College Football Recruiting 2014: Most Improved Teams on National Signing Day

Kenny DeJohnAnalyst IIIFebruary 5, 2014

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The rich have gotten richer.

National signing day has seen some of the nation's top college football programs gear up for the 2014 campaign with big-time signings that will impact the future of each program involved.

Some of the nation's top recruits have a real chance of stepping in and playing important roles for their squads as freshmen. Some will redshirt and look to take the path of Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston. Meanwhile, others will sit at first and seek the opportunity to develop in order to make an impact in their second years.

There is no clear-cut path to college football stardom, after all.

The following programs have immensely improved as a result of national signing day.



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Even though Alabama didn't make it to the BCS National Championship Game this past season, one can argue that it was the most complete team in college football.

Well, it just got even better.

The Crimson Tide are in line for yet another fantastic recruiting class, via ESPN Stats & Info's Twitter account:

Eight of 247Sports' top 50 recruits have committed to Alabama. Offensive tackle Cameron Robinson, defensive end Da'Shawn Hand, cornerback Marlon Humphrey, outside linebacker Christian Miller, cornerback Tony Brown, running back Bo Scarbrough, defensive tackle Josh Frazier and safety Laurence Jones have all committed to the Crimson Tide for the 2014 season and beyond.

One player to watch from the start is Robinson. The tackle is a behemoth of an athlete. He stands at 6'7" and weighs 335 pounds. He was awarded a 5-star ranking from 247Sports, mostly because of his skills in blocking both the pass and the run. Plus, he has quick feet for a man his size.

This kid has a ton of potential heading into his first collegiate season.


Texas A&M

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Texas A&M needs to rebuild after losing Johnny Manziel, Jake Matthews and Mike Evans to the NFL draft, and the best way for the team to do that is through a strong recruiting class. The Aggies have only signed three of 247Sports' top 50 recruits, but those three athletes fall within the top seven. That's pretty impressive.

Wide receiver Speedy Noil committed to A&M on Jan. 2. While a bit undersized at 5'10.5" and 176 pounds, 247Sports still thought enough of him to rank him No. 8 overall.

Defensive end Myles Garrett is the No. 2 overall recruit in the country. He's 6'4", 240 pounds and can run the 40-yard dash in 4.70 seconds. His athleticism and closing speed are arguably his two best assets. Garrett has the potential to be an impact player right away.

Quarterback Kyle Allen might have the chance to come in and start as a freshman. Bleacher Report's own Barrett Sallee breaks down how he could do just that:

If Allen can step up right from the start, it will be a perfect situation for the Aggies.


Ohio State

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The Ohio State Buckeyes set themselves up on national signing day to continue to be a college football powerhouse. Their top-50 signings were outside linebacker Dante Booker, inside linebacker Raekwon McMillan, cornerback Damon Webb, cornerback Marshon Lattimore and wide receiver Curtis Samuel.

Booker is rated the best of the bunch. 247Sports cites his frame as being his top trait. At 6'3" and 212 pounds, he is the ideal size for an outside linebacker. He also has great instincts and is strong in pursuit of the ball-carrier.

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The Akron, Ohio, product is ranked the No. 2 player in the state and the No. 4 outside linebacker of the class.

While his 2013 season at St. Vincent-St. Mary High School was nothing to sneeze at (116 tackles and two interceptions), his 2011 season was out of this world. He recorded 157 tackles, 14 sacks and four forced fumbles.

This kid is the real deal.


*All recruiting rankings and information courtesy of 247Sports unless otherwise stated.