphereevenbeforeD.J.YendreyClickTCUdefensivetackleHeretoviewthisLink.wasdismissedfromtheteamtwoweeksago.TCU'smovetotheBig12meanstheHornedFrogswillneedmoredepthinordertomatchthesuccesstheyenjoyedintheMountainWest.Nowhereisthatmorecriticalthanonthedefensiveline.TheFrogsareyoungatdefensivetackleatthemoment-sophomoresChuckHunterClickTCUdefensivetackleHeretoviewthisLink.andDavidJohnsonClickTCUdefensivetackleHeretoviewthisLink.arecurrentlyatopthedepthchart-sotheylikelywon'thavetoreplaceanyseniorstartersnextyear.Buttheydoneedtoaddreinforcements.JoeyHuntClickTCUdefensivetackleHeretoviewthisLink.,athree-starprospectfromElCampo(Texas)High,wastheonlydefensivetackletosignwiththeFrogslastmonth.CornerbackalsofigurestobeapriorityfortheFrogs.
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TexasTechlikelywillhavethreeseniorstartersonitsoffensivelinethisyear.TheRedRaiderssignedthreeoffensivelinemenlastmonth,buttheyactuallywerehopingtoincludeasmanyasfivelinemeninthatclass.Don'tbesurprisediftheysignfiveorsixlinemennextyear.Theymayneedtopursuesomeearlyenrolleeswhocanparticipateinspringpracticeandchallengeforimmediateplayingtime.
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AmirCarlisleClickUSCrunningbackHeretoviewthisLink.'stransfertoNotreDamehasleftUSCwithonlythreescholarshiptailbacksonitsroster.USC's2012recruitingclassdidn'tincludeasingletailback,thoughtheTrojansdidaddthenation'sNo.1fullbackprospectinJahleelPinnerClickUSCrunningbackHeretoviewthisLink..CurtisMcNealClickUSCrunningbackHeretoviewthisLink.cameonstronglatelastseasonandrushedfor1,006yards,buthe'sabouttoenterhisseniorseason.USCneedstoadddepthhereasitpreparesforMcNeal'sdeparture.
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USFwenthardafterJupiter(Fla.)Highdual-threatquarterbackTylerCameronClickUSFquarterbackHeretoviewthisLink.lastyear.CameronsignedwithWakeForestClickUSFquarterbackHeretoviewthisLink.instead,leavingtheBullswithoutaquarterbackintheir2012signingclass.TheBullsalreadyhavetakenstepstorectifytheissuebygettinganearlyverbalcommitmentfromAsiantiiWoulardClickUSFquarterbackHeretoviewthisLink.,a2013quarterbackprospectfromWinterPark(Fla.)High.EvenifWoulardstickstothatcommitment,itwouldn'tbeasurpriseifUSFpursuesasecondquarterbackaswell.B.J.DanielsClickUSFquarterbackHeretoviewthisLink.,theBulls'incumbentstarterattheposition,entershissenioryearthisfall.JuniorBobbyEveldClickUSFquarterbackHeretoviewthisLink.andredshirtfreshmanMattFloydClickUSFquarterbackHeretoviewthisLink.arecompetingfortherighttobackhimup.
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LoganThomasClickVirginiaTechquarterbackHeretoviewthisLink.hasbeensoeffectiveasVirginiaTech'squarterbackthatitcouldleadtosomeproblemsdowntheroad.WhathappensifThomasturnsproafterhisjuniorseason?TheonlyotherreturningscholarshipquarterbackontherosterisMarkLealClickVirginiaTechquarterbackHeretoviewthisLink.,whoplayed36snapsasaredshirtfreshmanlastfall.TheHokieswantedtosignacoupleofquarterbackslastmonth.TheonlyonetheygotwasBrendenMotleyClickVirginiaTechquarterbackHeretoviewthisLink.,whoranaWing-ToffenseatChristianburg(Va.)Highandmayneedacoupleofyearstodevelop.
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