College Football Teams Building Best Offensive 2014 Recruiting Classes

Edwin WeathersbyAnalyst IJanuary 15, 2014

College Football Teams Building Best Offensive 2014 Recruiting Classes

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    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.  

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


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    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 ScottDemarre 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.

    Although he's the only 4-star offensive lineman in the class, Cannon Smith is no slouch. Plus, 4-star athlete Adam Choice should find a home at running back, which is his best position. 


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    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. 

    Daniel Helm is a solid 4-star tight end, while 3-star recruit Ethan Wolf has good upside. Dontavius Blair is a 4-star JUCO offensive lineman who leads a class of four.

    The only thing missing from the Vols' talented class of more than 10 offensive recruits is a dynamic quarterback prospect.


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    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 WynnDyshon Sims and Kendall Baker are talented 4-star offensive linemen. 

Ohio State

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    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.

    Johnnie DixonParris CampbellNoah Brown and Terry McLaurin are 4-star recruits who have good speed and quickness to play receiver in Columbus. 

    Kyle TroutJamarco Jones and Demetrius Knox are 4-star offensive linemen, plus 3-star blocker Marcelys Jones is also in this class.  


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    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.

    Receiver Trey Quinn, a 4-star recruit, is dangerous in the slot. Jacory Washington is a 4-star tight end who can work as a jumbo-receiver.

    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.



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    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. 

    Also, keep an eye on 3-star recruits such as Darrell LanghamTrayone GrayChris HerndonNick Linder and Tyre Brady.


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    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.

    Toss in 4-star blockers such as Ross PierschbacherDominick JacksonJC Hassenauer and Joshua Casher, plus 3-star guard Montel McBride, and you see why this group is so highly regarded.

    'Bama also boasts commitments from offensive studs such as 4-star quarterback David Cornwell, 5-star athlete Bo Scarbrough and 4-star receivers Cameron Sims and Derek Kief.


Texas A&M

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    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.

    At running back, 4-star prospect Varshaun Nixon leads the way. However, do not sleep on 4-star outside linebacker Josh Walker as a running back.

    Jermaine Eluemunor and Avery Gennesy are 4-star JUCO offensive linemen who should be able to step in and help right away. 

2014 Bleacher Report College Football Recruiting Heat Map

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    The 2014 Bleacher Report College Football Recruiting Heat Map is a good way to track the prospects who are in the nation's best offensive recruiting classes!

    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.