Every Top 25 College Football Program's Dream 2015 Recruit

Edwin WeathersbyAnalyst IMay 21, 2014

Every Top 25 College Football Program's Dream 2015 Recruit

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    Each college football program has a master recruiting board that features its most desired recruits. The best college football teams usually get a good amount of its top targets, while others can only dream.

    The 2015 recruiting cycle is moving along well, and many programs still have dreams of signing one special recruit on their board. For this piece, the focus will be on the recruiting dreams of the final 25 teams in the 2013 AP Top 25

    Florida State would love to sign a huge 5-star defensive back, while Ohio State knows it would be a perfect fit for a certain dynamic quarterback. Also, the coaches at Texas A&M dream about signing an in-state linebacker.


    All recruiting ratings and rankings courtesy of 247Sports' Composite RankingsPlayer evaluations are based on review of tape at Scout.comRivals and 247Sports.



25. Washington

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    Dream recruit: Keisean Lucier-South, DE

    Head coach Chris Petersen already has "his" quarterback committed in 4-star passer Jake Browning. Aside from quarterback, the most important position on a football team is defensive end/pass-rusher.

    Petersen has to be dreaming of seeing 5-star defensive end Keisean Lucier-South come to Seattle. The 6'5", 225-pounder can blow by offensive tackles with excellent quickness and speed, which would make him a star in the Pac-12. 

24. Vanderbilt

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    Dream recruit: Canton Kaumatule, DL 

    Vanderbilt is now led by Derek Mason, who previously served as the defensive coordinator at Stanford. With defense being Mason's expertise, it should come as no surprise that his dream recruit is 4-star defensive lineman Canton Kaumatule.

    At 6'6.5" and 275 pounds, Kaumatule has a huge motor. He plays like a monster each snap, and he is a solid athlete in the trenches. Mason is likely enamored with seeing the Hawaii native help Vanderbilt ascend up the SEC pecking order.

23. Duke

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    Dream recruit: Rashad Roundtree, S

    A well-rounded safety, 4-star prospect Rashad Roundtree is a Georgia native who would be a stud at Duke. Although head coach David Cutcliffe is an offensive-minded guy, the chance to land a safety like Roundtree must peak his interest.

    The 6'1", 195-pounder is a physical player who is comfortable in the box. However, Roundtreee also has the speed and quickness out of transition to work well as a single-high safety. He'd start early in his career at Duke, and seeing him become a team captain by his sophomore season wouldn't be out of the question.

22. Wisconsin

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    Dream recruit: Kahlil McKenzie, DT

    This is almost a no-brainer. Kahlil McKenzie is a 4-star defensive tackle who is originally from Wisconsin. He plays in California now, as he is the son of Oakland Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie.

    The powerful defensive tackle is also in Wisconsin head coach Gary Andersen's dreams because Andersen is a defensive line coach at heart. He probably looks at the 6'4", 309-pound McKenzie and imagines himself personally tutoring the elite recruit every day in practice.

21. Arizona State

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    Dream recruit: Christian Kirk, WR

    Hailing from Scottsdale, Christian Kirk is a 4-star receiver who doesn't reside far from Arizona State's campus in Tempe.

    Kirk also happens to be one of the best offensive recruits in the country. The 4-star prospect works mainly as a 5'11", 197-pound receiver, but he can also play running back and return kicks. The coaches at Arizona State would probably shed tears if Kirk decided to be a Sun Devil. 

20. Notre Dame

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    Dream recruit: George Campbell, WR

    Notre Dame is always looking to add more speed to its roster, and 5-star receiver George Campbell has plenty of it. The 6'3", 184-pound Florida native needs to improve his concentration, but he does have long arms to pluck passes.

    Campbell's speed would immediately make him a deep threat in Notre Dame's offense. He also would likely develop into a dynamic kickoff returner in South Bend.

19. USC

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    Dream recruit: John Houston, LB

    USC is known for its running backs, but recent years have suggested that quarterback may now be the program's marquee position.

    However, the Trojans also boast one of the nation's best traditions for linebackers. That is why head coach Steve Sarkisian's dream recruit is 5-star 'backer John Houston. Although he is light in the pants at 6'3" and 211 pounds, Houston is a fantastic athlete who has the potential to be a complete player on the second level in L.A. 

