15 Most Electric College Football Recruits in Class of 2014

Edwin WeathersbyAnalyst IDecember 5, 2013

15 Most Electric College Football Recruits in Class of 2014

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    No disrespect to defensive studs, but when people talk about a player being electric, they're most likely referring to an offensive talent.

    The 2014 class has a ton of terrific recruits on offense, but some have more speed and quickness to make plays in a more dazzling fashion. Football is a beloved game, but it's also an avenue of entertainment. So, players who have the ability to catch the eyes of observers while making big plays are more popular than others.

    An explosive receiver tops this list, while a powerful running back also has electric speed. Plus, a pair of defensive players are featured because they are special with the ball in their hands.

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

Trey Quinn, WR

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    A 4-star receiver, Trey Quinn is a Louisiana native who belongs on this list. He is a quicker-than-fast athlete who can be a nightmare for defenders in coverage.

    At 6'1" and 200 pounds, Quinn has the explosiveness to shoot upfield with the ball after the catch. He is a sharp route-runner who can leave defenders at junctions, plus he has good hands.

    Quinn will definitely make an exciting play or two during his time at LSU.

Curtis Samuel, RB/WR/ATH

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    Curtis Samuel is an explosive 4-star prospect from New York who is committed to Ohio State. At 6'0" and 185 pounds, Samuel can work as a running back or receiver.

    He has great speed, but even better quickness. Samuel is elusive with the ball, evidenced by his ability to dance around defenders in short areas. The Brooklyn native also has the receiving skills to be one of the focal points of an offense's passing game, as his running back skills come into play after the catch.

Markell Pack, WR

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    Formerly committed to Florida State, Markell Pack is now headed to Ole Miss. The Rebels will love the 4-star recruit, as his fantastic speed should complement freshman receiver Laquon Treadwell's size and athleticism.

    At 6'2" and 180 pounds, Pack can surge off the line to quickly erase cushion on the perimeter. He climbs on top of secondaries with ease, thanks to his impressive speed. He makes a ton of plays on the third level, plus Pack has the potential to be a great kick returner.  

Tony James, RB

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    Tony James is on this list thanks to his impressive acceleration. He has a noticeable burst with the ball, as it allows him to make big play after big play.

    James, who is 5'10" and 170 pounds, shoots through holes to jump on top of linebackers at the second level. He can wiggle around defenders, plus he doesn't need to slow down to make sharp cuts. James also has solid hands to catch passes, as the 4-star prospect should be wonderful on screens.

    He is committed to Oregon. 

Budda Baker, ATH

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    Hailing from Washington, Budda Baker is a 4-star athlete who can play several different positions. Aside from having the ability to excel as a defensive back, Baker can also play running back or receiver. 

    The 5'9", 174-pound speedster has elite quickness. Baker is lethal with the ball in hands, which is why it's not shocking he's also a great returner on special teams. It will be interesting to see what position he plays in college.

    Do not be surprised to see Baker suit up for Oregon next season. 

Parris Campbell, WR/RB

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    Not many people are going to catch Parris Campbell in a straight line. The 4-star prospect has awesome speed, which he displays each time he touches the ball.

    At 6'0" and 184 pounds, Campbell may have a better future as a running back. He can play receiver, but his instincts and ability to skate through creases to make plays in the running game are impressive. The Ohio State commit is a threat to score from anywhere on the field when he has the ball. 

Michiah Quick, ATH

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    From California, Michiah Quick is one of the most versatile players out West. The 6'0", 170-pounder has an athletic playing style that also is based on speed.

    Quick can impact the game as a runner, receiver and returner. He shows good quickness to explode with the ball, plus he can run through arm-tackles. Quick can wiggle his way out of trouble, as he doesn't panic in traffic. He's a player who should touch the ball often.

    Oklahoma, USC, UCLA and Notre Dame are schools to watch, says 247Sports

Elijah Hood, RB

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    Although he has more of a powerful running style, Elijah Hood still has the ability to explode in the open field. He is 5'11.5" and 222 pounds, plus he has great vision.

