Ranking the Top 100 Prospects of 2014
Recruiting is a non-stop process, and just because your favorite program wrapped up their 2013 class this past Wednesday doesn't mean it is going on vacation. Coaches are already starting to work on the 2014 class and loading up their databases with thousands of prospects.
The 2014 class will now step up to the forefront, and we enter the "information gathering" stage of the recruiting process. We'll start studying, evaluating and collecting more information on the top 2014 prospects.
For now, since we're a culture that always wants to know "who's next" and who's the best out of the next group of prospects, we're going to give you a very early top 100 list of the 2014 class.
Without further wait...
100. Artavis Scott, WR
Of course there will be more speed and quickness in Florida, like there always is. The 5'10", 175-pound Scott has those traits and more.
He's an offensive weapon that can do similar things to that of Steven Mitchell. 247Sports shows schools like Michigan, Florida State, Florida, Notre Dame and Ohio State have already offered Scott a scholarship.
99. Jordan Poland, OT
Poland is a 6'7" OT that already weighs over 330 pounds. He's from Southern California and looks to have the feet to play on the edges of the OL.
It'll interesting to watch Poland to see if he could potentially be a LT prospect. This is a huge-bodied player that should have a nice career in the trenches.
He's headed to USC.
98. Drew Barker, QB
Barker is out of Kentucky and the skill set of a pocket passer, but he's also pretty athletic. He's 6'4", 210 pounds and can throw strikes to receivers in the middle of traffic.
247Sports lists his top three schools as Kentucky, South Carolina and Ohio State. I like Barker's 40:7 total TD:INT ratio. He also ran for over 1,400 yards as a junior.
97. D.J. Gillins, QB
Gillins is a dual threat QB that stands 6'3" and 185 pounds. Looking at his play, I get reminded a little bit of Jameis Winston.
Gillins has an athletic style of play for the QB position and delivers the football as a passer or churn yardage as a runner. He's headed to Texas Tech, where he will one day likely post huge numbers for Kliff Kingsbury.
96. Demarcus Christmas, DT
Christmas is a Florida DT prospect that has a good get-off, athleticism and solid strength at the point of attack. I'm going out on a limb by adding him to this list because I don't think he plays as hard as he should.
Once Christmas' effort becomes more consistent, then he could ascend up the early 2014 board. Right now, however, the Florida State commit is listed at No. 96.
95. Damien Mama, OL
From Southern California, Mama looks like a classic OG to me right now. He's bulky and thick at 6'5", 340 pounds, strong on his feet and can move well in short areas.
He's collecting his early offers right now, and I'm getting anxious to see how he looks in one-on-one drills at a few camps.
94. Christian Miller, OLB
At 6'4", 215 pounds, Miller has great length, athleticism and pursuit ability. He shows solid instincts and a good knack for always being able to find the ball carrier.
Miller churned out over 120 tackles, with 21 being for loss, while also bringing down the passer 14 times. He makes plays on the field, is productive and someone you want on your squad.
Clemson, Florida, Florida State, North Carolina and Alabama may have the early sweet spots for the Palmetto State product, per 247Sports.
93. Jaden Gault, OT
Chris Andersen has to already be impressed with the size and strength of the prospects around Wisconsin. Coming to Madison in 2014 will be Gault, who already stands 6'7", 285 pounds.
He can play OT and use his length to stay clean, drive blocks well in the run game and plays pretty tough. The Badgers always have good play in the OL, and Gault will follow suit.
92. Dante Booker, OLB
Booker is from the same high school as LeBron James and is an Ohio guy through and through. This is a 6'4", 210-pound second level defender with athletic ability, speed and quickness to play OLB in college. I'd be pretty surprised if he didn't commit to Ohio State soon.
91. Jamil Kamara, WR
Kamara is a 6'2", 195-pound pass catcher from Virginia.
He caught 40 balls for 750 yards and 10 TDs as a junior, while flashing solid ball skills, length to catch passes around his frame and speed to get away from coverage.
247Sports lists his two co-leaders as North Carolina and Virginia.
90. Jeff Jones, RB
Jones could be the best prospect from Minnesota in years. He's a productive 6'0" RB that is getting close to weighing 200 pounds.
With his good size, strength and ability to run well, Jones has produced over 2400 yards rushing and 40 total TDs in the past two seasons. He's headed to Minnesota.
89. Davion Hall, DB
Defensive backs are becoming more and more physical these days. Also, along with the increased physicality, back end defenders are also becoming bigger too.
