Top Commitments from October on 2014 College Football Recruiting Trail

Edwin WeathersbyAnalyst INovember 3, 2013

Top Commitments from October on 2014 College Football Recruiting Trail

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    Although November has arrived, last month was big for recruiting. Several programs received huge commitments that will help them win games in the future.

    October usually is a month where recruiting picks up, and it did not disappoint this year. A 5-star defensive end made his intentions known, while a Pac-12 program took a linebacker from one of its rivals.

    While snacking on leftover candy from Halloween, it's time to reflect on the top commitments from October.

    Player evaluations are based on review of tape at, Rivals, 247Sports and ESPNU.

    Above picture is from 247Sports

Jalen Harvey & Derik Calhoun to Arizona State

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    The Sun Devils received two significant commitments in October. First, 4-star receiver Jalen Harvey flipped to Arizona State from Cal.

    At 6'1" and 175 pounds, Harvey has good hands and deceptive strength. He is a quicker-than-fast athlete who makes plays by being naturally instinctive.

    However, Harvey was not the only high-end pledge for the Sun Devils last month, as Derik Calhoun also committed to playing in Tempe.

    Calhoun, a 4-star linebacker, was previously committed to USC. At 6'0" and 215 pounds, he could also see time at safety.  

Donell Stanley to South Carolina

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    The Gamecocks will see a big boost to their offensive line when 4-star guard Donell Stanley arrives in Columbia.

    Stanley, who is 6'4" and 327 pounds, has All-SEC potential.

    He displays good quickness at the snap to surge into his targets with force. Stanley has excellent strength, which he uses to dominate defensive linemen at the point of attack. He has the athleticism to reach linebackers in his track on the second level. Plus, the great blocker battles rushers to protect the passer. 

Qualen Cunningham to Texas A&M

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    If Texas A&M wants to seriously compete for SEC titles, it will need to get better defensively. Qualen Cunningham, a 4-star defensive end, is willing to help.

    The Arizona native committed to the Aggies in October. He will give them another solid rusher off the edges. Cunningham, who is 6'4" and 220 pounds, has good quickness at the snap to launch upfield.

    He can pressure the passer by bending around the pocket and using his short-area explosiveness to finish on the ball. Cunningham needs to add strength, but he has a high ceiling.   

Dewayne Hendrix & Derek Barnett to Tennessee

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    With the addition of two talented defensive ends, the Volunteers' excellent recruiting class got even better in October.

    Derek Barnett and Dewayne Hendrix both committed to playing in Knoxville, and both recruits will help Tennessee's defensive line. Barnett, an in-state prospect for the Vols, is 6'3.5" and 265 pounds. The 4-star player likely will grow into a defensive tackle.

    Hendrix, a 4-star recruit from Illinois, is 6'5" and 254 pounds. He has good strength to set the edge, and can convert speed to power. Tennessee is building a stingy defense via 2014 recruiting.  

Jesse Jackson to Mississippi State

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    Although he is only a 3-star recruit, Jesse Jackson is a big coup for Mississippi State. At 6'2" and 195 pounds, he will add another explosive dimension to head coach Dan Mullen's offense.

    Jackson exhibits terrific quickness off the line to immediately threaten cornerbacks. He uses his speed to climb on top of secondaries, but also has the athleticism to separate at junctions.

    The Bulldogs will love seeing him make plays on the third level, but Jackson also can factor into the running game.  

Ronnie Clark to Alabama

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    A dynamic athlete, Ronnie Clark made the decision to commit to Alabama in early October. He is a 4-star recruit who can play several positions on the field.

    Clark, who is 6'3.5" and 210 pounds, has good speed and athleticism. He displays the ball skills needed to play receiver, but is also strong enough to hold his own at outside linebacker. However, Clark's best position may be safety, due to his range and instincts

    He is a key part of 'Bama's class.  

Jalen Brown to Oregon

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    Oregon has a great shot to win a national title this season, but the Ducks are also starting to get momentum on the recruiting trail.

    They received a big commitment from 4-star receiver Jalen Brown in October. The Arizona native has the potential to add more firepower to the Ducks' offense. At 6'2" and 187 pounds, Brown has smooth athleticism and good ball skills. The Ducks' rushing attack also will be helped by Brown, as he works hard as a blocker on the perimeter. 

    He may not be the most explosive player in the nation, but Brown will become a well-rounded receiver in Eugene.  

Joshua Casher to Alabama

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    Joshua Casher committed to Alabama last month. He is the seventh talented offensive lineman in the Tide's class.

    The 4-star blocker has mainly played offensive tackle during his career, but he projects as a guard/center at the next level. Casher, who is 6'1" and 287 pounds, has great quickness and athleticism in the trenches. 

    He also possesses the strength to dig defenders out of holes to make room for running backs. Casher will help anchor Alabama's offensive line in a few seasons.  

Myles Garrett to Texas A&M

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    A 5-star prospect, Myles Garrett ended his recruitment by committing to Texas A&M in October. At 6'4" and 240 pounds, he has the talent to play right away in College Station.

    The athletic defensive end gets out of his stance quickly to attack offenses. Garrett has the strength to set the edge at the point of attack, but he is at his best when he can chase running backs from the back side.

    He rushes the passer with speed. Garrett displays outstanding short-area quickness. He has the power and tenacity to fight blockers at the point of attack, and displays good awareness on the field.

    Garrett will be one of Texas A&M's best defensive players early in his career.  

2014 Bleacher Report College Football Recruiting Heat Map

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    Use the 2014 Bleacher Report College Football Recruiting Heat Map to locate several of the top recruits who made commitments in October!


    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.