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2014 College Football Recruits Who Will Be Future Pac-12 Football Stars

Edwin WeathersbyAnalyst IDecember 2, 2013

2014 College Football Recruits Who Will Be Future Pac-12 Football Stars

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    Known as a pass-happy conference, the Pac-12 has great schematic diversity. Stanford plays smashmouth football, while schools such as Arizona State, California and Washington State run versions of the spread offense.

    On the recruiting trail, this has not been the best year for the Pac-12. Yet, several programs have commitments from prospects who have a chance to achieve stardom in the league.

    A quarterback will have to wait his turn but has the skills to set the league on fire. A quartet of running backs should do a ton of damage, plus there may be a two-way star in the Pac-12 soon.

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

Nick Wilson, RB

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    Committed to: Arizona

    Head coach Rich Rodriguez does a good job of finding players who fit his spread-option offense. Nick Wilson, a 4-star running back, happens to be one of them.

    Wilson, who is 5'11" and 196 pounds, has a great combination of speed and power. He has solid quickness through holes, which allows him to generate force to attack the second level.

    Wilson possesses above-average speed to rumble along for big gains, which is why the California native should be among the Pac-12's rushing leaders soon. 

Arrion Springs, CB

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    Committed to: Oregon

    Arrion Springs is a talented 4-star cornerback who is a terrific fit for Oregon's defensive scheme. At 5'11" and 192 pounds, the Texan can play man and zone coverage.

    Springs has the ability to press receivers at the line, as he shows great quickness while recovering. He plays with solid speed, but he has an even better short-area burst. Springs' instincts, range and awareness allow him to patrol areas of the field in zone schemes, and he shows good route-recognition skills.

    Do not be shocked if Springs wins a nickel or dime role as a true freshman in Eugene, as he is a talented cornerback who will be a star one day.

Christian McCaffrey, RB

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    Committed to: Stanford

    An athletic 4-star running back, Christian McCaffrey will head to Stanford from Colorado next season. At 6'0" and 195 pounds, McCaffrey also has the speed, quickness and hands to play in the slot.

    He has wonderful elusiveness, as the talented runner rarely gathers to cut. McCaffrey flashes some strength and power to run through arm tackles, but his ability to dance around defenders is what will add some spice to Stanford's rushing attack.

    He'll impact many games as a runner and receiver on a good Cardinal team, which will help bring McCaffrey a ton of attention. 

Cameron Denson, CB/WR/ATH

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    Committed to: Arizona

    The coaching staff at Arizona will be fighting over Cameron Denson for awhile. The bickering will happen due to the 4-star prospect's ability to play receiver, cornerback, safety and kick returner. 

    Denson, who is 6'1" and 170 pounds, could get snaps on both sides of the ball during his stay in the desert. He has smooth athleticism, plus he shows good run-after-catch skills as a receiver. Yet, he can also cover big receivers on the perimeter as a cornerback.

    Whatever Arizona asks him to do, Denson will excel at it. 

Tony James, RB

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    Committed to: Oregon

    Tony James made a wise decision to commit to Oregon, as he is an ideal fit in the Ducks' spread scheme. The Florida native is one of the fastest and quickest offensive recruits in the nation.

    At 5'10" and 170 pounds, James has a fantastic burst to quickly shoot through alleys. He can cut at full speed to elude defenders, plus he has the ability to race by defensive backs on the third level to score.

    James also can be used in various ways in the passing game, and he could prove to be a good replacement for current Oregon running back De'Anthony Thomas. He should be the reason for many more offensive fireworks in Eugene.

Keller Chryst, QB

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    Committed to: Stanford

    Although it may be a few seasons before he is heard from, 5-star quarterback Keller Chryst should become an elite passer in the Pac-12 at Stanford.

    Chryst, who is 6'4" and 220 pounds, has great mechanics and vision. He does a good job in the pre-snap phase of a play, plus he doesn't panic when surprises happen after the snap. Chryst has solid quickness in his drops from center, which helps him quickly set up to throw.

    With his great arm strength and accuracy, he can deliver strikes to targets on any level of the field. Chryst also has the mobility to make a few plays with his legs.

    He's destined to be a star on The Farm. 

2014 Bleacher Report College Football Recruiting Heat Map

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    Use the 2014 Bleacher Report College Football Recruiting Heat Map to find college football's future stars!

    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.

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