Hall is following the new trend, as the Texan is a 6'2", 190-pound safety. He's committed to Baylor and has the ability to factor heavily into a defensive game plan.
88. Brandon Dawkins, QB
Dawkins is from Oaks Christian High School in Los Angeles, which is a powerhouse that was once home to Jimmy Clausen.
A 6'3", 190-pound dual-threat signal-caller, Dawkins is probably the most athletic QB prospect the Lions have had in their program's history. 247Sports lists Notre Dame, Alabama and Tennessee as Dawkins' early favorites.
87. Devon Thomas, RB
At 6'0" and 190 pounds, Thomas also comes from a powerhouse program. Broke Arrow High School in Oklahoma is known to play quality football.
Thomas ran for over 1,800 yards and scored 24 TDs as a sophomore. He's committed to Oklahoma State.
86. Marcelys Jones, OG
Glenville Academy in Ohio always has good talent year in and year out. From Troy Smith to Ted Ginn Jr. and more, this program is a must-stop for college coaches.
Especially Ohio State.
This year, Glenville boasts a 6'5", 325-pound OG prospect named Marcelys Jones who is already committed to the Buckeyes.
85. Derrell Scott, RB
After running for over 1,700 yards and scoring 34 rushing TDs, Scott finds himself among the best players in America for the 2014 class.
He's from North Carolina and can make a difference in the run game, as a receiver out of the backfield and as a returner. South Carolina appears to lead Notre Dame, Clemson, Florida State and Ohio State, per 247Sports.
84. Derick Roberson, DE
Roberson is a 6'3", 220-pound DE from the San Antonio area in Texas. He can crash the pocket and menace QBs with pressure frequently. Roberson also is not allergic to stopping the run. He's already committed to Texas and will be a Longhorn.
83. Andy Bauer, OT
Bauer hails from Missouri and stands close to 6'5", 305 pounds. At first glance, he is a little reminiscent of Kyle Kalis.
Bauer is a national level prospect that seems to be on pace to developing into a solid starter at the collegiate level. 247Sports shows Alabama and LSU as his two leaders right now.
82. Josh Malone, WR
Tennessee faces a little criticism at times for not producing as much talent as other states in SEC country. Malone will help quiet down that talk, as the 6'2", 185-pound WR is among the top in the 2014 class.
Notre Dame, North Carolina, Ohio State and Tennessee are just a few early schools that could be in play for Malone, according to 247Sports.
81. Devin Voorhies, S
From Mississippi, Voorhies is a marvelous athlete that has a 6'2", 185-pound frame. He's speedy, agile, versatile and mobile.
Voorhies can play both safety positions, a little Wildcat QB and some WR too. He's already locked up to LSU and should fit in nicely in Baton Rouge.
80. Tyler Harris, QB
Harris is a 6'3", 205-pound passer from Georgia. He stands tall in the pocket, throws a good ball and distributes well to his play makers.
I'd keep my eye on Florida, Georgia and South Carolina in this one, as Harris has made recent stops at each school to check things out, per 247Sports.
79. Roderick Johnson, OT
Andy Bauer isn't the only great OL prospect in the Show Me State this year, as the 6'7", 310-pound Johnson is also a good one.
Johnson moves well for his size, has the capability of performing various blocks and uses his big frame to his advantage vs. his opponents. Missouri looks good, but Michigan and Ohio State have also offered, reports 247Sports.
78. Darrell Cloy, TE/WR
Cloy operates as a big bodied WR for his Southern California high school team right now. He is 6'3", 220 pounds and has strong hands.
Yet, it seems like he's best suited to become an H-Back/TE type of player. I can see him developing as a "move" TE like a Dustin Keller or Lance Kendricks or how Travis Beckham played at Wisconsin.
77. Speedy Knoll, WR
Yeah, it's safe to assume that Knoll can run based on his name. He's a fast-moving 5'10", 175-pounder that can play WR or CB.
Knoll is from New Orleans, and I have a hard time imagining Les Miles letting him out of the state. Look for him to end up in Baton Rouge before NSD 2014.
76. Todd Kelly, S
Kelly has similar size to that of Travis Blanks coming out of high school at 6'1", 190 pounds. He's from the Knoxville area in Tennessee, and the Vols should get on this guy, especially since they lost out on Vonn Bell.
With his size, speed and versatility, Kelly can play on the back end and jump passing lanes or come up and tag ball carriers to stop the run.
75. Myles Garrett, DE
If your favorite school is looking for a long and lean DE, Garrett should be on its list. He's 6'4", 240 pounds and has good snap quickness, length and speed on the backside.
