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2014 College Football Recruits Who Have Had Amazing Senior Seasons

Edwin WeathersbyAnalyst IDecember 11, 2013

2014 College Football Recruits Who Have Had Amazing Senior Seasons

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    The senior seasons of many 2014 recruits are coming to an end, but they will be back on the field for various all-star games soon. However, some of them decided to make sure they really went out with a bang with their high school teams.

    It's one thing to have a great senior year, but several recruits had seasons to be remembered.

    A quarterback in North Carolina who had a fantastic junior year used his senior campaign to add to his mythical status. A running back in California skated for a ton of yards, plus an underrated receiver put up huge numbers.

    Note: All stats are via totals at MaxPreps.

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

Foster Sawyer, QB

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    A 3-star quarterback prospect, Foster Sawyer earned a ton of respect this season at All Saints Episcopal in Texas. The TCU commit displayed outstanding balance with football this fall, showing a knack for knowing when to be aggressive and when to protect the ball.

    That helped Sawyer have an insane touchdown-to-interception ratio of 48-2. Production like this as a senior will help Sawyer compete for a starting job early in his career in Ft. Worth.

Antonio Simmons, DE

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    A 3-star recruit, Antonio Simmons was a thorn in the side of many offenses this fall at University Christian in Florida. In 12 games, Simmons registered a staggering 29 sacks for the Christians.

    Although Simmons has great length at 6'4", it's remarkable he held up in the trenches at only 210 pounds. He's committed to Georgia Tech, where he'll add more mass and strength.

    Based on his senior performance, the Yellow Jackets are getting a ferocious pass-rusher. 

Nick Chubb, RB

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    Nick Chubb is a 4-star running back and semifinalist to be the 2014 U.S. Army Player of the Year. Well, it's easy to see why, since Chubb rushed for 2,960 yards and 41 touchdowns this year for Cedartown High School in Georgia.

    At 5'11" and 216 pounds, Chubb has above-average speed and great strength. He has the ability to shoot through alleys with explosive quickness before wiggling around defenders, if he doesn't run them over.

    He's headed to UGA.

Patrick Mahomes, QB

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    Texas Tech head coach Kliff Kingsbury has a good one coming to Lubbock in 3-star quarterback Patrick Mahomes.

    Mahomes produced like two players for the Whitehouse High School Wildcats. The Texas native threw for 4,619 yards and 50 touchdowns while only getting six passes intercepted.

    Mahomes also added another 940 yards and 15 touchdowns on the ground.

    He'll produce similar results in the Red Raiders' offense soon enough.

     

Tre Watson, RB

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    Another running back recruit who had an amazing senior campaign is 3-star prospect Tre Watson of Corona Centennial High School in California.

    The 5'9", 190-pounder raced for a remarkable 3,498 yards and 28 touchdowns. He was the epitome of a bell-cow running back this season, shouldering the entire load of his team's rushing attack. Saying this guy was productive this year would be an understatement.

    He is committed to California, but keep an eye on UCLA, says 247Sports

Jared Beard, WR

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    Not many people have heard of Jared Beard on the recruiting circuit. Yet defenses in Tennessee know this guy all too well.

    The 2-star receiver terrorized the Volunteer State this fall by catching 87 passes for 2,321 yards and scoring 23 touchdowns. At 6'1" and 205 pounds, Beard has the size and savvy to work wonders on the perimeter.

    He's committed to Austin Peay.

Royce Freeman, RB

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    At nearly 6'0" and 215 pounds, 4-star running back Royce Freeman has the production to prove he is not a myth. This fall at Imperial High School in California, the Oregon commit rushed for 2,824 yards and 41 touchdowns.

    Freeman used his strength and power to routinely bully defenses with the ball. Yet he had a 94-yard touchdown run this season, which shows that he has deceptive speed for a big running back. He'll add a different dimension to the Ducks' rushing attack.

Mason Rudolph, QB

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    Sure, other quarterbacks throw for more yards than the 3,889 3-star passer Mason Rudolph tossed for. However, his ratio of 56 touchdowns to seven interceptions is impressive.

    Rudolph had an excellent senior season for Northwestern High School in South Carolina, as he completed nearly 73 percent of his passes.

    The 6'4", 210-pound gunslinger is committed to Oklahoma State, where he will also put up some big numbers one day.

Elijah Hood, RB

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    Elijah Hood is a 4-star running back who ran angry all season long. The reason why Hood was so passionate in his runs could be because he deserves an extra star attached to his name.

    At Charlotte Catholic in North Carolina, all Hood did was run for 3,491 yards and 51 touchdowns. He's the total package as a runner. Hood has excellent power, strength and build-up speed.

    The 5'11.5", 222-pounder will take his talents to North Carolina next season.

Will Grier, QB

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    At 6'3" and 180 pounds, Will Grier is a 4-star quarterback who will go down as one of the best high school players ever in the United States.

    As a junior, the North Carolina native threw for 5,785 yards and 69 touchdowns at Davidson Day High School.

    Grier followed that up by throwing for 4,989 yards and 77 touchdowns. He also rushed for 1,251 yards and 13 touchdowns.

    He's a rare quarterback prospect who can play in a pro-style or spread-option offense. Whatever Florida does at the offensive coordinator position, Grier has the skills and athleticism to adapt like a chameleon to the scheme.

2014 Bleacher Report College Football Recruiting Heat Map

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    Use the 2014 Bleacher Report College Football Recruiting Heat Map to locate several recruits on this list who enjoyed amazing senior seasons!

    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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