The Rivals100: Class of 2014 recruiting rankings
National Signing Day is rapidly approaching. As the country's top high school prospects prepare to choose their college destinations, the experts at Rivals.com have ranked the top 100 football recruits in the class of 2014.
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|Hand's superior quickness off the line of scrimmage causes nightmares for opposing offenses, something he demonstrated during the Under Armour All-America Game.|
|Garrett dominated at the Under Armour All-America Game -- he made four tackles for loss and had one sack -- and made a push for the No. 1 overall spot in the recruiting rankings.|
|Peppers has a complete game: He has the speed, explosiveness and physicality to match up with all types of receivers. He has drawn comparisons to a young Charles Woodson.|
New Orleans, La.
|Fournette rolled up 238 all-purpose yards and three scores in his first high school game as a freshman. The do-it-all back went on to gain more than 7,000 yards in his career.|
Virginia Beach, Va.
|A game-changing defensive back, Blanding will join fellow five-star recruit Andrew Brown at Virginia. The tandem has the talent to potentially turn the Cavaliers around.|
|A cornerback who can also play wide receiver, Jackson is one of the fastest players in this year's class. He could see the field immediately as a freshman.|
|The early enrollee and pro-style quarterback isn't a Johnny Manziel clone. Still, Allen passed for a combined 8,201 yards and 86 touchdowns in his sophomore, junior and senior seasons.|
|An elusive threat with breakaway speed, Mixon is potentially the most dangerous open-field running back in the class of 2014.|
|Humphrey may not have as much natural athleticism as other defensive backs, but his tremendous instincts and vision give him a knack for making big plays.|
|The onetime Arizona commit has since flipped to Florida. Now, Tabor could see the field right away opposite cornerback Vernon Hargreaves III.|
West Palm Beach, Fla.
|A former Miami commitment, Rudolph gives the Seminoles a solid route runner who knows how to fight for yards after the catch.|
|Alabama's Mr. Football rushed for 2,211 yards and 32 touchdowns as a senior despite battling injuries. The last running back to win that award? Crimson Tide star T.J. Yeldon.|
|Michel gained 1,840 yards -- and averaged 8.6 yards per carry -- last season at American Heritage School. He should add to Georgia's already strong stable of power running backs.|
|A late riser in recruiting rankings following an eye-popping 17-sack senior campaign, Evans could wreak havoc at multiple positions in college.|
River Ridge, La.
|Dupre is a wide receiver with serious hops, boasting a long list of state titles in the long jump, high jump and triple jump.|
|As a senior in 2013, Scarbrough rushed for 1,236 yards and 16 touchdowns, but a knee injury limited him to just eight games.|
West Monroe, La.
|The imposing offensive tackle impressed in practices for the Under Armour All-America Game. He possesses excellent body control.|
|Florida's Mr. Football is an early enrollee in Tallahassee after averaging 11.0 yards per carry and scoring 34 touchdowns as a senior. He led Miami Central to a Class 6A state championship.|
|An Under Armour All-America and an early enrollee at Ohio State, McMillan can blow up gaps from his natural spot at middle linebacker.|
|Prince has the quick feet and college-ready frame to line up at left tackle once he arrives on campus. He is an especially powerful run blocker who moves adeptly to the second level.|
New Orleans, La.
|As his name indicates, Noil is fast. Though his route running remains relatively raw, he seems an ideal weapon on quick patterns out of the slot.|
Booker T. Washington
|Thomas still needs to grow into his body a little bit, but he has all the tools to become a dominant force at the college level.|
|Williams made 119 tackles as a senior to become St. Paul's all-time leading tackler. He earned Coastal Alabama Defensive Player of the Year honors.|
Long Beach, Calif.
|Nicknamed "Juju", Smith is the latest blue-chip prospect out of high school powerhouse Long Beach Poly. He has the size and speed to play either safety or wide receiver.|
|An early enrollee in Tuscaloosa, Brown is expected to contend for immediate playing time in the Crimson Tide's reloading secondary.|
|A relentless pass rusher, McDowell is a standout defensive end who has the size to become an interior lineman in the college ranks.|
|Malone caught 71 passes for 1,404 yards and 19 touchdowns as a senior after posting modest stats during his sophomore and junior campaigns.|
|A former Florida commitment, Lane is an Under Armour All-America who will bring speed and explosiveness to the Division I ranks.|
Red Bank, N.J.