I'm interested to see if Garrett could even stand up an operate as a rush 'backer in a 3-4 style defense. 247Sports reports Texas A&M is his leader right now.
74. Nyles Morgan, LB
Morgan is a thick and stout 6'2" 'backer that weighs just about 230 pounds. He fills alleys with force, is tough to get dug out and can thump.
He's from Illinois, has range around the box and could play middle linebacker or ILB in a 3-4 scheme. Notre Dame, Michigan, Ohio State, Ole Miss and Florida have offered, among many others, shows 247Sports.
73. Budda Baker, ATH
Baker is from Washington and has natural play instincts, great speed, elusiveness and quickness. He can stop and start quickly, has quick feet and is pretty explosive.
I think he's best suited on offense as a De'Anthony Thomas type of weapon. 247Sports reports UCLA and Washington are his top choices for now.
72. Ross Pierschbacher, OT
Pierschbacher is an excellent OL that stands 6'5" and 285 pounds. He's tough, a little nasty at times, plays with sound technique and good balance.
I like his hand placement and punching ability to jolt opponents. He's from Iowa and is already committed to play for OL coaching guru Kirk Ferentz.
71. Shaq Davidson, WR
Davidson is from South Carolina and has great speed. He is 6'0", weighs 170 pounds and can blow by cover defenders with ease.
I fully expect him to be a deep threat college, and he has a chance to become a productive WR. He should graduate into being a better route runner over time, and that will help him exponentially.
South Carolina should be the pick soon.
70. Jamal Adams, S
Prospects seem to grow on trees in Texas, and Adams is another great one from the Lone Star state. He's a 6'0', 185-pound DB that can cover, run and hit.
Adams has the size, speed and range to finish the year as one of the best safeties in the country. Oklahoma and Texas appear to be the top two right now for Adams, per 247Sports.
69. David Cornwell, QB
Cornwell has the size of an NFL QB right now at 6'5", 230 pounds. He's an imposing signal-caller out of Oklahoma.
Cornwell shows good arm strength, solid ball placement skills and an ability to take over games with his arm. 247Sports shows his top four schools at Virginia Tech, UCLA, Alabama and Michigan.#mce_temp_url#
68. Nick Harvey, CB
Harvey is a 5'9", 175-pound sticky cover man from Texas. He's already committed to Texas A&M and should help the Aggies defend the pass since teams will be throwing more vs. them going forward due to having to keep up with their offense.
Harvey picked up seven passes as a junior while also adding in 55 tackles.
67. Garrett Dickerson, DE
New Jersey is known for breeding tough football players, and Bergen Catholic is one of the premier programs in the state.
Dickerson is from the program and works a 6'4", 240-pound DE/TE. He has good athletic ability and plays physical and tough.
His brother is already at Northwestern.
66. Khairi Clark, DT
Clark is a Florida native that plays in the defensive trenches. The 6'3", 285-pound DT can be a very disruptive force in the middle and really menace and stalk ball carriers.
He can shoot gaps, press blocks and close on plays with good finishing ability. Miami may be tough to beat for him.
65. Malachi Dupre, WR
Dupre is a Louisiana prospect that stands 6'2", 190 pounds and plays WR. He's not a real blazer, per se, but he's fast enough.
He uses his long arms to snatch balls in the air, has great ball skills and is kind of silky on the field. 247Sports shows Florida State, LSU and Alabama as the schools to beat.
64. Dalvin Cook, RB
Cook is from Miami Central High School, so you know he's produced against some pretty good opposition. He's got similar size and speed to Greg Bryant at 5'11", 190 pounds.
He rushed for 1,400 yards and scored 24 total TDs as a junior this past fall. Clemson has already gotten his commitment, and he'll be a Tiger.
63. Roderick Taylor, OG
At 6'4", 305 pounds, Taylor has good power, size, strength and dual blocking ability. He's a future OG in college that can move his targets off their marks and lean on 'backers in the run game.
He'll fight power rushers in a phone booth and can shadow quick guys in space adequately. Alabama looks good right now, but the Egg Bowl schools will have their say.
62. Gerald Owens, DE/RB
Owens is a 6'2", 240-pounder that can play, but I'm still figuring out where he fits best. He rushed for 1705 yards and 26 TDs last year but also has potential as a DE.
RB may be where he begins this recruiting cycle on the board. He's a good power back that could grow into a versatile fullback/H-Back.
61. Trey Marshall, S
There's a lot to like about Marshall and his 6'1", 185-pound frame. He has good growth potential, can play several different DB spots and has the speed and range to play top flight college football.
