College Football Recruiting 2014: Top 25 Stars, Week 3 Edition
The elite prospects of a talented 2014 recruiting class continue to command headlines on high school football fields throughout the country. Coveted recruits are thriving under the microscope and posting dominant performances despite extra attention from the opposition.
Each week, we examine the individual efforts that deserve a long look in the spotlight. Here's our latest national tour of senior recruits who starred during a busy weekend of football action.
All rankings and college offer lists courtesy of 247Sports.
25. 4-Star TE Mavin Saunders (Houston, Texas)
Kinkaid tight end Mavin Saunders caught five passes, including a touchdown, in a 42-20 win over Houston Christian, according to 247Sports. The 6'6", 220-pound receiving target committed to Florida State in June.
Saunders also received scholarship offers from Arkansas, Ole Miss, Illinois and Ohio State.
24. 5-Star ATH Jabrill Peppers (Paramus, N.J.)
23. 3-Star CB Brian Peavy (Houston, Texas)
22. 3-Star QB Ian Fieber (Mission Viejo, Calif.)
Mission Viejo quarterback Ian Fieber found a way to carve up a heralded Don Bosco Prep (Ramsey, N.J.) defense in a cross-country battle between two national powers. He completed 14 passes for 264 yards and a touchdown Saturday night in a 28-25 overtime victory at home, according to the Los Angeles Times.
Fieber led a late drive that resulted in a game-tying 32-yard field goal with seven seconds remaining in regulation. He committed to San Jose State in August after drawing interest from Florida State, Arizona State and Colorado.
21. 3-Star RB Auston Anderson (Plano, Texas)
Dallas Morning News
Running back Auston Anderson enabled Plano West High School to put away South Garland. He totaled 110 yards and two touchdowns on 16 carries in a 35-17 victory.
Anderson committed to Northwestern in May. He also holds offers from Stanford, Arizona, Texas and Arkansas.
20. 3-Star RB Madre London (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.)
St. Thomas Aquinas running back Madre London led the offense in a 27-13 victory over defending national champion John Curtis Christian (La.) at the Superdome in New Orleans. He carried the ball 12 times for 101 yards and two touchdowns, according to the Miami Herald.
London, who holds offers from Michigan State, Nebraska, Mississippi State and Wisconsin, scored on a 61-yard run to open second-half action.
19. 3-Star QB Aaron Sharp (Humble, Texas)
Summer Creek star Aaron Sharp sliced and diced the Port Neches-Groves defense on Thursday night en route to a dominant performance. He completed 17 of 24 passes, piling up 283 yards and three scores, per 247Sports.
Sharp led his team to a 38-17 win. He is committed to Kansas State but was in attendance for Saturday's Texas A&M-Alabama game, according to 247Sports.
18. 4-Star S Jaleel Wadood (Lakewood, Calif.)
St. John Bosco standout Jaleel Wadood came up big on both sides of the ball in a 52-31 win over Chandler (Ariz.). The 5'11", 170-pound playmaker caught nine passes for 125 yards and two touchdowns while also contributing in the defensive secondary, according to the Press-Telegram.
Wadood made six tackles and deflected a pass on defense. He committed to California in July.
17. 4-Star QB Treon Harris (Miami, Fla.)
Florida State commit Treon Harris has been a key component of Booker T. Washington's rise up national rankings. He completed 14 of 18 passes for 239 touchdowns and three touchdowns in a 45-0 win over Carol City last Wednesday, according to CBS Miami.
Harris also holds offers from Miami, Oregon, Penn State and South Carolina.
16. Unranked WR John Caldwell (Dallas, Texas)
15. 5-Star RB Leonard Fournette (New Orleans, La.)
Coveted running back prospect Leonard Fournette wasn't able to lift St. Augustine to a victory over fellow New Orleans powerhouse Edna Karr, but he did his part on offense in a 33-24 loss. Fournette raced for a 93-yard touchdown reception, picked up 84 yards on the ground and also threw a 63-yard score, according to The Advocate.
