Power Ranking Top 10 Offensive Recruits of the 2014 Class
There are some serious, real-deal offensive studs in this 2014 class. Last year, it was a defensive-dominated class nationally, but this 2014 group has some offensive firepower in it.
For this read, I'm going to take an early look at the class and rank up the top-10 offensive recruits. Don't hold me to this list just yet, because it's plenty early, and we're still evaluating and gathering more and more information on all players from this class.
It's not just the skill positions, either, as the OL has several recruits who will considered upper-echelon players overall in this class. Here's the super early edition of the top-10 offensive recruits in the 2014 class.
NOTE: Since it's very-very early in the 2014 cycle, I've omitted the "ATH" prospects to just focus on the clear-cut offensive players.
10. Ermon Lane, WR
Ermon Lane is a WR prospect from Florida who plays at 6'2", 190 pounds. He can run very well and is a great deep threat.
He has long arms that aid him in escaping press coverage, and he can avoid and separate underneath and has the jets to get on top of a defense. He's one of the best WRs in the 2014 class and also one of the best overall players too.
247Sports has Florida State, Alabama, Miami and Florida as his top four.
9. Nathan Starks, RB
Nathan Starks is probably going to open the 2014 cycle up as a RB prospect. He deserves it, as the 5'11", 200-pounder rushed for 1,821 yards and 27 TDs as a junior in Vegas.
Starks has a solid blend of power and speed along with being decisive and quick. He should be able to get up to 220 pounds in college.
Oklahoma appears to look good, per 247Sports.
8. Tyler Luatua, TE
Tyler Luatua is essentially a big WR due to his great hands, ability to catch in crowds and ball skills. The 6'4", 230-pounder is the top TE prospect for 2014.
From Southern California, Luatua is a tough customer who will lend a hand as a blocker too. He really has a chance to become a terrific offensive weapon.
7. Sony Michel, RB
Sony Michel is a 5'11", 205 pound RB prospect from Florida. He can pick and slide into holes with deceptive foot quickness, has good awareness and can punish with power.
Michel can attack downhill from his stance, open up his basket to take a hand off and gut defenses in between the tackles. I have an early hunch about Notre Dame and Georgia right now regarding Michel.
6. Keller Chryst, QB
Keller Chryst has been coached well, evidenced by his solid mechanics, field vision and poise. He stands 6'3" and weighs 215 pounds already.
The California QB prospect can fit balls in tight spots with good arm strength, pitches with good touch and control and has great ball placement skills. I think Stanford, USC and Pitt will be in the mix as we move forward.
5. Damian Prince, OT
Damian Prince is listed at 6'7", 300 pounds and has good athleticism, feet, balance and strength. He's certainly long enough to be an OT and be successful.
Whether opting to wash away rushers with his length and latching onto targets as a run blocker, Prince has front-line starting ability. He's one of the top OTs in the 2014 class already and has offers from all over the country.
4. Jalen Hurd, RB
When you rush for over 1,600 yards and 23 TDs as a sophomore, that is an excellent season. Jalen Hurd had those numbers in 2011.
Then 2012 came along, and all he did was pretty much double his production. Hurd ran for 3,357 yards and 43 TDs and proved to be a durable back by toting the rock 317 times.
He's a 6'2", 210-pound runner with good strength, speed and quickness. Ohio State and Florida are his top schools, per 247Sports.
3. Bo Scarborough, RB/WR
Some will say Bo Scarborough is considered an "ATH", but for this list it's clear he's an offensive player, OK? The guy's a 6'2", 218-pound specimen with a rare blend of size, speed and all-around athleticism.
He can play RB and barrel as a big back with speed or work as a WR with strength to work through press coverage and speed to get deep. It'll be interesting to see where Scarborough works out during the spring and summer camps and combines.
2. Cameron Robinson, OT
Cameron Robinson is out of Louisiana and could be the best OT from the state since La'el Collins a few years ago. The 6'6", 330-pound Robinson is not just a big stationary guy.
Robinson can move well in space, has a solid punch in the initial part of the snap and can roll over defenders to clear holes in the running game.
247Sports lists Alabama and LSU as his co-leaders right now.
1. Leonard Fournette, RB
Leonard Fournette is a 6'0", 215-pounder from New Orleans who some refer to as a "machine." This guy could be the total package as a RB and is the top rock-toter right now for 2014 recruiting.
Fournette has rushed for at least 1,700 yards in each of his high school seasons, including a 2,100 yard, 31 TD season as a junior. He gets the job done with speed, strength, quick feet, leg drive, vision and instincts.
Alabama and LSU lead, according to 247Sports.
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.