He's from Florida and plays against solid competition every Friday night. Florida State and South Florida are his top two, per 247Sports.
60. Demetrius Knox, OG
The 6'5", 300-pound Knox has good athleticism in the trenches. He can be used as a trap or pull guy and get up on second-level defenders in the running game. He's from Texas and is already committed to play in Austin.
Mack Brown has used the past several cycles to load up on OL prospects, and Knox fits the bill on what Brown has been doing.
59. Mark Andrews, WR
Andrews is from Arizona and is a tall and very long pass-catcher at 6'6", 225 pounds. He plays WR now, but I wonder if he may grow into a TE.
Andrews is pretty athletic and even is a skilled rebounder on the basketball court. 247Sports shows he has offers from USC, Michigan, Notre Dame and Ohio State among many more.
58. Donell Stanley, OT
Stanley is an agile and quick-moving OG/OT prospect that stands 6'4" and already weighs near 330 pounds. You want this guy on your team, period.
He has solid knee bend, will punch hard to strike and win early and execute his assignments well. 247Sports reports he already has a core four of South Carolina, Alabama, North Carolina and Clemson.
57. Drake Harris, WR
Harris is a 6'4", 180-pound WR from Michigan that is already committed to Michigan State and could be a candidate to enroll early.
Sparty is going to like Harris because this guy is a flat-out beast. He went off during his junior year and finished with 91 receptions for 2,015 yards and 25 TDs.
56. Gerald Willis, DE
Willis is the brother of Alabama safety Landon Collins and is from Louisiana. He's a bit over 6'2" and close to 250 pounds.
Willis plays on the DL as an athletic DE prospect, but I think he can play some stand-up OLB too. He had 100 tackles and 13 sacks as a junior.
247Sports says Florida, LSU and Texas A&M are his top three.
55. Michiah Quick, WR
Quick is from Central California, and some say he may be the overall junior on the West Coast. He's 6'0", about 170 pounds and looks like a future WR or CB.
He's got great speed, can cut quickly and has a good burst. It'll be interesting to see which position Quick ends up at.
54. Mason Cole, OG
Cole is a 6'4", 285-pound OG from Florida that'll pop you in the mouth, pick you back up and do it again the next play. He's physical, has a good punch and plays powerfully.
Alabama, Michigan, USC and Notre Dame are his top four schools right now, per 247Sports. Cole also has a chance to get some looks as an OT prospect too.
53. Joseph Yearby, RB
Miami Central has a duo of good RB's, as 2014 prospect Dalvin Cook's teammate is one Joseph Yearby, who averaged 5.4 yards a carry. They're a frightening combination in the backfield.
Yearby is 5'9", 190-pounder that has good speed, runs with deceptive strength at teams and can produce. He's already committed to Florida State.
52. Dontavious Russell, DT
Russell is out of Florida and plays DT at 6'3" and 300 pounds. He can come off the ball with good power and has a chance to develop into a two-gap player, but he also has some gap penetration ability too.
He's going to be a wanted man by pretty much the entire SECm and I think he'll stay in the South for college. Keep an eye on him.
51. Garrett Brumfield, DT
Brumfield is from the same school as Alabama signee DE Tim Williams. Boy, can you imagine the duo Williams and Brumfield formed last season?
We all know how good Williams is, but adding Brumfield to the mix is scary. The latter is a 6'4", 275-pound DT that has good quickness in the interior.
Alabama and LSU will fight over him too.
50. Bentley Spain, OT
Spain is from North Carolina and plays on the OL unit at 6'6", 275 pounds. He can play OT or OG and has good toughness, technique, strength and is a solid athlete for a big man.
Bentley can be mean on the field, fights anybody who tries to get around and brings his lunch pail to grind. North Carolina and South Carolina could already be in good position to land him.
49. Justin Thornton, DE
Thornton needs to add some bulk and strength, but the 6'5", 222-pound DE can fly. He's got a ton of length in his frame, can stay clean from massive blockers and bend around them to get to the QB.
LSU, Alabama and Florida State are already locked in a heated recruiting battle for this guy. Thornton is from Alabama, but the 'Noles may be in the lead.
48. Cameron Denson, CB
If you're looking for the next Gareon Conley, then he may be in Arizona and going to Arizona. Denson is a big 6'1", CB that has a lean frame that weighs just 170 pounds.
Denson also can play WR due to his good speed, natural RAC skills with the football and hands. Rich Rodriguez has to be stoked about him.
