The six automatic qualifier BCS conferences (American, Atlantic Coast, Southeastern, Big Ten, Big 12 and PAC-12) routinely receive the most media coverage, advertising exposure and program revenue. But when you look beyond the BCS ranks, there's an abundance of talented players and teams in every corner of the country.
High school standouts pick non-BCS programs for a variety of reasons, although it's often because those are the only offers on their table. However, significant playing time and positional concerns can sway an athlete's decision to decline an opportunity at increased limelight.
The 2014 recruiting class is deep and not every player is destined for BCS glory. Let's take a look at several recruits ready to make their mark at the mid-major level.