College Football Recruiting 2014: Rising Juniors Making Noise on the Trail

Wes ODonnell@wesodonnellFeatured ColumnistJune 20, 2012

Erich Schlegel/Special Contributor to the Houston Chronicle
Erich Schlegel/Special Contributor to the Houston Chronicle

The 2014 recruits are officially out in force. With high school coming to an end and summer officially upon us, players are traveling around the country trying to make an impression on college coaches at combines and camps.

A few kids in the 2014 class have even committed already, but many are still just showing off what they can do.

But soon enough we'll know the majority of their names, and they'll be the talk of the recruiting world.

While almost all of the emphasis is on the 2013 recruits right now, these 2014ers are making some noise on the trail too.


Jacob McCrary, WR, Coral Reef (Miami, Fla.)

The rising junior receiver has been making in-state camping rounds and recently worked with both the Gators and Seminoles. 

Holding offers from both schools as well as Clemson, Kansas State, Marshall, Mississippi and South Florida, the 6' 182-pounder believes Miami could be next.

McCrary told, "Miami has talked about a possible offer. Coach wants me to come back to the camp and if I perform well the offer will be there."

He's performed well everywhere thus far, so nothing leads us to believe that the 'Canes won't join the party, and we can expect others to show interest sooner rather than later as well.


Jalen McClendon, QB, West Mecklenburg (Charlotte, N.C.)

According to Jon Leggette of, McClendon picked up an offer while camping at UNC.

The 6'4", 185-pound rising junior is just scratching the surface of his potential, and there will be plenty more offers to come.

He journeyed to Tennessee the week before and said, via Leggette, "I went to Tennessee’s camp last week and they want me to come back July 16th. My coach told me that one of their coaches told him it was a ‘no-brainer’ that they would offer me when I go back there."

The sky is the limit for McClendon, and with such an intriguing combination of size, skill and potential this is sure to be just the start of a long recruiting process for him.


Ronnie Clark, S, Calera (Calera, Ala.)

This 6'3", 205-pound safety is also just starting what is expected to be a long, arduous and exciting recruiting process.

Auburn was the first to extend an offer to the Alabama native, and Clemson followed suit this week when Clark visited the campus according to Bryan Matthews of

Naturally, Clark is drawing a ton of interest from SEC schools and LSU, Alabama, Tennessee and Georgia won't be far behind.


Edward Paris, S, Timberview (Mansfield, Tex.)

The 6'2", 188-pound Texan's recruiting started a long, long time ago. According to Rivals, he already holds 16 offers, and he decided to make a visit at one of his top schools this weekend.'s Sonny Shipp reports Paris stopped by LSU on his way home to Texas.

With his combination of size, speed, athleticism and potential he's actually a great fit for the Tigers.

Neither Texas nor USC has offered, but Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oklahoma and Michigan already have.

He'll be one of the top recruits in the country next season.


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