Power Ranking 10 Best 2014 Early Enrollee Recruits

Edwin WeathersbyAnalyst IJanuary 6, 2014

Power Ranking 10 Best 2014 Early Enrollee Recruits

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    The trendy thing to do as a recruit these days is enroll early in college. It gives a recruit a head start on getting comfortable in his new environment, used to going to class and learning the playbook.

    Another great thing about enrolling early is that it allows a prospect to participate in spring practices. By the time training camp starts, many recruits who enroll early actually feel like redshirt freshmen.

    The 2014 class has a group of prospects who are set to enroll early at the school they are committed to.

    Alabama will be getting a pair of 5-star commitments on campus soon, while Florida will get a much-needed quarterback for the spring. Also, Tennessee's headliner will be in Knoxville before most of its recruiting class arrives. 

    Player evaluations are based on review of tape at Scout.comRivals and 247Sports.

10. Edward Paris, DB

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    School: LSU

    Edward Paris is a 4-star defensive back who will enroll early at LSU, per 247Sports.

    At 6'1" and 190 pounds, Paris is a big defensive back who can play safety and cornerback.

    From Texas, he has excellent short-area quickness to recover and close on balls. Paris plays with good instincts. Plus, he has solid ball skills.

    He'll get comfortable quickly in Baton Rouge.

9. Jalen Hurd, RB/ATH

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    School: Tennessee

    A 4-star athlete, Jalen Hurd is expected to play running back at Tennessee. He's the best player in the Volunteers' class, and will enroll early, according to 247Sports

    At 6'3" and 230 pounds, Hurd has a great burst through alleys to quickly arrive on the second level. He uses his above-average speed to skate away from defenders, and he has great hands in the passing game.

    Hurd should get some significant playing time this fall.

8. Jalen Tabor, DB

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    School: Arizona

    Arizona pulled off a shocker by beating Alabama for 5-star cornerback Jalen Tabor. The Crimson Tide will not have much time to change Tabor's mind, as he is scheduled to enroll in the desert early, per 247Sports

    The Wildcats are getting a 6'1", 182-pound defensive back from Washington, D.C. who can cover and annoy receivers with length and instincts. Tabor should develop his game nicely in the Pac-12, as several opposing schools run a spread-style offense. 

7. Will Grier, QB

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    School: Florida

    Florida needs improved production from the quarterback position.

    Fortunately for the Gators, they have a pledge from 5-star passer Will Grier. More than that, the young signal-caller is scheduled to enroll early, says 247Sports

    Hailing from North Carolina, Grier is 6'3" and nearly 190 pounds. He has solid arm strength, but his game is based on timing, accuracy, rhythm and athleticism.

    Look for Grier to also impress with his legs. He could get on the field as a true freshman.

6. Raekwon McMillan, LB

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    School: Ohio State

    Raekwon McMillan is a 5-star linebacker from Georgia who will be ready to help Ohio State's defense as a true freshman. The Peach State native excels at stopping the run, and he's expected to be in Columbus early, per 247Sports.

    McMillan, who is 6'2" and 242 pounds, has great vision and explosive short-area quickness in the box. He loves to attack running plays with force. Plus, he plays like a giant at the point of attack. 

    Look for McMillan to help the Buckeyes' defense on first and second downs this fall.

5. Andrew Brown, DT

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    School: Virginia

    Virginia head coach Mike London will see 5-star defensive tackle Andrew Brown soon, as he is enrolling early, according to 247Sports

    Brown is a 6'4" defensive tackle who could be 300 pounds by the time the season starts. He has great quickness at the snap to jump on top of blockers before using his terrific strength to shed. Brown also flashes an impressive burst to close on ball-carriers to make stops. 

4. Dalvin Cook, RB

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    School: Florida State

    Dalvin Cook flipped from Florida to Florida State last week. The 5-star running back is now set to enroll early at FSU, according to 247Sports.

    With his speed and quickness, the 5'11", 190-pounder should be a hit in Tallahassee. Cook also has deceptive strength and power, but he'll impress people with his ability to blow by defenders.

    He's good enough to earn some carries this fall.

3. Speedy Noil, WR/ATH

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    School: Texas A&M

    At nearly 5'11" and 176 pounds, 5-star athlete Speedy Noil has a chance to be a dangerous receiver at Texas A&M. He is scheduled to get to College Station early, according to a report by Taylor Hamm of GigEm247.com.

    Noil's outstanding speed, agility, explosiveness, instincts and quickness are perfect for the Aggies' spread offense. The depth chart is a bit crowded, but the New Orleans native is good enough to get on the field as a true freshman.

2. Tony Brown, CB

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    School: Alabama

    Tony Brown is a 5-star cornerback from Texas who should have a wonderful career at Alabama. At 6'0" and 188 pounds, Brown can also play safety, nickel cornerback and rover.

    He has great strength for a defensive back, as well as impressive vision and instincts. Brown possesses outstanding speed and short-area quickness. Plus, he plays with intelligence. Alabama head coach Nick Saban is one of the best secondary coaches in the business, so Brown should flourish in Tuscaloosa.

    He's scheduled to enroll early at Alabama, says 247Sports.

1. Cameron Robinson, OT

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    School: Alabama

    Cameron Robinson is a mammoth 5-star offensive tackle who is now 6'7" and 335 pounds. The Louisiana native has great athleticism for an offensive lineman, which is why he has the makings of an elite left tackle.

    Alabama's coaching staff will have the opportunity to work with Robinson soon, as he will enroll early, according to 247Sports. Robinson needs to polish his technique and hand-placement, but he's so talented that he could crack the lineup at some point during the season. 

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    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.