College Football Recruiting 2014: Top 25 Stars, Week 14 Edition
College football recruits across the country continue to wrap up their high school careers. We've spent the entire season highlighting hundreds of outstanding efforts on a weekly basis.
Top prospects continued to pick up their squads this past weekend. Here's a peek at several premier performances.
25. 3-Star RB Jonathan Hilliman (Jersey City, N.J.)
24. 4-Star QB Deshaun Watson (Gainesville, Ga.)
Deshaun Watson's illustrious high school career came to a close with a semifinal defeat, but he showed off his skills one last time in a Gainesville uniform. The quarterback completed 20 passes for 185 yards and a touchdown during a 20-14 loss to Tucker, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Watson, who set Georgia's all-time passing yardage record as a junior, also rushed for a score. He is committed to Clemson.
23. 5-Star RB Dalvin Cook (Miami, Fla.)
Miami Central star Dalvin Cook didn't dominate in state semifinal action, but he played a key role in helping his team drain the clock in late stages. The running back gained 73 of the team's 84 rushing yards in a 28-15 win over previously unbeaten Daytona Beach Mainland, according to the Miami Herald.
Cook is committed to Florida but is still exploring options. He signed a financial aid agreement with the Gators last week but did the same with Florida State and Miami.
22. 4-Star LB Rashaan Evans (Auburn, Ala.)
Auburn linebacker Rashaan Evans was unable to lead his team to victory in state final action, but he wrapped up the season with a sensational individual effort. The 6'3", 220-pound prospect collected five tackles, including two for loss, and a sack in a 20-3 loss to Hoover, per AL.com.
Evans added 34 yards of total offense. He is considering Georgia, Auburn, Alabama and UCLA.
21. 4-Star WR Nate Brown (Suwannee, Ga.)
Wide receiver Nate Brown continues to make plays for North Gwinnett. He caught a two-yard touchdown pass in the final moments of first-half action, pushing his team toward a 27-21 victory over McEachern, per the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Brown committed to Missouri in September. He also holds offers from Georgia, Boston College and Georgia Tech.
20. 5-Star ATH Jabrill Peppers (Paramus, N.J.)
Star playmaker Jabrill Peppers capped off an illustrious career by helping Paramus Catholic claim a second straight state title. The 6'1", 205-pound defensive back anchored a defense that surrendered just six points and forced three points in a victory over St. Peter's Prep, per NJ.com.
Peppers also rushed for 67 yards on eight carries. He is committed to Michigan.
19. 3-Star RB Jaylen Samuels (Charlotte, N.C.)
The 6'0", 225-pound prospect is viewed as a fullback or safety at the next level. He committed to North Carolina State in June.
18. 5-Star CB Marlon Humphrey (Birmingham, Ala.)
Star defender Marlon Humphrey helped Hoover earn its second straight state title. The 6'1", 175-pound playmaker returned a punt deep into opponent territory to set up a game-clinching score in a 20-3 win over Auburn, according to AL.com.
Humphrey set up another scoring drive by stripping a ball-carrier for a recovered fumble. He is weighing offers from Florida State, Alabama and Mississippi State.
17. 4-Star ATH Noah Brown (Sparta, N.J.)
Noah Brown was unable to lift Pope John XXIII to victory in a state championship showdown with St. Joe Montvale but he made the most of his final high school game. The versatile athlete caught five passes for 121 yards and a touchdown in the defeat, per NJ.com.
Brown added two interceptions on defense. He is committed to Ohio State.
16. 4-Star ATH Budda Baker (Bellevue, Wash.)
Unbeaten Bellevue High School won its six straight state championship and Budda Baker played a vital role. The 5'9", 174-pound athlete rushed for 101 yards on 18 carries in a 52-20 win over Eastside Catholic, according to The Spokesman-Review.
His effort included a rushing touchdown. Baker is considering offers from Oregon, Washington and UCLA.
15. 4-Star S Jaleel Wadood (Lakewood, Calif.)
St. John Bosco standout Jaleel Wadood helped his squad surge to a Pac-5 division championship in southern California. The 5'11", 170-pound speedster caught a pair of touchdown passes in a 34-7 win over Mater Dei, according to the Los Angeles Times.
He accounted for receiving scores of 10 and five yards. Wadood, an outstanding safety, is expected to decide between USC and UCLA.
14. 2-Star RB Sherman Alston (Montvale, N.J.)
13. 4-Star WR Artavis Scott (Tarpon Springs, Fla.)
