The college football recruiting class of 2014 is still a few years away from seeing the field, but make no mistake about it, there are some extremely talented players that will have the ability to change the college football landscape as we know it.
Programs are made or broken by the quality of recruits that they are able to bring in, and while the impact may not be sudden, these players will eventually determine the success or failure of a team.
I would be remiss if I wrote anything regarding multiple 2014 recruits and did not mention the No. 1 overall recruit, 5-star defensive end Da'Shawn Hand. He simply needs to be on every list you see, because he's going to be that good.
Hand is 6'5'', 247 pounds as a Junior and 247Sports has him listed as running a 4.6 40. I can't even begin to describe to you how fast that is for a player of his size.
Who will be the better college player?
He projects to be very dominant off the edge at the college level, mostly due to his speed, but he's big enough and strong enough to play physical against college offensive lineman and running backs.
With one more season under his belt, it wouldn't be a stretch to say that Hand could be just as good a prospect, if not better than 2013 No. 1 Robert Nkemdiche. Hand has offers from a ton of schools, and 247Sports has notable programs such as Virginia Tech, Alabama, Clemson, Michigan, North Carolina, Ohio State and USC on top of his interest list.
Wherever Hand ends up, he's going to be a game changer.
At 6'2.5'', 210 pounds Hurd has the size to be elite as a college football back. He's simply an athlete. He can be effective out of the backfield as a pass-catcher, or even split out wide. He's got good hands, great speed and he's going to be extremely effective for whichever school can land him.
Hurd currently has Alabama on top of his interest list according to 247Sports, which is not surprising. However, he also has interest in Florida, Georgia, Michigan and Ohio State. He has the potential to be the next great back to enter college football, which means he has the potential to seriously impact the sport depending on where he ends up.
Michel on the other-hand is a speed back. He's only 5'11", 190 pounds but 247Sports has him running an extremely fast 4.50 40. He's going to be a big-time threat in some lucky school's backfield, and 247Sports currently has Georgia and Miami atop his interest list. For Georgia, he would be yet another elite back to enter the program, but can you imagine how much of an impact Michel could have for Miami?
Like I said, these prospects will literally change the landscape of college football. Keep them on your radar if you're a fan of college football recruiting.