47. Josh Frazier, DT
Frazier is a mammoth DT at 6'3", 324-pounds and is from Arkansas. He's a natural space eater that can eat blocks and just make a mess in the middle vs. the run.
He can play the inside spots in both a 3-4 and 4-3 front alignment. Auburn could be hard to beat for him, but he'll have pick of the litter.
46. Will Grier, QB
Grier put up video-game numbers as a junior by throwing for 5,785 yards and 69 TDs. He also chipped in another 813 rushing yards and only threw six picks.
In one game alone, the North Carolina native threw for a national record 837 yards and 10 TDs. Grier is 6'3", 180 pounds and already has verballed to Florida.
45. Tre' Williams, LB
Williams, 6'2" and 217 pounds, isn't one to back down from anyone on the field. He can really find the ball quickly, seeks the ball carrier with speed and can hit with force. Williams hails from Alabama, and an Iron Bowl tug of war may be brewing over him.
44. Racean Thomas, RB
Thomas is from Alabama, and I expect him to run in Tuscaloosa during his college days. He's a 5'11", 196-pound RB that ran for 1,768 yards and 24 TDs as a junior.
Thomas has some juice to his running style and also can put his pads down and pop tacklers to finish well too. He's among the top RB prospects for 2014.
43. Travonte Valentine, DT
Valentine is a 6'4" DL prospect that weighs a biscuit under 300 pounds. He's a mover that can be stout in the middle with a good anchor.
From Florida, Valentine has good pass rush ability and quickness to get to the QB. He's bound to be Gator and will help shore up the DL depth chart for Will Muschamp in the future.
42. Jamarco Jones, OT
Jones has the makings of a very good OT prospect at 6'6", 290 pounds. His size is impressive, as is play on the field.
He doesn't let defenders around him without a huge fight, has the feet slide, set up well and mirror in space and will move people out of the way to make holes for his RBs. Florida, Michigan and Notre Dame have already offered, according to 247Sports.
41. Clifton Garrett, OLB
Garrett stands 6'2", 215 pounds and really looks the part. He has the frame to add another 20-30 pounds easily. He's from Illinois and has the ability to venture as a pass-rusher or settle as a classic 4-3 OLB.
With his athleticism and good range, Garrett should be able to play on all three downs. Ohio State looks to be in the driver's seat, says 247Sports.
40. KD Cannon, WR
Watching Cannon, just on the hoof, he looks very similar to LaQuvionte Gonzalez. He's tall but very skinny at 6'0", 158 pounds.
Gonzalez isn't as fast as Gonzalez is, but he can run well enough. He just finds ways to get open and totaled 102 catches for 1,600 yards and 26 TDs as a junior.
Baylor, Texas, Oklahoma and Oklahoma State have offered among several others, reports 247Sports.
39. Nick Watkins, CB
Being a big corner from Texas will naturally lead people to compare Watkins to Alabama 2013 signee Maurice Smith. Watkins is 6'1", 180 pounds and can use his length to press and speed to carry receivers deep.
247Sports lists Alabama as Watkins' leader out the gate, and he's also been offered by the likes of LSU, Michigan and Georgia.
38. Jalyn Holmes, DE
Virginia is a state that is among the top hotbeds for talent, and that is where Holmes is from. He's a 6'5", 225-pound DE that rushes the passer by jumping on top of OT's with quickness and closes on the QB very quickly.
Holmes will look to solidify himself as one of the best pass rushers in the country. 247Sports has USC, Tennessee, Florida and Clemson as some of his early offers.
37. Trevion Thompson, WR
Thompson is from North Carolina and does his damage on the offensive perimeter. At 6'2", the 177-pounder uses his long arms to reach out and snatch passes in the air.
Thompson has good speed and can be elusive with the football after the catch. Keep your eye on Clemson, Ohio State and Florida, per 247Sports.
36. Marquis Ware, LB/TE
Ware plays TE and LB for his high school squad in Los Angeles and stands 6'2", 215 pounds. He's got great versatility and can do a lot of different things.
Perhaps his best long-term position may OLB, due to his size and athletic ability. Oregon, USC, UCLA and Florida could be the top schools for him.
35. Elisha Shaw, DT
Shaw already has imposing size at 6'4", 300 pounds. He can be a force in the middle of a defense at the DT position due to his solid strength, ability to press blocks and anchor.
From Georgia, Shaw could be the 2014 version of Montravius Adams. 247Sports reports that Alabama and Georgia are standing out already.
