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Top 10 Uncommitted 2014 College Football Recruits in State of Texas

Edwin WeathersbyAnalyst IOctober 8, 2013

Top 10 Uncommitted 2014 College Football Recruits in State of Texas

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    247Sports

    Texas is one of the elite hotbeds for college football recruits. The state is big, it has a history of producing some of the best players the game has seen, and football is practically a religion to its citizens.

    The 2014 class has another talented crop of Texans, and several have already made their commitments. However, a large chunk of the state's top players remain undecided about their college intentions.

    A cornerback could choose to stay in Texas or head to an SEC school—or both. A defensive end could come down to a pair of Lone Star State programs, and a sleeper or two is on this list.

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

10. EJ Achelus, RB/ATH

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    EJ Achelus is a 3-star running back who doesn't get as much attention as he deserves.

    Achelus has been overlooked on the trail, which is perplexing because he has rushed for more than 2,100 yards and has scored 19 touchdowns coming into this season.

    From Katy, the Texas native attends Morton Ranch High School. He is 5'9", 175 pounds and has solid quickness. Achelus is a big-play threat waiting to happen, as he can burst upfield, elude a defender and race for big gains.

    He has an offer from Florida Gulf Coast, according to 247Sports.

9. Darrion Johnson, ATH

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    A 3-star athlete, Darrion Johnson can play several positions on the field. He's a competitive player who can excel at cornerback, safety, receiver, running back and as a returner on special teams.

    Johnson, who is 5'9" and 175 pounds, attends Navasota High School and is from Brenham, Texas. He is a great athlete, has solid coverage ability and shows excellent short-area quickness. He doesn't back down from bigger players, plays through the whistle and flashes impressive instincts.

    Johnson is expected to sign with Texas, per the experts of 247Sports

8. John Plattenburg Jr., CB

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    Originally from California and now located in Houston, John Plattenburg Jr. is a 3-star defensive back who now attends Lamar High School. He is a 5'10", 179-pounder who has the ability to play cornerback, free safety and strong safety.

    Plattenburg shows great speed, which allows him to take chances in man coverage. He can play with range, sees into the backfield well and has solid awareness. Plattenburg is not allergic to helping stop the run, looks comfortable in the box and throws his body around.

    Oregon, UCLA and Washington have the best chance to sign him, says 247Sports

7. Zaycoven Henderson, DT

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    Zaycoven Henderson has a chance to really grow as a player in college. He has good athleticism for a player at his position, as he shows the natural agility and short-area explosiveness to be great in pursuit.

    Henderson, who is 6'1" and 280 pounds, can surge off the ball to jump on top of blockers. The 4-star prospect from Longview, Texas has the ability to get under a blocker's pads, but also displays the quickness to shoot gaps. He needs to learn more moves in the trenches, but Henderson has big upside.

    He is expected to sign with Texas, according to 247Sports.

6. Edwin Freeman, OLB/S

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    With the ability to play safety and outside linebacker, 4-star Edwin Freeman will be able to play in various defensive schemes. The Arlington native is 6'0.5", 212 pounds and plays with good instincts.

    Freeman is an athletic defender who shows above-average transition quickness. He can drive hard on the ball with great speed, explodes downhill in a straight line and plays with excellent vision. Freeman can play in the box or on top of the defense and flashes solid skills in man coverage.

    Texas A&M and Texas appear to be the favorites, via 247Sports.

5. Nick Watkins, CB

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    247Sports

    Nick Watkins is a high-end 4-star cornerback who is one of the top players nationally at his position. He has a long frame at 6'1" and 180 pounds, has great athleticism and knows what he is doing on the field.

    Watkins has a great understanding of zone schemes, knows how to recognize route combinations and has good speed on the perimeter. He can shoot out of his backpedal, undercut a passing lane and get his hands on the ball thanks to his length.

    Watkins also can play safety due to his size, awareness, speed, range and ball skills. Texas, Notre Dame and Alabama are among several schools in the mix for the Dallas native, says 247Sports.

4. Solomon Thomas, DL

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    247Sports

    A 5-star recruit, Solomon Thomas is a versatile defensive lineman who can play in a 4-3 or 3-4 defense. The Coppell, Texas stud is 6'3", weighs 256 pounds and can be a terror in the trenches.

    Thomas has the quickness to jump on top of guards but also has the strength to bully tackles. He plays tough at the point of attack, can set the edge versus running plays and can violently shed blocks.

    Thomas can get upfield, convert his adequate speed/quickness to power and fight his way to the quarterback when rushing versus passing plays.

    Stanford, Alabama, Ohio State and Notre Dame are among several schools in the hunt, shows 247Sports.

3. Myles Garrett, DE

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    247Sports

    The pride of James Martin High School and an athletic marvel, Myles Garrett is a 5-star defensive end from Arlington.

    At 6'4" and 240 pounds, Garrett has fantastic first-step quickness on the edges, great strength and pursues the ball with tremendous speed. He has the length to stay clean during his rush, but Garrett can also get into a blocker's body and play stout versus running plays. 

    He has the ability to set the edge, anchor and shed to make tackles. Garrett also can bend around the pocket and has a noticeable burst to finish on the passer.

    TCU is expected to sign him, according to 247Sports

2. Jamal Adams, S

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    At 6'0" and 199 pounds, Jamal Adams is a 5-star safety, and one of the best defensive players in America. He has outstanding speed, can play with excellent range and also has good ball skills.

    Adams exhibits a terrific burst when he makes up his mind to attack a play, as he can close on the ball in a hurry. He doesn't get looked off by quarterbacks easily, can roam as a single-high safety and does a lot of favors for cornerbacks.

    Adams also can attack the line of scrimmage on running plays, make thumps in the box and force turnovers. He is expected to sign with Florida or Texas, per 247Sports.

1. Tony Brown, CB

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    Tony Brown is not only the top uncommitted prospect in Texas, but he's also the state's top overall player. Brown is a 5-star cornerback and is one of the best hurdlers in the nation.

    The 6'0", 188-pounder has exceptional speed, recovers with ease and can carry receivers deep downfield. Brown can press and reroute at the line, use his loose hips to mirror and has tremendous short-area quickness.

    He also has great strength, fantastic instincts and is an intelligent player. Brown has the range and awareness to play in zone coverage, but also shows natural transition quickness to play off-man coverage.

    He is expected to sign with LSU, according to many experts at 247Sports

2014 Bleacher Report College Football Recruiting Heat Map

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    Use the 2014 Bleacher Report College Football Recruiting Heat Map to find the best prospects in Texas, and across the country! This interactive tool is a great way to learn about the top talent in the country!

    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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