Power Ranking Top 15 Uncommitted College Football Recruits
The evaluation period is underway and that means this 2014 recruiting cycle is moving along well. By now you should have a pretty good idea for who the top recruits are and an overall feel for this recruiting class. There are hundreds of thousands to millions of high school football players in the country, but we put out coverage emphasis on the very best.
Speaking of the very best, this piece is not going to beat around the bush or have any kind of angle. We're simply going to power rank the top uncommitted recruits on the board right now. This is a current, up-to-date power ranking of the hottest top prospects from the 2014 class.
If you feel a prospect is hot right now and is not on this list of 15, then feel free to drop your thoughts in the comments section. Until then, here are the top 15 uncommitted recruits right now.
15. Jalen Tabor, CB
These WRs are becoming bigger and bigger by the minute, so big corners are in high demand to combat them. Tabor fits that mold perfectly, and the D.C. native is one of the best cover men in the country.
Tabor has great length and stands 6'1" while having good athleticism, loose hips and great ball skills. He'll undercut a route after driving on it and doesn't back down from WRs in the red zone.
14. Speedy Noil, WR/ATH
Noil is going to be a WR in college if you ask me, but don't be shocked if he gets a look as a dual-threat QB. He's 5'11", 176 pounds and plays against good competition in talent-rich Louisiana.
Noil lives up to his nickname on tape, as he's a skater with the football. He shows good instincts as an open-field runner, great elusiveness and the ability to score from anywhere on the field.
We could be looking at a Peter Warrick-type of player here.
13. Raekwon McMillan, LB
McMillan is from Georgia and the 6'3" LB weighs 249 pounds already. His size is impressive, and it's a sight to see this big kid quickly shooting alleys to plug running plays on tape.
He's an athletic player who just needs to work on his pass-coverage skills. I think McMillan has a chance to develop into a solid short-area man defender vs. TEs and RBs while excelling against the run.
I have a feeling Ohio State is expecting his commitment to come at some point.
12. Myles Garrett, DE
Texas has good talent every year, as we all know, and Garrett is one the state's best for 2014. He's a 6'5" DE that weighs 250 pounds when in full pads.
Garrett has good athleticism and shows the strength to set the edge vs. the run. He can anchor vs. blocks, press them off of him and make tackles on the play side and on the backside with quickness.
I think he's one of the few prospects at the DE position who can play both on the weak and strong side.
11. David Sharpe, OT
The spring evaluation period is when recruits really can make their moves up the board, and Sharpe has done just that. When we started this 2014 cycle, I didn't have him in my top 100 initially.
After watching him, I still think he's raw, but when you factor in that recruiting is also about projecting, then you see why he's so highly regarded now. Sharpe has a 6'6", 288-pound frame dripping with athleticism and potential.
If he gets with the right OL coach, he could become an All-Conference LT.
10. Adoree' Jackson, CB
Jackson is one of the best pure athletes in the country and an accomplished long jumper in track and field. He's 5'11", 183 pounds and has wiry strength.
Jackson is tough, fights in press coverage and refuses to be bullied by bigger receivers. He has good instincts in coverage and can play all three coverage styles effectively.
Finally, Jackson is dangerous when he gets his hands on the ball thanks to his speed and skills as a return man.
9. Marlon Humphrey, CB
Humphrey is a little bit bigger than Jackson at 6'1" and excels in zone and off-man coverage. He loves to sit back, be patient and let his anticipation skills and instincts take over.
More times than not, when they do, good things happen. Humphrey comes from a good pedigree, as his father Bobby played at Alabama and in the NFL as a RB.
Marlon is a great prospect himself and should become a standout CB in college.
8. Tony Brown, CB
If I'm a defensive coordinator who wants to blitz a lot and use my corners to press and play man-to-man coverage on the outside, Brown would be the No. 1 CB on my board.
The Texan has good size at 6'0" and 188 pounds, while showing a great jam at the line of scrimmage, loose hips, range and the speed to carry passing targets vertically. Brown is such a good DB prospect who has so many tools that it's not out of the question he becomes a safety in college.
7. Lorenzo Carter, DE
The big DE from Georgia stands 6'6", 232 pounds and is one of the best athletes we've recently seen at the position. Even if Carter overruns a play, he has the explosiveness to quickly jolt and hawk a ball-carrier before he gets started.
He shows a great first step at the snap, can convert speed to power during his rush and has great finishing ability. Carter can play 4-3 DE or 3-4 OLB.
6. Sony Michel, RB
Michel is a RB prospect who I'm high on and can see making an impact early in his career. He's from Florida and has been producing against varsity competition since his eighth-grade year.
Today, he's a 5'11", 205-pound RB with a great skill set. Michel has excellent vision and instincts along with the quickness to get through alleys. He can elude defenders with quick change-of-direction ability and also flashes some tackle-breaking in his running style.
He's a terrific player.
5. Cameron Robinson, OT
The big OT prospect stands 6'6" and weighs 330 pounds. Robinson is from Louisiana and his father, Steve Foley, played in the NFL.
While he needs to clean up some footwork stuff, this is a guy who could be ready to play LT as a true freshman. I think he's better than La'el Collins and more committed to football. Robinson plays with good knee strength in the running game and can shadow quick rushers on the left island.
4. Andrew Brown, DT
Coming into this recruiting cycle, some may have thought Brown could play DE. However, now he's strictly a DT prospect and for good measure.
From Virginia, Brown is 6'4", 295 pounds and has violent strength and hand usage at the point of attack. He can come off the ball quickly, and I also see good closing quickness to finish plays from the big man.
It's not often I say this about DL prospects, but Brown may just be a plug-and-play prospect.
3. Jabrill Peppers, DB/ATH
The most versatile player in the country, Peppers is an excellent athlete and a physical specimen. He's a 6'1", 205-pounder from New Jersey with no glaring athletic limitations.
Also, Peppers is a heady and instinctive player wherever he lines up. He sees things before they happen, is aware of what's going on at all times and really seems to be a smart football player.
I can see him being successful at CB, RB, WR, S or even OLB in college.
2. Da'Shawn Hand, DE
Hand is an explosive DE from Virginia with great snap quickness, strength and athleticism. He is 6'5", 247 pounds and can play on both sides of the defensive front.
From working as a weak-side end who stops the run on the way to the QB, to playing in the strong side thanks to his ability to set the edges, Hand is a top-flight DE prospect. Hand is ready to contribute to a college defense right now and should be a pillar player for a program in a few years.
1. Leonard Fournette, RB
At 6'1" and 232 pounds, Fournette is another college-ready recruit in this 2014 class. He's a special RB prospect and has a rare combination of size, speed, hands, instincts, elusiveness and strength.
The Louisiana runner can play as an every-down RB and line up, run routes and catch passes like a WR. Fournette is a remarkable talent and is not only the top uncommitted recruit—he's the best player in the country.
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.