2014 Recruiting: Power Ranking the 5 Most Shocking Commitments so Far
Although the 2014 recruiting cycle is still young, much has taken place thus far.
Recruiting classes are taking shape, recruits are starting to narrow their lists and summer visits are beginning to occur.
And, as happens every year, there have also been several shocking commitments. A stud running back flipped schools while another committed to a program much earlier than anticipated. An Elite 11 quarterback recently announced his commitment, but it was not to the school many expected.
Denzel Ware Recommits to Kentucky
Ware, who committed to Kentucky early in the process, decommitted, giving schools such as Florida and Auburn a great chance to land him.
However, Scout.com reports that he recently participated in a camp at Kentucky, and that is what led him to recommit to Mark Stoops.
Ware, who is 6'3" and 220 pounds, is a hybrid defensive end/outside linebacker from Florida who is great at pressuring the passer. Ware can rush from a two-point stance, explode upfield, bend around the pocket and quickly close on the ball.
Stoops will find ways to get Ware matched up in one-on-one situations.
Jacob Park Committing to Georgia
Park, who is from South Carolina, had Alabama and Virginia Tech hot on his trail. However, according to ESPNU, he recently went to Athens and threw for Georgia's coaching staff.
Park, who is 6'3" and 202 pounds, was impressive enough to earn a scholarship offer. Instead of committing to the Crimson Tide or the Hokies, Park pledged to be a Bulldog.
A crafty dual-threat QB, Park has the ability to rifle passes downfield. He also can escape traffic in the pocket and make plays with his legs. He will be a quarterback to watch in the race to replace Aaron Murray.
Jalen Hurd Committing to Tennessee
Hurd, who ran for more than 3,330 yards and 43 TDs as a junior, is the best player in Tennessee. So he was a logical target for first-year Vols coach Butch Jones.
Still, the feeling was that it would take time for Jones to prove to Hurd that the Tennessee program was back on the right track. That's why it was such a shock when a recruitment that figured to last until national signing day ended on March 14 when Hurd committed to the Vols despite having offers from several other big-name schools.
Hurd, who is 6'3" and 230 pounds, has surprising quickness to go with strength and solid hands. He will play as a freshman in Knoxville.
Dalvin Cook Flipping to Florida
Cook, a teammate of Miami commitment Joseph Yearby, was once a firm commitment to Clemson. Dabo Swinney planned to make him the next C.J. Spiller. He was expected to get carries as a freshman.
Cook loved the plan until Florida convinced him to visit Gainesville in April for a spring scrimmage. Cook told Scout.com that it was during that visit that Will Muschamp convinced him to flip to the Gators.
When the news broke, there was shock. Cook had been solid with his commitment, telling Scout.com several weeks prior to his decommitment that he was "80 percent" to Clemson.
Credit Muschamp and the Gators for capitalizing on the 20-percent opening to land a great running back.
Kyle Allen Committing to Texas A&M
Allen, who is the top prospect in Arizona, had many options when it came time to pick a school. However, UCLA was a favorite to land him, as Allen had a great relationship with the Bruins' coaching staff.
Notre Dame was also in the mix, having lost two quarterbacks in Gunner Kiel and Everett Golson. However, on June 3, Allen shockingly committed to Texas A&M.
The Aggies signed quarterback Kenny Hill in 2013 and have Matt Davis and Matt Joeckel on their roster at the same position. So Allen faces an uphill climb to replace Johnny Manziel when he leaves for the NFL, whenever that may be.
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.