Power Ranking the Top 10 Recruits from Texas for 2014
We've already checked out the top 10 prospects in Florida, so hit the link to see who the best 10 players in the Sunshine State are for 2014.
This time around, we're going to another super-hotbed recruiting state, none other than the great state of Texas. The stars at night are big and bright deep in the heart of this state, but there's also an overflowing amount of talented football recruits in it every single year.
When was the last time there was a real "down" year of talent in Texas? I hear the crickets out there, as this state puts a serious emphasis on high school football. The competition on the field around the state is good for the players and the competition for recruits for both the in-state college programs and others can get intense.
This piece is going to simply give you the top 10 players in the Lone Star State for 2014.
10. Jamal Adams, S
Adams is a 6'0", 185-pound DB who will likely be a safety in college. He's known around the state due to his great range, speed and ball skills.
Adams had over 60 tackles and three tackles as a junior. He doesn't get fooled often by route combinations, stays patient in his backpedal and QBs have to be aware of his location each snap.
Oklahoma and Texas lead, says 247Sports.
9. Jerrod Heard, QB
Heard is the definition of a dual-threat QB, as he threw for over 2000 yards as a junior and ran for another 2000. He's 6'2", 190 pounds and can really pose a lot of problems for a defense.
Heard can drop back in the pocket, survey the field and deliver a strike to a target as a passer. Then, if he doesn't like his options and if the defense doesn't have a spy on him, he can take off and use great speed to eat up chunks of yardage as a runner.
He's headed to Texas.
8. Myles Garrett, DE
Garrett's frame is really the kind that makes you feel insecure about yourself. Looking at this guy, as soon as I'm done writing this I'm going to work out.
He's a chiseled 6'4", 240 pounds and looks to be in fantastic physical condition. Garrett doesn't just look the part, as he can really surge off the line and menace a passer all night long from the DE position.
LSU, TCU and Texas A&M are the top three, according 247Sports.
7. Demetrius Knox, OG
At 6'5" and about 300 pounds, Knox has the size to play both OG and OT. He shows good movement skills for a big man, has quick feet and solid strength.
He comes off the ball quickly at the snap, can be a hard puncher at times and flashes strength. Knox could be a swing OL prospect in college, which will be at Texas.
6. Solomon Thomas, DE
It can be a bit tough to find true strong-side DE prospects in the high school ranks, but when you do find one, you have to land him.
That's why Texas has to be stoked to have Thomas' commitment. He's a 6'3", 251-pound DE who can set the edge with strength, anchor versus TEs and make stops against the run.
Thomas also is a solid pass-rusher.
5. Nick Harvey, S
Harvey looks like a CB at first glance, but the more you watch him the more you believe he's a safety. He stands just about 5'10" and weighs about 185 pounds.
Harvey is an extremely smart player that has excellent instincts, a nose for the ball and is always active. He's a good athlete and has good coverage skills.
He's committed to Texas A&M.
4. KD Cannon, WR
Cannon isn't a big time blazer, but he has good speed. His quickness is also pretty good and it aids him when uncovering from defensive backs.
Cannon knows how to find voids in coverages, stretches the field on long routes and has good hands. He's 6'0", weighs 158 pounds and has been really productive in his career.
Keep your eye on Texas regarding him.
3. Edward Paris, DB
Paris is a big DB at 6'1" and 190 pounds, which is why there's a lot of safety talk surrounding his future. He may prefer to be a cornerback and his skill set does present some match up problems for receivers.
Paris' hips show some looseness to them, he can turn and run quickly and he has the lateral agility to mirror receivers well as a press CB.
His range and speed would be assets at the safety position, so it's just a matter when LSU deploys him.
2. Hoza Scott, OLB
Scott's a 6'3', 225-pound second-level flank defender with game changing abilities. I've compared him to both Kwon Alexander and Deoundrei Davis in the past.
He's quick to find the football, pursues with great speed and can sift through traffic well. He doesn't get caught up in misdirection often and plays instinctively.
Texas A&M has his pledge.
1. Tony Brown, CB
At 6'0" and 185 pounds, Brown is probably the best pure-press-man corner prospect in the nation. He's strong in his upper-body, has quick hands to jam and is physical at the line.
He's also an outstanding athlete, has great speed to carry receivers deep and his length allows him to go up and attack balls to make plays.
Brown's very smart on the field, is always aware of what's going on and will come up to help support the run. AggieYell.com reports LSU and Texas A&M could be his top two right now.
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.