18. Texas A&M

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    Dream recruit: Malik Jefferson, LB

    Texas A&M has become known for its offense, but many feel that the team's defense can use some work. The Aggies have some young talent coming along on the defensive side of the ball, but 5-star linebacker Malik Jefferson could be the player that gets the unit over the hump.

    At 6'2" and 225 pounds, there's nothing Jefferson cannot do athletically. He can play outside and rush the passer, while playing the middle/inside linebacker position is also not a problem for him. Jefferson, who is from Texas, is a must-get for Texas A&M. 

17. Oklahoma State

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    Dream recruit: Tyron Johnson, WR

    Oklahoma State is another program that is known for its ability to score points. The Cowboys pride themselves on stocking offensive talent in each recruiting class, with this year's group already boasting a pledge from speedy 4-star running back Ronald Jones II.

    However, the player that is always in head coach Mike Gundy's dreams is 5-star receiver Tyron Johnson. The 6'1", 191-pound Texan has great hands and quickness. He would become a No. 1 receiver early in his career in Stillwater. 

16. UCLA

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    Dream recruit: Cordell Broadus, WR

    A valid argument can be made that UCLA has already landed its dream recruit in 5-star quarterback Josh Rosen. While that's probably true, the Bruins would love to sign 4-star receiver Cordell Broadus as well.

    The son of Snoop Dogg, Broadus has rival USC among his top schools, per 247Sports. UCLA's potential signing of Broadus would be a huge coup in its quest to surpass the Trojans on the West Coast recruiting trail. The 6'2", 195-pound Broadus could be head coach Jim Mora's crowning recruiting achievement. 

15. Louisville

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    Dream recruit: Ricky Town, QB

    Louisville head coach Bobby Petrino is one of the best offensive play-callers in the game of football. He's also a terrific quarterbacks coach, which is why he probably dreams about 5-star passer Ricky Town.

    Town, who is 6'4" and 205 pounds, is a cerebral quarterback whom Petrino would mold into a superstar. With his above-average arm strength and quick release, seeing Town complete 70 percent of his passes in Petrino's offense would be a real possibility.

    Although Town is committed to USC, Petrino has the right to dream about the California native playing for the Cardinals.

14. LSU

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    Dream recruit: Josh Sweat, DE

    LSU is another program that likely already landed its dream recruit, as the Tigers have a commitment from 5-star cornerback Kevin Toliver II.

    Having a talented stable of pass-rushers has become the norm in Baton Rouge, and that is why 5-star defensive end Josh Sweat is LSU's dream recruit. The 6'5", 237-pounder is a explosive bundle of dynamite with length on the edge.

    Sweat would be ready to help as a designated pass-rusher as a true freshman. 

13. Baylor

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    Dream recruit: Damarkus Lodge, WR 

    Another program with a high-octane offense, Baylor would love to have 5-star receiver Damarkus Lodge. Although the Texas native isn't a blazer, he is a great route-runner with outstanding hands.

    Lodge, who is 6'2.5" and 190 pounds, has the strength to fight through press-man coverage and out-muscle cornerbacks for balls. He'd eventually catch 100 passes in a season in Baylor's pass-heavy offense.

12. Ohio State

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    Dream recruit: Torrance Gibson, QB

    For the record, 4-star receiver Christian Kirk was strongly considered here.

    However, Ohio State's spread-option offense is keyed by a dual-threat quarterback, and there is no better one in the nation than 5-star prospect Torrance Gibson.

    At 6'4" and 200 pounds, the lefty has the athleticism and confidence to excel in the Buckeyes' offensive attack. The Florida native is the perfect quarterback for head coach Urban Meyer's system, which is why he dreams of him. 

11. Stanford

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    Dream recruit: Jalin Barnett, OG

    Big-boy football is played at Stanford, as the Cardinal run the ball down people's throats with physicality, strength and toughness. 

    Those are also the main qualities of 5-star guard Jalin Barnett. The 6'4", 315-pound Oklahoma native is a rugged blocker who dominates his opponents with power at the point of attack. Barnett would be an exceptional fit in Palo Alto. 

10. UCF

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    Dream recruit: Torrance Gibson, QB

    With Blake Bortles now throwing passes for the Jacksonville Jaguars, UCF will be charged to find a new quarterback sensation.

