9 Committed 2014 College Football Recruits Headed to Excellent Situations
It's crucial for a recruit, when picking and deciding on a school, to make a well-informed decision. If a recruit is considering the taste of the food at a school, the color of the facilities, posters of past players and other insignificant factors when making his choice, then chances are he's going to make a bad decision.
The recruits who take time to research a school and the football program give themselves the best chance to have a successful career. For this read, let's put an emphasis on the football side of things.
Recruits must study a depth chart, prior recruiting class, coaching staff, position coach, offensive or defensive scheme and other football factors of each program they seriously consider.
I'm here to give you nine recruits from the 2014 class who are committed and seem to have really put themselves on track to enter excellent football situations.
9. Parris Campbell, WR/RB
Campbell makes this list because Urban Meyer is clearly trying to make his football team faster. The Buckeyes coach knows that he's going to face SEC teams in the BCS/Playoffs in the coming years and is building his team to compete with them.
In Meyer's offense, he always seems to have a guy who can run and play both WR and RB. Last year, Meyer signed Jalin Marshall for that role.
Campbell is coming to Columbus to play that role too, and his speed could get him on the field very quickly.
8. Jeff Jones, RB
Jones is committed to Minnesota and is definitely headed for a good situation. He could walk off his high school team and probably contribute to the Golden Gopher offense tomorrow if he had to.
The 6'0", 195-pound back has the skill set to be a dynamic runner, and coupled with Jerry Kill's reputation as an offensive coach, this should be a dynamite combination.
7. Ross Pierschbacher, OT
Some say Pierschbacher is a tackle while others feel he'll be a guard. It doesn't matter to Kirk Ferentz because all the Hawkeye head coach sees is a terrific OL prospect.
Ferentz is one of the most renowned OL coaches in the game, college or NFL, and the 6'5", 285-pound Pierschbacher should get coached up extremely well at Iowa.
With his talent, combined with Ferentz's tutelage, Pierschbacher should become an All Big Ten OL.
6. Drake Harris, WR
The 6'4", 180-pound Harris committed to Michigan over the weekend and finally gives Big Blue a big-time WR prospect.
This is an excellent situation for Harris first becase he gets to stay in his home state of Michigan. Next, he joins a talented and young group of players to grow with.
Most notably of those young group of players, and thirdly, is QB Shane Morris. Not only will Harris be able to play in front of his friends and family along with other talented players at Michigan, he'll also have a good QB prospect tossing him the rock.
5. Deshaun Watson, QB
Watson is committed to Clemson and is one of the top QB prospects in the 2014 class. The 6'3", Georgia native has good arm strength, makes quick decisions and has the athleticism to make plays with his legs.
Tajh Boyd is going to be gone after this season and Dabo Swinney will need a new QB. Watson will have a chance to compete for the right to replace Boyd.
Also, while he may be gone on to be a head coach by the time Watson arrives, the chance to get coached by Clemson offensive chief Chad Morris is also a plus.
4. Will Grier, QB
Similar to the situation Watson is on track to enter, Grier also could compete for a starting job early in his career. The 6'3", 180-pounder is from North Carolina and is a natural passer along with flashing good mobility.
Grier is headed to Florida, and perhaps after a redshirt year of learning Brent Pease's offense and bulking up, he could be ready to take over for Jeff Driskel in Gainesville. He'll have to battle Max Staver, but Grier will be up for the challenge.
3. Joseph Yearby, RB
Many kids around South Florida (and more so the immediate Miami area) grow up wanting to ball for Miami. "The U," as it's commonly known, is a huge part of the football culture in South Florida.
So anytime a recruit ascends to elite status in high school and goes on to play well at The U, he becomes a Miami legend. Yearby is on that track, as he's already a known man around the 305 and is headed to Coral Gables next year to tote the rock.
With his speed and quickness, Yearby will make some plays, and it'll only add to his mythical status around the Miami area.
2. Quin Blanding, S
Mike London is looking for playmakers and leaders in his 2014 class. He's also looking for another breakthrough recruit, as he got Eli Harold in 2012 and Taquan Mizzell in 2013.
Well, his 2014 guy is Blanding, who is coming into a good situation at Virginia. The 6'2", 200-pound safety is a natural and vocal leader on the field and has the talent to back it up.
Early playing time and the chance to get coached by former Wahoo safety great Anthony Poindexter will be great for Blanding's development.
1. Jalen Hurd, RB
Tennessee spent a lot of time working on Derrick Henry last year, only to see him sign with Alabama. It's obvious the old Vol staff and now the new Vol staff know that a dynamic RB recruit is needed.
Not just any ol' RB recruit, but a big back.
It's safe to say that Hurd fits that mold, as the 6'3", 225-pounder is an excellent big back prospect who flashes some wiggle and pass-catching ability. Hurd is from the state and with Tennessee being "down" right now, he'll be considered a state hero if he helps bring the Vols "back."
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 and Cleveland Browns.