Facing double and even some triple teams, Shaw had 28 tackles and six sacks as a junior.
34. Marshon Lattimore, CB/ATH
Cleveland Glenville is always among the top programs in the country, and Lattimore is one of the best DB's the school has had since Donte Whitner.
At 6'0", 170 pounds, Lattimore has good size, has the length to press but also works well in zone coverage too. He fits the mold of a typical starting Big Ten cornerback.
Glenville usually sees its top prospects go to Ohio State.
33. Nifae Lealao, DE/DT
Lealao is listed as a DE right now, but there's a chance the 6'5", 282-pounder will become a DT in college. He has the skill set of a 30-front end, which is essentially that of a DT.
Lealao has solid athleticism, can anchor vs. TEs on the edges and has good quickness to press the pocket as a rusher. He reminds some of former USC DL Armond Armstead.
He had 89 tackles, with 29 being for loss, as a junior.
32. Caleb Henderson, QB
On the hoof, you have to dig Henderson's size as the Virginia QB is 6'3", 220 pounds. He's a classic pocket passer that can see the field, make checks and deliver the football with authority downfield.
Henderson tossed for 2,435 yards and 19 scores as a junior while also having 453 yards and 10 TDs rushing. His top five schools are Ohio State, Michigan, Michigan State, Oregon and North Carolina, per Rivals.com (subscription required).
31. KC McDermott, OT
McDermott is good in the offensive trenches at 6'6", 285 pounds. He moves well for an OL and can work in space vs. rushers while also drive blocking as a run blocker.
McDermott will finish rushers if they slip, and he has some second-level ability. 247Sports reports the Florida OL prospect's top three schools right now are Miami, Notre Dame and Ohio State.
30. Denzel Ware, DE
Ware isn't very big for a DE at only 6'2" and about 225 pounds, but he can out-athlete blockers to maneuver around them and make plays. He probably fits best on the weak side at DE, or he could become a Sam LB too.
Ware is from Florida, and Florida State may be the school to beat early on. But Alabama, Clemson and Florida all have offered too, among several other prominent schools, according to 247Sports.
29. Laurence Jones, S
Could Jones be the best DB prospect from Louisiana since Landon Collins? Time will only tell, but he's one of the best players in the country for 2014.
Jones is a 6'2", 200-pound DB that can play safety with range, speed and has the skills to enforce vs. the run around the box. LSU may be tough to beat, but 247Sports shows Alabama and Ohio State as serious contenders.
28. Ermon Lane, WR
Watching Lane play is pretty reminiscent of watching Avery Johnson in high school. Lane has a similar 6'2", 190-pound frame to that of Johnson and is also from Florida.
As a junior, Lane caught 30 balls for just over 800 yards and eight scores. Alabama, Florida State, Miami and Florida are the core four, shows 247Sports.
27. Adoree' Jackson, CB
Jackson is a 5'10", 170-pound cover corner that comes out of his backpedal pretty smoothly and shows good looseness in his hips and a quick close on the ball.
He's from California and is one of the top DB's and overall players out West for 2014. LSU and USC have already offered him, according to 247Sports.
26. Nathan Starks, RB
Starks is from Las Vegas and is a good RB that also can hold his own as a safety. He's 5'11", 200 pounds and can really run well for a thicker guy.
Starks tore up solid Vegas Valley competition as a junior by rushing for 1,821 and 27 TDs. Some say he may be the best RB from Sin City since DeMarco Murray.
Oklahoma and Texas have already offered, according to 247Sports.
25. Solomon Thomas, DE
Thomas appears to bit the mold of a very good strong side DE. He's from Texas and plays at 6'3", 251 pounds.
He's got good strength, can punch blockers and press off of them and has the quickness to close out on a ball carrier. I wouldn't be surprised to see Thomas commit to Texas at one of their junior days pretty soon.
24. Braden Smith, OG
Smith is a 6'6", 282-pounder that can play in the inside or on the outside of the offensive front. He looks like a future swing OL for a school, in a role that Barrett Jones played during his career for Alabama.
Smith, from Kansas, is a physical specimen. He's pretty chiseled and carries all of his 282 pounds easily and well. Look for him to stay in the Midwest-Texas area for college.
23. Jalen Tabor, CB
Devin Butler, who signed with Notre Dame, was a big CB from the DC area in 2013. Well, it looks like the our capital is producing another one in Tabor.
Like Butler, Tabor is a tall cover man at 6'1", 180 pounds. He can match up with big WRs or sit in zone coverage and patrol his area.
