College Football Recruiting 2014: Top 25 Stars, Week 13 Edition

Tyler Donohue@@TDsTakeNational Recruiting AnalystDecember 2, 2013

College Football Recruiting 2014: Top 25 Stars, Week 13 Edition

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    Thanksgiving weekend annually provides outstanding gridiron action, as rivalry matchups and postseason showdowns define the final stretch of November football.

    Increased competition provided star senior performers with another opportunity to add to their high school legacies. We carry on with our weekly exploration of 2014 recruits taking care of business on the field.

25. 3-Star CB Qua Searcy (Barnesville, Ga.)

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    Lamar County playmaker Qua Searcy starred in a win over Jefferson. The 5'11", 165-pound prospect stood out on both sides of the ball during a 35-24 victory.

    Searcy scored on an interception return and also caught a touchdown pass, per The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. He  committed to Georgia Tech in June.


24. Unranked RB Lawrence Pittman (Charlotte, N.C.)

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    Mallard Creek playmaker Lawrence Pittman pushed his team past Northwest Guilford. The running back gained 146 yards on nine carries in a 56-13 win, per Langston Wertz Jr. of The Charlotte Observer.

    Pittman scored a pair of touchdowns. He is considering offers from schools at the FCS level, including The Citadel and Wingate.

23. 3-Star QB Hayden Sphire (Suwanee, Ga.)

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    North Gwinnett quarterback Hayden Sphire led his squad to a 35-31 victory over Hillgrove. The 6'2", 200-pound passer completed a game-winning touchdown pass with 73 seconds remaining in the game, according to Chip Saye of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

    Sphire received his first Division I offer from Jacksonville State in October. He's also drawn interest from Memphis and Georgia State.

22. 3-Star WR Kaleb Prewett (Blue Springs, Mo.)

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    Blue Springs star Kaleb Prewett pushed his squad to a state title repeat. He scored the team's second and third touchdowns en route to a 35-14 win over Rock Bridge, per Steve Overbey of St. Louis Today.

    Prewett caught a pair of second-quarter touchdowns in the victory. He is committed to Kansas State.

21. 3-Star ATH Lance Austin (Barnesville, Ga.)

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    Lamar County standout Lance Austin made his presence known throughout a 34-24 win over Jefferson. He rushed for a pair of touchdowns and fired a touchdown toss, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

    Austin committed to Georgia Tech in June. He spurned offers from Marshall, Mississippi State and South Carolna.



20. 4-Star QB Shuler Bentley (Duncan, S.C.)

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    Byrnes High School star Shuler Bentley shined in a narrow loss to Dutch Fork. The 6'1", 200-pound passer connected on 20 passes for 316 yards and two touchdowns, according to MaxPreps.

    He is committed to Old Dominion. Bentley also holds offers from Cincinnati, Delaware and Coastal Carolina.

19. 2-Star RB Richarde Bagley (Powder Springs, Ga.)

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    Hillgrove running back Richarde Bagley bulldozed defenders, despite coming out on the losing end, against North Gwinnett. He carried the ball 27 times for 168 yards in a 35-31 defeat, per Chip Saye of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

    Bagley rushed for three touchdowns, including two from 20-plus yards out. He is weighing interest from Mississippi State, Air Force and Mercer.

18. 5-Star RB Leonard Fournette (New Orleans, La.)

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    Leonard Fournette won't end his high school career as a state champ, but he put his talents on display during a narrow playoff loss to Archbishop Rummel. He gained 125 yards and a touchdown on 15 carries, according to

    He added five catches for 40 yards and two scores. Fournette is considering LSU, Alabama and USC, among others.


17. 4-Star CB Malkom Parrish (Quitman, Ga.)

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    Brooks County High School star Malkom Parrish came up big in a victory over Bowdon. The 5'9", 186-prospect threw four touchdowns during a 42-26 win, per The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

    Parrish is likely to line up at cornerback at the next level. He is committed to Georgia.

16. 5-Star ATH John Smith (Long Beach, Calif.)

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    Long Beach Poly playmaker John Smith starred during a dominant victory over St. Bonaventure. The 6'1", 200-pound prospect sprinted 62 yards for a game-changing touchdown in a 44-8 win, according to Eric Sondheimer of The Los Angeles Times.

    Smith also caught a nine-yard touchdown reception. He is considering offers from Notre Dame, Alabama, USC, Oregon and Ohio State.

15. 4-Star QB Jerrod Heard (Denton, Texas)

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    Jerrod Heard continued an outstanding senior season against Amarillo. The 6'2.5", 190-pound quarterback completed 10 passes for 162 yards and two touchdowns in just one half of action during a 63-21 win, per Adam Boedeker of The Dallas Morning News.

    He also rushed for 89 yards and a touchdown. Heard is committed to Texas.


14. 2-Star QB Drew Belcher (Reading, Mass.)

