2014 College Football Recruits Who Will Surprise Us with Their Choice
The 2014 recruiting class is beginning to take shape and many prospects are starting give a better idea of who the major players are in their recruitment. With that comes many recruiting fans making their own predictions on where certain uncommitted recruits will land.
Making predictions is fine and dandy, but keep in mind that we are only in May and have all the way until next February to go. These are teenagers who can change their mind several times about their favorite TV show, let alone where they want to attend college.
So there will be some surprises and this list features several uncommitted recruits who will surprise with their final decisions.
From a WR in Texas whose recruitment has gotten off to a mysterious start, a Golden State prospect with offers from several prominent Pac-12 programs who has two friends headed to the Heartland, to an OT prospect who holds national offers but may choose to stay home in the end, surprises loom large for this 2014 class.
Joe Mixon, RB
Mixon is a tall RB who stands bigger than 6'0" and has solid straight-line speed. His offer sheet has more schools on it than he probably remembers, so a favorite is hard to see here.
However, Mixon could opt for UCLA, but USC, Notre Dame or Texas could be in play. In the end, look for Mixon to surprise everyone and opt to stay close to home and play in Sonny Dykes' wide open offense at Cal.
Bentley Spain, OT
From North Carolina, Spain has a 6'5", 292-pound frame full of toughness and power. South Carolina could have been the pick earlier in the spring, but Spain never pulled the trigger.
As time has gone forward, North Carolina has stayed in the fray and the Tar Heels would be a good choice for Spain. He'd be able to stay close to home, play in a Larry Fedora-coached offense and get a good degree.
Yet, Spain could very well surprise the country and choose Stanford.
Lorenzo Featherston, DE
Another North Carolina prospect, Featherston could easily stay in the Carolina region. In fact, at the start of this recruiting cycle, North Carolina State was the consensus prediction for him.
However, the 6'7", 215-pound DE has yet to commit to the Wolfpack, which has allowed schools like Clemson to enter the picture. Giving Dabo Swinney an inch or glimmer of hope is all he needs, and he's proven to be a great recruiter.
Look for Swinney to swoop Featherston from NC State's clutches.
Cameron Robinson, OT
It would be a big chore to find a program who has a stronger fence around its state than LSU. Outside of Landon Collins, not many elite Louisiana prospects have gotten away from Les Miles' program.
So that is why it is easy to predict Robinson to sign with the boys in Baton Rouge, but according to ESPNU, Robinson went to Alabama's spring game and not LSU's.
That could be an omen to a surprise, as Robinson could join Collins as a recent LSU target who spurns his home state team to sign with Nick Saban.
Michiah Quick, WR/DB
Quick was one of the best juniors in California last year and now he's one of the best players in the country. He's a 6'0", 170-pounder who has good speed, athleticism and quickness on the field.
Two of his teammates at Fresno Central East High School, L.J. Moore and Hatari Byrd, signed with Oklahoma in 2013. There's no question that they are likely in Quick's ear about joining them in Norman.
Quick could do just that, or he could choose to surprise his friends and sign with USC.
Kyle Allen, QB
Allen could go in several different directions with his decision as he has many options. From Arizona, he's a 6'2", 195-pound QB with great accuracy, field vision and decision-making skills.
Allen may choose to stay in his state and sign with either Arizona or Arizona State. He also may choose to sign with UCLA and compete with Asiantii Woulard as the Bruins' QB of the future or even head to toss the rock at Oklahoma State.
Wherever he ends up, the decision will be a surprise.
K.D. Cannon, WR
Cannon's recruitment is set to be a wild ride, as he has many impressive suitors. Texas could have been a school who initially was a major player for Cannon, but since then things have changed slightly. Baylor also may be a school to keep an eye on, but there are others.
Texas A&M has the offense to attract a pass-catching talent like Cannon and Kliff Kingsbury has the juice to sell Cannon on playing in Lubbock. Do not be surprised if Cannon picks on these two schools or even a school that isn't highly in the running right now.
Damian Prince, OT
Prince is a 6'7", 310-pounder from Maryland who has LT potential. He's a good athlete with great movement skills who works well in space.
The offers for Prince range from the SEC schools to USC to Florida State and more. He's welcome on any campus in the country and will have his fair share of places to visits all over the country.
However, like Stefon Diggs in 2012, Prince will make his rounds around the nation, but in the end he'll surprise his suitors and opt for local Maryland.
Solomon Thomas, DE
Thomas was once thought to be a recruit who would give an early pledge to Texas and shut down his recruiting soon into the 2014 cycle. As the spring came, the Longhorns were still felt to be the team to beat.
Now, the prediction on Thomas is changing as Texas is known to take recruits off its board who don't commit early on. Thomas could end up at Stanford, but Arkansas is a school to watch out for as Charlie Patridge and Bret Bielema are savvy recruiters.
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.