The class of 2013 was often labeled as the Year of the Cornerback because four players at the position were evaluated as five-star prospects, and through the first four weeks of the college football season it appears as though the analysts were spot on with the group.
The quartet was the most active of the former five-star prospects this week and earned time in the spotlight again.
Vernon Hargreaves III was the No. 2 player in the country as a recruit out of Tampa (Fla.) Wharton, and he started for Florida in the win over Tennessee. Hargreaves was responsible for two solo tackles and three passes defended in the contest.
Kendall Fuller was at one point the highest-ranked cornerback out of Olney (Md.) Good Council, but he concluded his recruitment at No. 9 overall. He has started since the opening kickoff for Virginia Tech, and this week he had his best performance of the season by tallying five solo tackles -- thus becoming the first true freshman of the group to break double digits -- and added his first interception.
"I give our players a lot of credit; they just kept working," he said. "We became a better football team.
"When kids hang in there together and find a way to get it done, that builds chemistry and trust; that makes you a better football team. That's important with as many young guys as we have."
Brentwood (Tenn.) Academy product Jalen Ramsey was just below Fuller at No. 10 in the nation for the class. He has been in the starting lineup every week and recording his first sack.
Tre'Davious White broke the top 20, finishing his recruitment at No. 18 out of Shreveport (La.) Green Oaks. White started for the second time this season for LSU and filled the stat sheet. In a technicality because of game times, his four tackles pushed him to 10 after Fuller had broken the barrier. He added three assists.
Recruiting class of 2013 five-star tracker
Season stats: Eight tackles; two assists. Four tackles for loss. One quarterback rush. One pass break-up. One rush for 11 yards.
Florida opened the game in the 3-3-5 defense, and Hargreaves made the start in the nickel position. He was very active, making two solo tackles and breaking up three passes against Tennessee. He returned two punts, and he gained 5 yards on one but fumbled the other.
Season stats: Five tackles. Three pass break-ups. Two interceptions for 39 yards. Two punt returns for 5 yards and one fumble.
Jaylon Smith, LB, Notre Dame Smith made his fourth straight start at outside linebacker in the victory over Michigan State. He continued his every-other-game routine as he was much more active on the stat sheet than the last week. He totaled two solo tackles and two assists.
Season stats: Seven solo tackles. Four assists. One tackle for a loss. One pass break-up.
Carl Lawson, DE, Auburn Lawson did not start again, but he played in the loss to LSU. He was credited with two assists on tackles, one of was a tackle for a loss.
Season stats: Two tackles. Two assists. One-half tackle for loss. One quarterback hurry. One forced fumble.
Laquon Treadwell, WR, Ole Miss
Ole Miss was idle
Season stats: 16 catches for 154 yards. One rush for 7 yards. 0-1 passing.
Kenny Bigelow, DT, USC Bigelow enrolled early and competed for playing time. He did not see game action for the fourth consecutive week and is likely to redshirt.
Max Browne, QB, USC Browne enrolled early and was in competition for the starting quarterback position. He did not see game action for the fourth consecutive week and is likely redshirt.
Green did not factor in the narrow victory over Connecticut. He played in the contest but did not record a stat as Michigan scored 17 unanswered points to win the contest.
Season stats: 13 carries for 60 yards and one touchdown.
Fuller is a fixture at cornerback for Virginia Tech. He started in the overtime victory over Marshall. He had five solo tackles and one assist. He grabbed the first interception of his career.
Season stats: 12 tackles; four assists. Half a tackle for loss. Two pass break-ups. One interception for 0 yards. One quarterback hurry. Four punt returns for 1 yard.
Jalen Ramsey, CB, Florida State Ramsey was back in the starting lineup against overmatched Bethune-Cookman, and he was active in the contest. He recorded a tackle and two assists. His sack doubled as a tackle for a loss and forced a fumble.
Season stats: Nine tackles, three assists. One sack. One tackle for loss. One interception for 31 yards.
Season stats: Two tackles.
