Top 2014 College Football Recruits with Famous Fathers

Andrew Kulha@@AKonSportsSenior Analyst IIIJune 13, 2013

Top 2014 College Football Recruits with Famous Fathers

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    Having a famous father doesn't guarantee success for the child. In fact, it can lead to failure.

    There's a lot of pressure that comes with fame, but, generally, the adult is able to handle it. For the kids, though, the opposite is sometimes the case.

    There have been countless instances of celebrity kids not being able to deal with the pressure, and that can even spill into the world of sports.

    For these six 2014 recruits, though, that is not the case.

    One of the most explosive quarterbacks in NFL history has a son on this list, and a 6'8'', 345-pound offensive lineman with a big-time NFL pedigree will also make an appearance.

    Rather than crumble under the pressure of their famous fathers, these recruits have thrived and have been able to create their own identities.

Randall Cunningham II

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    If you know your football history, Randall Cunningham is a familiar name.

    He spent 16 seasons in the NFL, 11 with the Philadelphia Eagles, and went to four Pro Bowls, passing for 29,979 yards and 207 touchdowns. 

    He also rushed for 4,928 yards and 35 touchdowns, so he was a true dual-threat quarterback and one of the best.

    His son, Randall Cunningham II, has taken after him.

    Cunningham II is a 3-star dual-threat quarterback, ranked No. 14 at the position, according to the 247Sports Composite rankings. 

    Baylor is the top team on his interest list (247Spots), but he also has offers from LSU, Mississippi State and UNLV.

    Cunningham II runs a 4.60 40, according to 247Sports, and he's already 6'4'', 180 pounds.


    Note: Stats according to



Orlando Brown Jr.

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    Orlando Brown Jr. is a 3-star offensive tackle who's committed to Tennessee. 

    His father, Orlando Brown Sr., was a massive NFL lineman who played nine years in the league. He spent three years in Cleveland and six in Baltimore ( He ended up missing three seasons because of an injury he sustained while getting hit in the eye with a penalty flag. 

    Brown Sr. died in 2011 at the age of 40 from a diabetic complication, according to Andrea K. Walker of the Baltimore Sun.

    Brown Jr. is already 6'8'', 345 pounds, and he appears to have just as much football potential as his dad.

Todd Kelly Jr.

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    Todd Kelly Jr., a 4-star safety, is committed to Tennessee, the same school where his father, Todd Kelly Sr., starred.

    Kelly Sr. played defensive end for the Volunteers before being picked in the first round of the 1993 NFL draft by the San Francisco 49ers. He played four years in the NFL, totaling 5.5 sacks, two forced fumbles and 25 tackles (

    Kelly Jr. is the No. 5 safety in the 2014 class,  according to the 247Sports composite rankings. Those same rankings also say he's the No. 2 player from the state of Tennessee.

    For all those reasons, he's a huge commitment for the Volunteers. 

Troy Vincent Jr.

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    Troy Vincent Jr. is a 4-star cornerback from Gilman School in Rockwell, Md.

    His father, Troy Vincent Sr., is a four-time Pro Bowl defensive back who played for the Dolphins, Eagles, Bills and Redskins from 1992 to 2005.

    Vincent Sr. intercepted 47 passes, returning three for touchdowns, forced 12 fumbles and made 738 tackles in his NFL career, and he was a first-round draft pick of the Miami Dolphins out of Wisconsin in 1992. (

    Vincent Jr. has Wisconsin listed on his 247Sports interest list, along with Pittsburgh, North Carolina and Maryland. But Penn State is the leader on that list.

Naijiel Hale

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    Naijiel Hale, a 4-star cornerback, is the son of the legendary deceased rapper Nate Dogg.

    Hale checks in at just 5'10.5'', 175 pounds, but he's the No. 22 cornerback in the 2014 class, and he has offers (247Sports) from Arizona, California, Nebraska, Arizona State, Boise State, Utah and Washington State.

    Arizona, Cal and Nebraska are on top of his 247Sports interest list, but so are Oregon and USC.

    He goes to St. John Bosco High School in Bellflower, Calif., where he is a teammate of 4-star offensive guard Damien Mama.

Dillon Bates

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    Dillon Bates is the No. 5 outside linebacker in the 2014 class, according to the 247Sports composite, and he's the son of former Dallas Cowboys defensive back Bill Bates.

    The elder Bates played 15 seasons for the Cowboys, totaling 18 sacks and 14 interceptions, per He was also a star player for Tennessee.

    Dillon has Tennessee on top of his 247Sports interest list, but Alabama, Florida, South Carolina and Texas are also options.

    That said, all 44 experts that predicted in the 247Sports Crystal Ball believe he'll end up at Tennessee.