Power Ranking the Top 10 Uncommitted Offensive Recruits for 2014
Every program in the country is always trying to improve and upgrade its offense. If the offense doesn't have talent and depth, then how exactly will the program score enough points to win football games in the fall?
So the key is to hit the bricks, looking for good offensive recruits to bring on campus. This 2014 class has great talent on the offensive side of the ball at all positions. So if a program is looking for an offensive stud, then it is in luck this year.
This read will quickly look at the best of those offensive studs in this 2014 class and rank the 10 best who are uncommitted at this point. These are the 10 best offensive recruits who are still on the market.
10. Keller Chryst, QB
Chryst is the son of 49ers QB coach Geep Chryst and has good fundamentals and size at 6'3" and 215 pounds. From Northern California, Chryst has a solid over-the-top delivery and shows arm motion.
He's capable of making all of the throws, sees the field pretty well and can be accurate at times. Stanford and USC are the schools that figure to have the best chance at landing him.
9. Michiah Quick, WR
Quick was on the ATH board (where Elijah Hood is on, in case you're wondering), but I've moved him over to the WR board. He's a 6'0", 170-pounder from Central California with good speed and athleticism.
Quick shows good release quickness, can separate at junction points and has good hands. He's a big play guy with a top five of Alabama, USC, Oregon, Oklahoma and Notre Dame, per Scout.com.
8. KD Cannon, WR
Cannon has 163 catches for more than 2,600 yards and 36 TDs over the last two seasons. That includes a 102-catch season as a junior in Texas.
At 6'0" and about 160 pounds, Cannon is a speedy WR who can stretch defenses and get behind deep safeties. He's got explosion off the line, can work quickly on underneath routes and has great RAC skills.
He's pretty open now, but keep an eye on Texas.
7. Jalen Hurd, RB
As a sophomore in Tennessee, Hurd ran for more than 1,600 yards and scored 26 total TDs. Yet, it's what he did as a junior that really turned heads.
Hurd ran for 3,357 yards and 43 TDs in 2012, shredding up every defense he faced. I also need to mention that he is a 6'3", 225-pound RB with strength, quick feet and solid speed.
Florida, Ohio State and Tennessee strike me as the main three schools to watch for him.
6. Braden Smith, OL
Smith is a 6'6", 282-pound OL from Kansas who can play OG and OT. He's a strength and power guy who is at his best when engaged with a target and sustains blocks well.
With his good length, physical style of blocking and leg drive, Smith could grow into a good RT in college. He's wide open right now and has offers from many prominent programs.
5. Ermon Lane, WR
Lane is probably the best WR recruit in the national right now and has good size at 6'2" and between 190 and 200 pounds.
He has the speed to get deep and is a little bit better than adequate at coming out of his breaks with quickness. Lane has great ball skills, can pluck passes out of the air and can outjump many defensive backs.
Look for the three Sunshine State powers and Alabama to fight over this Florida recruit.
4. K.C. McDermott, OT
McDermott is another top-level recruit from Florida and plays as a 6'6", 285-pound OT. What I love the most about McDermott is that he's a technician who's more advanced with his technique than most OLs at this point.
He stays balanced, is patient as a pass-protector and lands his punch quite often. McDermott can get nasty as a run-blocker as well as being a positional/wall-off type of blocker.
Notre Dame and Miami are schools to watch.
3. Cameron Robinson, OT
Robinson is a big, 6'6", 330-pound OT prospect from Louisiana with a very high ceiling. He moves quite easily for such a large man and has quick feet in the trenches.
Robinson also flashes good power and strength at the point of attack. He needs to refine some footwork issues this offseason, but once he does he could be a franchise OT.
Alabama and LSU could be the main rivals to win his signature.
2. Sony Michel, RB
From Florida, Michel is one of the best offensive skill players in the country. He's on track to becoming a three-down, bell-cow college RB.
At 5'11" and 205 pounds, Michel has an impressive frame and possesses a good combination of power, speed, instincts and elusiveness. He can run through tackles in alleys or elude defenders in open space.
Notre Dame and Georgia, along with the Florida powers, could be on the inside track.
1. Leonard Fournette, RB
Fournette is the best offensive player in the country, committed or uncommitted. He's a 6'1", 225-pound RB from Louisiana with exceptional talent.
Fournette can run inside with power and strength to bully front-seven alignments and move the chains. Not restricted to just one running style, Fournette also has the speed, lateral agility, quickness and wiggle to break off big runs for large gains.
He also has great hands and can be a good option as a receiver out of the backfield. I think he'll come down to LSU and Alabama.
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.