10 Burning 2014 College Football Recruiting Questions

Edwin WeathersbyAnalyst INovember 17, 2013

10 Burning 2014 College Football Recruiting Questions

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    Although February is only a couple months away, burning questions remain about the 2014 recruiting cycle. Many things have happened already, but there still are a ton of loose ends to be tied.

    Looking at the 2014 recruiting class, question marks are everywhere. And some questions are more pressing than others.

    Is the nation's No. 1 recruiting class the best ever? What happens if a powerful coach bolts for another juggernaut program? What exactly is a 5-star safety going to do?

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

Will USC Land Any Elite Recruits in 2014?

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    USC has been through a lot this year, including the firing of former head coach Lane Kiffin. Recruiting has also been tough—the Trojans only have nine commitments.

    USC is ranked at the bottom of the Pac-12 recruiting rankings by 247Sports. Known as one of the best recruiting programs in the country, the Trojans do not yet have a commitment from a 5-star prospect.

    With 5-star targets such as cornerback Adoree' Jackson, athlete John Smith and offensive lineman Damien Mama all having a ton of schools chasing after them, there's a chance USC will not land an elite recruit in 2014. 

What Will Laurence Jones Do?

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    A 5-star safety, Laurence Jones is one of the best players in the 2014 class. He also has one of the toughest decisions to make.

    Jones, who 247Sports says favors Alabama and LSU, is in a position where he can't go wrong in either direction. Both schools are known for producing great defensive backs, plus he will get to play in the SEC.

    The talented safety will announce on December 2, says Hunter Paniagua of TigerSportsDigest.com.

Is Alabama Juggling Too Many Quarterbacks?

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    Alabama signed Cooper Bateman in 2013, has a commitment from 2014 4-star passer David Cornwell—and 5-star junior quarterback Ricky Town has also pledged to the Crimson Tide.

    All three quarterbacks are elite prospects, so they will be looking to play early. Bateman could win the starting job next season, which would cause a significant delay in both Cornwell's and Town's emergence in Tuscaloosa.


Could Dalvin Cook Really Spurn Florida?

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    Florida may be feeling nervous about the status of 5-star running back Dalvin Cook. The speedster has taken trips to Texas, Arkansas and Florida State, according to 247Sports

    Although Cook is still pledged to the Gators, nothing is set in stone until his signed National Letter of Intent is in the hands of Florida head coach Will Muschamp.

    Things could get interesting with Cook, especially involving Florida State. 

What Will Happen to Texas A&M's Class If Kevin Sumlin Leaves for USC?

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    Texas A&M head coach Kevin Sumlin has become one of the hottest coaching commodities in the business. He will command interest from NFL teams, plus several major college programs.

    USC is one of those programs, as Sumlin is the Trojans' top target, according to Scott Wolf of the Los Angeles Daily News. The Aggies have an outstanding 2014 recruiting class, thanks to the charisma of Sumlin.

    Should he leave for Troy, it will be interesting to see how much of Texas A&M's class stays intact. 

Does Florida State Have a Serious Shot at Landing Marlon Humphrey?

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    Marlon Humphrey, a 5-star cornerback, is widely expected to sign with Alabama by many experts at 247Sports. A major aspect to Humphrey's recruitment is that his father, Bobby, played at 'Bama.

    Yet Marlon is still not committed to the Crimson Tide. That is because Florida State is doing an outstanding job of making Humphrey's decision tough. The tall cornerback has visited Tallahassee several times this year, per 247Sports

    Look for the Seminoles to use every trick they have to pry Humphrey away from the Tide. 

Can Will Grier Start at Florida as a True Freshman?

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    It's become quite obvious that Florida needs an elite quarterback.

    Jeff Driskel, Tyler Murphy and Skyler Mornhinweg have not exactly been impressive this season. 

    The Gators have a commitment from 5-star quarterback Will Grier, who is 6'3" and 180 pounds. Grier is an athletic passer with solid arm strength and accuracy. He could be the best quarterback on the team next season, which could be why he starts as a true freshman.

Will Da'Shawn Hand's Decision Impact Lorenzo Carter?

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    Alabama upset Michigan for 5-star defensive end Da'Shawn Hand last week. A beastly defender from Virginia, Hand is 6'4" and 254 pounds.

    However, 5-star defensive end Lorenzo Carter is also a wanted man in Tuscaloosa, per 247Sports. With Hand pledged to the Crimson Tide, it is going to be fascinating to see what Carter decides.

    He could opt to be part of a dominating tandem or choose to be an alpha-rusher at another school. 

Does Texas Have a Legit Shot with Leonard Fournette?

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    Leonard Fournette is an exceptional talent at 6'1" and nearly 230 pounds. The 5-star running back is expected to decide between Alabama and LSU, says 247Sports

    However, Texas has joined the mix, according to a report by Derek Tyson of ESPN.com. With the Longhorns holding commitments from two of Fournette's high school teammates, it makes sense for them to go after Fournette.

    Yet it remains to be seen just how serious Fournette is about playing in Austin. 

Is Alabama's 2014 Recruiting Class the Best Ever?

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    Texas, USC, Florida and Alabama have each put together one or two recruiting classes since the 2000's that have commanded "all-time" talk.

    Well, 'Bama is at it again with its 2014 class. The talent in the group is already downright ridiculous, and several more elite uncommitted prospects are expected to sign with the Crimson Tide.

    Alabama has constructed several memorable classes under head coach Nick Saban, but this year's crew may be history in the making.


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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.