    Hood can bully front-seven alignments with strength, but he's electric when he can build into his speed on the second and third levels. The bell-cow runner has the ability to gallop upfield to the end zone, plus he can dazzle observers by running over a few defenders each game.

    Hood is committed to North Carolina. 

Adoree' Jackson, CB/ATH

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    Adoree' Jackson is a 5-star prospect who is expected to play cornerback at the next level. However, do not be surprised if he gets a few snaps at running back and receiver.

    Jackson isn't the biggest player in the nation at 5'9.5" and 182 pounds, but he has the toughness and strength to play like a giant. His speed, quickness, agility and balance are on an elite level. Jackson is dangerous with the ball, as he has no issues exploding past defenders.

    He also can break a tackle, stay on his feet and accelerate to the end zone. Jackson is welcome on any campus in the country. 

Joseph Yearby, RB

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    Joseph Yearby is a talented running back who will make several electric plays during his time at Miami. The 4-star runner has exceptional quickness and elusiveness, as defensive players rarely get a clean shot on him.

    Yearby has a compact 5'9", 190-pound frame that has deceptive strength. He runs with outstanding balance, plus he is lethal in space. Yearby can skate to the edges of the box to turn the corner on defenses before using his jets to surge upfield.

    The Hurricanes would be wise to incorporate him into their passing attack. 

KD Cannon, WR

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    KD Cannon makes this list because most of the damage he does is on the third level. He has excellent quickness to launch off the perimeter and quickly get even with loose-playing cornerbacks.

    At 6'0" and 162 pounds, Cannon has the speed to run by defensive backs to catch passes deep downfield. He uses sharp cuts to separate at junctions, plus Cannon has excellent run-after-catch skills. Aside from catching touchdowns, look for Baylor to use him as a returner on special teams. 

Sony Michel, RB

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    A 5-star running back, Sony Michel is one of the most complete players in the country. The 5'11", 205-pounder can run with strength to break tackles while also using his speed and quickness to make exciting plays.

    Michel has great balance, evidenced by his ability to absorb hits and stay on his feet. He displays terrific quickness to and through holes, which allows him to easily shoot to the second level.

    Michel possesses the speed to reach the end zone from anywhere on the field, plus he has the potential to be a dynamic kick returner.

    He is committed to Georgia. 

Dalvin Cook, RB

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    Dalvin Cook has as much upside as any running back in the country. Already a 5-star recruit, the Miami native is only going to get better.

    However, Cook is already an electric player at this stage in his career. He exhibits a smooth burst that allows him to run by people with ease. At 5'11" and 190 pounds, Cook has the ability to dodge defenders by using subtle moves in traffic. He changes directions fluidly with the ball, plus Cook has the speed to get to the end zone each time he touches the ball.

    He is committed to Florida. 

Jabrill Peppers, ATH

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    Although he is expected to play in the secondary at Michigan, 5-star athlete Jabrill Peppers is still one of the most electric players in the nation.

    At 6'1" and 205 pounds, Peppers displays wonderful speed, quickness, agility and instincts with the ball.

    He would still be a 5-star prospect even if he concentrated on playing running back or receiver. Peppers is an exceptional athlete who has the strength bury defenders at the point of attack, should he not decide to run by them. 

Speedy Noil, ATH

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    Speedy Noil is a player who a defense must account for on each snap. He's so electric with the ball that an offense can be built around his skill set, as he has natural ability.

    Noil, who is nearly 5'11" and 176 pounds, has been killing defenses in New Orleans for quite some time. He has a rare burst of speed, plus he has exceptional agility and instincts. Noil plays quarterback now due to his high school coaches wanting him to touch the ball on every play.

    Once he learns the nuances of the receiver position, Noil could be the second coming of former Florida State receiver Peter Warrick.

2014 Bleacher Report College Football Recruiting Heat Map

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    The 2014 Bleacher Report College Football Recruiting Heat Map has a ton of recruits who are electric! Use this mobile-ready tool to locate the nation's premier prospects!

    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.