2014 College Football Recruits Who Will Be Future SEC Football Stars
Every star player in the SEC was once a wide-eyed recruit who had to earn his respect. Players in the 2014 class will be no different, as they will have to fight for respect in the competitive league.
However, several players from this year's class have the ability to standout from the rest of the conference.
A pair of quarterbacks could be immediate stars, while another one will make a big impact in a few seasons. Plus, several defensive players are also on this list.
Note: This list focuses on committed prospects.
Drew Barker, QB
Committed to: Kentucky
Drew Barker is a 4-star quarterback who will be beloved by Kentucky fans in a few years. He's already known around the Bluegrass State due to his impressive play in high school.
Barker is likely to redshirt in 2014, but the talented passer has the physical tools to be great in offensive coordinator Neal Brown's spread attack.
At 6'4" and 210 pounds, Barker has good arm strength to attack all areas of the field. He displays good accuracy, plus he does a solid job of adjusting to defenses. Barker also has the mobility to make a play or two with his legs.
Christian Miller, OLB/DE
Committed to: Alabama
The ability to rush the passer is imperative for a team's success in the SEC. That is why 4-star prospect Christian Miller was such a coveted recruit across the league.
He's headed to Tuscaloosa where he will pressure passers for the Crimson Tide. Miller is an ideal fit for 'Bama as a 3-4 outside linebacker, as he rushes best from a two-point stance at 6'4" and 222 pounds. He can also play with his hand down as a traditional defensive end.
Miller should become one of the best defensive players in the SEC in a few seasons.
Jalen Hurd, RB
Committed to: Tennessee
The Volunteers are looking for their 2014 class to make a big impact, and Jalen Hurd will lead the charge. At 6'3" and 220 pounds, he's an athletic running back with good speed.
Hurd will already be a fan favorite before he plays a down for the Vols, as he is an in-state 5-star recruit. With his size, speed and ability to make an impact in the passing game, there's no reason why Hurd can't be a superstar in Knoxville.
He's expected to play a key role next season.
Racean Thomas, RB
Committed to: Auburn
Although Racean Thomas is a great runner at 5'11" and 196 pounds, it's the other things he can do on offense that will make him a star for the Tigers.
Thomas has great hands for a running back, which makes him an ideal fit for Auburn's spread offense. The 5-star prospect can be used on swings, flats, screens and option routes out of the backfield, among other things.
He should be among the Tigers' leaders in receptions several times before he leaves The Plains, while also leading the team in rushing.
That sounds like an SEC star in the making.
Will Grier, QB
Committed to: Florida
The Gators are counting on 5-star quarterback Will Grier to be a standout at some point, and the sooner the better. Grier has above-average arm strength, and he can be lethal when he gets into a rhythm.
The North Carolina native is 6'3" and 180 pounds, as his light frame allows him to make great plays as a runner. Grier does a good job of playing with anticipation, plus he's not afraid to hang tough in the pocket.
He does too many things well not be a star in Gainesville, as Florida badly needs him to develop into a stud.
Dalvin Cook, RB
Committed to: Florida
Should he stay committed to the Gators, Dalvin Cook may be one of the best running backs in the SEC in two seasons.
He has excellent speed and quickness to go along with a frame that is 5'11" and 190 pounds. Cook's vision will only get better with each carry, as he's a creative runner who has the explosiveness to make several big plays each game. He can shoot through creases, and the Florida prospect can dance around defenders with ease.
The 5-star recruit also has the potential to be a fantastic receiver out of the backfield.
Myles Garrett, DE
Committed to: Texas A&M
If Myles Garrett comes to College Station with the right mentality, the sky is the limit for him. He's a gifted athlete who also has good strength to play strong on the edges.
At 6'4" and 240 pounds, Garrett can work with his hand down or standing up. He shows good quickness at the snap before playing strong at the point of attack. Garrett's athleticism allows him to play with great range, as he can chase down running backs in pursuit.
The Aggies do not have a great defense, so Garrett could be one of their most talented defenders once he puts his helmet on for the first time. In a few years, the Texas native should be an All-SEC defensive end.
Sony Michel, RB
Committed to: Georgia
It may take a season or two for the spotlight to be on Sony Michel at Georgia, but he will be a star one day for the Bulldogs.
The Florida native is a 5-star running back who can do just about everything. Michel, who is 5'11" and 205 pounds, has great speed and quickness to turn the corner on defenses. He also has the strength to run inside and break tackles, and he has the hands and receiving skills to help in the passing game.
Michel will be one of the best all-around players in the SEC soon enough.
Kyle Allen, QB
Committed to: Texas A&M
With Johnny Manziel likely leaving for the NFL after Texas A&M's bowl game, the Aggies will be looking for a new quarterback.
They may already have their man in 5-star passer Kyle Allen.
With his intelligence and accuracy, Allen should produce outstanding numbers in Texas A&M's spread offense, which will make him a star. He isn't the biggest quarterback in the nation at 6'2.5" and 185 pounds, but the Arizona native has a well-rounded skill set to distribute the football.
Allen may not make as many exciting plays as Manziel, but he will be a star nonetheless.
Da'Shawn Hand, DE
Committed to: Alabama
As a 5-star defensive end, Da'Shawn Hand could play several different roles for the Crimson Tide before he leaves Tuscaloosa.
At 6'4" and 254 pounds, Hand can play defensive end in either a 3-4 or 4-3 scheme.
He also can play outside linebacker in a 3-4 defense due to his athleticism and ability to pursue the ball with good speed. From Virginia, Hand should be an equally effective player versus both the run and pass.
Head coach Nick Saban and defensive coordinator Kirby Smart will certainly find different ways for Hand to make plays, as he's too talented not to become an SEC standout at 'Bama.
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