Power Ranking the Top 10 Uncommitted 2014 Recruits

Edwin WeathersbyAnalyst IAugust 15, 2013

Power Ranking the Top 10 Uncommitted 2014 Recruits

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    The top 10 recruits are the best prospects in the country, and the only thing more appealing to a college coach than a top-10 recruit is a top-10 uncommitted recruit.

    Many uncommitted prospects remain on the board, but the focus will remain on the 10 elite players within that group. These prospects have major college programs desperately wanting their services, as they have the talent to make an instant impact in college.

    A pair of defensive ends with contrasting skills are battling it out for the No. 1 spot at the position. However, another edge defender is not far behind the two studs. Also, a trio of cornerbacks are on this list, but two of them may switch positions before they graduate. 

    Player evaluations are based on review of tape at Scout.comRivals247Sports and ESPNU.


10. Myles Garrett, DE

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    Myles Garrett is a 5-star defensive end prospect with as much potential as any player on this list. He is an impressive physical specimen who stands 6'4" and weighs 240 pounds.

    The Texan has great quickness off the ball, can launch upfield and bend around blockers to squeeze on the quarterback. He has the length to stay clean during a rush, the speed to convert to power and the range to chase down running backs from the backside.

    Garrett is expected to sign with Texas A&M, according to 247Sports

9. Raekwon McMillan, LB

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    One of the best defensive players in the nation, Raekwon McMillan is a terror versus running plays. He gets a jump on snaps due to possessing great instincts, finds the football quickly and explodes into alleys to bully his way into the backfield.

    McMillan, who is 6'2" and 242 pounds, bursts around the box with force to make thumping hits. The 5-star 'backer plays strong at the point of attack and is a good athlete.

    Once McMillan develops his ability to play the pass, he will be a complete linebacker. Ohio State leads a group of several other major programs, says 247Sports

8. Damian Prince, OT

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    Left tackles are always in demand on the recruiting trail, which is why 5-star recruit Damian Prince is such a coveted prospect. He has outstanding athleticism for a big man, as he displays quick feet, great agility and good balance.

    He can shadow rushers to protect the passer, quickly readjust to deny inside moves and has the ability to get to the second level as a blocker on running plays.

    The 6'6", 300-pound player from Maryland is expected to sign up to block for Florida State, according to many experts at 247Sports


7. Marlon Humphrey, CB

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    Marlon Humphrey has prototypical size for cornerback at 6'1" and 175 pounds. The 5-star cornerback from Alabama also has excellent awareness, instincts and a natural feel for the game.

    Humphrey loves to sit off receivers, focus on their releases and get a jump on balls by correctly reading routes. He can come up and press due to his long arms and great short-area quickness.

    It would be shocking if Humphrey did not sign with Alabama, as his father, Bobby, played running for the Tide. 

6. Adoree' Jackson, CB

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    Football may not be Adoree' Jackson's best sport, as he could be an Olympic long jumper in a few years. Jackson is a remarkable athlete, as his 5'9.5", 182-pound frame can do many things.

    Jackson lacks good technique as a cornerback, but his outstanding speed, quickness, instincts and deceptive strength allow him to cover receivers all over the field.

    The 5-star cover man can powerfully press at the line, competes for the entire duration of a play and if he gets his hands on the football, he can return it to the end zone.

    In fact, Jackson is such a threat returning the ball, he could actually play receiver in college. He is expected to sign with USC or Florida, according to 247Sports

5. Tony Brown, CB

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    A wonderful cornerback prospect, Tony Brown can play several different positions. The Texan flashes the potential to be a great free safety, rover/bandit, strong safety and nickel cornerback/outside linebacker.

    Brown, who is 6'0" and 188 pounds, has outstanding strength to reroute receivers at the line. He can flip his hips to carry a receiver deep downfield and has excellent transition quickness to close on the ball. The 5-star defender is an instinctive player who can explode off the edges to support the run. 

    LSU or Alabama is where he will play, says 247Sports


4. Da'Shawn Hand, DE

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    One of the most powerful players in the country, Da'Shawn Hand has the strength to consistently set the edge versus running plays.

    The 5-star defensive end has solid quickness at the snap, plays big at the point of attack and fights through blocks.

    Hand, who is 6'4" and 254 pounds, flashes good hand usage and heavy hands. He can convert speed to power, get under a blocker's pads and walk his opponent deep into the pocket. A great athlete, the Virginia native can pursue the ball laterally with quickness and has the speed to chase running backs across the box.

    Michigan, Alabama and Florida are his leaders, says 247Sports

3. Lorenzo Carter, DE

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    Lorenzo Carter has the potential to be an All-Conference defensive end or 3-4 outside linebacker. He is a 6'5", 232-pounder with fantastic athleticism, agility and growth potential.

    Carter flies off the ball, extends his long arms into a blocker's body to create space and quickly bends around them to burst onto the quarterback. He has to develop more moves as a rusher, but he flashes quick hands and counter ability.

    Carter, who is from Georgia, possesses rare range for a defensive end prospect, as he can get to the football from anywhere on the field. Alabama, Florida and Georgia lead several other schools for the 5-star recruit, per 247Sports

2. Cameron Robinson, OT

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    Offensive linemen are rarely ready to play as true freshmen, but Cameron Robinson may be an exception. The 5-star prospect is a clear-cut left tackle with fabulous size at 6'5", 330 pounds.

    Robinson has no issues bending his knees, exploding out of his stance and can mix his sets when protecting the passer. The Louisiana native is a dancing bear who can mirror rushers in space, quickly slide to stymie their progress and can anchor with strength.

    Robinson's athleticism also helps him reach linebackers on the second level in the running game. He has the strength to steer his targets away from alleys and will decide between Alabama and LSU, according to 247Sports

1. Leonard Fournette, RB

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    Leonard Fournette is a 6'1", 226-pound running back with special ability. He has a great combination of speed and power, as Fournette is a nightmare for defenses.

    He has good vision, and can pick and slide to holes, but Fournette is at his best when he can attack a front-seven alignment downhill. The 5-star running back can explode to and through holes and challenge tacklers at the point of attack, but also shows good elusiveness.

    He has the speed to race to the end zone and Fournette also can factor into the passing game. He is expected to play for Alabama or LSU, according to the experts at 247Sports


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    Edwin Weathersby is the College Football Recruiting Analyst for Bleacher Report. He has worked in scouting/player personnel departments for three professional football teams, including the New York Giants and Cleveland Browns.