East Lake High School star Artavis Scott showed off his versatility in a state semifinal showdown against Dwyer. He rushed for 81 yards, threw a touchdown and intercepted a pass in a narrow overtime defeat, according to The Tampa Tribune.
Scott tossed a 65-yard scoring pass to cap off a trick play. He committed to Clemson in July.
12. 4-Star ATH Myles Autry (Norcross, Ga.)
Versatile playmaker Miles Autry came through in the clutch during Norcross' semifinal matchup with Colquitt County. The 5'9", 175-pound prospect scored the game-winning touchdown midway through the fourth quarter of a 14-9 victory, per the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
He reached the end zone on a 19-yard screen pass. Autry is weighing offers from Ohio State, Georgia and Florida State.
11. Unranked QB Keith Reed (Miami, Fla.)
Miami Central quarterback Keith Reed was key as his team advanced to a fourth consecutive state title game appearance. The 5'10", 165-pound passer completed 12 passes for 235 yards in a 28-15 win over Daytona Beach Mainland, per the Miami Herald.
Reed threw three touchdown passes. He is still searching for FBS offers.
10. 3-Star CB Grant Haley (Atlanta, Ga.)
Lovett School standout Grant Haley helped his team advance to a state title game with a strong offensive performance. The coveted cornerback also stars at running back for his squad and shined with 120 rushing yards in a 35-12 victory over Brooks County, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Haley scored three touchdowns in the win. He is committed to Vanderbilt.
9. 4-Star WR Johnnie Dixon (Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.)
Dwyer advanced to the state championship game with Johnnie Dixon leading the way. He caught a pair of touchdowns that helped make the difference during an overtime victory in the semifinals, per The Tampa Tribune.
Dixon scored on passing plays of 75 and 37 yards. The receiver is considering Miami, Alabama and Ohio State.
8. 3-Star WR Isaiah Gentry (Cincinnati, Ohio)
Archbishop Moeller wide receiver Isaiah Gentry enjoyed a strong performance in the final round of Ohio state playoff action. The 6'4", 185-pound pass target had seven receptions for 182 yards in a thrilling 55-52 victory over Mentor, according to Examiner.com.
Gentry caught two touchdown passes. He committed to Kent State in October.
7. Unranked WR Troy Knox (Folsom, Calif.)
Folsom wide receiver Troy Knox came up big in the Bulldogs' sectional title win over Oak Ridge. The all-time receptions leader in Northern California caught nine passes for 150 yards, according to the Sacramento Bee.
Knox collected four touchdown catches in a 49-17 victory. He is still in search of FBS offers.
6. 4-Star QB Treon Harris (Miami, Fla.)
Florida State commit Treon Harris fueled his team to a second straight state title. The Booker T. Washington quarterback completed 15 passes for 226 yards and two touchdowns in a 40-21 win over Bolles, per the Miami Herald.
Harris added 86 yards and a score on the ground. He picked the Seminoles from an offer list that features Penn State, Miami and Clemson.
5. 3-Star RB Tre Watson (Corona, Calif.)
4. 3-Star RB C.J. Leggett (Alpharetta, Ga.)
C.J. Leggett led North Gwinnett High School to a state final appearance with a scintillating semifinal performance. The running back rushed for 292 yards on 36 carries in a 27-21 win over McEachern, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Leggett tallied two rushing touchdowns. His offers include Pittsburgh, UCLA and Miami (Ohio).
3. 3-Star QB Randall Cunningham II (Las Vegas, Nev.)
Bishop Gorman continues to dominate, claiming its fifth straight state championship. Quarterback Randall Cunningham II led the latest journey.
He accounted for 324 total yards and four touchdowns in a 49-14 win over Reed, according to the Sparks Tribune. Cunningham is considering offers from Arizona State, USC and UNLV.
2. Unranked RB Lawrence Pittman (Charlotte, N.C.)
North Carolina powerhouse Mallard Creek advanced to the state title game and Lawrence Pittman was a major part of the equation. The 6-foot, 213-pound running back rushed for 313 yards on 35 carries in a 56-14 win over Butler, per the Charlotte Observer.
Pittman scored four touchdowns. He holds offers from Wingate and The Citadel.
1. 3-Star QB Mason Rudolph (Rock Hill, S.C.)
Quarterback Mason Rudolph delivered a virtuoso performance in state championship action. He set a South Carolina record with 38 completions in a commanding 62-35 victory over Stratford, according to NBC News.
Rudolph threw for 483 yards and accounted for eight total touchdowns. He is committed to Oklahoma State.