Red Bank Catholic
|A powerful run blocker, Nelson led Red Bank Catholic High to a 10-1 season and an appearance in the New Jersey Non-Public Group 3 semifinals.|
|Hood put together one of the most dazzling statistical seasons in state history in 2013, rushing for 3,690 yards and 53 touchdowns as a senior.|
|The dual-threat quarterback passed for 13,077 yards and 155 touchdowns and rushed for 4,057 yards and 59 scores in his distinguished high school career.|
|The Gatorade National Football Player of the Year, Brown had 93 tackles, 18 sacks and six fumble recoveries as a senior.|
|Hurd went down with a season-ending shoulder injury in September. As a junior in 2012, he rushed for 3,357 yards and scored 43 touchdowns.|
Mount Pleasant, Texas
|Cannon has 4.5 40 speed and trusty hands. The dynamic wideout is a game-breaking deep-ball threat who should contribute immediately.|
|Chubb, a standout running back, rushed for 5,404 yards and scored 78 touchdowns during his sophomore and junior seasons at Cedartown.|
|A prized pass rusher who runs a 4.65 40, Carter impressed at the Under Armour All-America Game -- he led his team with six tackles.|
|Thomas had 78 tackles, 26 tackles for loss, 12.5 sacks and four forced fumbles during his impressive senior season at Coppell.|
|Former LSU star Tyrann Mathieu gave a Twitter shout-out to this ball-hawking safety, who made 80 tackles and scored 16 touchdowns as a senior.|
St. John Bosco
|A physically dominant blocker, Mama was the Los Angeles Times' lineman of the year after leading St. John Bosco to a perfect 16-0 season.|
|A former wide receiver, Webb was the U.S. Army All-American Bowl's selection committee's pick as high school defensive back of the year.|
Ponte Vedra, Fla.
|The son of former Dallas Cowboys safety Bill Bates has elite athleticism: He runs a 4.51 40 and has a 39-inch vertical leap.|
|An Under Armour All-America safety who goes by the nickname "Hootie", Jones enrolled at Alabama earlier this month.|
|A high-motor defensive player with raw ability, Street has the potential to emerge as a game-changing pass rusher at the next level.|
|The most valuable player in this year's Under Armour All-America Game, Jones rushed for 1,523 yards and scored 44 touchdowns as a senior.|
Fort Worth, Texas
All Saints Episcopal
|Knox, who is likely to move from tackle to guard in college, has the right frame to gain weight. He also boasts good lateral movement and quick feet.|
|The dual-threat quarterback passed for nearly 15,000 yards over his three-year varsity career. Grier threw for a national record 837 yards in one 2012 game.|
|A selection in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl, Lazard tallied 1,065 receiving yards and 16 touchdowns during his senior season at Urbandale.|
|Projected to be a safety or linebacker in college, Clark had the athleticism to do a bit of everything at the high school level.|
Eramus Hall Campus
|A player in the Percy Harvin mold, Samuel has been clocked in the 40 at 4.36 seconds. He could make an instant impact in the college ranks.|
Olathe South Senior
|The stalwart bench-pressed three reps of 515 pounds earlier this month. Smith also moves well and shows good flexibility.|
|One of three Glenville players bound for Ohio State, Smith is a sure-tackling, hard-hitting defensive back who should compete for early playing time in Columbus.|
|An explosive back from a remote part of Southern California, Freeman scored three touchdowns in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl against some of the nation's premier talent.|
|One of the most coveted defensive backs in the country, Parker is already built like a standout college safety. He led Oklahoma high school powerhouse Jenks to the Class 6A state title in 2013.|
|A heavy-hitting safety who collected 141 tackles, three forced fumbles and three interceptions as a senior, Sumner-Gardner is an early enrollee at Boise State.|
|Known for his tremendous speed, Holmes has the potential to become a star at the college level as he adds weight and strength to his already impressive frame.|
|A onetime Penn State commit before coach Bill O'Brien left for the Houston Texans, Holley compiled 60 tackles, seven sacks and a fumble recovery during his senior season.|
|Paris is regarded as one of the most technically sound defensive backs in the class of 2014. He could play either safety or cornerback at the college level.|
|Harvey lined up pretty much everywhere -- as a wide receiver, quarterback and defensive back -- throughout his high school career. He is projected to be a cornerback in college.|
|A Sunshine State star with impressive strength, Valentine racked up 85 tackles, 31.5 tackles for loss and 16 sacks during his senior season at Champagnat Catholic.|
|Known for his ability to disrupts plays from sideline to sideline, Garrett amassed 139 tackles, 2.5 sacks and four fumble recoveries at Plainfield South as a senior.|
|The U.S. Army All-American was an Oregon commitment before reopening his recruitment earlier this month. An elusive athlete, Baker has potential as both a defensive back and receiver.|
|Yearby rushed for 5,593 yards and 68 touchdowns over his high school career before going down with a fractured left fibula in this year's state playoffs.|
St. Vincent-St. Mary
|Ohio's Mr. Football was a defensive force in 2013. Booker helped lead St. Vincent-St. Mary's to a 15-0 record and its second consecutive Division III state championship.|
Palo Alto, Calif.
|The starting quarterback at Palo Alto High for the last three years, Chryst finished his career with 7,325 passing yards and 84 touchdowns, 28 in each season.|
|The Spring Valley star simply blanketed the field as a senior. He recorded 188 tackles, 25 tackles for loss, 24 sacks and four forced fumbles.|
|A two-way star who has maintained a 4.01 GPA, Kelly was named the Gatorade Tennessee Football Player of the Year in December. He led the Spartans to a Division II A state title.|
|The U.S. Army All-American brought relentless pressure as a senior, finishing with 83 tackles, nine tackles for loss and four sacks.|
Tarpon Springs, Fla.
