With the college football season on the horizon, it's time to take a look at the talented student athletes most likely to contend for the prestigious Heisman trophy award in 2013. CLA expects a wide open race with many worthy competitors.

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Marlon Humphrey is in a class of his own amongst 2014 football recruits. Humphrey recently took home a silver medal at the World Youth Track & Field Championships in the Ukraine and is now ready to solidify his list of official visits for the upcoming football season.

The Hoover High School senior is set on being able to run track and play football in college. As one of the top HS hurdlers in the nation he should have that chance.

"I was supposed to be at The Opening but I had to go to the Ukraine," Humphrey told CLA Sports.

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War Eagle nation landed a supremely talented quarterback this week when Elite 11 MVP Sean White announced his commitment to Auburn. White's pinpoint accuracy, excellent pocket presence and quick release makes the likelihood of the 2014 commit playing as a freshman a strong possibility.

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Danny "DSPN" Dabiri (Editor)

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The Opening: 7on7 Pool Play

The 18 quarterbacks competing for the top prize at the Elite 11 finally got the opportunity to display their abilities in competitive play as 7ON pool play at The Opening kicked off Tuesday afternoon.

Heading into the day, Purdue commit David Blough ranked first in the Elite 11 standings and was placed on Team Superbad along with quarterbacks Stephen Collier and David Cornwell. Joining the signal callers on Superbad are SPARQ champion Speedy Noil, speedster Johnnie Dixon, Jalen Tabor, recent Cal commit Jaleel Wadood and many more D1 bound ballers.

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Football in Alabama is a big deal. The state is home to the defending national champion Crimson Tide. A major reason for that success is their access to a hotbed of talent in the area. One such standout is Auburn High (AL) defensive end Darian Yancey.

The 6'0 213 pound pass rusher has been terrorizing opposing quarterbacks throughout his football career. Yancey had 7.5 sacks last season for the Tigers. The 2014 recruit recently landed an offer from South Alabama.

In addition to the South Alabama offer, Yancey has received interest from several major SEC programs.

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Danny "DSPN" Dabiri (Editor)

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When you’re coming out of the heart of SEC country, you know you have to stand out as a football player and that is exactly what Auburn High School (Auburn, AL) linebacker Rashaan Evans is doing. Evans stands at 6-foot-3, 218 lbs., runs the 40-yard dash in 4.59 seconds and currently has 24 offers from many of the top schools in the nation including Alabama, Auburn, USC, South Carolina, Georgia and Florida State.

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Brandon Williams (USC Football Recruiting)

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Watch Dwight Williams Top 10 Plays from his junior season at Serra High School (CA). Williams currently has offers from top BCS college football programs such as Florida, UCLA, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Miami, Michigan, Tennessee and many others.

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Watch Adoree' Jackson's Top 10 Plays from his junior season at Gardena Serra High School. Adoree' Jackson went into his junior season with no official scholarship offers, and now holds offers from UCLA, LSU, USC, Texas A&M, Michigan, Florida, Miami, Washington and many other top BCS programs.

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1. Collin Klein QB Kansas State

Kansas State senior quarterback Collin Klein led the Wildcats to a solid conference road win at Iowa State, rushing for 105 yards and three touchdowns while passing for 187 yards through the air. With the victory, Kansas State is in sole possession of first place in the Big 12 leading into a highly anticipated showdown with Geno Smith and West Virginia.

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1. Geno Smith QB West Virginia

West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith led the Mountaineers to a thrilling 48-45 road victory over Texas last week. Smith had four touchdowns, increasing his season total to 24 with no interceptions.

The Heisman favorite has nearly 2,000 passing yards and is completing over 81 percent of his passes. West Virginia is undefeated and ranked in the top 5 and Smith is the main reason why. With big games against Kansas State and Oklahoma remaining on the schedule, Smith will have an opportunity to validate his Heisman candidacy.

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