Although many coaches pay little attention to rankings, possessing a Top 25 recruiting class is a big deal, as it means a program has collected a group of talented prospects of high quality to bring onto its roster.
As classes are built, core members are identified. Within the core group, one player is deemed as the key to the entire class, or the player the class can't live without. Following the Top 25 recruiting class rankings by 247Sports, each program has a player who is the heart of its 2014 class.
Michigan has a commitment from a player who could be a superstar by the end of his freshman season. Kentucky feels it has its quarterback of the future, and Clemson will gladly echo that statement for itself.