The Irish are in on him, as well as Alabama, Florida and Florida State, shows 247Sports.
22. Malik McDowell, DE
McDowell is not what you'd call a "mascot player" by any means. This dude is a 6'7", 290-pound beast that can bring it.
From Michigan, he is bound to hear comparisons to William Gholston due to his impressive frame and play.
McDowell totaled 63 tackles and 15 sacks as a junior, earning him offers from Michigan, Notre Dame, Ohio State and Florida among others, reports 247Sports.
21. Casey Tucker, OL
Tucker is a 6'6", 270-pounder from Arizona.
He plays nasty on the OL and has a mean streak to his blocking style. Tucker looks to maul and finish in the run and plays like John Theus.
He's committed to USC and can play both OT and OG. Don't be surprised if Tucker gets a look at center too.
20. Lorenzo Featherston, DE
Featherston is the 2014 version of Dion Jordan. He's got that long and super-lean frame at 6'7", 215 pounds. The North Carolina native is a great athlete and can move around like a small forward.
With his quick first step, long arms and speed to get to ball carriers Featherston is great prospect. I'm looking forward to evaluating him more.
247Sports reports that the North Carolina schools, Tennessee and Oregon are among his early offers.
19. Sony Michel, RB
Michel's a 5'11", 205-pounder that has some Greg Bryant in him. He ran for over 1,250 yards and scored 18 times as a junior.
Michel's not a blazer, but he has good quickness, is light on his feet and can carry a load. He'll offer a QB a good target out of the backfield and can catch the ball well.
Florida and Miami are the top two right now, says 247Sports.
18. Tyler Luatua, TE
It's early, but there's a ton of talk that Luatua is the best TE prospect for 2014. He is from Southern California and is 6'4", 230 pounds.
As junior for La Mirada High School, Luatua caught 43 passes for almost 600 yards and eight TDs. He's a weapon in the seams and can cause problems vs. 'backers and safeties.
247Sports lists USC and Alabama as his top two choices.
17. Bo Scarborough, RB/ATH
Scarborough is almost like a JR Redmond, Whitney Lewis or how Tim Castille was in high school. He can play RB or WR and is 6'2" and just about 220 pounds.
Scarborough can run well, is a very good athlete and has good agility. His strength appears to be good, and he's a national-level prospect.
Alabama already has him locked up.
16. Raekwon McMillan, LB
I call him "The Chef," but offenses call him a nightmare. McMillan is from Georgia and terrorizes opponents from the LB position.
There's a chance McMillan, at 6'3" and nearly 240 pounds, is the 2014 version of Reuben Foster. He produced a high clip as a junior, totaling 152 tackles, with 22 being for loss.
247Sports lists Clemson, Georgia and Ohio State as his favorites.
15. Tony Brown, CB
Brown is a 6'0", 185-pound CB prospect from Texas. He can come up and jam a WR to re-route him and throw off his release, mirror his man and pinch off on the sidelines.
Alabama, Notre Dame and LSU have already offered Brown (247Sports), who has good speed to carry pass-catchers all around the field. Also watch out for Baylor and Mississippi State.
14. Damian Prince, OT
From Cyrus Kouandjio to Derwin Gray, the DC-Maryland area has put out some good OL prospects in recent years. Prince is next in line and is a 6'7", 300-pound OT.
The big man can hold his own on the edges vs. power or speed rushers. Prince is one of the top overall talents for the 2014 class and is getting offers from all of the big boys.
13. John Smith, S
Smith is the latest high profile prospect from national powerhouse Long Beach Poly. He's a 6'1", 200-pound safety for the Jackrabbits that is among the top junior ballers in America.
Smith is a great athlete that can run on the back end, has some "striker" in him and plays with range. 247Sports shows UCLA, USC and both Washington schools as his top four right now.
12. Keller Chryst, QB
Chryst is a pocket passer that stands 6'3", 215 pounds. From California, this is a very mechanically sound QB that plays with great pocket presence and is a well-rounded passer.
A polished prospect, Chryst has good arm strength and knows how to pitch the football. 247Sports has Stanford and USC as his top two right now.
11. Jalen Hurd, RB
Hurd has similar size to Jordan Wilkins, as he stands about 6'2" and weighs 210 pounds. From Tennessee, Hurd basically made a mockery out of defenses as a junior.
I'm having a hard time writing this, but his stats say he ran for 3,357 yards and 43 TDs in 2012. As a sophomore he ran for "only" 1606 yards and 23 scores.
247Sports lists Ohio State and Florida as his leaders.
