Although the 2014 recruiting cycle has yet to end, it's not too early to begin looking at next year's class. A ton of prospects in the 2015 group appear to be destined for stardom.
However, an early peek into the junior crop has revealed some 2015 recruits who are already being overlooked. An athlete from a California powerhouse deserves more attention, while a tough cornerback has the skills to cover any kind of receiver.
Plus, an underrated defensive end from Arizona has a high ceiling.
Caleb Peart is a defensive end prospect who attends Hamilton High School in Arizona. He is only a 3-star recruit at the moment, but he will firmly entrench himself on the national radar next year.
Peart, who is 6'2" and 240 pounds, has a chance to develop into a solid 3-4 outside linebacker. He has a powerful punch at the point of attack, which allows him to set the edge versus running plays. Peart also flashes adequate athleticism in pursuit, hence the projected move to linebacker in college.
Arizona State and Boise State are his only offers, says 247Sports, but that should change in a few months.
Hailing from Hoover High School in Alabama, Bradrick Shaw is a junior who has already played in some big games in his high school career. The junior is currently not rated.
However, Shaw has the talent to be an effective running back in college. At 5'11" and 185 pounds, he attacks alleys after making quick decisions. His vision may need improvement, but Shaw has the quickness to jump on top of linebackers at the second level.
He will continue maturing physically in the next two years, which should make him a candidate to be a bell-cow running back at the next level. Mississippi State and Auburn have offered, per 247Sports.
A 4-star prospect, Ben Humphreys is an intriguing prospect who deserves more attention. At 6'3" and 195 pounds, the talented athlete projects as a possession receiver or linebacker in college.
Humphreys uses his size well on offense, where his great hands allow him to snatch passes. Yet he flashes nice range as an outside linebacker, plus he does a solid job of covering tight ends.
Humphreys also attends Mater Dei High School in California, which routinely produces college prospects. Cal has offered, says 247Sports.
Daivon Ellison may not find himself ranked among the top cornerbacks in the country during the 2015 cycle, but he's going to make some program happy.
Although he is only 5'9" and 175 pounds, the 3-star New Jersey native has deceptive strength to press receivers. Ellison quickly punches at the line before battling to stay attached to his man through the whistle. He has average speed, but his vision and strength are interesting assets to have as a defensive back.
Ellison doesn't have any offers, but several schools are showing interest, according to 247Sports.
The 2015 class is loaded at the quarterback position, so many passing prospects are going to fly under the radar.
A deserving player who may not get much attention next year is 3-star recruit Jimmy Fitzgerald.
The Illinois native is a solid quarterback who is 6'3" and 205 pounds. He is raw and needs to refine his mechanics, but Fitzgerald is a gunslinger with great arm strength. Once he gets seasoned by a good quarterbacks coach, Fitzgerald will be a steal.
Illinois, Harvard and Yale are his only offers, per 247Sports.