2014 Offensive Recruits Who May End Up Playing Defense in College
One aspect that makes recruiting tricky is that recruits are still growing and physically maturing. This can lead to many of them being at different positions than where they are now. Yes, coaching is better now so recruits have better technique and are more advanced than years past, so a wealth of recruits are actually in their right positions now.
Yet, players like Bo Scarbrough, John "JuJu" Smith and Cameron Denson have the ability to flip from offense to defense and vice versa. It is the vice versa that will be the focus of this read. Players who are offensive recruits now but may end up being defenders in college.
5. Davion Hall, WR
The 6'3", 193-pounder is a dangerous wideout from Texas. Hall has great athleticism, is strong in his release off the line and has great speed.
With his good RAC skills, there's not much to dislike about the Baylor commit as a pass-catcher. Yet, he could end up being an even better safety. One day, Hall could be a 6'3', 220-pound All-Big 12 free safety and high draft pick.
4. Cameron Denson, WR
Denson is committed to Arizona, where Rich Rodriguez may be too tempted not to make him a WR. At 6'1" and more than 175 pounds, the Arizona native is a good athlete with a large strike zone.
Denson has good hands, solid speed and can make defenders miss in the open field. However, he could actually play CB for the Wildcats and work as big cover man.
With his length and size, Denson can play press coverage while also using his good instincts in off-man and zone coverages.
3. Michiah Quick, WR
Quick had two teammates, Hatari Byrd and L.J. Moore sign with Oklahoma last year, and he's a better athlete than both of them.
The 6'0", 170-pounder is one of the best players in California and wide receiver may be where his heart is at. However, his quick feet, recovery speed and ball skills would make him an excellent CB prospect.
Quick could spend time at both positions, so whoever signs him may actually be getting a 2-for-1 deal. Do not sleep on Quick as a CB prospect.
2. Bo Scarbrough, RB
Many feel that if Scarborugh doesn't end up as a RB at Alabama then his next position will be at WR. The 6'2', 222-pounder has good straight line speed, strength and shows solid hands.
However, he's such a versatile player that Scarbrough could become a big safety or LB in Tuscaloosa. Scarbrough is a good athlete, plays instinctively and can be coached up.
With the logjam at the RB position along with improved WR talent at 'Bama, Scarbrough may be forced to move to defense to find his way on the field quicker.
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.
1. JuJu Smith, WR
The 6'1" Smith weighs more than 185 pounds and plays for Long Beach Poly. He's an outstanding athlete and the college he signs with will be in for a tough decision to make.
Smith has tremendous skills as a WR and could be a 6'1", 210-pound No. 1 pass-catcher in college. He has good speed, can be explosive vertically and has strength to fight press coverage.
However, he may have a longer career ahead of him as a dynamic safety. Smith's ball skills, range, speed and transition quickness have him on pace to be an NFL prospect on the back end.