Winners and Losers of June on the 2014 College Football Recruiting Trail

Andrew Kulha@@AKonSportsSenior Analyst IIIJuly 2, 2013

Winners and Losers of June on the 2014 College Football Recruiting Trail

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    The month of June may not have brought us much college football action on the field, but in the world of recruiting, it was certainly a month to remember.

    Every big commitment was seemingly followed by another even bigger commitment, and a few programs came away looking good on the recruiting trail—setting themselves up with plenty of momentum heading into the heart of the summer.

    Others were not so lucky though.

    Here are the winners and losers from the month that was June on the 2014 college football recruiting trail.

Winner: Michigan

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    Brady Hoke and the Wolverines are well on their way to becoming "the leaders and the best" of the 2014 recruiting trail. 

    June was a monumental month for Michigan, and that's saying something considering the Wolverines landed 5-star athlete Jabrill Peppers in May.

    How did Michigan top that commitment?

    The month of June saw Michigan land three more commitments: 3-star outside linebacker Chase Winovich, 3-star wideout Freddy Canteen and 3-star cornerback Brandon Watson.  

    You'd be hard-pressed to find a program hotter than U-of-M on the 2014 recruiting trail. 

Loser: TCU

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    Emanuel Porter, 3-star wideout, was a big in-state commitment for TCU, but that was until Texas came calling with an offer.

    Texas offered Porter on June 9th, according to his 247Sports timeline, and he has flipped and committed to the Longhorns by June 15th.

    Losing an in-state recruit is always rough, but even more so when said recruit was once committed to your program.

Winner: Kentucky

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    Right off the bat, let's be clear, this is not a slide on Kentucky basketball.

    Believe it or not, new head coach Mark Stoops has the Wildcats red hot on the football recruiting trail. So much so, in fact, that at the moment of this writing, Kentucky's 2014 recruiting class is ranked No. 10 in the nation, according to the 247Sports composite team rankings. 

    That lofty ranking is largely thanks to a stellar month of June.

    Kentucky came away with a whopping nine commitments in June, highlighted by three 4-star pickups.

    Denzel Ware, the No. 5 weak-side defensive end in the nation, according to the 247Sports composite, was a huge pickup for the Wildcats, as was No. 5 all-purpose back (247Sports Composite) Stanley Williams.

Winner: Texas A&M

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    Eventually replacing Johnny Manziel is going to be a tough task for Kevin Sumlin and the Aggies, but that thought got a bit easier with the commitment of 4-star quarterback Kyle Allen

    Allen is the No. 3 pro-style quarterback in the nation, according to the 247Sports Composite, and he committed to Texas A&M over Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oklahoma State and UCLA.

    Considering the competition for his commitment and the necessity to find a potential star, Allen picking the Aggies was a huge win for Texas A&M. 

Loser: UCLA

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    June was a mixed bag for UCLA recruiting.

    On the one hand, the Bruins landed 6'6'', 300 pound 4-star JUCO offensive tackle Jermaine Eluemunor. He's the No. 2 JUCO offensive tackle in the nation according to the 247Sports Composite, so he was a big pickup for UCLA. 

    Eluemunor's commitment was even more exciting considering UCLA had received the commitment from the No. 1 JUCO offensive tackle (247Sports Composite), Dominick Jackson, just days before.

    The future of UCLA's offensive line looked to be extremely bright, but then Alabama came calling for Jackson, and he ended up flipping to the Crimson Tide before month's end.

    With UCLA also missing out on Allen in favor of Texas A&M—albeit UCLA didn't necessarily need him—June will go down as a losing month for the Bruins.

Winner: Stanford

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    Stanford quietly snagged the nation's best pro-style quarterback recruit at the end of June, so there's no way the Cardinal can't be considered a winner.

    Keller Chryst is the No. 1 pro-style quarterback in the country according to the 247Sports Composite, and he committed to Stanford over the likes of Alabama, Arizona, USC and Pittsburgh.

    Chryst is a 5-star recruit and he's easily Stanford's biggest 2014 commitment so far. 

