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Thursday, June 20, 2013
Luginbill: Top 10 future stars

By Edward Aschoff

As we continue to look at the future of college football this week, national recruiting analyst Tom Luginbill is gazing into his crystal ball to look at which young players could be the stars of tomorrow.

We're always looking for the next best thing, so Lunginbill came up with a list of his top 10 future college football stars Insider. He has some current college players and some current 2014 recruits on his list. Of the 10, three of them are in the SEC. Two hail from Alabama -- wide receiver Chris Black and running back Derrick Henry -- and the other is Ole Miss defensive end Robert Nkemdiche.

None of these players have played a down of college ball (Black redshirted because of a shoulder injury last year), but they will carry a lot of hype into the 2013 season.

Black is an extremely explosive player and probably would have complemented classmate Amari Cooper last season if he wasn't standing on the sideline all season. People thought he might have been an even better player than Cooper was last season, which is a really scary thought, because Cooper was one of the best receivers in the league at the end of the season.

Henry was on campus this spring and was really turning heads until he broke his fibula in mid-April. Henry could be a major mismatch for defenders once he's healthy and back on the field. He'll help T.J. Yeldon and Alabama's loaded running back group, but he could also be used as an H-back in the passing game. He's a big, versatile athlete who could be used a few different ways for the Tide.

As for Nkemdiche, the nation's top recruit from the 2013 class will get every opportunity to play in his first year and beyond. While he's far from having a starting spot locked up, the coaches expect to see him on the field early and often. He's too talented and knows the game -- and his position -- too well not to get significant playing time. Plus, he's physically ready to get on the field now. If he can survive the hype, he should have a fine career with the Rebels.

Want some other potential future stars from the SEC? Here are some players I have my eye on: