College Football Recruiting: Georgia, Clemson and More Teams Leading 2014 Class
It's one thing to be chasing down the top players in the 2014 recruiting class already, but it's something else entirely to be earning commitments.
But a number of programs are doing just that and, as you'd expect, those programs happen to be some of the biggest recruiting powers in the country.
Holding down a 2014 recruit's commitment for roughly a year and a half, or even two years in some cases, is a daunting task. But coaches happily take it on when it means trumping other programs for a youngster's allegiance.
Seven programs, according to 247Sports.com, have already earned at least two commitments in the 2014 recruiting class. Here's a look at the top five.
The Tigers, who just landed the No. 1 overall recruit in the 2013 class, are off to a brilliant start in 2014 as well.
They lead the nation with four pledges already, and three of them carry 247Sports 4-star ratings. Clemson got things started with quarterback DeShaun Watson of Gainesville, Georgia back in early February (2012 National Signing Day, to be exact).
In the last week, however, they've picked up three new commitments in safety Dylan Sumner-Gardner (Mesquite, TX) and running backs Jae'lon Oglesby (Central, SC) and Dalvin Cooke (Miami, FL).
The most impressive part of coach Dabo Swinney's early haul is the range he's covered across the country.
Swinney has to psyched to have recruits from Georgia, Texas, South Carolina and Florida already committed.
The 2013 class has only ten players thus far, but is big on talent. 2014 is already looking to shape up the same way.
Coach Mark Richt is notoriously good at bringing elite talent to Athens, and we should expect nothing less in 2014. In fact, he's earned three commitments thus far, and all three carry 247Sports 4-star ratings.
The Bulldogs 2014 class consists of running back Stanley Williams (Monroe, GA), wide receiver Demarre Kitt (Tyrone, GA) and safety Nick Glass (Atlanta, GA).
Georgia always attacks the skill positions hard, especially loves their running back talent and wisely worked hard to land in-state talent.
Williams also holds an offer from Clemson; Kitt from the likes of Alabama, Auburn, Clemson, UCLA and others; while Glass holds a number of offers from programs including Alabama, Arkansas, Auburn, Clemson, UNC, Ohio State, Oklahoma State, Tennessee and others.
Richt will have his hands full holding onto these three, but as of now, they're his.
The Seminoles didn't have to look far for their two commits, either. Jimbo Fisher is trying to continue his dominance on the recruiting trail since taking over at FSU, and has already landed two in-state pledges with 247Sports 4-star ratings in the 2014 class.
Running back Joseph Yearby (Miami, FL) committed on May 8th of this year and wide receiver J.C. Jackson (Immokalee, FL) committed March 25th of this year.
Yearby also holds offers from Alabama, Miami and West Virginia.
Fisher has done a tremendous job landing talent since replacing Bobby Bowden, and that will not stop any time soon.
Lane Kiffin and the Trojans have been battling limited scholarships in recent seasons, but have been patiently working their way back to dominance. USC is arguably the best team in the nation going into this season, and we could see a huge boost in recruiting for them in the coming year.
Their 2014 class consists of two offensive line pledges so far: Jordan Poland of La Jolla, CA and Toa Lobendahn of Lakewood, CA. Poland carries a 247Sports 4-star rating while Lobendahn is currently unrated.
Both players committed earlier this month, and when USC offers, we've seen players jump at the chance to play for them in the past year or so.
Which School Has the Best 2014 Class Thus Far?
We can expect even bigger things to come in this class as the year rolls on.
Frank Beamer's Hokies also have two commitments thus far.
Defensive end Vincent Mihota of Fredericksburg, VA carries a 247Sports 4-star rating and committed almost two months ago, while running back Marshawn Williams added his pledge earlier this month.
The Hokies haven't won less than 10 games since joining the ACC in 2004, and they can thank Beamer's recruiting prowess for continually replenishing elite talent.
Their 2013 class is a solid group thus far, and this quick start in 2014 is exactly what they want.
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