10 Bold Predictions for the WRs of 2014 College Football Recruiting Class
While there may not be a consensus No. 1 choice at receiver in the 2014 class, the top players at the position are still a talented bunch. From big and strong receivers, to small run-after-catch guys, this class has much variety.
With the abundance of good receivers in this class, all of them appear to have bright futures. Looking into the recruiting crystal ball is always fun, but what's even more fun is being bold with the ball's predictions.
A receiver headed to a program on the rise will catch 90 passes as a true freshman, while another prospect will re-write the record books. Plus, a position change is on the horizon for another prospect.
Saeed Blacknall Will Leave Rutgers Regarded as the Best in School History
At 6'3" and 210 pounds, Saeed Blacknall is a 4-star receiver who has decided to stay close to home and play for Rutgers.
Blacknall has great speed, strength and can bully cornerbacks all around the field. He has the talent to play right away for head coach Kyle Flood, which will allow him to immediately begin accumulating statistics.
By the time Blacknall leaves Piscataway, he will be hailed as the greatest receiver the Scarlet Knights have ever had.
Drake Harris Will Be 1st Team All-Big Ten in Football and Basketball
Michigan has a commitment from 4-star receiver Drake Harris, who is also an accomplished basketball player.
He was an All-Michigan selection in both sports as a sophomore, according to 247Sports, and averaged 19 points.
While Harris could opt to only play receiver for the Wolverines, his basketball juices will lead to the hardwood in the winters in Ann Arbor. Before he leaves Michigan, Harris will have become a first-team receiver in football and a first-team selection at guard in basketball.
Thaddeus Snodgrass Will Score 30 Touchdowns at Kentucky
Thaddeus Snodgrass is a 4-star receiver who is committed to Kentucky. Head coach Mark Stoops plucked him from Ohio due to his excellent speed and 6'1", 175-pound frame.
Snodgrass has the skills and potential to be a dynamite fit in offensive coordinator Neal Brown's spread offense. He will be a dazzling deep threat in Lexington, where he will score 30 career touchdowns for the Wildcats.
A lot of fireworks will be popping off during Snodgrass' career at Kentucky.
Dallis Todd Will Be a 2-Time All-Big 12 First-Team Selection at Oklahoma
A receiver who may not get as much attention as he should is 4-star prospect Dallis Todd. Perhaps his early commitment to Oklahoma has impacted his exposure and coverage, but he is a talented player.
At 6'5" and 210 pounds, the southern California native has great speed for a big target. He will fit in nicely in the Sooners' offensive attack, which emphasizes throwing the football.
Todd will be such a productive receiver in Norman that he will make two first-team All-Big 12 lists before his career is over.
Parris Campbell Will Have 1,000 Career Rushing Yards at Ohio State
Although he can play running back, 4-star recruit Parris Campbell likely will become a receiver at Ohio State. He's a 6'0", 184-pound speedster who is dynamic with the ball in his hands.
Campbell's running back skills come in handy after the catch, where he does a ton of damage. With Ohio State running a spread-option offense, Campbell will get his opportunities to run the football on reverses, jet sweeps and option plays.
At the conclusion of his career in Columbus, he will have totaled 1,000 rushing yards.
Allen Lazard Will Be Moved to Tight End Before His Junior Season at Iowa State
Allen Lazard is Iowa State's top commitment, but it's not a done deal that he signs with the Cyclones.
In the event that he does, he will be moved to tight end after a season or two.
Lazard is nearly 6'5" and weighs close to 210 pounds already. Once he gets in ISU's weight room, he's going to add more bulk. He will likely be 230 pounds going into his junior year, and he's already not the fastest receiver in the country.
Lazard will be a productive player for the Cyclones, but it will be as a tight end, not a receiver.
DeAndre Thompkins Will Have a 100-Catch Season at Penn State
Penn State has to be giddy over the pending arrival of 4-star prospect DeAndre Thompkins. A North Carolina native, he has the tools to become a No. 1 target for quarterback Christian Hackenberg.
Thompkins, who is 6'0" and 170 pounds, has great speed, quickness, instincts and ball skills. Head coach Bill O'Brien is one of the better offensive minds in the business, and the former New England Patriots offensive coordinator knows how to get his best skill players the ball.
Hackenberg will develop good chemistry with Thompkins in Happy Valley, and the pair will hook up 100 times in a season within the next few years.
Ermon Lane Will Start as a True Freshman at Florida
Ermon Lane is a 5-star receiver who is committed to Florida. Anyone who watches college football knows that the Gators' passing game has not set the world on fire in recent years.
Although Florida has recruited well at the position in recent cycles, including landing 2013 recruit Demarcus Robinson, Lane will be the highest rated receiver prospect on the roster. His 6'3", 193-pound frame, solid quickness and ability to catch in crowds will land him a starting job immediately in Gainesville.
Lane will be viewed as Florida's best receiver by the middle of next season.
KD Cannon Will Catch 85 Passes as a True Freshman at Baylor
The Baylor Bears run a high-scoring offense, and can be considered the "Oregon of the Big 12." Head coach Art Briles has built the program up with solid recruiting, and 5-star receiver KD Cannon will keep the trend going.
Cannon, who is 6'0" and 162 pounds, caught 102 passes as a junior, so he's no stranger to mass production. His speed, ball skills and quickness make him a great fit for Baylor's spread offense, and he will produce right away in Waco.
Cannon will catch 85 passes in 2014, which will lead to him being named the Big 12's Offensive Freshman of the Year.
Speedy Noil Will Finish His Career as Top-10 Receiver, Rusher and Returner
Speedy Noil is a 5-star athlete who is one of the most versatile and dynamic offensive players in the nation. The 5'10.5", 176-pounder has terrific speed, instincts, vision, quickness, explosiveness and elusiveness.
Noil can impact the game as a receiver, quarterback, running back and returner. He is such a talented player that he will produce for his future college team in several different ways.
When his career is over, Noil will have produced so much for his program that he will see his name in the top 10 of his school's career marks for receiving yards, rushing yards and return yards.
He will also throw five touchdown passes in his college career.
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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.
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