One of the best ways to get yourself noticed by college coaches as a high school football player is to be productive. The players who are the most productive are the first ones we all notice when we watch a game and the ones who receive the most coverage and get the most attention.
If a player isn't productive at the high school level, then why would we believe he's going to be productive in college? Dominating current competition is a trait that I always look for in a prospect, and it's the sign of a potentially great player.
With this 2014 recruiting class, some of the top recruits are not just top recruits because they're big, strong, quick and fast; they're top recruits because they've also been extremely productive. The main way to really see if a player has been productive is to check stat lines.
So for this read, here are the 10 most outrageous stat lines from some top 2014 recruits. These are the most productive elite recruits in the country this year.
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The 6'5", 232-pounder is a DE prospect from Norcross High School in Georgia. Lorenzo Carter has great length, size, speed, quickness and athleticism.
He had 18 sacks and 45 tackles for loss as a junior, which is very impressive. However, what's outrageous is the fact that Carter had 136 total tackles (247Sports.com) at the DE position.
Defensive ends are usually pass-rushers who tackle ball-carriers on the way to the QB. This type of tackle production proves Carter has the ceiling to be a complete edge defender in college, as he can clearly play the run.
A dual-threat QB from Texas, Jerrod Heard is headed to Texas. He's a 6'2", 190-pound signal-caller with good character, solid arm strength and quick feet.
When you talk about the term "dual-threat QB," Heard better be one of the first names you mention in this 2014 class. He's the definition of the term, throwing and running for over 2000 yards a piece (247Sports) as a junior.
Oh, he also scored a total of 52 TDs too.
McMillan is a big 'backer from Liberty County High School in Hinesville, Georgia. He stands 6'3" and already weighs close to 240 pounds.
McMillan clearly isn't a stationary LB, as he produced a jaw-dropping 152 tackles as a junior, with 22 for a loss (247Sports). That's some serious production from a linebacker on the high school level, as the 100 tackle clip isn't consistently surpassed, but McMillan went 52 tackles past that.
Mount Pleasant in Texas is home to a 6'0", 158-pound WR with excellent hands, concentration and play speed by the name of K.D. Cannon.
One of the top players in Texas and America this year, Cannon decided he was done toying with defenses last fall; all he did was simply finish the 2012 season with 102 receptions and 26 TDs (247Sports).
He had 1,600 yards receiving and made a big statement as a junior.
There are some who feel the 6'3, 200-pound Watson is the top QB in the country for 2014. From Gainesville, Georgia, Watson can play both in the pocket and as a scrambler.
As a junior, Watson threw for over 4,000 yards with a 50:8 TD:INT ratio. Then he just chipped in 1,441 yards and 24 TDs rushing for good measure (247Sports).
That's almost 5,500 yards with 64 total TDs, folks; think about it.
Remember last year when there was a lot of talk about if Calvin Johnson could top 2,000 receiving yards in the NFL? That's because it's pretty much impossible to do from the WR position.
Well, I guess you can say Harris has done the impossible, because the 6'4", 180-pound WR from Grand Rapids Christian in Michigan had 2015 yards receiving as a junior last year (247Sports).
He also caught an incredibly impressive 91 balls and scored 26 TDs.
Trey Quinn is a 6'1", 200-pound WR from Barbe High School in Lake Charles, LA. He went off as a junior, catching 111 passes for 2,094 yards and 26 TDs (247Sports).
His size and speed are impressive, as is the fact that Quinn is playing and producing in Louisiana, which is a traditionally talented and highly competitive state. Wide receivers usually have limited stat lines due to depending on their QBs to get them the ball, so for Quinn to have a stat line like this is mind-boggling.
Jalen Hurd is from Beech High School in Henderson, TN. He's a big RB at 6'3", 225 pounds who has good run strength and power, but also impressive speed and elusiveness.
As a junior in 2012, Hurd shredded up his competition every night and finished the year with a jaw-dropping 3,357 yards rushing and 43 TDs (247Sports).
Could he possibly rush for 4,000 yards and 50 TDs as a senior this fall?
Elijah Hood is a 5'11", 215-pound powerful RB who has solid speed, leg drive and gets a ton of yards after contact. He can finish runs well and also has good speed when he gets his engine going.
From North Carolina, Hood basically put the Charlotte Catholic rushing attack on his shoulders all year long. The power runner bulldozed his way to an astonishing 3,309 yards and 48 TDs (247Sports).
Some may think Hood is an even better LB, but I believe his heart is set on playing RB in college. The numbers prove his heart is the right place.
Out of all the top-rated recruits, Will Grier has the most outrageous stat line; it's just downright silly.
Committed to Florida, the 6'3", 180-pound QB had a record-setting junior season for Davidson Day High School in North Carolina.
In one game alone, Grier threw for over 800 yards and had 10 TDs. For the season, he tossed for 5,785 yards and 69 TDs (247Sports). That's almost insane, and some top-recruited QBs don't even total that in their high school careers.
Not a one-trick pony, Grier also ran for 813 yards and eight rushing TDs. He's probably going to re-write some national records as a senior 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.