2015 College Football Recruits Who Deserve More Hype
The 2015 class has several prospects who are surrounded by a ton of hype. While many of them deserve it, the hype they've gained has taken the spotlight away from other recruits more than it should.
Looking down the board, several players deserve more hype and acclaim than they're currently receiving. A 4-star receiver should riot over not having an extra star, and a speedy running back deserves to be ranked much higher than where he is.
Also, a talented 4-star cornerback and a 3-star pass-rusher are better players than many people think.
Jay Johnson, ATH
Listed as an athlete, Jay Johnson is one of the best players in Mississippi. At 6'4" and 210 pounds, the long-limbed prospect is a smooth athlete who glides all over the field.
The 3-star recruit can work as an athletic receiver on the perimeter. He has deceptive speed, plus he plays with good vision and ball skills. Johnson also has enough quickness out of transition to hawk passes as a free safety.
The Mississippi State commit is a 4-star talent who deserves to be ranked higher than No. 505 in the 247Sports Composite Rankings.
J.W. Ketchum III, QB
The probable reason for J.W. Ketchum III not getting as much hype as he should is because he's currently an undersized dual-threat quarterback.
However, the 3-star Texas native has the speed and explosiveness to become an excellent running back in college. Ketchum, who is 5'11.5" and 201 pounds, has terrific quickness and agility. He's a natural runner of the football who has the potential to be a dynamic offensive weapon at the next level.
Schools such as Baylor, LSU and Nebraska have offered, per 247Sports.
Taeon Mason, CB
At 6'0" and 170 pounds, Taeon Mason is a talented 3-star cornerback who could blossom into a stud in college. He already has solid size and length for the cornerback position, plus the California native is tough.
He is willing to support the run off the perimeter, as well as challenge bigger receivers in press-man coverage. He's also athletic and quick enough to be an effective receiver.
USC is simply getting a good football player in Mason.
Ty'Son Williams, RB
The 5'11", 200-pounder has a solid combination of speed and strength, plus he can operate with above-average vision. Williams can pick and slide to holes behind the line of scrimmage before breaking a tackle on the second level.
He is going to make more noise in college than some of the running backs who are ranked ahead of him. Georgia, South Carolina, Clemson and Notre Dame are in the mix, per 247Sports.
Christian Bell, OLB/DE
Hailing from powerhouse Hoover High School in Alabama, he has played against great competition. The 6'4", 220-pounder can crash off the edge well and is a solid athlete with a good amount of first-step quickness. Bell can stand up as a 3-4 outside linebacker, and he is also capable of holding up as a traditional defensive end with his hand down.
There's a reason why Alabama hustled hard to earn a pledge from him.
Joshuwa Holloman, RB
As things stand right now, Joshuwa Holloman is more of a track guy who plays football than a football guy who runs track. However, at the end of the day, speed is speed.
The 3-star running back has been clocked at 4.29 in the 40-yard dash, per 247Sports. Holloman, who is 5'11" and 180 pounds, deserves more attention than he's receiving at this time. He's No. 687 in the 247Sports Composite Rankings, as the Michigan native must improve his vision and tackle-breaking ability.
However, his speed alone warrants a higher ranking and more hype.
Steven Gonzalez, OL
While many teams run a finesse-based spread offense these days, road-grading offensive linemen still are needed in various situations.
That is one of the reasons why a solid 4-star blocker such as Steven Gonzalez should still be considered one of the better prospects in the 2015 class. Gonzalez, who is 6'3" and 300 pounds, is a nasty New Jersey native who has no problems mixing it up in the trenches.
He can play tackle, but the Penn State pledge projects better inside at guard. With his toughness, strength and adequate short-area range, he will be a multiyear starter in Happy Valley.
John Reid, CB
John Reid is an athletic 4-star cornerback who can smother receivers out on the perimeter. He isn't very big at 5'10" and 180 pounds, but his hips are loose in space.
He is at his best in off-man coverage, as he is comes cleanly out of transition more often than not. The Philadelphia native possesses outstanding short-area quickness to drive and close on balls, and he doesn't get left often at junctions by receivers.
The main responsibility of a cornerback is to cover, and Reid is one of the most responsible cornerbacks in this year's class. Keep an eye on Penn State with him.
Tyrek Cole, CB
Another 4-star cornerback who should be getting more hype is Tyrek Cole. At 5'11.5" and 170 pounds, the Florida native has long arms to press and disrupt the releases of receivers at the line.
He also displays outstanding agility and athleticism. He can recover quickly to reattach himself with a receiver, plus he has natural awareness and instincts. What also makes him such a good prospect is that he has a certain confidence about him, which helps elevate his play when facing great opposition.
He should become one of the best cornerbacks in the ACC at Florida State. This guy has a bright future.
Christian Kirk, WR
The Arizona native is a remarkable talent who is ready to help a college offense right now. He has the body of a running back at 5'11" and 197 pounds, but his explosive speed and sudden athleticism make him perhaps the most talented receiver in the nation.
Kirk is a game-changer who grades out as one of the better receivers and offensive recruits in recent memory. He has deceptive strength with the ball, plus he can return kicks and punts at an elite level. If anyone resembles Seattle Seahawks receiver Percy Harvin in this year's class, it's Kirk.
It would be a bit of a surprise if he did not sign with Texas A&M.
Kirk told the following to Bryan Matthews of AuburnSports.com (subscription required) on May 31: "I've told multiple people that I want to play in the SEC. I believe it's one of the best, if not the best conference out there. It's something I've always wanted to do, compete against the best."
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.