He is still considering several offers, including Michigan, Alabama, Texas A&M, LSU and USC.
14. 5-Star ATH John Smith (Long Beach, Calif.)
John Smith does just about everything on offense for Long Beach Poly. He provided fireworks once again in an upset victory over Corona Centennial.
His offers include Oregon, Alabama, Ohio State, UCLA and Michigan.
13. 5-Star RB Dalvin Cook (Miami, Fla.)
He also had three touchdowns called back by penalties in the first quarter. His scores were all from at least 20 yards out.
12. 3-Star QB Ronald Moore (Richmond, Texas)
11. 3-Star RB Jonathan Hilliman (Jersey City, N.J.)
The 6'1", 210-pound St. Peter's Prep running back chose Rutgers over offers from Alabama, Boston College, Florida, Miami and Michigan.
10. 3-Star QB Foster Sawyer (Fort Worth, Texas)
TCU commit Foster Sawyer found plenty of success through the air against Dallas Greenhill. He completed 13 of 17 pass attempts for 273 yards and four scores in a 56-14 win for Fort Worth All Saints, according to 247Sports.
Sawyer also rushed for a touchdown. He chose TCU from an offer list that includes Alabama, Missouri, Oklahoma State and UCLA.
9. 3-Star WR Nate Brown (Suwanee, Ga.)
North Gwinnett wide receiver Nate Brown was practically unstoppable in a 36-17 win over rival Norcross. He hauled in 10 passes for 179 yards and four touchdowns, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Brown remains uncommitted for college but is considering offers from Vanderbilt, Missouri, Louisville and Illinois.
8. 4-Star QB Deshaun Watson (Gainesville, Ga.)
The performance puts him over 10,000 career passing yards. He established the state record as a junior.
Watson is committed to Clemson.
7. 5-Star WR Speedy Noil (New Orleans, La.)
Speedy Noil led Edna Carr to an impressive 33-24 win over St. Augustine at the Superdome in New Orleans. The nation's No. 1 wide receiver prospect in 247Sports rankings starred at quarterback throughout the contest.
He threw for 138 yards and two touchdowns but really burned St. Augustine with his legs, per The Advocate. Noil rushed for a pair of scores, including a three-yard run that put the game out of reach midway through the fourth quarter.
LSU, Florida, Texas A&M, USC and Alabama are among his top college choices.
6. 3-Star QB Mason Rudolph (Rock Hill, S.C.)
5. 5-Star QB Will Grier (Davidson, N.C.)
Davidson Day quarterback Will Grier threw for 422 yards and five touchdowns on 30 completions in a 64-14 win over Harrells Christian Academy, according to MaxPreps. It was another strong effort from the 6'3", 180-pound Florida commit.
The future Gator also garnered offers from Arkansas, Auburn, North Carolina and Tennessee.
4. 5-Star QB Kyle Allen (Scottsdale, Ariz.)
Texas A&M commit Kyle Allen, the No. 1 quarterback in 247Sports composite rankings, torched Willow Canyon Thursday night. The 6'3", 190-pound passer completed 21 of 24 attempts for 356 yards and five touchdowns, per MaxPreps.
Allen's efforts led Desert Mountain to a 54-28 win. The future Aggie also holds offers from Ohio State, Notre Dame, UCLA and Alabama.
3. 5-Star WR KD Cannon (Mount Pleasant, Texas)
Dominant wide receiver KD Cannon continues to put up huge numbers for Mount Pleasant. He recently reeled in nine passes for 271 yards and five scores in a 77-34 win over Terrell, according to 247Sports.
Cannon committed to Baylor in August. His offer list includes Clemson, Florida State, Ole Miss and Oklahoma.
2. 3-Star ATH Desmon White (DeSoto, Texas)
Dallas Morning News
DeSoto quarterback Desmon White was excellent against Euless Trinity, completing 19 passes for 322 yards and five touchdowns through the air, according to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. He added 157 yards on the ground in a 61-35 win.
White's 479-yard performance may do wonders for his collegiate recruitment, which has yet to garner any BCS offers.