    Momentum is everything in recruiting, and the Cardinal received a ton of it near the end of the month.

    Perhaps Chryst's commitment and the hype created by it will help Stanford get on the winners list for July.

Loser: Pitt

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    The notable loser in the recruiting race for Keller Chryst was Pittsburgh.

    While it would be easy to credit Pitt for being in the running with such an elite 5-star quarterback recruit, the Panthers missed out on a family connection that could have been program changing.

    You see, Chryst is the nephew of Paul Chryst, who just so happens to be the head coach at Pittsburgh.

    Pitt had an ultimate "in" with a major recruit, but failed to capitalize. 

    Outside of that loss, Pitt did have a great month. They landed 12-of-13 commitments in June, but missing out on Chryst was a big enough moment to get the Panthers in the "losers" column.

Winner: Virginia

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    The state of Virginia is jammed with elite recruits this cycle, and Mike London and the Cavaliers are taking advantage of that.

    Virginia landed 5-star safety Quin Blanding in February and he was joined by marquee defensive tackle recruit Andrew Brown late in the month of June. 

    Brown is the No. 1 defensive tackle in the nation and the No. 7 overall recruit, both according to the 247Sports Composite rankings, so he's without a doubt a huge commitment for Virginia. 

    The other two finalists for Brown were Virginia Tech and Clemson.

Loser: Virginia Tech

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    To put it lightly, it was a rough month for Virginia Tech recruiting.

    First, the Hokies found out that they did not make the cut into 5-star defensive end Da'Shawn Hand's top three. Virginia Tech looked like a favorite to land Hand for a while, so that was a more than notable recruiting loss for Frank Beamer's program. 

    Brown was another elite recruit on VT's radar, but when all was said and done, the Hokies missed out on him as well.

    Perhaps July will be a better month for Virginia Tech.

Winner: Alabama

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    Are you surprised Alabama made the winners column?

    You shouldn't be.

    The Crimson Tide made huge news in the month of June when they received the commitment of 4-star pro-style quarterback David Cornwell

    Cornwell is the No. 4 pro-style signal-caller in the nation according to the 247Sports Composite rankings, but according to Bleacher Report, he's the best quarterback recruit in the country.

    To that point, the 247Sports exclusive rankings say Cornwell is a 5-star recruit, ranked No. 1 in the nation.

    Whether he's a 4-star or 5-star, Cornwell has unlimited potential at 6'5'', 230 pounds. He has a terrific arm, good mobility and great accuracy. He could end up being the next great college football quarterback.

    The Crimson Tide also flipped the top JUCO offensive tackle from UCLA. So overall, June was a great month.

Loser: Auburn

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    Alabama was deemed a winner for the month, so by default, that's a negative thing for Auburn. 

    The Tigers were also one of the programs associated with Cornwell before he committed to Alabama, so the month of June was a sad one for Auburn.

    Cornwell did visit Auburn mid-March, according to his 247Sports timeline, so at the very least, the Tigers were receiving some interest. 

    The Tigers may not have ever been a serious contender for his commitment, but they had enough of a chance to go down as a loser for the month of June. Mainly because he went to Alabama though.

    Auburn also missed out on 4-star running back Nick Chubb, who instead committed to Georgia. 

Winner: Georgia

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    Georgia started off slow and steady on the 2014 recruiting trail, but June was the month where things really started to pick up for Mark Richt's program.

    The Bulldogs landed six commitments during the month of June, and that includes verbals from the likes of Chubb, 4-star cornerback Malkom Parrish and 4-star quarterback Jacob Park

    Chubb, in particular, was a massive in-state recruiting win for Georgia, and he along with 5-star running back commitment Sony Michel, should be able to carry the torch eventually passed on by Todd Gurley and Keith Marshall.

Winner: College Football Recruiting Fans

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    However you slice it, June was an exciting month if you're a fan of college football recruiting.

    The kicker is, the 2014 cycle is really just starting to heat up.

    Do you agree with our winners and losers? Did we miss out on a major winner or overlook an obvious loser?

    Sound off in the comments.