    Well, 5-star quarterback Torrance Gibson has the skill set to take over the program. The 6'4", 200-pounder would probably be able to compete for the starting job as a true freshman—no matter who starts for head coach George O'Leary this season. 

9. Oregon

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    Dream recruit: Kyler Murray, QB

    The spread-option offense is also ran at Oregon, which is why 5-star quarterback Kyler Murray is the Ducks' dream recruit.

    While the Texan isn't big at 5'11" and 170 pounds, he's a terrific athlete who has great mechanics and poise in the pocket. Murray knows how to shuffle his feet inside the pocket in order to find passing lanes, and he can be used to exploit defenses as a runner. 

8. Clemson

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    Dream recruit: Martez Ivey, OT

    Moving forward, Clemson's recruiting efforts will be about building the team around freshman quarterback Deshaun Watson.

    The Tigers already have a commitment from 5-star offensive tackle Mitch Hyatt, but they'd love to land 5-star offensive tackle Martez Ivey to form an exceptional tandem to protect Watson. Ivey, who is 6'6" and 270 pounds, has outstanding athleticism and agility to play left tackle. 

7. Alabama

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    Dream recruit: Kendall Sheffield, CB

    Nick Saban is the head coach at Alabama, but he's a defensive backs coach at heart. That's why Saban likely privately drools over 5-star cornerback Kendall Sheffield.

    At 5'11" and 180 pounds, Sheffield is an outstanding athlete with terrific quickness. He comes out of his backpedal smoothly, plus he has more than enough speed to run deep with receivers. 

6. Oklahoma

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    Dream recruit: Justin Hilliard, LB

    Oklahoma head coach Bob Stoops is a defensive-minded guy, which is why he dreams about seeing 5-star linebacker Justin Hilliard in Norman.

    The 6'2", 230-pound Ohio native is an athletic 'backer who can attack offenses from the flanks on the second level. Stoops would help develop Hilliard into an All-American at Oklahoma. 

5. Missouri

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    Dream recruit: Alex Ofodile, WR

    Terry Beckner Jr. is a 5-star defensive end who is wanted in Columbia. However, the Tigers' dream recruit is 4-star receiver Alex Ofodile.

    Although the Missouri native is not as touted as former receiver Dorial Green-Beckham was coming out of high school, he could break all the records Green-Beckham was supposed to break at Mizzou. The 6'3", 185-pounder has fantastic ball skills, and he is an efficient route-runner.

4. South Carolina

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    Dream recruit: George Campbell, WR

    At 6'3" and 184 pounds, George Campbell is a 5-star receiver who can break games open with his speed.

    With South Carolina head coach Steve Spurrier becoming a legend by leading great offenses, Campbell surely would be welcomed with open arms in Columbia.

    He would essentially be a faster version of former receiver Alshon Jeffery. 

3. Michigan State

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    Dream recruit: Jahvoni Simmons, LB

    There may be no better fit for 4-star linebacker Jahvoni Simmons than Michigan State. The Virginia native is a tough and rugged football player who relishes contact.

    The Spartans play a physical brand of football, and that is right up Simmons' alley. Th 6'1", 225-pounder's strength, power and hard-hitting ability would fire up head coach Mark Dantonio and defensive coordinator Pat Narduzzi. 

2. Auburn

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    Dream recruit: Torrance Gibson, QB

    Auburn is another school where 5-star quarterback Torrance Gibson could excel. The Tigers run a spread offense that suits his talents well, plus they have a lot of young talent to surround him with.

    Head coach Gus Malzahn is an elite offensive mind, so Gibson would be properly developed. He may be the top target for the folks on The Plains. 

1. Florida State

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    Dream recruit: Tarvarus McFadden, S

    Florida State has had a ton of talented defensive backs come through Tallahassee. That's why the Seminoles know what it's like to have a dominant defender control the game from the secondary.

    Whether it be as a safety or cornerback, 5-star defensive back Tarvarus McFadden has the ability to temper an opposing team's passing game. At 6'3" and 198 pounds, the Florida native can match up with big receivers, plus his vision and ball skills can help him hawk passes as a safety.

    Stemming from a recent visit to Florida State, McFadden told the following to Michael Langston of Warchant.com (subscription required) on March 28: "It was amazing. FSU is at the top for me. I just love everything about it and felt so comfortable with everyone there."  


    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.