2014 JUCO Recruits Every College Football Fan Should Know
JUCO recruits don't always receive the most attention, and they certainly don't get the hype that your average 5-star recruit entering his senior year in high school does.
Every now and then there's a star JUCO recruit who proves that theory wrong, but for the most part, the casual college football recruiting fan doesn't pay much attention to JUCO.
With that said, every year there are a plethora of JUCO recruits who will commit and become game-changers for a program. They're older, more experienced and physically ready to play college football. Often times, we can't say the same about incoming freshmen.
JUCO commitments are invaluable for a program, so with that in mind, here are three JUCO players that every college football fan must know.
Note: All scouting and analysis done by writer, via tape study of film provided on each recruit's 247Sports profile page unless otherwise noted.
D'haquille Williams, 5-star WR, Mississippi Gulf Coast C.C. (Committed to Auburn)
D'haquille Williams is the No. 1 JUCO recruit in the nation, according to 247Sports, and he's undoubtedly deserving of that honor. He has great size at 6'3'', 213 pounds, and he also runs a 4.40 40, per 247Sports.
If you're an Auburn or LSU fan (Williams is a former LSU commitment) you'd probably know who Williams is, but if not, this is a recruit you need to take a look at.
He has the size and speed to be a deep threat, and that's just off his measurables alone. Williams is lanky and runs with long strides, so he's able to get good separation. He can beat a defender vertically, but is also athletic and tall enough to fight for the jump ball. He has good leaping ability and displays soft hands and concentration.
I've truly never seen a highlight that features so many deep fades. Williams is the type of receiver who can go up and be a mismatch though. He has a ton of potential.
Jermaine Eluemunor, 4-star OT, Lackawanna C.C. (Committed to Arkansas)
You may have heard of Jermaine Eluemunor because of his recent flip from UCLA. Eluemunor was one of UCLA's marquee 2014 recruits, but he decommitted from the Bruins and ended up committing to Bret Bielema and Arkansas.
Eluemunor is a big offensive tackle recruit, and that's putting it lightly. He's 6'6" and 300 pounds, so he has the size to contribute right away for Arkansas. He has great strength at the line of scrimmage, uses leverage well and should be able to really dominate at the point of attack.
With that said, Eluemunor also has scary speed for being as big as he is. He has the ability to quickly get to the second level and put on a huge block against a much smaller linebacker or defensive back.
Eluemunor has star potential for Arkansas, and he's a JUCO recruit SEC fans in particular need to know.
Tyreek Hill, 4-star APB, Garden City C.C.
Tyreek Hill is the No. 3 JUCO recruit and No. 1 JUCO all-purpose back, according to 247Sports. Speed is the name of the game for Hill. He's lightning quick. He gets from point A to point B in the blink of an eye, but is also an exceptional football player.
Out of the backfield, he displays good footwork and vision. Hill has the speed to stretch a play laterally, but he's also not afraid to get north and south and outrun defenders through a tight gap.
Hill can also line up in the slot and be a huge mismatch as a receiver. He'll easily be able to beat even the fastest defenders vertically, and he can catch the ball as well.
I suggest you watch his Hudl highlights; that's how I was able to do this breakdown on him.
Florida State, Alabama, Arkansas, Oklahoma and Oklahoma State are all on top of his 247Sports interest list.
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