10 2014 College Football Recruits with Biggest List of Early Scholarship Offers
The scholarships are already rolling in for some of the nation's best 2014 college football recruits, and they have been for some time now.
With recruiting as competitive as it is, sometimes it comes down to which program is able to make the best first impression with a recruit. In many instances, the first impression is the lasting one.
Let's take a look at the ten recruits with the biggest offer lists in an effort to get an early gauge on what their recruiting process will look like.
Note: offer/interest lists via 247Sports.com.
10. Josh Malone, 4-Star WR, Station Camp High School (TN)
Top Interests: Vanderbilt, Tennessee, South Carolina, Ohio State, Notre Dame
Other Notable Offers: Miami, Michigan, Ole Miss, Nebraska
Josh Malone is ranked as the No. 12 wideout in the 2014 class according to the 247Sports Composite. He has a very good combination of size and speed, and he has great potential. He runs a 4.43 40 according to 247Sports at 6'2'', 185 pounds. He would be a big in-state recruit to land for either Vanderbilt or Tennessee.
9. Lorenzo Carter, 4-Star WDE, Norcross High School (GA)
Top Interests: Alabama, Auburn, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Miami, Mississippi Sate, Notre Dame, South Carolina, Vanderbilt
Other Notable Offers: Michigan, Ohio State, South Carolina
Lorenzo Carter has a ton of offers from big-time programs around the country, so he's a highly sought-after recruit. He's ranked as the No. 6 weak-side defensive end according to the 247Sports Composite, and he's one of the marquee recruits from the state of Georgia.
Speaking of Georgia, the Bulldogs had an issue recruiting elite in-state players this last cycle, so Carter should be a big-time target for Mark Richt and his staff.
8. Quin Blanding, 5-Star S, Bayside High School (VA)
Top Interests: Virginia (top team), Florida State, North Carolina
Other Notable Offers: Auburn, Alabama, Ohio State, Michigan, Virginia Tech, UCLA, Clemson
Quin Blanding is an elite safety recruit, ranked No. 1 overall at the position according to the 247Sports Composite Rankings. He has top-notch size at 6'2'', 200 pounds, and he runs a 4.50 40 (247Sports).
Florida State has to feel good about being in the early running considering its success on the recruiting trail this past cycle. Blanding would be a marquee win for Virginia if it can somehow hold on to the top spot.
7. Brandon Simmons, 4-Star S, Timberview High School (TX)
Top Interests: Baylor, LSU, West Virginia
Other Notable Offers: Michigan, Ohio State, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, UCLA, Vanderbilt
Brandon Simmons is a recruit out of the state of Texas who has garnered offers from all over the country. He's 6'0'', 175 pounds and is ranked as the No. 9 safety according to the 247Sports Composite.
It would be huge for Baylor to keep him in the state, and he would be a big recruiting win for the Bears. He'd also fit in with LSU's defense, so this should be an interesting recruiting process to watch unfold.
6. Khairi Clark, 5-Star DT, Chaminade-Madonna (FL)
Top Interests: Miami
Other Notable Offers: Auburn, Georgia, LSU, Michigan, Notre Dame, Florida, Florida State
Khari Clark is a marquee defensive tackle recruit who checks in at 6'3'', 285 pounds. He's ranked as the No. 2 defensive tackle in the 2014 class according to the 247Sports Composite, and he's a big recruit from the state of Florida.
Miami is his top team right now, and he would represent a major recruiting win for the Hurricanes if they can stay the favorite throughout the whole process. It's going to be tough, though, especially recruiting against Florida and Florida State.
5. Reilly Gibbons, 3-Star OT, Saint Petersburg Catholic High School (FL)
Top Interests: West Virginia, Tennessee, South Florida, Miami, Florida, Notre Dame (no offer)
Other Notable Offers: Ohio State, Oklahoma, Nebraska
Reilly Gibbons is only a 3-star tackle according to the 247Sports composite, but obviously a ton of programs sees potential in him. That makes a lot of sense considering that he checks in at 6'6'', 270 pounds. He can also play tight end.
Look for the Florida schools to be major options for Gibbons but if Notre Dame does make an offer, don't be surprised if the Fighting Irish become a contender for his eventual commitment.
4. Andrew Brown, 5-Star DT, Oscar Frommel Smith High School (VA)
Top Interests: Alabama, Clemson, Florida, Nebraska, North Carolina, Ohio State, Penn State, Virginia, Virginia Tech, Wake Forest, West Virginia
Other Notable Offers: Auburn, Florida State, Georgia, Michigan, USC
Andrew Brown is ranked as the No. 1 defensive tackle in the 2014 class (247Sports Composite), so it's not a surprise that he has 28 offers already. He has great size at 6'4'', 282 pounds. At his size he could be a very good 3-technique or end in a 4-3 scheme, and he could even play defensive end in the 3-4.
His top interests are varied, and he does have some very notable offers on the board. Look for his interest list to shake up in time, especially if he doesn't mind leaving the state.
3. De'Andre Payne, 4-Star CB, Howard D. Woodson High School (DC)
Top Interests: Virginia Tech, Virginia, Ohio State, Michigan, Maryland, Florida State, Auburn
Other Notable Offers: Arkansas, Georgia, Miami, Ole Miss, Penn State
He's taken a few unofficial visits so far, with three to Penn State according to 247Sports, so it appears as if his recruiting process could be very interesting when all is said and done.
2. Andy Bauer, 4-Star OT, De Smet Jesuit High School (MO)
Top Interests: Alabama (top team), LSU (top team), Arkansas, Florida, Oklahoma
Other Notable Offers: Ole Miss, Texas A&M, Auburn, Michigan, Notre Dame, Ohio State
Andy Bauer is a 4-star offensive tackle recruit with immense potential. He's 6'5.75'', 304 pounds and is ranked as the No. 10 offensive tackle recruit in the 2014 class according to the 247Sports Composite.
It shouldn't be surprising that two SEC powerhouses, Alabama and LSU, are his top teams, and Oklahoma is a notable contender from the Big-12. This will be a very interesting recruiting race to watch over the next year.
1. Da'Shawn Hand, 5-Star SDE, Woodbridge High School (VA)
Top Interests: Alabama, Florida, Michigan, South Carolina, Virginia Tech
Other Notable Offers: Auburn, Georgia, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Stanford, USC, Clemson
Da'Shawn Hand is the No. 1 overall recruit in the 2014 class (247Sports) composite, so naturally, he has the most offers. Programs all around the country are vying for his commitment, but he just recently released his top five, which consists of some very notable programs.
Hand is 6'5'', 247 pounds and runs a 4.60 40 according to 247Sports, so he has the potential be a superstar at the college level. Look for the home-state Virginia Tech Hokies to play a major role in his recruitment, but it's tough to count out Michigan, South Carolina, Florida or Alabama.