College Football Recruiting: Which Powerhouses Have Early Lead in Class of 2014?

Andrew KulhaSenior Analyst IIINovember 27, 2012

PASADENA, CA - SEPTEMBER 17:  A cheerleader waves the Texas Longhorns flag after a score against the UCLA Bruins at Rose Bowl on September 17, 2011 in Pasadena, California.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
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The world of college football recruiting is all about the future, so even though we're right in the mix of things with the class of 2013, let's take a look at what programs are already dominating with the best junior recruits in the country.

These recruits may only be juniors right now, but they'll end up being the next wave of college football stars eventually, so getting an early jump on building a solid 2014 class is extremely important.

Not only that, but having elite 2014 prospects already committed will really help attract more elite recruits in the time that they do have to consider their options, so these programs are really setting themselves up nicely.

Here's the early rundown on which powerhouses have the early lead for 2014:


Texas Longhorns

Texas already has six recruits committed to their 2014 class, so they're off to a great start. All six of their early commitments are considered to be 4-star recruits, by their 247Sports composite rankings, and the class is currently highlighted by 4-star offensive tackle Demetrius Knox—who committed earlier today.

Knox checks in at 6'5'', 300-pounds as just a junior, and he has a great balance of strength, size and technique that can make him a very special recruit. (Here's my complete scouting report on Knox)

Overall, Texas' 2014 class is looking extremely solid, and it will only get better.  


Florida State Seminoles

Jimbo Fisher's 2014 class is also looking strong in the early goings with six recruits committed.

Their class is currently highlighted by weak-side defensive end Denzel Ware, who's 6'3'', 220-pounds according to 247Sports, and checks in as the No. 1 player at his position according to their rankings for 2014.

Fisher is a great recruiter, so their early success is not surprising at all, and this class should end up looking very impressive, especially if FSU continues to look good on the field next season.


Honorable Mention: Alabama Crimson Tide

Nick Saban and Alabama only have one 2014 commitment so far, but the one they do have is so good that they deserve to be mentioned on this list.

The Tide secured the early commitment of 5-star running back Bo Scarbrough, and for all intents and purposes, he appears like he can be an elite running back. 247Sports lists him at 6'2'', 218-pounds, so he has incredible size, but he also has great speed, elusiveness and agility.

He can be effective out of the backfield as a runner between the tackles or on the edge, and he can also be used in the passing game. (Here's my scouting report on Scarbrough)

Scarbrough is an elite recruit, and he's Alabama's first recruit. They've gotten of to an exceptional start by securing his commitment, and his presence on their 2014 class should help draw in more talent.

Saban's 2014 class should build a ton of momentum soon enough, and eventually they'll make their way to the top of the early rankings for 2014.


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