Su'a Cravens, S, USC Starting every game this season, the experience is paying off for Cravens. He was reading plays and making plenty of tackles against Utah State. He made five solo tackles, which was good for fourth on the team.
Season stats: 13 tackles. Seven assists. Half a tackle for loss. One interception for 0 yards. One forced fumble.
Reuben Foster, LB, Alabama Foster had a solo tackle in the win over Colorado State.
Season stats: One tackle. Two assisted tackles.
Laremy Tunsil, OL, Ole Miss Ole Miss was idle.
Season stats: One start. Three games participated in.
Matthew Thomas, LB, FSU
Thomas saw the most action of the season against Bethune-Cookman and capitalized on the opportunity. He made three solo tackles, two of which went for a loss. One was a sack that cost the opposition 9 yards.
Season stats: Four tackles. Two tackles for loss. One sack.
O.J. Howard, TE, Alabama Howard caught three passes for 38 yards against Colorado State.
Season stats: Six receptions for 106 yards.
Season stats: 12 carries for 80 yards. Three touchdowns.
Tre'Davious White, CB, LSU White made his second start of the season and was very active against Auburn, nearly doubling his stats entering the contest. He made four solo tackles and assisted on three. He broke up a pass as well.
Season stats: 10 tackles. Seven assists. One pass break-up. One forced fumble.
Greg Bryant, RB, Notre Dame Bryant saw time in the comeback victory over Michigan State but was a non-factor. Did not receive a carry or have a pass thrown his way.
Season stats: Three carries for 14 yards.
Chris Jones, DE, Mississippi State Jones started for the second time in three games against Troy. He made a solo tackle that went for a loss and added two assists. He was credited with a quarterback hurry in the victory.
Season stats: Four tackles. Five assists. 1.5 tackles for loss. Two quarterback hurries.
Eddie Vanderdoes, DT, UCLA Vanderdoes came off the bench in the victory over New Mexico State but was still found in the boxscore. He recorded two solo tackles in the rout.
Season stats: Nine tackles. Two assists. Two tackles for loss.
Leon McQuay III, S, USC
McQuay was again in on special teams for the Trojans but did not record a statistic in the win over Utah State.
Season stats: One tackle. One forced fumble. One blocked punt.
Frank Herron, DE, LSU
Herron did not play in the victory over Auburn, and it is likely that he will redshirt.
Hackenberg had his worst statistical performance of the year in the shutout victory over Kent State. He completed 13 of 35 passes for 176 yards. He had a touchdown and an interception. He also punted once for 43 yards.
Season stats: 79-for-127 for 1,027 yards, five touchdowns, three interceptions.
Montravius Adams, DT, Auburn
Adams did not start in the loss to LSU. He had an impact with a solo tackle and two assists on the defensive line.
Season stats: Four tackles. Four assists. One sack. Five quarterback hurries.
Mitchell did not play in the victory over Florida A&M. He likely will redshirt.
Ty Isaac, RB, USC
Isaac played against Utah State but did not register a carry or a reception.
Season stats: Four carries for 22 yards.
Alex Anzalone, LB, Florida
Anzalone did not participate in the win over Tennessee.
Season stats: None.
Mizzell did not play in the victory over Virginia Military Institute.
Season stats: 11 carries for 30 yards. Four receptions for 18 yards. Five kickoff returns for 82 yards.
Max Redfield, S, Notre Dame
Redfield played on special teams and contributed a tackle.
Season stats: Two assisted tackles.
Dorian Johnson, OL, Pittsburgh Dorian Johnson was in on the participation chart in the game against Duke. He worked in on jumbo packages and has exhausted his redshirt.
Vonn Bell, DB, Ohio State
Bell saw field time in the rout of Florida A&M. He was credited with a solo tackle for loss and an assist on another tackle.
Season stats: Three tackles. Three assists. One tackle for loss.
A'Shawn Robinson, DT, Alabama
Robinson had half a sack against Colorado State.
Season stats: Three tackles; Three assists. 1.5 sacks. 1.5 tackles for loss.
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