Predicting Final Top 10 Recruiting Rankings for Class of 2014

Edwin WeathersbyAnalyst IDecember 2, 2013

Predicting Final Top 10 Recruiting Rankings for Class of 2014

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    National signing day is just about two months away, and February 5 will be here soon. Recruiting is coming down the homestretch, and it's an important time on the trail.

    Many coaches are hustling to get more commitments before shutting down their 2014 class, which will lead to some major pledges being made between now and the first Wednesday in February. While recruiting rankings can be formulated now, they may look vastly different in the future.

    An ACC team will try to stay among the nation's top recruiting programs, while an SEC school will surge up the ladder. Also, a Big Ten team will take aim at the No. 1 spot.

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

10. Notre Dame

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    Notre Dame has 19 commitments. Its class is one of the best in the country. 

    An uncommitted prospect to watch for Notre Dame is 4-star tight end Tyler Luatua. Landing the talented California native, plus pulling out another 4-star surprise, would put the finishing touches on an elite recruiting haul for the Irish.

    The folks in South Bend will celebrate another terrific class under Kelly's watch in February. 

9. Miami

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    With 28 commitments, Miami may not be able to add much more to its large class. However, one big target still remains for head coach Al Golden.

    Finishing the class with a commitment from 4-star receiver Johnnie Dixon will be the right way to end the Hurricanes' 2014 recruiting efforts. The talented receiver will add to a class that will help Miami compete for several ACC titles within the next five years.  

8. Michigan

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    Michigan may not have had the season it wanted to have on the field, but its recruiting class is shaping up nicely. The group already features studs such as 5-star athlete Jabrill Peppers, 4-star receiver Drake Harris and 4-star defensive tackle Bryan Mone.

    Malik McDowell, a 4-star defensive lineman, will also eventually choose to join the Wolverines, which will lead to Big Blue finishing in the Top 10 recruiting rankings.  

7. Georgia

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    Out of its 17 commitments, Georgia only has four that are not 4-star prospects. That kind of quality will help the Bulldogs land one of the best classes in the nation.

    Sony Michel, a 5-star running back, is the headliner of the class. However, head coach Mark Richt will add 4-star cornerback Wesley Green to the group, and there's a solid chance 5-star defensive end Lorenzo Carter and 4-star defensive tackle Elisha Shaw choose to play in Athens as well. 

6. Auburn

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    Auburn has 18 commitments, but the Tigers will add another elite recruit or two to their class before national signing day is over.

    Racean Thomas, a 5-star running back, and 4-star JUCO receiver D'haquille Williams lead the current group. However, Auburn has legit chances with 4-star prospects such as linebacker/defensive end Rashaan Evans, JUCO offensive lineman Jordan Prestwood and defensive tackle Elisha Shaw.

    Head coach Gus Malzahn will definitely put the momentum his program now has to good use on the recruiting trail.  

5. Tennessee

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    Although it may be almost out of available slots in its class, Tennessee has an outstanding 33-man group.

    A ton of quality is headed to Knoxville. The Volunteers boast 16 4-star commitments.

    However, head coach Butch Jones is going to finish with 18 4-star studs, as he will add two more critical recruits to his class. Receiver Josh Malone will spurn Florida State and Georgia for Tennessee, while defensive tackle Charles Mosley will opt for the Vols over Alabama. 

4. Texas A&M

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    Texas A&M will finish with another elite class in 2014. Its 18-man group has great quality. Quarterback Kyle Allen and defensive end Myles Garrett lead the way, as both are 5-star prospects.

    To make sure his class is one of the best in the nation, head coach Kevin Sumlin will add 4-star receiver Frank Iheanacho and 4-star safety/linebacker Edwin Freeman.

    Those two prospects will help make Texas A&M's class one of the top subjects of discussion on national signing day. 

3. Ohio State

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    Ohio State has 17 commitments at this point, so its's not going to sign an incredibly large class. However, expect head coach Urban Meyer to add several more talented players to his cabinet before national signing day is over.

    Prospects such as 5-star linebacker Raekwon McMillan, 4-star defensive back Marshon Lattimore, 4-star JUCO offensive tackle Chad Mavety and 4-star safety Erick Smith will all choose to become Buckeyes.

    Meyer's class will be somewhere near the top of the rankings in February. 

2. LSU

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    For the next two months, the school that will have all eyes on it will be LSU. The Tigers have a chance to make a historic run during the homestretch of recruiting, as several 5-star recruits could choose to play in Baton Rouge.

    Running back Leonard Fournette, defensive back Tony Brown, receiver Speedy Noil, defensive lineman Gerald Willis, linebacker Clifton Garrett, safety Laurence Jones and receiver Malachi Dupre are elite players who could end up signing with the Tigers.

    LSU may not sign all seven, but it will land a good amount of the above-mentioned 5-star prospects to finish with a class deserving of a No. 1 ranking. 

1. Alabama

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    Alabama has a chance to finish with one of the best recruiting classes in modern recruiting history. It already has 22 commitments, and only six are not 4-star recruits. 

    Remaining realistic targets for the Crimson Tide include players such as 5-star running back Leonard Fournette, 5-star safety Laurence Jones, 5-star cornerback Marlon Humphrey, 5-star defensive end Lorenzo Carter, 5-star athlete John Smith, 4-star offensive tackle Brian Wallace and 4-star tight end Tyler Luatua

    Like LSU, 'Bama will not land all of its remaining targets, but it will probably sign a solid amount of them to finish with another exceptional recruiting class.  

2014 Bleacher Report College Football Recruiting Heat Map

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    Many uncommitted recruits who will impact the final recruiting rankings can be located on the 2014 Bleacher Report College Football Recruiting Heat Map!

    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.