Just because a prospect is not a senior doesn't mean he doesn't know where he wants to go play college ball at. Early commitments are the new trend of recruiting and it's almost en vogue amongst prospects to be sewn up to a school early in the process.
While we're still gathering information on the 2014 class as a whole, that still hasn't stopped the prospects from this new class from making commitments. This read will dive into the top 10 early commitments from the 2014 class.
Even though the ink is still drying on signed NLIs from the 2013 class, several programs have already begun assembling commitments for next year. Here's the top 10 early commitments.
From Miami, Cook has given his early pledge to Clemson. Dabo Swinney is one of the hardest working head coaches in the country when it comes to recruiting, so it's no shock he has already started on 2014.
Cook is a 5'11", 190-pound back that runs tough in between tackles and has solid power and quickness. He ran for over 1400 yards and scored 24 total TDs as a junior.
Commitment: Michigan State
If there's one thing you can say about Harris is that he's clearly a play maker. This guy tore up Michigan competition as a junior and finished his 2012 season with over 2,000 receiving yards and scored 25 TDs on 91 catches.
Harris is a 6'4", 180-pound WR that can snatch balls in the air with big hands, runs with good speed and has a knack for uncovering.
Voorhies could be listed as an ATH as we move forward because he's a very versatile player. From playing QB and S to being capable of playing RB and WR, Voorhies is a jack of all trades.
I'm pretty sure that, along with the fact that he's 6'2", 185 pounds and is a great athlete, is why Les Miles is more than likely stoked he's already landed a pledge from him.
The Longhorns continue to stock up on OLs, as I think Mack Brown knows that Texas will be back in a big time bowl game soon. Which conference sends a lot of its teams to big time bowl games?
Why are SEC teams so dominant vs. other conference teams? Their play in the trenches. The 6'5", 300-pound Knox will help in that department.
Commitment: Florida State
Yearby is headed to Tallahassee in 2014 as Jimbo Fisher will be getting one of the best backs in Florida and the country. At 5'9", 190 pounds, Yearby has good quickness, elusiveness and he runs tough.
Productivity should also be added, as the future 'Nole ran for over 2,100 yards and 25 total scores as a junior vs. good South Florida competition from the Miami area.
Grier got on the national map when he threw for 837 yards and 10 TDs as a junior last year. He finished with over 5,780 yards and threw 69 TDs to just six interceptions.
Talk about a TD:INT ratio, huh?
Not just a pocket passer, the 6'3", 180-pound can dazzle as a runner. That's evidenced by the 813 yards and eight rushing TDs he had on just 95 carries.
Talk about a ypc avg, huh?
The Wildcats are getting a 6'1", 170-pounder that can flat out ball in Denson. From Arizona, he's already opted to stay on his home turf and play for Rich Rodriguez.
Some feel his best long term spot is as a big corner, others think he'll grow into a safety and then, of course, there's WR chatter. No matter where he ends up, he's sure to be a core player for 'Zona for years.
Valentine is a 6'4", 297-pound DT that has similar size to Kenny Bigelow. He has a quick get off at the snap, can get in and out of stabs and clutches from OLs with quickness and strength and has some power.
He's committed to the Gators right now, but 247Sports shows Mississippi State and Oklahoma as serious hunters. This one could get interesting in a hurry.
Commitment: Texas A&M
Scott is the top OLB in the 2014 class right now. He's a 6'2", 220-pound Texan that can play in space, has good range ad pursues with good speed.
Scott also can blitz well and has a ton of potential. He's headed to Texas A&M and is already the headliner of Kevin Sumlin's 2014 group.
Scarbrough is a 6'2" ATH that weighs just under 220 pounds. He can play RB or WR and has great run strength, speed and agility.
From Tuscaloosa, he's already told Nick Saban and Co. that he will be staying in town and playing for them in 2014.
Scarbrough is one of the top 25 players nationally for the 2014 class and even though it's early, he should go wall to wall as one of Alabama's top commitments when this cycle wraps up next February.
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.