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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After watching Artavis Scott play at the IMG 7v7 National Championship it was a given that he was one of the most gifted players on the field.

The 2014 WR flew out to the West Coast shortly after Team Tampa claimed victory and took home rings from the IMG tourney. The Opening hosted at Nike World Headquarters in Beaverton, Oregon was the next top for Artavis Scott.

As one of the top recruits to announce his verbal commitment on national television, Scott was able to share his experience at The Opening with his friends and family back in Florida.

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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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The 2013 B2G Elite Camp at UCLA provided the ideal setting for any aspiring college level athlete. Student-athletes participating in this year's camp walked down the to field for the morning session after having breakfast in the dining hall close to the dorms they'll be housed in for the remainder of the weekend. Campers get to experience firsthand what it's like to be a student-athlete in a college environment, and that's invaluable.

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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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Now that the first week of the 2012 college football season is in the books, the debate for the Heisman can take form. Preseason hopefuls like Michigan quarterback Denard Robinson struggled against defending national champion Alabama’s suffocating defense in a 41-14 rout at Cowboys Stadium. Other favorites performed as expected . Players stock will potentially rise and fall from week to week but there are five players CLA believes will lead the way as the race unfolds.

1. Matt Barkley (USC, QB)

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Class of 2016 Daryl Myers has what it takes to become Oak Hill Academy's next high major guard if he keeps working hard like this kid has shown. At best, Myers is 5'7", but his heart and style of play is what can make this him a for sure high major recruit.

Quick in transition, he is a natural pass-first guard, and his passing skills are like none other.

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Devin Masone (Hoops Recruiting Editor)

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After taking home the 2012 EYBL Peach Jam Tournament Championship, the Oakland Soldiers have their sights set on the Fab 48 in Las Vegas, NV this week.

College Level Athletes caught up with Oakland Soldiers forward Stanley Johnson (SF/2014) and he discussed his experience winning the Peach Jam Championship, along with his expectations at the Fab 48 and the upcoming 2012 CIF HS basketball season.

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As a high school junior, Charone Peake (Dorman High School, South Carolina) already possesses the ideal size of a collegiate wide receiver. At 6'3" 185, Peake does many things well. Unlike most receivers at this level, Peake does not avoid contact and does a great job at making catches in traffic by utilizing his frame. Peake is ranked #12 overall on the ESPNU Top 150 list for 2011 football recruits, and #91 overall on Rivals100 list.

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Aaron M. Plunkett (Publisher)

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