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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.