10. Jabrill Peppers, DB/ATH/RB
Peppers is a football player, period. This guy is easily one of the best two-way players in the country, right now.
From New Jersey, Peppers is a 6'1", 205-pounder that made 80 tackles and four interceptions as a DB, then gave his team 1,552 yards and 18 TDs as a RB. He also added another 20 catches for 337 yards and five TDs in the passing game.
Stanford and Ohio State lead USC, Michigan and Notre Dame, says 247Sports.
9. Hoza Scott, OLB
Scott is an athletic specimen at 6'2", 220 pounds and comes from Texas. He can play in space, moves well enough to latch on pass catchers in coverage and can drive with force as a blitzer.
I think he'll be able to get up to 245 pounds in college, which will be Texas A&M. Scott totaled 59 tackles and five sacks and picked off three passes as a sophomore, and that got him on the map.
8. Quin Blanding, S
Blanding is from Virginia and has very good size for the safety spot at 6'2" and 200 pounds. He's a great athlete that has nice instincts, recognizes plays quickly and is assertive in fill alleys.
Blanding also flashes good ball skills and hands, evidenced by his 15 career interceptions already. Virginia probably is going to be tough to beat for Blanding.
7. Edward Paris, S
Paris can do whatever you need a D to do at 6'1", 190 pounds. If you need him to play centerfield, patrol deep thirds and halves to jump passing lanes, then he's game.
If you need him to come up and help support the run, fill alleys and hawk ball carriers in the box, then Paris is game for that too. The Texan is one of the top defensive players for 2014 and has a ton of big-name offers.
6. Andrew Brown, DT
Brown has raw power and is a very disruptive DT in the middle. Snap quickness, strength, short area quickness in pursuit and quick read/react skills are traits of the Virginia native's game.
He's already got offers from USC, Alabama, Michigan, Florida State, Tennessee Clemson and Florida among several others, according to 247Sports. Brown is already 6'4", 282 pounds.
He also looks a lot like Dwight Freeney.
5. Cameron Robinson, OT
This is one big and agile man, as Robinson is 6'6" and 330 pounds. The Louisiana prospect is a dancing bear in the trenches and can really lean on DLs after awhile.
Robinson has power and a quick punch to stymie targets. He can maul his target while also shadowing rushers in space. 247Sports says it's already between Alabama and LSU.
4. Marlon Humphrey, CB
Humphrey is the real deal as a 6'1", 175 pound cover cornerback prospect. He can play on the boundary or on the field side due to his size and speed.
Humphrey, from Alabama, has excellent coverage awareness, feel and instincts. He can press or play off-man while supporting the run.
I would be a bit surprised if he didn't end up at Alabama.
3. Lorenzo Carter, DE
Carter is a 6'6", 232-pound beastly DE that can put the hurtin' on offenses. He's stout vs. the run head on, has the speed to chase down from the back side and has great range.
The Georgia prospect has elite snap quickness, length and a burst to close out on the passer as a rusher. As junior, he had 136 tackles, with 45 being for loss, along with 18 sacks.
Everyone you can name has offered and or will be offering soon.
2. Leonard Fournette, RB
Fournette has the frame of a Steven Jackson and Eddie George type of RB at 6'2", 227 pounds. He's not just a bulldozer, as he shows some elusiveness and speed.
From Louisiana, Fournette ripped it up and ran for 2,136 yards and 31 TDs. His offers extend to just about anywhere in the country.
Look for Fournette to be considered the nation's No. 1 RB by a lot of observers. He's a special runner.
1. Da'Shawn Hand, DE
Hand is the No. 1 prospect in the 2014 class and is considered the top junior in the country. He is from Virginia and plays at 6'5" and about 250 pounds.
Hand has good power, can play with leverage and is strong on his feet. He can be a handful for blockers with great quickness in his get off, will fight to pressure and has a good burst to finish and close on ball carriers.
We've had Jadeveon Clowney, Robert Nkemdiche, Mario Edwards and Noah Spence as recent elite DE prospects. Hand is next in line.
Edwin Weathersby is the College Football Recruiting Analyst for Bleacher Report. He has worked in scouting/player personnel departments for three professional football teams, including the New York Giants, Cleveland Browns and the Las Vegas Gladiators of the Arena League. He spent a year evaluating prep prospects and writing specific recruiting and scouting content articles for Student Sports Football (formerly ESPN Rise-HS). A syndicated scout and writer, he's also contributed to WeAreSC.com, GatorBait.net and Diamonds in the Rough Inc., a College Football and NFL Draft magazine.