8 Sure-Fire, Can't-Miss Prospects in 2014 College Football Recruiting Class
Sometimes when you read about players in recruiting or even in the NFL draft, you'll hear the term "can't miss" or even the term "sure-fire" in regards to those players. It's a term that is meant to describe the players as bust-proof and uniquely talented.
I'm not a fan of using those types of terms because no one really knows what the future holds for these players and you never know what can happen to hinder a player's success. Yes, some prospects are safer gets than others and some prospects do show the ability to have a low bust-rate, but it's tough calling someone "can't miss."
However, we do it anyway, so I'm going to give eight recruits from the 2014 class who could fit the can't-miss/sure-fire molds. These are eight recruits who I would be really surprised to see become big busts in college.
Marlon Humphrey, CB
Humphrey is a CB that I really like and could be a Dee Milliner-type in college. He's already about 6'1", is very long and has a sleek frame at 175 pounds.
Humphrey can press or play off on the perimeter, while working on both the boundary and on the field side. His loose hips, instincts, size and agility are all top notch, and he should benefit from college coaching.
If Humphrey doesn't work out as a CB, safety is always a backup plan.
Quin Blanding, S
Blanding is committed to Virginia and will be the anchor or Mike London's 2014 class for the Cavaliers. The 6'2" safety is one of the best overall players in America for 2014 and weighs close to 200 pounds.
Blanding is a vocal player on the field who doesn't just bark for the sake of barking. He knows what he's talking about, can line up the back end and adjust coverages vs. alignments, shifts and motions.
He's got great size, play smarts, speed, range and ball skills. I'd be shocked if he doesn't become a star at UVA.
Tony Brown, CB
I initially planned for Lorenzo Carter to be on this list, but I'm going with Brown.
I just think Brown's instincts, understanding of schemes and passion on the field will make him successful wherever he plays.
He's a 6'0", 185-pound CB right now who has great pressing ability and also is a a very smart player. He's got great instincts and Brown could be on track to actually becoming a great FS.
Jabrill Peppers, DB
Peppers could play CB, but I feel he'll wind up at safety in college if he's to play defense. He's 6'1" and 205 pounds already and could be the 2014 version of Su'a Cravens.
Peppers shows outstanding awareness, instincts, play smarts and instincts. He's a great athlete and uses his mind and physical talent as a tandem to make a ton of plays others simply can't and don't make.
Whoever lands this guy is getting a good one who should develop into a stud.
Andrew Brown, DT
Brown is big, explosive, strong and uses his hands well so unless he doesn't want to be good, it's going to be hard for him not to be.
The Virginia prospect is impressive on tape and also seems to be a high character kid off the field too. He's got a bright future and his skill set can translate to both a 40 and 30 front. I have a hard time envisioning Brown not being a difference-maker after a few college seasons.
Sony Michel, RB
Michel's ready to tote the rock for a college offense today. I'm convinced of that claim.
He's a 5'11", 205-pound runner from Florida who has just about everything one needs to be a good college RB. From having fantastic instincts and vision to also having great quickness, speed, elusiveness and change of direction skills Michel has it all.
He's also a great receiver in the passing game and has a very good chance of being a complete RB sooner than later. If this guy doesn't make any noise in college, I'd be very concerned.
Da'Shawn Hand, DE
Hand can do just about everything as a pass rusher right now and probably is going to be an All-American one day.
He's 6'5", close to 250 pounds and has exceptional snap quickness, strength, speed and also uses his hands a lot better than many recruits at this stage do.
Thinking of him becoming a bust is kind of laughable because Hand is pretty close to being the complete package as a DE prospect. He's faster than Robert Nkemdiche and has better strength than Noah Spence.
Leonard Fournette, RB
I've seen this guy line up in the slot and run a skinny post and catch it for a touchdown like he's a receiver. I've also seen him outrun DBs, power through holes with strength and quickly burst to backside holes that I have no clue how he saw.
Fournette stands over 6'0" tall, weighs around 225 pounds and is a living legend in Louisiana. Imagine Derrick Green, Derrick Henry, Ty Isaac and Alvin Kamara all combined into one RB.
That's a crazy comparison I know, but to summarize: Fournette probably isn't going to be a "miss" as a recruit.
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.