5 Deepest Positions in 2014 College Football Recruiting Class
In each crop of players and prospects, some positions will be deeper and better than others. By "deeper", we mean there are more talented and quality players at a certain position than others. Two years ago, we really saw a deep and talented OL class.
Last year, it was the defensive backs and running backs as two positions that were very deep. This year, well, that's what we're going to get into for this read right now. Looking at the national class for the 2014 cycle, I checked up and down the position lists and finally came up with what I believe are the five deepest positions for this year.
So come on inside and check this out to see just exactly what positions are offering the best quality, most depth and best talent for the 2014 recruiting class!
This year is another good year for the offensive front, as 247Sports lists 36 OLs in the top 247 board.
The top of the board features a potential franchise LT in Cameron Robinson, a great technician in KC McDermott and the vast potential of Damian Prince.
We also have solid OL prospects like Braden Smith, Damien Mama, Demetrius Knox, Mason Cole, Bentley Spain and Jamarco Jones.
Casey Tucker, Jordan Poland and Toa Lobendahn are all headed to USC. It's a good year for OLs this year without question, and I think this year's crop may be deeper than last year's.
Safety is a position that I feel is undervalued by teams, but the past few years we've seen some great deep-middle defenders come through the recruiting trail.
After a stellar safety group last year, the position also features top notch players in 2014. Quin Blanding is the top prospect at the position nationally, but players like JuJu Smith, Laurence Jones, Todd Kelly, Devin Voorhees and Jamal Adams are also very, very good.
Then you have combo-DBs like Jabrill Peppers and Edward Paris, who both are top-tier overall prospects and CBs Tony Brown and Nick Harvey may end up at safety in college.
Like the safety position, the running back position is pretty deep for a second consecutive year. The 2013 class was chalked full of alpha-runners, and this year I believe Leonard Fournette and Sony Michel have a chance to be special.
Other upper-echelon talents at the rock toter position include Racean Thomas, Jalen Hurd, Dalvin Cook, Joseph Yearby, Jeff Jones, Joe Mixon and Derrell Scott.
This is another ripe year for a program to find a good RB to bring on campus.
Vernon Hargreaves III may be the best CB prospect ever to come out in modern recruiting, and Eli Apple isn't too far off. So this 2014 class has some big shoes to fill.
It appears they're game for the challenge because cover men like Tony Brown, Marlon Humphrey and Adoree' Jackson are all top-shelf talents.
Not to be just a top-heavy board, the CB group of 2014 also features Jalen Tabor, Nick Watkins, Cameron Denson and Kyle Gibson.
Then you have DBs like Jabrill Peppers and Edward Paris who could end up as CBs in college if not safeties.
If a college program is in the market for an edge defender, then this year is the year they could get one, or three.
The nation's best prospect is a DE (Da'Shawn Hand) and Lorenzo Carter is also a top 10 prospect. There's also players like Solomon Thomas, Lorenzo Featherston, Malik McDowell (for now), Denzel Ware, Jalyn Holmes, Justin Thornton and Gerald Willis.
Talent is of plenty at the DE position and 'tis the season to gather them in recruiting.
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.