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College Football Teams Whose 2014 Recruiting Focus Is Primarily Offense

Edwin WeathersbyAnalyst IAugust 19, 2013

College Football Teams Whose 2014 Recruiting Focus Is Primarily Offense

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    College teams know that they must always haul in as much offensive talent as they can to make sure they have the firepower to score a ton of points. 

    However, some teams go to the extreme and spend a recruiting cycle focusing primarily on offense. Defense may win championships, but offense wins the games needed to get those championship opportunities.

    An SEC program known for its strong defense is using this cycle to strengthen its offensive units. Plus, an ACC program known more for its special teams is bringing in good offensive talent in 2014.

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

     

Texas Tech

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    The Red Raiders are known for their ability to score points, as they have ran Air Raid or Spread offense since former coach Mike Leach took over.

    With Kliff Kingsbury now at the helm, the emphasis on lighting up the scoreboard will continue in Lubbock. Kingsbury has 18 commitments, but 11 of them are from offensive recruits.

    Quarterback Patrick Mahones is a 3-star prospect who Kingsbury will develop into a starter. The Red Raiders have receiver commitments in this class. 

Missouri

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    With Texas A&M first year SEC success commanding much of the attention, the Tigers must get back to their old ways.

    Gary Pinkel's program used to scored points and effectively move the ball, but it had a rough year in 2012. However, Pinkel is bringing in reinforcements soonmore than 10 of his 18 commitments in his 2014 class can play on offense.

    The Tigers have five offensive line pledges, plus a commitment from quick 3-star receiver Lawrence Lee.

    Kendall Blanton is a 6'6", 227-pound 3-star tight end with a ton of potential, plus 3-star receiver Darnell Green-Beckham's name should ring a bell for Missouri fans. 

Georgia

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    Georgia head coach Mark Richt is a former offensive coordinator, so he knows how important it is to have talent and depth on that side of the ball.

    Richt has commitments from 16 players, with 10 being offensive recruits. Running back Sony Michel leads the class, as he is a 5-star prospect who could be special in Athens.

    Quarterback Jacob Park is a 4-star prospect with solid mobility and arm strength. Also, running back Nick Chubb is a 4-star big back who can rumble down field with solid speed.

Virginia Tech

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    Virginia Tech is not the first program a fan thinks of when it comes to offense, however, the Hokies are trying to change that based on their 2014 recruiting efforts.

    Virginia Tech has 20 commitments, and 14 of them could play on offense. Athlete Javon Harrison is a 4-star recruit who could be a solid receiver at 6'1" and 187 pounds.

    The offensive line has commitments from five prospects, plus the Hokies have two quarterbacks in their class. 

     

Florida

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    Florida's recruiting class is impressive, but when looking further it is easy to see that the offensive side of the ball has been the focus in Gainesville.

    The Gators have 15 commitments, and 10 are offensive prospects.

    Running back Dalvin Cook is the headliner, as the 5-star prospect has exceptional speed and quickness. Ermon Lane is a 5-star receiver who stands 6'3" and 193 pounds, plus 4-star quarterback Will Grier is a future starter for Florida.

    The Gators have not overlooked the trenches, as five pledges are from offensive linemen. 

LSU

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    A powerful SEC program, LSU wins many games by playing excellent defense and scoring just enough points to hold on to a lead.

    Well, head coach Les Miles knows it is time for his program to start scoring more to take some pressure of the defense. So eight of LSU's 14 commitments are offensive recruits.

    Trey Quinn, a 4-star receiver, is the top offensive player in the class. He is a 6'1", 200-pounder with deceptive speed, instincts and great hands—a dual-threat quarterback.

    Brandon Harris is 4-star recruit with a high ceiling, while guard Will Clapp is a blocker who has the strength to play in the interior trenches.

     

Ohio State

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    The Buckeyes have commitments from 17 prospects, and 10 of them could play on offense in Columbus.

    Running back Curtis Samuel is among the quickest and fastest players in the country. The 4-star prospect is from New York and will make several Broadway-worthy plays for Ohio State.

    Running back/receiver Parris Campbell is another 4-star speedster who will terrorize Big Ten defenses.

    Offensive tackles Jamarco Jones and Kyle Trout—who are both 4-star recruits—will protect 3-star dual-threat quarterback Stephen Collier in the future.

    Demetrius Knox, a 4-star guard, will assist Jones and Trout in the offensive trenches. 

    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.

     

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