Each recruiting cycle features several hundred high school football players. Publications tend to focus on the high-profile recruits who are ranked higher on their boards. This practice leads to many good prospects being overlooked during a recruiting cycle.
Prospects who have high rankings will continue to generate much buzz in recruiting. However, college football is full of great players who didn't get attention in high school. Heisman winner Johnny Manziel was not a household name as an incoming recruit, and Marqise Lee was not the headliner of his class when he signed with USC.
Several prospects in the 2014 class deserve more recognition than they have received. An offensive lineman headed to a Big Ten program could be a great left tackle. Kansas has a commitment from an underrated running back prospect, and Cal may have a diamond in the rough.