It's still pretty early in the 2014 recruiting cycle, so a lot of evaluating and information gathering is still happening, especially by your's truly. So forgive me if I left off your favorite recruit who fits this type of list, and feel free to talk about him in the comments section.
Football is a collision sport, so it takes a certain kind of person to step onto the field of play knowing what their body is in store for. Some players find ways to use finesse and rely on that along with speed and quickness to play their positions.
Other plays relish the contact and love to get downright nasty and physical on the field. Those players always seem to stand out, and this list will look at some players in the 2014 class who play just like that.
Now, I'm not going to rank these guys per se, but rather just give you eight guys who I notice early in this cycle that play downright nasty, with video evidence to prove it.
After seeing the first play on this clip, I pretty much rest my case.
The Iowa commit is a 6'4", 280-pound road-grading OL prospect who plays like a man at the point of attack. Ross Pierschbacher really moves men off their marks and does it like a club bouncer. He's nasty, he's physical and he's a classic B1G OL prospect.
Clifton Garrett is one of the most physical and nastiest linebackers in the country. He plays with great intensity and really is a feared hitter. The 6'2", 230-pounder appears to be a very versatile, strong, tough and athletic LB prospect who has starting potential.
You have to be nasty if you play in the trenches in the desert. Casey Tucker looks to finish each target he's assigned to on the field. He's a 6'6", 275-pound USC commit who can play across the front. He's strong at the point of attack and has a tough demeanor.
Big, quick and powerful, Kain Daub is a 6'4", 240-pound 'backer from Florida. He sees it, trusts his eyes and blasts run plays downhill with ease. Daub fits nicely as a classic ILB and loves to wrap up and finish tackles with a little nasty hot sauce on top.
These are highlights from his sophomore season.
Elijah Hood runs with the most power and strength of any RB prospect in the country. He's 5'11", 215 pounds and can bully defenders at times. The North Carolina native is a finisher around the goal line and runs like a tank that was shot out of a cannon, but he also has some wiggle and speed.
Lorennzo Carter plays on the weak side, but he's such a terrific athlete that he makes a lot of plays—many of them in a nasty fashion. From Georgia, he stands 6'5", weighs 232 pounds and is one of the top 10 overall prospects in the national 2014 class.
Look at some of this footage...
Brown is the nation's best DT prospect and is out of Virginia. He really fits the nasty mold due to his excellent strength at the point of attack and ability to use his hands to press blocks off of him. The 6'4", 295-pounder is also very quick, explosive and agile.
Braden Smith is from Kansas and plays the OT/OG spots at 6'6" and over 280 pounds. He really takes of his body and loves being a lunch pail OL.
Smith plays like a giant at the point of attack, seems to get a kick out of putting people on their backs and has great power and strength to finish blocks. I think he would be a great fit in a downhill, man-to-man power blocking offense.
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.