2015 College Football Recruits Sure to Commit Before Football Season Starts

Edwin WeathersbyAnalyst IJuly 23, 2014

2015 College Football Recruits Sure to Commit Before Football Season Starts

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    August is right around the corner, which means football season is rapidly approaching. Toward the middle and end of next month, many high school teams will kick off their seasons.

    That also means a few college prospects will be looking to get their decisions out of the way so they can focus on their teams. While a recruit can decide at anytime on a school, several players appear set to announce before or around the start of football season.

    A 4-star receiver will likely decide between a pair of Pac-12 schools, while another 4-star receiver could opt for a Big Ten program. Also, a speedy athlete will be announcing his decision within the next few weeks.

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

James Daniels, OG

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    James Daniels is a solid 3-star guard who could become a phone-booth blocker in college. The 6'2", 282-pounder is not a great athlete, but he works hard as a run-blocker.

    From Ohio, Daniels has Iowa and Ohio State out in front, per 247Sports. He is expected to make an announcement at the end of this month, according to Marc Givler of BuckeyeGroove.com (subscription required).

Khalid McGee, DB

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    At 5'10" and 185 pounds, Khalid McGee is a 3-star safety trapped in a cornerback's body. He plays with a scrappy mentality, plus he has good quickness in coverage.

    The Miami native has Wisconsin, Louisville, South Florida and West Virginia as his top schools, according to 247Sports.

    Jason Howell of Rivals.com (subscription required) wrote on June 28:

    "A leader could emerge soon, though, with McGee planning to make a decision before he plays his senior season."

Trent Irwin, WR

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    He isn't flashy, but Trent Irwin is a 4-star receiver who gets the job done. At 6'2" and 190 pounds, the California native has sneaky speed to go along with good route-running ability and fantastic hands.

    Irwin attends Hart High School in the Golden State, and he is the No. 1 target for 4-star quarterback and Arizona State commit Brady White. The Sun Devils are trying hard to convince Irwin to join his buddy in Tempe, but Stanford is also in the mix, says 247Sports

    While a decision may not be made by Irwin by the start of the season, it's still safe to bet that one will be.

    He told the following to Adam Gorney of Rivals.com (subscription required) on July 7:

    It's still pretty much those top two. We have a dead period later this month so through that period I'm going to try to narrow it down with the positives and negatives of each school and just see where I feel I fit best.

Van Jefferson, WR

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    Van Jefferson is a 4-star receiver from Tennessee who is 6'2.5" and 172 pounds. He has average speed and quickness, but Jefferson gets open by running great routes and shooting out of his breaks at junctions.

    Tennessee is fighting Ohio State and Georgia for him, says 247Sports. Jefferson is expected to be committed to a school by the time fall arrives, says Marc Givler of BuckeyeGroove.com (subscription required).

    He could be a Buckeye by the start of the season.

Ray-Ray McCloud III, ATH

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    Whether it's as a running back or receiver, Ray-Ray McCloud III will make several big plays in college. He isn't the biggest player at 5'9" and 175 pounds, but the 4-star athlete from Tampa is explosive with the ball.

    Florida, Clemson and UCLA are his top schools, according to 247Sports. The Gators, Tigers and Bruins will learn their fate with McCloud later this month, as Adam Krohn of Rivals.com (subscription required) says he will be announcing his decision on July 28.

    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.