10 Most Explosive Playmakers in 2014 Recruiting Class

Edwin WeathersbyAnalyst IOctober 23, 2013

10 Most Explosive Playmakers in 2014 Recruiting Class

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    When evaluating a player, one of the initial traits to look for is explosiveness. Being able to explode allows players to make plays at every position.

    However, it's most important on offense. Eluding defenders, surging upfield for big gains and scoring touchdowns all come from a player possessing an excellent burst with the ball. The 2014 class features some remarkably explosive prospects on offense, but it's time to look at the recruits who are elite in this category.

    A pair of teammates from Florida make this list, while an athlete from New Orleans is like a bomb with the ball in his hands. Also, a few defensive prospects with outstanding offensive potential warrant consideration.

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

Curtis Samuel, ATH

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    New York is not known for producing a lot of football talent, but 4-star athlete Curtis Samuel is helping change that perception.

    The Brooklyn native is one of the best offensive players in America due to his outstanding speed and quickness. At 6'0" and 185 pounds, Samuel can play running back or receiver. He has the ability to skate through alleys, dodge defenders in space and can surge to the end zone with ease.

    He is committed to Ohio State, where he will do damage as a runner, receiver and returner. 

Michiah Quick, ATH

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    Michiah Quick is a 4-star athlete from California who has a smooth and graceful burst with the ball. He is 6'0" and weighs 170 pounds.

    Although Quick is not a strong athlete, he rarely allows defenders to hit him with force. He has great quickness to and through holes as a running back plus displays the speed to split the safeties on the third level.

    As a receiver, Quick launches off the line to get upfield. After sharply cutting on a dime, he possesses a sudden transfer upfield with the ball to make plays after the catch. Schools such as Oklahoma, USC, Notre Dame and UCLA are in the mix, says 247Sports

Budda Baker, ATH

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    The only reason Budda Baker is listed as an athlete is because of how good he is in the secondary. The Washington native has sudden ability on the field, plus he could become a dangerous returner in college.

    Baker, a 4-star prospect, is 5'9" and 174 pounds. He has rare quickness, displayed by his elite stop-and-start ability. As a running back, he is best on the perimeter, where he can dance in space. However, Baker also is an outstanding receiver in the slot due to his ability to easily separate from defenders at junctions.

    He's a threat to score anytime he touches the ball. Oregon, UCLA and Washington are his top schools, per 247Sports

Sony Michel, RB

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    Georgia is getting a special player in 5-star running back Sony Michel. He has an impressive frame at 5'11" and 205 pounds.

    At first glance, Michel's physique may lead one to believe his running style is based on strength. However, he is an explosive runner who has electric quickness and agility. Michel has great instincts, hits the hole with authority and can skate to the edges of the box to turn the corner on defenses.

    Before he reaches top speed, Michel displays a wonderful burst when he sees a crease. It wouldn't be shocking to see him also develop into a premier returner. 

KD Cannon, WR

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    KD Cannon is a 5-star receiver who can get to the third level of a defense in a flash. He exhibits great quickness off the line to immediately threaten defensive backs.

    At 6'0" and 162 pounds, Cannon is not overly strong. However, he is sudden and explosive on the perimeter. The Texas native quickly gobbles up cushion, gets even with cornerbacks and separates when the ball is in the air. He surges out of his breaks when making in-cuts to shoot away from defenders.

    Cannon has terrific speed, which helps him make big plays after the catch. He is committed to Baylor. 

Jabrill Peppers, ATH

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    An exceptional talent, Jabrill Peppers is a 5-star athlete from New Jersey. Although he is expected to play defensive back at Michigan, the offensive coaches could demand his services.

    Peppers, who is 6'1" and 205 pounds, has 5-star talent at running back and receiver. He is a sudden athlete who has no issues surging upfield to make big plays. Peppers also has excellent strength.

    He shows outstanding speed, lateral quickness and natural instincts with the ball. This is an athletically gifted player with no physical limitations.

Adoree' Jackson, CB/ATH

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    Although Adoree' Jackson is a 5-star cornerback recruit, he has incredible potential on offense. He is a world-class athlete who is also one of the top long jumpers in the nation.

    Jackson has surprising strength all throughout his 5'9.5", 182-pound frame. He displays fantastic agility with the ball on offense, where running back and receiver are his top positions. Jackson possesses excellent speed, great stop-and-start ability and is elusive in various situations.

    On tape, his acceleration is quite noticeable. He is coveted by many schools across the country. 

Joseph Yearby, RB

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    From Miami, Joseph Yearby is one of the best running backs in the country. He has great speed but even better quickness.

    Yearby, who is 5'9" and 190 pounds, also has terrific instincts. He explodes to quickly get to the second level, where he is a nightmare for linebackers. Yearby also has no problems racing to edges of the box to turn the corner.

    He's a sprinter with the ball who is far from a straight-line athlete. The 4-star Miami commit bursts out of all his cuts to elude defenders, is lethal in space and rarely takes hits. 

Dalvin Cook, RB

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    A 5-star running back, Dalvin Cook is a teammate of Joseph Yearby at Miami Central High School in Florida. 

    Cook is 5'11" and 190 pounds. He's a running back who has rare speed, explosiveness and smooth athleticism. There may not be a better running back in the country coming through the hole than Cook. He surges through alleys to jump on top of defenders plus possesses exceptional quickness and elusiveness.

    Cook's strength is improving, but it's his explosive running ability that makes him great. He is committed to Florida. 

Speedy Noil, ATH

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    Speedy Noil has played quarterback for most of his career, but he's too explosive not to play receiver and running back in college. The New Orleans native is 5'10.5" and 176 pounds. 

    He displays exceptional speed, agility, quickness and explosiveness with the ball. Noil is a sudden athlete who can make many plays other players simply cannot. He's a terror on the field who can do an array of things on the perimeter, in the slot and from the backfield. 

    Noil also has the potential to be a dominant returner at the next level. Texas A&M, Florida and LSU are among a few schools to watch, says 247Sports

Full Ride: Most Explosive Recruits

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    This is a video put together by the Full Ride video team on the most explosive recruits in the 2014 class. Several players featured on this list are seen in the video!

2014 Bleacher Report College Football Recruiting Heat Map

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    Also, do not forget to use the 2014 Bleacher Report College Football Recruiting Heat Map! This is a great resource for recruiting fans to use to obtain information on the nation's top recruits!

    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.