2014 College Football Commits Guaranteed to See the Field as Freshmen
In past generations, high school recruits would sign with schools and typically redshirt. However, today's prospects are all looking for a chance to play right away as freshmen.
Recruits are both competitive and a bit egotistical today, which is why getting immediate playing time is a big factor in their decisions. However, they're also bigger, faster, stronger and more skilled.
Many recruits in the 2014 class appear to be locks to play significant snaps next fall, as Virginia has two prospects who could be starting before the end of next year. North Carolina State has a pledge from a defensive end who is ready to play now, plus Florida's starting quarterback next year may be in its current class.
Erik Brown, WR
Erik Brown is a 4-star receiver from California who is committed to...well, California. The Bears do not boast the most talented roster in the Pac-12, plus their offensive scheme requires more receivers to play to be ran effectively.
At 6'1" and 187 pounds, Brown has great quickness to release and separate from cornerbacks. He displays good speed to stay on the minds of safeties after the snap, plus he has solid ball skills.
With Cal running a spread offense, plus Brown being the best player in their recruiting class, it would be surprising if he didn't catch some passes on the field next year.
Kentavius Street, DE
At nearly 6'3" and 265 pounds, Kentavius Street is a powerful defensive end who has excellent strength. That is why North Carolina State's coaching staff was jumping for joy when the 4-star prospect pledged to them last Friday.
Street has the ability to set the edge versus the run before shedding blockers with force to make stops. He's an adequate pass-rusher, but he makes his hay stopping running plays.
With his size and strength, Street will definitely contribute to the Wolfpack in 2014.
Cameron Denson, CB
Arizona has more than four cornerbacks in its 2014 class, and 4-star recruit Cameron Denson is the best of the bunch. The 6'1" and 170-pounder is from the desert, so the Wildcats know what he's all about.
Denson is a good athlete who knows how to use his size to his advantage on the perimeter. He displays good quickness out of transition, plus his experience from playing receiver helps him attack passes to make interceptions.
Arizona head coach Rich Rodriguez is going to play this guy next fall, and don't be surprised if it's on offense.
Joseph Yearby, RB
Although Duke Johnson is on the roster at Miami, 4-star running back Joseph Yearby is still talented enough to get some carries as a freshman.
Yearby, who is 5'9" and 190 pounds, is built thicker and more powerfully than many realize. However, his best attribute is still his quickness. This is an explosive athlete who exhibits wonderful instincts, elusiveness, balance and a tremendous burst with the ball.
The Hurricanes will have a package of plays for him every Saturday next fall.
Todd Kelly, S
Hailing from Knoxville, 4-star safety Todd Kelly was destined to play at Tennessee. His father, Todd Kelly Sr., was once a great defensive lineman for the Volunteers.
Todd Jr. will be making his father proud on the field sooner rather than later. At 6'1" and 190 pounds, he has good athleticism and toughness. Kelly shows good instincts to read plays, plus he hits anything that moves.
Tennessee has the feel of a young team, plus Kelly has admirable leadership qualities. He's physically and mentally ready to help the Vols now.
Will Grier, QB
Florida is losing quarterbacks left and right. Not only did starting quarterback Jeff Driskel miss most of the season due to injury, reserve passers Tyler Murphy and Max Staver are transferring, according to Mark Long (AP Sports Writer/Yahoo! Sports).
That helps 4-star quarterback Will Grier's chances of playing next season. Sure, Driskel will return, but he has never set the world on fire. Plus, it's not like Skyler Mornhinweg was significantly better when he got his chance this season.
Don't be surprised if Grier becomes the starting quarterback in Gainesville at some point in 2014.
Quin Blanding, S and Andrew Brown, DT
Quin Blanding and Andrew Brown are a pair of 5-star recruits who are committed to Virginia. Blanding is a safety who is 6'2" and 200 pounds, while Brown is a monster 6'4" defensive tackle who likely weighs more than his listed weight of 282 pounds.
Both of these guys are ready to help the Cavaliers right now. Brown has great first-step quickness at the snap to go along with excellent strength at the point of attack.
Blanding is a great athlete who has no issues roaming around the third level to intercept passes. The fans may riot in Charlottesville if head coach Mike London fails to put them on the field in 2014.
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