College Football Recruiting 2014: Analyzing Highs and Lows of the 'Scout300'

Andrew Kulha@@AKonSportsSenior Analyst IIIOctober 4, 2012

Via Scout.com
Via Scout.com

Believe it or not, it's already time to start thinking about the college football recruiting class of 2014.

The class of 2013 still has a long way to go until National Signing Day, but that doen't mean we can't start analyzing the best Juniors in the country. After all, soon enough they will be the next wave of college football stars.

Recruiting service Scout.com recently put out their rankings of the top 300 players from the class of 2014.

Here's my take on the Scout 300.

 

The Highs:

Anybody who's seen any sort of film on 5-star defensive end Da'Shawn Hand will tell you that he's the best player in the class of 2014, and that's exactly where Scout has him—No. 1. He's 6'4'', 260 pounds, which is great size for a Junior in high school, but they have him running an astonishing 4.65 40-yard dash.

He's big, physical and has the speed to be dominant off the edge. Hand already has offers from the likes of Alabama, Auburn, Florida, Ohio State, Michigan and Notre Dame amongst other notable schools.

I was pleasantly surprised with how high they ranked 5-star offensive tackle Cameron Robinson, who checks in at No. 2 overall on their list.

Robinson's potential is simply off the charts. He's 6'6'',  315 pounds and he's only a Junior. He already has the size to be an elite offensive tackle in the NFL, let alone in college football, so it makes plenty of sense why he already has offers from Alabama, LSU, Texas and Michigan, plus a few other notable schools.

Robinson is a very raw talent, and his potential is derived from his size, so it's good to see Scout thinking so highly of him.

 

The Lows:

There are a few players I believe Scout has vastly underrated in their Scout 300 rankings.

 

The first undoubtedly has to be running back and Alabama commit, Bo Scarbrough, who they only consider to be a 4-star and have ranked at No. 24.  

Scarbrough can do just about anything you ask him to do on the football field. He's a powerful runner at 6'2'', 221 pounds, but he combines that with elite football speed. He can also line up as a slot receiver and be utilized in the passing game, which is a huge factor that many great running backs don't have. Scout ranked Scarbrough far too low. In my opinion, he's one of the most complete football players in the 2014 class. 

Another player they have ranked extremely low for his talent is fellow running back Jalen Hurd. Scout has Hurd at No. 47 overall and they consider him to be a 4-star recruit.

Hurd has quickly become one of the more talked about names in the class of 2014, and he's already picked up offers from the likes of Alabama, Clemson, Georgia, Notre Dame, Ohio State and USC to name just a few notable schools.

Much like Scarbrough, he has great size for a running back at 6'3'', 200 pounds. He's a very natural runner, gets vertical and displays good field vision.

He should be a running back at the next level, but overall he's an elite athlete. He can line up at wide receiver, or play defensive back on the other side of the ball and make impact plays.

Hurd is just a natural football player, and he should be ranked much higher than he is by Scout.

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