The true playmakers of the defense can be found at linebacker, and the recruiting class of 2014 features several true stars in the making.
These are big, strong players who run with the speed and agility of a running back. For instance, the No. 1 linebacker in these rankings runs a 4.65 40, and that's at 6'2'', 242 pounds.
If you're a fan of big plays, hits and fundamental, smash-mouth defense, look no further than the top 10 linebackers of the 2014 recruiting class.
Note: Rankings courtesy of the 247Sports Composite Rankings. All scouting and analysis done from film study via the tapes provided by each recruit's respective 247Sports profile page unless otherwise noted. 247Sports predictions courtesy of the 247Sports Crystal Ball.