2014 College Football Recruits with Big-Time High School Stats
Players considered premier prospects may get pampered by college programs, but they don't receive any special perks on the field. They have a target on their backs every game, as opponents aim to make a name for themselves by shutting down the best talent they'll encounter.
For some, the pressure of living up to lofty expectations as a college-bound athlete becomes a burden and can sidetrack senior seasons. Others relish the situation, closing out their high school careers with dominant campaigns.
We shine the spotlight on 2014 college recruits currently in the final stretch of scintillating seasons.
5-Star QB Will Grier (Davidson, N.C.)
Will Grier ranks among the most accomplished quarterbacks in high school football history. He broke the national single-game passing record as a junior (837 yards) and puts up points at a prolific pace.
The 6'3", 180-pound passer has thrown 180 touchdowns since his sophomore season, per MaxPreps. After recording 69 touchdowns as a junior, his senior season has been equally impressive.
Through 11 games, Grier has 62 touchdown tosses and more than 3,800 passing yards. The Florida commit has also been a force on the ground, rushing for 1,100 yards and 11 scores.
5-Star RB Royce Freeman (Imperial, Calif.)
A special senior season for Royce Freeman features a record-setting performance. The Imperial High School running back established a new career rushing record in the San Diego area when he surpassed the old mark (6,694 yards) in late October, according to the Imperial Valley Press.
Freeman has kept up the pace throughout the fall, rushing for more than 2,400 yards and 38 touchdown through 10 contests, per MaxPreps. He hasn't fallen shy of 100 rushing yards in any game, eclipsing 300 yards three times.
His ridiculous 2013 statistics add to amazing career numbers. The Oregon commit now has 7,208 career yards and 108 rushing touchdowns.
4-Star WR Trey Quinn (Lake Charles, La.)
Wide receiver Trey Quinn is busy leaving an indelible mark in the Louisiana football record books. The 6'1", 200-pound Barbe High School standout set a new state record for receiving yards earlier this month, eclipsing the previous mark of 5,867 yards, per NOLA.com.
He broke the Louisiana record for receptions in October and is on the verge of making national history. Quinn, who has 88 catches for 1,581 yards and 18 touchdowns this season, is closing in on seemingly untouchable statistical totals.
He is 176 yards shy of tying current Missouri star Dorial Green-Beckham atop the all-time high school receiving yardage list (6,356 yards), according to ESPN. Quinn is just 21 receptions removed from Davis Howell's all-time mark (358 catches) and ranks fifth all-time in touchdown receptions (65 scores).
Quinn committed to LSU in August. His team opens the playoffs this Friday, providing him with an opportunity to rewrite the record books.
4-Star RB Elijah Hood (Charlotte, N.C.)
North Carolina commit Elijah Hood has been a dominant force throughout the fall. The Charlotte Catholic running back has more than 2,300 rushing yards and 32 touchdowns through 10 games, per MaxPreps.
He opened the season with a 325-yard, five-touchdown effort against Gonzaga, carrying his team to a 35-28 victory. Hood has gone over 200 yards in six games, reaching 300 yards on three occasions.
Since carrying the ball 73 times in the first two games of the year, his workload has diminished significantly. Hood has registered 25 carries in a contest twice in the past eight games.
4-Star QB Shuler Bentley (Duncan, S.C.)
Shuler Bentley orchestrates a high-octane offensive attack for perennial South Carolina powerhouse Byrnes High School. The 6'1", 200-pound quarterback continues to carve up opposing defenses as a senior.
Through 11 games, Bentley has 3,900 passing yards, 63 total touchdowns and just six interceptions, per MaxPreps. He's completing 70 percent of his pass attempts, displaying impeccable precision.
Bentley has tallied more than 12,000 passing yards in his high school career, throwing 164 touchdowns along the way.
His 2013 season features a pair of 500-yard passing efforts and eight games with at least five touchdown tosses. Bentley committed to Old Dominion in May, but 247Sports lists Cincinnati as a program still under consideration.
4-Star WR Josh Malone (Gallatin, Tenn.)
Wide receiver Josh Malone posted largely modest numbers at the high school level before this season. The Station Camp star caught 50 passes for 992 yards and 13 touchdowns during his sophomore and junior years combined, according to MaxPreps.
He's taken his game to another level in 2013.
Malone, who is also a dangerous kick returner, is dominating defenses as a senior. He has 65 receptions for 1,311 yards and 24 total touchdowns, per 247Sports.
Malone remains uncommitted. He is strongly considering offers from Florida State, Georgia, Tennessee, Clemson and Ohio State.
5-Star RB Nick Chubb (Cedartown, Ga.)
Georgia commit Nick Chubb commands the defense's attention every game. The star running back doesn't seem to mind, rushing over and around would-be tacklers throughout the season.
Chubb has 2,600 yards and 33 touchdowns on the ground through 10 games, according to MaxPreps. He averages more than 10 yards per carry.
The 5'11", 216-pound Cedartown High School prospect gained 331 yards and scored five times in the season opener. He hasn't slowed down since, surpassing the 200-yard mark eight times.
Chubb pulled the trigger on a verbal commitment to Georgia in June, rejecting offers from Alabama, Ohio State, Texas and Florida.
3-Star ATH Desmon White (DeSoto, Texas)
Do-it-all playmaker Desmon White may be short in stature (recruiting services list him in the 5'6"-5'8" range), but he's been awfully large while leading an unbeaten Texas state-title contender. The DeSoto High School star does damage on the ground and through the air.
White has 44 total touchdowns (30 passing), per MaxPreps, rivaling a junior season in which he tallied 46 scores. He's thrown for more than 2,800 yards while gaining another 1,100 yards on the ground.
His dual-threat success has been stunning. White's season features three games with at least 300 yards passing and 100 yards rushing.
He entered the season without an FBS offer. However, his performances resulted in collegiate interest.
White initially committed to North Texas on Oct. 3 before flipping to TCU a few weeks later. He is expected to line up at receiver for the Horned Frogs.