2014 Wide Receiver Recruits Ready to Make an Immediate Impact
Wide receiver is one of the trickiest positions to evaluate.
Oftentimes, receivers take a year or two to adjust when making the jump to the next level. Yet, every class has a few who appear ready to make an immediate impact.
Looking at the 2014 class, a pair of receivers from New Orleans should be ready to play next season. The Big 12 has three incoming prospects who should help their team's passing attack, plus an SEC school has a commitment from a 5-star prospect who should catch a few balls in 2014.
A 4-star prospect, Saeed Blacknall is a New Jersey native who could be thrust into a key role next season at Rutgers.
He could become the most talented player at his position for the Scarlet Knights as soon as he signs his National Letter of Intent.
At 6'3" and 210 pounds, Blacknall has a terrific blend of size and speed. He also has the strength to release through jams at the line. Blacknall can climb on top of defenders on the third level, plus he runs with power after the catch.
With his ability to skate away from defenders after making sharp cuts, Trey Quinn should become one of the best route-runners in the SEC.
The LSU commitment is a 4-star receiver who is 6'1" and 200 pounds. Quinn shows good quickness when releasing before using his athleticism to separate at junctions. He sees the field well, evidenced by his ability to find and settle into holes in coverage.
His reliable hands will make him a favorite target for whoever starts at quarterback for the Tigers in 2014.
Iowa State isn't known for luring elite talent to its campus, so when it receives a commitment from a player like Allen Lazard, an immediate impact is expected.
Lazard isn't the fastest receiver in the country, but he has great size at nearly 6'5" and 207 pounds. He has the strength to release through jams, plus he doesn't allow physical cornerbacks to bully him during his routes. He's better in a straight line, especially when he has time to get his legs churning.
Lazard has good hands, plus his body control is impressive. The Cyclones will be counting on him to make a major contribution next season.
A 5-star recruit, Malachi Dupre is a smooth athlete who could develop into a No. 1 receiver. At 6'2.5" and 187 pounds, he has great length and solid speed.
The New Orleans native has good quickness off the line, plus he flashes some polish when running routes. Dupre has above-average separation quickness, which he displays to get open before using his mitts to snatch passes. After the catch, Dupre can surprise a defensive back by running with deceptive strength.
LSU and UCLA are his top schools, per 247Sports, and Dupre has the talent to make an immediate impact at either program.
Hailing from California, Dallis Todd has the talent to play right away for Oklahoma. He is 6'5" and 210 pounds, plus he has better speed than many believe.
Todd can surge off the line to immediately get even with a cornerback sitting off of him. The 4-star prospect has the athleticism to sink his hips at junctions, which helps him quickly separate when cutting and running routes.
Todd also has great hands, plus he can adjust to different balls all around his frame. It may not make much sense for the Sooners to redshirt this guy.
KD Cannon is one of the most explosive players in the country. At 6'0" and 162 pounds, he has great speed and quickness to be a nightmare for secondaries.
Cannon consistently surges off the line, plus he can easily detach himself from defenders with sharp cuts. He has some developing to do as a route-runner, but he has no issues climbing to the third level.
With Baylor being an offensive-minded program, the Bears will likely immediately put the 5-star prospect in a key role in 2014.
Anyone who has watched Florida play this season can tell that the Gators have some kinks in their offense. Among head coach Will Muschamp's main problems is his team's lack of firepower on the perimeter.
That is why 5-star receiver Ermon Lane should be able to make an immediate impact next year in Gainesville.
The 6'3", 193-pounder has fantastic hands and concentration. Lane has above-average speed, plus he does a good job of quickly getting off the line and into his routes.
Although he will need some seasoning on the nuances of the position, Speedy Noil will still be ready to make an impact as a receiver next year.
The New Orleans native is 5'10.5" and 176 pounds of dynamite with the ball in his hands. Noil is an explosive and instinctive athlete who will be able to provide an immediate spark to his team's offense.
He has the ability to leave defenders at junctions, plus Noil can pull away from anyone in the open field. Redshirting him would be a mistake, as he should also be a dynamic returner on special teams.
2014 Bleacher Report College Football Recruiting Heat Map
Many receiver prospects who should make an immediate impact can be located on the 2014 Bleacher Report College Football Recruiting Heat Map!