2014 College Football Recruits Sure to Redshirt Right Away
Almost all of today's recruits do not want to hear the word "redshirt" when a school is recruiting them. Today's prospects are competitive, plus they have egos.
So playing right away is a goal many of them have, but most of them need a year of development before getting on the field in college. Others enter situations where the incumbent depth chart is simply too great to overcome. No matter the reason, many recruits in the 2014 class will redshirt this fall.
A trio of quarterbacks will be holding clipboards during the 2014 season, while a running back will not be immediately needed. Also, an offensive tackle just isn't ready to play right now.
Justice Hansen, QB
Among the best players in Oklahoma's class is 4-star quarterback Justice Hansen. An in-state prospect for the Sooners, Hansen is 6'3.5" and 212 pounds.
With his strong arm, solid accuracy and deceptive athleticism, he should become a good pilot for head coach Bob Stoops' offense. However, that likely will not be anytime soon.
OU will likely return Trevor Knight, Blake Bell, Cody Thomas and Kendal Thompson at the quarterback position next year. Knight, the hero of the Sugar Bowl, just completed his redshirt freshman season.
Lorenzo Featherston, DE
School: Florida State
Lorenzo Featherston is a 4-star defensive end from North Carolina who committed to Florida State last week. Featherston is a solid athlete who has a high ceiling, but his 6'7", 220-pound frame needs to add a considerable amount of bulk, mass and strength before he's ready to play.
The Seminoles will also return talented defensive ends such as Mario Edwards, Chris Casher and DeMarcus Walker next season. Featherston will be on the bench this fall.
David Sharpe, OT
Not a lot of things went right for Florida's offense during the 2013 season, but the Gators are going to try to right the ship in 2014. However, if they are counting on 4-star offensive tackle David Sharpe to play a big role, then that's a mistake.
At 6'6" and 318 pounds, Sharpe has great size and even better athleticism for a big man. However, he is raw and needs seasoning and polish with his technique. He'll greatly benefit from a redshirt year in Gainesville this fall.
Morgan Mahalak, QB
Morgan Mahalak is a 4-star quarterback from California who doesn't have a lot of experience as a starter. Throwing him to the wolves in the Pac-12 would be a bad thing to do by Oregon, but there are other reasons why he will redshirt in 2014.
Superstar quarterback Marcus Mariota is scheduled to return for the Ducks, plus reserve Jake Rodrigues is a young passer with potential.
Cameron Sims, WR
A talented 4-star receiver, Cameron Sims has the tools to become a big weapon in Alabama's offense. The Louisiana native is 6'4" and 199 pounds, plus he has deceptive speed and great hands.
However, several young stud receivers are already in Tuscaloosa.
Amari Cooper has established himself as the alpha male in the Crimson Tide passing game. Players like DeAndrew White and Christion Jones will likely be back, plus Chris Black, ArDarius Stewart and Robert Foster are young talents who will be looking to make their presence felt in 2014.
Royce Freeman, RB
De'Anthony Thomas will be running in the NFL in 2014, but 4-star running back Royce Freeman should not get too excited. The Oregon pledge still has Byron Marshall and Thomas Tyner to deal with on the Ducks roster, as the incumbent duo will be among the best running backs in the Pac-12 next season.
Freeman, who is nearly 6'0" and 215 pounds, is a California native who runs with good strength and power. He has solid long speed, but he's a bell-cow running back who is not an ideal fit in Oregon's spread scheme.
Keller Chryst, QB
Stanford's offense has a lot of layers, so it's tough for any high school quarterback to start right away on The Farm. Although Keller Chryst is a 5-star passer, he too will not play immediately in Palo Alto.
Another reason Chryst will redshirt is because of the quarterbacks already on the roster for the Cardinal. Kevin Hogan, Evan Crower and Ryan Burns will all be ahead of Chryst when he arrives at Stanford.
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