Power Ranking the Top 15 Committed Recruits for 2014
To the probable joy of Kirk Herbstreit, not every recruit is interested in waiting until the first Wednesday in February to do an announcement regarding hats, puppies or some other kind of prop.
Some recruits choose to make their decision when they know in their heart where they want to go and if it's early in the process then so be it. The following 15 recruits have chosen where they want to go and are among the nation's best for 2014.
These 15 recruits won't be dragging out their recruitment nor are they interested in drawing any unnecessary attention to themselves. They're committed to their respective schools. There'll be no recruiting drama with them, and the only thing they're focused on is completing their senior seasons.
Here's the top 15 committed recruits for 2014 right now.
15. Jerrod Heard, QB
Heard is a 6'2", 190-pound QB from Texas that has already made up his mind to play for the Longhorns. He's not the biggest guy in the world, but he's a great athlete and can do many things with the football.
Heard flashes a strong arm, can make all the throws from the pocket and will beat a defense with his legs. He'll give Tyrone Swoopes some competition one day.
14. Ross Pierschbacher, OL
Pierschbacher is viewed by some around Iowa as the next Bryan Bulaga. The 2014 prospect is a 6'4", 275-pound OL who is technically sound and has solid feet and good strength.
Pierschbacher is headed to Iowa to play for Kirk Ferentz, and I'm sure Ferentz will teach him a thing or two about playing OL for the Hawkeyes. Look for Pierschbacher to be All-B1G one day.
13. Damon Webb, DB
Webb is a 6'0", 175-pound CB from Cass Tech in Detroit. The program puts out good prospects every year, and the tall and athletic cover corner is the latest product.
What's interesting is that Webb is committed to Ohio State, as Cass Tech prospects usually end up at Michigan. Urban Meyer pulled a double-whammy here by landing another talented DB while also taking a good recruit away from a rival.
12. Christian Miller, OLB
Miller comes from the Palmetto State and is one of the top defensive prospects in the South this year. He's 6'4" and weighs just over 200 pounds.
Miller has good chase speed, moves well in space and can crash off the edges when blitzing. He'll pack on some bulk at Florida and could develop into a solid starter.
11. Mason Cole, OG
One of the top prospects in Florida for 2014, Cole is a 6'4" OL who weighs almost 280 pounds. He's got a lot of physicality to his blocking style and moves well in the trenches.
Cole is committed to Michigan and will add even more depth to a young and talented Wolverine OL unit. He has the versatility to play both tackle and guard.
10. Cameron Denson, CB/WR/ATH
Rich Rodriguez has to be pretty excited to have Denson's commitment already. The 6'1", 175-pound ATH has great agility, ball skills and length.
Rodriguez could choose to make Denson a permanent WR and let him terrorize defenses in the Pac-12. Or, Denson could become a big CB that matches up with each opponent's best WR each Saturday.
9. Nick Harvey, S
Harvey's a player who want on your team because he can do so many things. He can cover receivers in the slot due to his good lateral quickness, he supports the run well and has good toughness.
The 5'11", 180-pounder is also a big hitter and plays smart. He's headed to Texas A&M and should become of Kevin Sumlin's key defenders in a few seasons.
8. Will Grier, QB
Florida is where Grier is heading to and Gainesville is going to love this guy. First of all, he's 6'3" and weighs 180 ponds, and calling him productive is an understatement.
Next, Grier isn't just some QB who'll stand in the pocket and take a sack. He'll get out of traffic and has the capability to tuck the football in and make plays with his feet.
7. Dalvin Cook, RB
At 5'11" and 190 pounds, Cook runs with a nice blend of speed, elusiveness and strength. He may not be as powerful as Kelvin Taylor is, but Cook could have better long speed.
He's from the Miami area, but Clemson is where Cook is going to be toting the rock in college. Dabo Swinney will definitely enjoy seeing Cook run for the Tigers.
6. Edward Paris, DB
Speed, size and versatility are always good assets to have as a football player, and Paris has all three. He's a 6'1", 190-pound DB who runs well and plays with great range.
Paris has the versatility to play both cornerback and safety on the back end, which will suit him well at LSU. Baton Rouge produces a lot of good defensive backs and Paris figures to join that production line.
5. Joseph Yearby, RB
Yearby is Dalvin Cook's running mate at Miami Central High School and the two are a dynamite tandem. At 5'9", 191 pounds Yearby can run inside with the big boys or jump to the edges and turn corners on defenses.
He was committed to Florida State for a while but has recently decided to stick around the 305 and play at Miami.
4. Deshaun Watson, QB
Watson may be a better QB prospect than Brice Ramsey is right now, and the former still has another year of high school ball to go.
He's a 6'4", 195-pounder from the Peach State with prime time potential. Watson shows good delivery quickness, makes solid decisions and is the prototypical QB to run a spread-option offensive attack.
He's committed to Clemson.
3. Bo Scarborough, RB
Scarborough is a big RB from Alabama who, at 6'2" and 222 pounds, can also play some wide receiver.
He reminds me of Whitney Lewis in the way he can run with power as a RB while also fitting in well on the offensive perimeter.
Scarborough is committed to Alabama and also has solid straight-line speed. He's a good football player and should be a weapon Doug Nussmeier uses a lot in a few years.
2. Hoza Scott, OLB
Texas A&M is getting perhaps the nation's best OLB prospect in Scott. He's a 6'2" second level defender who weighs almost 220 pounds.
Scott, from Texas, can shoot a gap from the flank and stop an inside run quickly due to his explosive speed. He hawks ball carriers to the edges with chase quickness, hits with powerful force and is a good athlete.
1. Quin Blanding, S
The best football player in the 2014 college football recruiting class that is committed to a school is the 6'2", 196-pound Blanding.
He's got a chance to be special and committed to Virginia Wednesday, per Rivals.com. Blanding is a high character guy, has excellent ball skills and great range, and can be physical when he needs to.
He may be the best safety prospect in the country this year.
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.