Potential is the key word to focus on in regards to the top junior recruits in the college football world.
The 2014 class is simply filled with potential star players. They may not be high on the radar with many college football fans just yet, but believe you me, they soon will be.
It all starts with 5-star defensive end Da'Shawn Hand, who is the No 1 overall prospect in the 2014 class according to the 247Sports Composite rankings. He is just one of many great junior recruits to discuss.
Here are ten 2014 recruits with the most start potential.
Note: Rankings courtesy of the 247Sports Composite Rankings.
Yes, I do believe that an offensive lineman can become a star at the college level. He may not get the accolades or the hype a running back, wide receiver or quarterback would get, but Cameron Robinson has the potential to be a premier college football player none the less.
Robinson is only a junior, mind you, but he already has top-notch measurables. He's already 6'6'', 230 pounds according to 247Sports, and he's the No. 2 overall ranked prospect according to the 247Sports Composite Rankings.
LSU is on top of Robinson's interest list (247Sports) followed by Alabama and Texas.
Cornerback Marlon Humphrey is 6'1'', 175 pounds, which is good size for a junior cornerback in high school.
Humphrey's high overall ranking as a corner goes to show you just how talented he really is. Having a shut-down corner in college football today is a huge advantage, so Humphrey is going to be one of the most sought after 2014 recruits.
It's not surprising then that Alabama is on top of his interest list (247Sports), followed by Florida, Mississippi State and South Carolina.
Hurd is a great athlete that has the football ability to play many positions, but his intangibles lead me to believe that he can be an elite running back at the college football level. He'll be a big back that can run with good strength and size, but he's also athletic enough to make defenders miss and be a home-run threat.
He currently has Florida and Ohio State on top of his interest list (247Sports), but Hurd also has offers from big-time programs like Alabama, Georgia, Notre Dame, Michigan and others.
He has great size for the position at 6'3'' and 236 pounds, but he also runs a 4.65 40 (247Sports). He has the size to play strong against the run between the tackles, but his speed will allow him to scrape over blockers and be effective in pursuit.
McMillian has the chance to be a defensive star. His 247Sports interest list is comprised of Clemson, Georgia and Ohio State as the top three, and Alabama and USC are both listed as "warm interests".
The Texas A&M Aggies got very lucky when 5-star 2014 linebacker Hoza Scott decided to make an early commitment to their program.
Scott is the No. 1 outside linebacker recruit in the class, according to the 247Sports composite rankings. He has the potential to be very, very good.
He's an athletic outside linebacker that can hold his own on the edge, but he's big enough to play strong against the run and take on blockers as well. He'll be an effective pass rusher, but he'll be able to drop back into coverage and make plays as well.
Scott is an extremely solid junior recruit and he has star potential as a linebacker.
He's 5'11'', 190 pounds and he runs a 4.50 according to 247Sports. He runs with a low center of gravity, he displays great open field speed and he has good vision and agility as a runner.
Michel has what it takes to be a star running back at the college football level. Georgia and Miami are on top of his 247Sports interest list, followed by Alabama, Florida, Florida State and Notre Dame.
He's obviously a big-time recruit.
Fournette has great size, especially for a junior, checking in at 6'0'', 215 pounds. He has incredible potential.
He's a big, powerful runner that can pick up a ton of yardage between the tackles, but he also displays quick feet, the ability to make defenders miss and open field speed.
Fittingly enough, Fournette's top two consists of LSU and Alabama (247Sports). He also has notable offers from Florida, Notre Dame and USC, amongst others as well.
It's an understatement to say that 5-star athlete Jabrill Peppers has star potential.
He's a quick, shifty running back with breakaway speed and play-making ability, but he also has the skill-set to be a more than adequate corner at the college level.
Peppers is the No. 1 ranked athlete in the 2014 class, according to the 247Sports Composite Rankings, checking in at 6'1'' and 205 pounds.
Ohio State and Stanford are on top of his interest list (247Sports), with Michigan, USC and Notre Dame all listed as "warm interests".
Bo Scarbrough has the intangibles and potential to be the next great back to play for the Alabama Crimson Tide—and that's saying a lot.
He's 6'2'', 218 pounds—so he has elite size for a running back—and he runs a 4.5 40 (Rivals.com). That's an elite combination of size and speed, and when you factor in his athleticism and versatility (he can line up as a receiver as well), it's easy to see that he has a very bright future ahead of him.
Scarbrough is ranked as the No. 2 athlete in the 2014 class according to the 247Sports Composite Rankings.
He has all the intangibles you look for in a strong-side defensive end. Hand is 6'5'', 247 pounds, which is very good size a junior. He also runs an extremely fast 4.60 40 (247Sports) and that's what makes him such an elite recruit.
Hand has the size to play against the run and hold his own against blockers, but he has the speed to be a dominant pass rusher. His great technique and pad level allows him to shoot the gap on the inside, and he uses his hands well to disengage blockers. His speed gives him a huge advantage as an edge rusher as well.
Virginia Tech is the top team on his 247Sports interest list right now, but Alabama, Florida State, LSU, Michigan, North Carolina, Ohio State, Oklahoma and South Carolina are all listed as "warm interests".
Wherever he does end up, Hand has the potential to be not just a star, but a superstar.