Breaking Down ESPN's Newly Released 2014 Recruiting Watch List

Andrew KulhaSenior Analyst IIISeptember 28, 2012

Via 247Sports
Via 247Sports

ESPN Recruiting Nation has officially released their watch list of the prospects they believe will be the best in the nation in the 2014 recruiting class.

These players are only Juniors in high school, but they've stood out amongst their peers and are projected to be very good football players at the next level if they keep it up.

They've scouted, analyzed and come away with 300 players (in alphabetical order) from the class of 2014 they believe will be the next big names in the world of college football recruiting.

This is only a watch list, so as of now ESPN has not ranked these players just yet, but none the less it's interesting to see who has caught their attention.

Naturally, we here at Bleacher Report are here to break it down for you. Here are three players from the ESPN 300 that all recruiting fans will really want to key in on from the class of 2014:


Da'Shawn Hand, DE, Woodbridge High School (VA)

If there's one name you need to know from the class of 2014 it's this guy, so it's fitting that we start with him. Hand checks it at an imposing 6'4, 245 pounds and he's only a Junior in high school.

To give you an idea of how good Hand is, 247Sports has him ranked as a 5-star prospect and he's their No. 1 overall player for the class of 2014.

Hand's going to be the Robert Nkemdiche of the 2014 class and he already has 31 offers including the likes of Alabama, Ohio State, Notre Dame, Michigan, Florida, Florida State and Auburn amongst many others, according to ESPN Recruiting Nation.


Keller Chryst, QB, Palo Alto High School (CA)

Chryst is a pro-style quarterback out of Palo Alto and he's considered to be a 5-star prospect by 247Sports. He's also their No. 1 rated pro-style QB and their top player in the state of California.

He has elite size for a quarterback at 6'4'', 225 pounds. Compare that to a few elite NFL quarterbacks such as  Tom Brady, who is 6'4'', 225 as well or Aaron Rodgers, who is actually shorter a 6'2'', 225 and you can see why he's on ESPN's watch list as just a Junior in high school.

Chryst has an offer from the USC Trojans according to ESPN Recruiting Nation.


Bo Scarbrough, RB, Northridge High School (AL)

Scarbrough has what it takes to be one of the next great running backs at the college football level, and obviously Nick Saban and the Alabama Crimson Tide realized that. They made an offer and he has already committed to them. 

Scarbrough runs with very long strides, has incredible vision and displays breakaway speed once he gets to the second level. He's 6'2'', 220 pounds which means he can be powerful at the line of scrimmage, but he's also very elusive shifty. For a junior in high school, Scarbrough is a pretty complete player. He can also be utilized as a receiver.

247sports has Scarbrough listed as a 5-star athlete, so the Tide should be feeling pretty good that they already have his commit. He's easily going to be one of the bigger names of the 2014 recruiting class.


Commitments on the ESPN Watch List

54 players in the ESPN 300 for the class of 2014 are already committed.

Florida State has the most current commits on the watch list with six.

Their biggest commitment so far is arguably Denzel Ware, who is on the watch list. He's listed at 6'2'', 215 pounds and had offers from notable schools such as Alabama, Florida, Ohio State, Texas and USC amongst others according to ESPN Recruiting Nation, but choose the Seminoles. That's a big win for Jimbo Fisher and his staff.

Clemson and Texas are right behind with five commits on the list each.

Michigan State, LSU, Wisconsin, Georgia, Virginia Tech and USC all have three commits on the list.

Notre Dame, Florida, Vanderbilt and Miami each have two commitments on the list.

Utah, Missouri, Texas A&M, Clemson, North Carolina, Michigan, Ole Miss, Washington, Pittsburgh, BYU, Arkansas, Alabama and Stanford each have one commit in the ESPN 300.

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