2014 College Football Recruits Who'll Pick Up More Scholarship Offers This Fall
With recruiting starting earlier and earlier, many recruits begin to receive scholarship offers during their junior year. Before the spring prior to their senior seasons, most prospects have usually received most of the offers they are going to get from programs.
However, other recruits fly under the radar and struggle to receive attention. This leads to them getting a minimal amount of offers or in some cases not get any at all. Each fall, several recruits play their way into additional offers by having good seasons.
A pair of undersized receivers are looking to light up secondaries to increase their buzz. A defensive end in Georgia needs to menace opposing offenses to catch the eye of coaches, and a big quarterback will display more mobility to finally receive an offer.
Josiah Coatney, DL
Josiah Coatney is a solid defensive line prospect who could be an alternative to teams who do not land fellow 2014 stud defensive lineman Solomon Thomas.
Coatney, who is 6'5" and 265 pounds, is a stout defensive player who can be a warrior in the trenches. He has adequate quickness at the snap, plays strong at the point of attack and flashes solid athleticism in pursuit.
He can play defensive tackle in a 4-3 scheme, but Coatney also has the skills to maintain his production as a defensive end in a 3-4 defense.
He has no offers, but Alabama and Georgia are showing interest, says 247Sports.
Chris Lewis, ATH
Chris Lewis is a 5'8", 168-pound athlete, but he's likely smaller than his listed size. Lewis, who is from Louisiana, is probably viewed as a risk by college coaches.
He has remarkable speed, agility and quickness, but durability concerns are coupled with doubts about his size. He can play running back, but Lewis lacks the strength to consistently run inside and break tackles.
Taller and physical cornerbacks could gobble him up in college, should he play receiver. However, if he gets with a coach who can move him around, get him the ball in space and take a risk on Lewis' diminutive stature, he could have a career similar to Trindon Holiday (pictured) when the former LSU receiver played in Baton Rouge.
Kavin Alexander, CB
A super athlete, Kavin Alexander deserves to be offered a scholarship by a major program. He has exceptional speed, balance, agility and leaping ability.
Alexander, who is from Arkansas, is a 5'8", 182-pound cornerback. He lacks great size, but his athleticism will allow him to be a solid nickelback. Even if Alexander is not viewed as a future No. 1 cornerback for a defense by a coach, his speed and hustle still should make him an excellent gunner on the punt team.
Alexander will receive a scholarship offer before the end of this recruiting cycle, as speed and athleticism are never turned down by college coaches.
Jarvis Cooper, DE/LB
The 2013 season should not have be about proving anything for Jarvis Cooper, as the Arkansas native has registered great stats over the past two seasons.
Since 2011, Cooper has 45 tackles for loss and 12 sacks, along with 128 tackles. The 6'2", 253-pound defensive player can play linebacker and defensive end.
He has solid instincts, plays with a physical demeanor and has a great motor. Memphis and Arkansas State are his only two offers, according to 247Sports.
T.J. Linta, QB
T.J. Linta has a frame and skill set that brings up memories of former Arizona State quarterback Andrew Walter. Linta is a 6'4", 225-pound quarterback with a strong arm, great poise in a clean pocket and can see over the rush.
When he can set his feet in the pocket, Linta can deliver the football to targets as well as any passer in the country. However, like Walter, his main issue is when he is forced to move off his launch point to throw results are mixed, at best. Linta has limited athleticism, and does not work well in traffic inside the pocket.
This fall, he needs to show that he has improved his mobility and ability to reset his feet to throw strikes. If he does, then he will receive his first offer, as he is without one as of now, says 247Sports.
Deionte Gaines, WR
Dr. Phillips High School in Orlando is a great program that annually produces good talent. This season, the team will feature Deionte Gaines, although the receiver has not gotten the respect he deserves on the recruiting trail.
Gaines, who is 5'8" and 157 pounds, is a speedy receiver who also is a dynamic returner. He has solid run-after-catch skills, can play running back on certain plays and helps his team's field position battles by returning kicks and punts for big gains—no pun intended.
Gaines has only four offers, including Arizona and Cincinnati, according to 247Sports. He will see his stock rise after a great 2013 season.
Jalen Graves, DT
Versatility on the defensive line is always welcomed by defensive coordinators. Signing a recruit who can play tackle and end, such as Jalen Graves, can insure solid depth in the defensive trenches for a program.
Graves, who is 6'2" and 265 pounds, can put his hand down and work against guards, but also has the quickness to be solid on the edges over a tight end. He is from Louisiana, and has no offers, says 247Sports.
Look for Graves to play like his head is one fire this fall, as he will earn several offers before February.