2014 College Football Recruits Who Will Be Household Names on Offense
In an era where everyone wants to be a superstar and big name in their respective fields in regards to their craft, the same can be said for college football players. We've had superstar college football players like Matt Leinart, Reggie Bush, Manti Te'o, Tim Tebow and Cam Newton over the recent years in the game.
With recruiting, I always tell people "you're looking at the future stars of the game," and I truly believe that. One of the neat things about following and writing about recruiting is that we are getting a jump start on the next college football superstars.
This 2014 recruiting class will have it share studs and stars, which we know usually mainly are offensive players. So for this piece, how about we give you the top players on offense from this class who could be household names/superstars in a few seasons?
Joseph Yearby, RB
Yearby is from Miami and is headed to Miami, so he's already going to be pretty well known around the city once he moves into Coral Gables.
The 5'9", 191-pounder is a great scatback with tremendous quickness, elusiveness, instincts and speed. He's going to make a ton of plays for Al Golden with the ball in his hands, and his fame is going to spread from just the Miami area to the national stage by the time his final collegiate season approaches.
Parris Campbell, RB/WR/ATH
This new "offensive joker" role is something to keep an eye on in football. Players like Percy Harvin, Reggie Bush and Tavon Austin are starting to really come into effect.
Campbell fits that mold, as the 6'0", 179-pounder is a speedy and electric playmaker when he has the football. He is headed to Ohio State and will be able to do a lot of things as a versatile offensive threat in Urban Meyer's offense.
As he runs away from Big Ten competition on a regular basis and makes a lot of highlight-reel plays, Campbell could become a household name over time.
David Cornwell, QB
Cornwell has a big-time cannon for an arm, as the Oklahoma native stands 6'5", 235 pounds. He can sit in the pocket, survey the field and deliver a strike downfield thanks to his big arm.
Quarterbacks are always among the first players to become stars of the team, so Cornwell already has step one complete. His size, accuracy and arm strength will be what all helps him complete step two and that is producing and making big plays.
Jalen Hurd, RB
Hurd is probably already on his way to being a household name in Tennessee, as he's from the state, had a huge junior season and is slated to play for the Vols in college.
If and when he becomes one of the top players on the roster in Knoxville and helps the Volunteers get back to prominence, he's going to be a state hero. Mark my words.
Hurd is a 6'3", 225-pound RB with good wiggle, strength and quicker feet than you think. He's going to be a hit at Tennessee.
Dalvin Cook, RB
Cook flipped from Clemson to Florida earlier this spring, and the people in Gainesville couldn't be happier. He's a 5'11", 197-pound RB with great shiftiness, quickness, instincts and speed.
He'll team up to make a good tandem with Kelvin Taylor, with Adam Lane also chipping in one day in the future. With both Cook's and Taylor's elusive running styles leading to big yards in the Gator ground game, they'll be one of the top RB tandems in the game, thus Cook becoming a household name.
Speedy Noil, WR/ATH
As I said before with Campbell, these versatile offensive players who can catch and run could be the next big thing. Another player whom I believe could be of this type is Cordarrelle Patterson, as he can play WR and RB, I feel.
Anywho, in recruiting this year, Noil is a player that has that skill set. He plays QB for his high school team, but the Louisiana native likely will get moved to WR in college.
Noil excellent in the RAC department, plays with good instincts with the ball and makes a lot of "wow" plays. Future offensive household name here.
Sony Michel, RB
Michel is just too good a football player to not be on this list and not become a household name. He should be able to make an immediate impact wherever he lands and become a key catalyst for a team.
At 5'11" and 205 pounds, Michel has very good speed, elusiveness, awareness, vision and hands. He can factor in the passing game as well as run with strength between the tackles. I would be surprised if Michel did not become a legitimate star in the college ranks.
Deshaun Watson, QB
The QB class of this year is a bit down, but it's still pretty good and Watson is the best of the bunch right now. The 6'3" signal-caller is from Georgia and has the skills and potential to work himself into a top-flight starter.
Watson seems to see the whole field well and is decisive in his reads and decision-making. He has the arm to get the football to targets on all levels with accuracy, timing and touch too.
Last, if he doesn't like the traffic in the pocket or his options are covered downfield, Watson has the legs and speed to make dazzling plays as a runner. Tajh Boyd is a star at Clemson and Watson could be next.
Leonard Fournette, RB
Fournette could be a household name by the end of his freshman season, a la Adrian Peterson at Oklahoma. This is a full-on beastly back who is a once every 5-to-10 years type of player.
At 6'1" and 232 pounds, Fournette isn't just a power back, as he has the speed to run away from defenders as well as the hands to catch passes downfield like a WR.
Fournette is just too good of a football player and running back to not become a flat-out stud in college and go on to become a superstar name.
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.