2015 College Football Recruits with NFL Genes

Edwin WeathersbyAnalyst IMay 8, 2014

2015 College Football Recruits with NFL Genes

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    Just about every football prospect in the country aspires to play in the NFL. However, several 2015 college football recruits possess NFL genes.

    Being a great prospect is one thing, but when a family member has already paved the way to the professional ranks, a recruit can have an advantage.

    A 5-star offensive lineman is the nephew of a former NFL defensive tackle, while a guard for the Tennessee Titans has a brother following his path, and an NFL draft prospect is the relative of a dual-threat quarterback.

Van Jefferson, WR

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    A Tennessee native, Van Jefferson is a 4-star receiver who caught 87 passes for 1,257 yards and 14 touchdowns as a junior, per 247Sports.

    It's not a shock the 6'2", 176-pounder is a productive player, as he is the son of former NFL receiver Shawn Jefferson. The young receiver likely has been shown a thing or two by his father, which is why he's a crafty player.

    Ohio State and Tennessee are his top schools, per 247Sports.

    Jefferson told Yancy Porter of Scout.com on April 24:

    I want to make my decision before the season starts. I want to have a trusting relationship with the coaches and my dad and mom and where they like it. I'll look at their academics, especially their meteorology program since that is what I'm going to major in. Lastly, I want to go somewhere that can get me to the next level in the NFL. Those are pretty much the schools I'm going to be looking at.

Kelly Bryant, QB

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    Clemson has a commitment from 3-star dual-threat quarterback Kelly Bryant, who is from South Carolina. Bryant's last name is sure to remind Clemson fans of a receiver who just left campus: Martavis Bryant.

    Per a report by Cory Fravel of Clemson247, the two are relatives.

    Kelly stands just over 6'4" and weighs 205 pounds. He needs to get better mechanically as a quarterback, but the young passer has a ton of raw potential.

Mark Fields, CB

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    A 4-star cornerback, Mark Fields has a lot of savvy and instincts in coverage. The 5'10.5", 183-pounder can work well in off-man coverage, plus he supports the run when he can.

    The North Carolina native's name probably sounds familiar because his father of the same name played linebacker in the NFL, according to 247Sports. Mark Sr. had stints with the New Orleans Saints, St. Louis Rams and Carolina Panthers.

    The younger Fields is committed to South Carolina.

Cassius Peat, OLB

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    Cassius Peat is a 3-star linebacker who comes from a family of football players. Stanford fans surely recognize the Arizona native's last name, as he is the younger brother of left tackle Andrus Peat, according to Kipp Adams of 247Sports.

    Peat is also the younger brother of Todd Peat Jr., who signed with Nebraska a few years ago. Their father, Todd Peat, was an offensive lineman in the NFL for seven years, per Alex Zener of Wrangler News.

Alex Ofodile, WR

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    Alex Ofodile has caught 152 passes over the past two seasons. The 4-star Missouri native has excellent hands and ball skills, and he gets it all from his father.

    Ofodile is the son of former Baltimore Ravens tight end Anselm "A.J." Ofodile, says 247Sports. The former Raven has watched his son grow into a 6'3", 185-pound receiver with natural receiving skills.

    Ofodile has his father's alma mater of Missouri as his favorite, per 247Sports.

Jake Fruhmorgen, OL

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    Jake Fruhmorgen is a versatile offensive lineman from Florida who can play guard or tackle. At 6'5" and 280 pounds, Fruhmorgen has solid strength and balance.

    He is a chip off the ol' block, as the 4-star blocker is the son of former Miami Dolphins offensive lineman John Fruhmorgen, according to Sam Webb of Go Blue Wolverine (subscription required).

    John played collegiately at Alabama, while Jake is committed to Clemson.

C.J. Sanders, WR

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    At 5'9" and 177 pounds, there are bigger receivers in the country than 3-star wideout C.J. Sanders. However, he has quick feet to get off the line versus jams, plus he can separate with quickness.

    The speedster is the son of former Houston Oilers/Tennessee Titans receiver Chris Sanders, according to 247Sports. Sanders surely will take all he's learned from his father with him to Notre Dame.

Dallas Warmack, OL

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    Hailing from Atlanta, Dallas Warmack is one of the top guards in the country. He is already 6'2" and 306 pounds, and he will likely get even bigger and stronger.

    Warmack is the younger brother of Tennessee Titans guard Chance Warmack, says 247Sports. Like his older brother, Warmack will play college football at Alabama. If Dallas is half as good as Chance was at Alabama, the Crimson Tide will be happy.

Tyrone Wheatley Jr., TE

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    Tyrone Wheatley Jr. is a 4-star tight end from New York who is 6'6" and 260 pounds. Not only does Wheatley have good size, but he also can play defensive end.

    His father of the same name was a stud running back at Michigan who went on to play for the New York Giants and Oakland Raiders.

    The younger Wheatley has his father's alma mater as his leader, per 247Sports.

Mitch Hyatt, OT

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    A 5-star offensive tackle with advanced technique, Mitch Hyatt is among the nation's premier talents. The Georgia native is 6'5.5" and 271 pounds.

    Hyatt is committed to Clemson, and he is the nephew of former Tigers defensive tackle Dan Benish, according to Paul Strelow of TigerIllustrated.com (subscription required)

    Benish went on to play five seasons in the NFL for the Atlanta Falcons and Washington Redskins.

Kahlil McKenzie, DT

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    At 6'4" and 316 pounds, Kahlil McKenzie is a talented 4-star defensive tackle who plays in California. He has outstanding strength at the point of attack, plus McKenzie has the short-area quickness to close hard on ball-carriers in pursuit.

    He is the son of Oakland Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie, per Kipp Adams of 247Sports. McKenzie's father and his uncle, Raleigh, both played in the NFL.

    Reggie played linebacker for the Raiders and San Francisco 49ers, while Raleigh was an offensive lineman for the Washington Redskins, Philadelphia Eagles, San Diego Chargers and Green Bay Packers.

    Adams wrote on May 7, "Twenty-two of the 24 Crystal Ball predictions have McKenzie following in the footsteps of his father Reggie McKenzie and uncle Raleigh McKenzie and committing to Tennessee."

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

    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.