Building a solid defense is crucial in college football. Offenses have become more potent and sophisticated, so defenses must combat them with athletic players who excel at their roles. The past several recruiting cycles have had excellent defensive prospects, and the 2014 class continues that trend.
However, while many tend to focus on defensive end Lorenzo Carter, cornerback Tony Brown and linebacker Raekwon McMillan, other defensive players have been pushed down the board. Examining the defensive recruits in the 2014 class, several great players are vastly underrated.
A defensive lineman headed to a Big Ten school has the versatility that warrants a higher ranking. A linebacker committed to an SEC program deserves more attention, and a pair of safeties are better than many believe.