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    Reading High School quarterback Drew Belcher starred in a thrilling win over Stoneham. He accounted for six total touchdowns in a 44-36 victory that required three overtimes, according to Brendan Hall of

    Belcher threw three scores and rushed for another three touchdowns. He has drawn interest from UConn, Massachusetts and Harvard.

13. 3-Star RB C.J. Leggett (Alpharetta, Ga.)

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    North Gwinnett running back C.J. Leggett rumbled through defenders during a 35-31 win over Hillgrove. He carried the ball 39 times for 152 yards, according to Chip Saye of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

    Leggett scored three rushing touchdowns. He is strongly considering offers from UCLA and Pittsburgh.

12. 3-Star QB Donovan Isom (Destrehan, La.)

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    Destrehan High School standout Donovan Isom elevated his team with an impressive effort against Dutchtown. The 6'4", 215-pound passer threw for 175 yards and two touchdowns, per Sam Spiegelman of

    Isom also rushed for 32 yards and a score in a 23-7 win. He is committed to Utah.

11. 3-Star WR Krenwick Sanders (Jesup, Ga.)

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    Wayne County wide receiver Krenwick Sanders was sensational in a victory over Alexander. He accounted for four total touchdowns in a 51-21 win, per The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

    Sanders caught three scoring passes and rushed for another touchdown. He committed to Wisconsin in October.



10. 3-Star RB Ray Lawry (Swedesboro, N.J.)

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    Kingsway High School running back Ray Lawry erupted on Thanksgiving, posting a sensational performance against Clearview. The 5'10", 180-pound prospect pounded opponents for 232 yards for 25 carries, according to

    Lawry scored five touchdowns in a 40-27 victory. He is committed to Old Dominion.

9. 3-Star CB Grant Haley (Atlanta, Ga.)

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    Lovett School star Grant Haley had an excellent game against Laney. The 5'10", 170-pound prospect rushed for 219 yards and four scores in a 35-33 victory over Laney, according to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

    Haley accounted for the game-winning touchdown midway though the fourth quarter. He is committed to Vanderbilt.

8. 5-Star RB Dalvin Cook (Miami, Fla.)

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    Miami Central standout Dalvin Cook starred in a 54-3 win over Palm Bay Heritage. He carried the ball 13 times for 244 yards, according to Andre C. Fernandez of The Miami Herald.

    Cook scored three touchdowns in the victory. He committed to Florida in April.

7. 4-Star QB Deshaun Watson (Gainesville, Ga.)

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    Gainesville quarterback Deshaun Watson was impactful in several facets during a 42-28 win over Mundy's Mill. He threw for 272 yards and four scores in the win, per The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

    Watson added 54 yards and two touchdowns on the ground. He is committed to Clemson.

6. 3-Star WR Trae Hart (Dallas, Texas)

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    First Baptist standout Trae Hart had a huge game against Frisco Legacy Christian. The versatile wide receiver caught eight passes for 147 yards and a touchdown in a 47-4 win, per The Dallas Morning News.

    Hart added an interception return for his second score. He is committed to Purdue.

5. 4-Star RB Varshaun Nixon (Austin, Texas)

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    Lake Travis High School star Varshaun Nixon dominated Jesuit throughout a 55-30 win. The 5'9", 185-pound running back gained 337 yards in the victory, according to The Dallas Morning News.

    Nixon rushed for five touchdowns. He is committed to Texas A&M.


4. 3-Star QB Mason Rudolph (Rock Hill, S.C.)

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    Northwestern quarterback Mason Rudolph was mighty impressive in a 49-21 victory over North Augusta. The 6'4", 210-pound passer completed 28 passes for 319 yards and six touchdowns, per MaxPreps.

    Rudolph connected with six different receivers. He is committed to Oklahoma State.

3. 4-Star RB Elijah Hood (Charlotte, N.C.)

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    Charlotte Catholic standout Elijah Hood helped his team advance to a regional title game with a dominant performance against Southeast Guilford. He gained 372 yards on 23 carries in a 56-30 win, according to Corey Inscoe of The Charlotte Observer.

    Hood rushed for six touchdowns. He is committed to North Carolina.

2. 3-Star QB Troy Flutie (Natick, Mass.)

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    Natick High School quarterback Troy Flutie solidified his place in state record books with a phenomenal performance on Thanksgiving. The 6'0", 175-pound passer threw seven scoring strikes in a 48-13 win over Framingham, according to Brendan Hall of

    He completed 16 passes for 263 yards in the victory, setting the Massachusetts' record for single-season (47) and career (112) touchdown tosses. Flutie will follow in his uncle's footsteps to Boston College.

1. 3-Star RB Tre Watson (Corona, Calif.)

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    Tre Watson starred throughout a historic night for Centennial High School. The 5'9", 190-pound running back gained 519 yards on 40 carries as his team set a national record with 943 total offensive yards, according to MaxPreps.

    Watson scored six touchdowns in a 85-56 win over Upland. He is committed to California.