College Football Teams Building Best Offensive 2014 Recruiting Classes
While many claim defense wins championships, many others say offense wins football games. The rules of today's game of football favor the offense, no matter how you slice it.
So that means college coaches must annually sign great talent on the offensive side of the ball, as scoring more points than the other team will always be the game's main objective. Several programs are building impressive offensive classes, as they have commitments from several studs to help them burn defenses.
While Oregon, Kentucky, Michigan and Wisconsin just missed the cut, this list does feature several juggernauts.
Clemson has another solid recruiting class in the works. The group is headlined by 4-star quarterback Deshaun Watson, who could contend for the starting job in 2014.
Offensively, this class does not stop at Watson. Artavis Scott, Demarre Kitt and Kyrin Priester are 4-star receivers who all bring different skill sets to the table. Tight end Milan Richard is a 4-star prospect who will also be a nice asset to the Tigers.
Tennessee is on the right track with head coach Butch Jones, and it appears he knows that he's going to need more talent on the offensive side of the ball in Knoxville.
Although he's listed as an athlete on many lists, 4-star prospect Jalen Hurd is one of the best running backs in the country. He'll be joined at Tennessee by 4-star receivers Josh Malone and Von Pearson, who should work well with incumbent receiver Marquez North.
The only thing missing from the Vols' talented class of more than 10 offensive recruits is a dynamic quarterback prospect.
Mark Richt made a name for himself as an offensive assistant coach before becoming the head coach at Georgia. That's why it's not shocking that he has one of the better offensive recruiting classes in the country this year.
The Bulldogs have a commitment from a 4-star quarterback in Jacob Park. Yet, the running back position will be fine in Athens for years to come. Sony Michel is a 5-star running back who is among the nation's best overall talents, plus 4-star runner Nick Chubb is impressive.
Jeb Blazevich, a 4-star tight end, is one of the best players at his position in the country. Receiver Shakenneth Williams is a 4-star prospect who'll add more firepower to UGA's passing game, while Isaiah Wynn, Dyshon Sims and Kendall Baker are talented 4-star offensive linemen.
Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer operates a spread-option offense, which requires offensive players with certain skill sets at each position.
Meyer has found several elite prospects who fit what he's looking for in an offensive player at every position on that side of the ball. While Stephen Collier is only a 3-star prospect, he has huge upside. Curtis Samuel is a 4-star athlete who can play receiver or running back.
Until the 2013 season, LSU was a program that wasn't known for its offense. By the way it is recruiting, last season will not be a one-year wonder.
The Tigers entire class is headlined by 5-star running back Leonard Fournette, who many feel is the best player in the country. Brandon Harris is a 4-star quarterback with a cannon for an arm who will be protected by 4-star offensive linemen Garrett Brumfield and Will Clapp.
Tony Upchurch may be the most intriguing player in LSU's 2014 class. At 6'2" and nearly 230 pounds, he's a 4-star prospect who can play receiver and running back.
The offensive class Miami is bringing to Coral Gables should help the Hurricanes consistently score more points.
The group's best player is 4-star running back Joseph Yearby, who has exceptional quickness and instincts. Brad Kaaya is a 4-star quarterback from California who could develop into an impressive starter in a few years.
KC McDermott and Trevor Darling are 4-star blockers who will anchor the 'Canes offensive line down the road. Braxton Berrios is an underrated 3-star receiver, while 4-star safety Kiy Hester can also help on offense.
The offensive line class alone Alabama has coming in gets it on this list.
Cameron Robinson is a 5-star left tackle who could be ready to start immediately for the Crimson Tide.
Texas A&M has an offensive system that is as potent as any in the country. It's safe to say its reputation will not be taking a hit in the coming seasons.
The Aggies may have the nation's most complete offensive class, and it starts with 5-star quarterback Kyle Allen. The receiver position will get another boost with the additions of Speedy Noil and Frank Iheanacho. Noil is a speedy 5-star talent, while Iheanacho is a 4-star receiver who is 6'7" and 220 pounds.
2014 Bleacher Report College Football Recruiting Heat Map
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