Miami vs. FSU: Whose 2014 Recruiting Class Is Better Right Now?
Florida State will host archrival Miami this weekend in what figures to be the biggest game of Week 10. The Seminoles have their sights set on a national championship, but Miami also is among the best teams in the country.
With both schools residing in Florida, they routinely bump heads on the recruiting trail. Many players on both teams considered the other school as recruits, plus most of them have grown up playing against one another.
Both powerhouses are enjoying great seasons, but they have also each assembled fantastic recruiting classes. It's time to determine which is the better group.
Miami's 2014 Recruiting Class Capsule
Head coach Al Golden and his staff have gotten more confident as each recruiting cycle has passed. This year, they may have put together their best class since arriving in Coral Gables.
Miami has a large 27-man class that will add more depth and talent to its roster. Golden has based the Hurricanes' recruiting efforts in Florida, as 18 prospects are from the Sunshine State.
Other states such as California, Georgia, Alabama, North Carolina, New Jersey, Virginia and Mississippi are also represented. The class has 14 defensive commitments, 11 offensive commitments and two athletes.
The defensive line has been the focus for Golden, as he has eight commitments who play in the defensive trenches.
Head coach Jimbo Fisher has a disciplined approach to recruiting that focuses on evaluation. He has done a great job of re-establishing the Seminoles as a recruiting powerhouse.
Florida State has 25 commitments, and its class has good talent. Fisher has collected 15 in-state commitments, but the Seminoles have branched out to nine other states. The group has 12 offensive recruits, 11 defensive players, one athlete and one long snapper.
The defensive line leads the way with six commitments, while Fisher also has six pledges from players who catch passes.
Miami's Top 2014 Commitments
The Hurricanes' offensive line will receive a boost from 4-star prospect Kc McDermott. At 6'6" and 285 pounds, McDermott has the ability to play left or right tackle.
Travonte Valentine, Chad Thomas and Trent Harris are 4-star defensive linemen who will cause many problems for ACC offenses. Brad Kaaya, a 4-star quarterback, is not coming all the way from California to not compete.
Florida State's Top 2014 Commitments
Markell Pack is a 4-star receiver who will make his presence felt in Tallahassee. At 6'2" and 180 pounds, Pack is an explosive athlete on the perimeter who is a terror downfield.
Miami's 2014 Headliner
Among the nation's most exciting players, 4-star running back Joseph Yearby is Miami's top commitment. He is a Miami native who has what it takes to become a legend in the city.
Although Yearby is 5'9" and 190 pounds, he has a thick frame that possesses solid strength. The instinctive runner has excellent vision to read defenses, plus he finds back-side holes with ease. Yearby has exceptional quickness, which he displays by darting through creases to blow past defenders.
With his ability to explode out of his cuts, Yearby has outstanding elusiveness in space. The future Hurricane also has the potential to become a good receiver out of the backfield, plus he's a great returner on special teams.
Florida State's 2014 Headliner
The top player in the Seminoles' class is 4-star linebacker Kain Daub. From Florida, Daub is one of the most intimidating defenders in the country.
The 6'3", 234-pounder has great size and strength. Daub displays terrific vision versus running plays, as he can quickly locate the ball at the snap. He flows to the ball with solid short-area quickness while sifting through traffic. Daub delivers powerful strikes to blockers at the point of attack, where he plays big and tough.
He is an effective blitzer who has the ability to fight his way to the quarterback with strength. Daub may not ever become an elite defender in coverage, but his strength and straight-line speed could help him become adequate.
After careful deliberation, the winner of this battle is Miami. The Hurricanes have a great combination of quantity and quality in their class, as it is an impressive group of football players. Florida State's class deserves a high ranking in its own right, but Miami has the superior recruiting class.
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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.