|An early enrollee at Clemson, Scott is a big-play threat who could help compensate for the Tigers' losses of wide receivers Sammy Watkins and Martavis Bryant.|
Booker T. Washington
|The Florida Class 4A Player of the Year passed for 2,159 yards, rushed for 575 yards and scored 37 total touchdowns as a senior. He led Booker T. Washington to a second straight state title.|
Salt Lake City, Utah
|A big and physical presence on the offensive line, Barton anchored a Brighton squad that went 12-2 and earned a trip to the Utah Class 5A state championship game.|
|A participant in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl, Parrish was a quarterback in high school who has the speed and burst necessary to be a star cornerback in the college ranks.|
|A three-year starter who went 40-2 at Crete-Monee, Morgan had 100 tackles, 12 tackles for loss, two sacks, two forced fumbles and one interception as a senior.|
Lake Charles, La.
|The prolific wideout broke Dorial Green-Beckham's national record for career receiving yards. He finished with 6,566 to go along with a state-record 357 receptions.|
|The big-bodied Tucker was a driving force behind a Chandler offense that averaged 26.4 points per game in 2013. He helped lead the Huskies to the Arizona Class AIA semifinals.|
|75||Shaun Dion Hamilton
|An early enrollee at Alabama, Hamilton was a beast as a senior. He registered 119 tackles, 13 tackles for loss, four sacks, three interceptions, six forced fumbles and a blocked punt.|
|One of the state of California's most high-profile prospects, Quick played wide receiver and defensive back in high school. The dynamic athlete is undersized but explosive.|
Highlands Ranch, Colo.
|McCaffrey tallied 1,858 rushing yards, 721 receiving yards and 46 total touchdowns as a senior. He helped Valor Christian to its fifth straight state championship.|
|Hendrix excels as a pass rusher. The O'Fallon star pressures opposing quarterbacks with a rare blend of physicality and speed.|
|The hulking tight end is a can't-miss red zone target. Blazevich has the height and versatility to create and exploit mismatches in coverage.|
St. John Bosco
|An excellent safety throughout high school, Wadood emerged as a prolific wide receiver as a senior. He caught 78 passes for 1,293 yards and 21 touchdowns.|
Virginia Beach, Va.
|Nnadi is an imposing defensive tackle and a menace in the middle. The Ocean Lakes product presents a challenge for opposing blockers.|
|Farmer shined during practices for the Under Armour All-America Game. Though he will pursue football in college, he was a dominant wrestler in high school as well.|
|83||Gerald Willis III
New Orleans, La.
|Willis committed to Florida over LSU during the Under Armour All-America Game. He racked up 15 tackles, three sacks and a touchdown in a single game last season.|
|Listed as a wide receiver, Brent also emerged as a rushing force in 2013. He ran for 1,315 yards and 18 touchdowns. As a junior, he caught 54 passes for 992 yards and 13 scores.|
|A dual-threat quarterback, Heard led Guyer to a Class 4A Division I state title as a senior. He finished the championship game with 146 rushing yards, 97 passing yards and zero incompletions.|
|A massive defensive tackle, Frazier has the ability to overwhelm interior linemen with his superior size and strength.|
|Sawyer has the quickness and repertoire of moves to blow past offensive linemen. He is an excellent pass rusher and can use his speed to stuff outside rushing attempts.|
Galena Park, Texas
|Originally an Alabama commitment, Whitley changed his mind in early January and flipped to UCLA. The inside linebacker is now an early enrollee with the Bruins.|
|Brown's agility makes him a big-play threat every time he catches the ball. His leaping ability causes problems in the red zone, particularly against undersized cornerbacks.|
|An imposing frame and physical presence on the line, Talamaivao originally committed to Alabama before ultimately flipping to USC.|
|Brown has the size to line up in a three-point stance and the athleticism to stand upright at the linebacker position. He could be used as a multi-purpose defender for Georgia.|
Tarpon Springs, Fla.
|Blessed with a prototypical frame, Cole could be the next star in a long line of standout linemen at Michigan. He switched between tackle and guard during the U.S. Army All-American Bowl.|
San Antonio, Texas
|Roberson showed his burst off the line of scrimmage at the Under Armour All-America Game. The defensive end could make a college impact right from the get-go.|
De La Salle
|Jones has the strength and agility to dominate opposing linemen. He could thrive in Ohio State's run-blocking schemes.|
River Ridge, La.
|A standout all year for John Curtis, Young was named the most outstanding player in the Louisiana Division II state championship game.|
St. Louis, Mo.
|With a commanding physique and the technique to accompany it, Wallace could be Arkansas coach Bret Bielema's next great lineman.|
|Cunningham's father, Rick, was an offensive lineman for Texas A&M in the 1980s. The young and versatile defender will follow suit.|
|An athletic offensive lineman, Bars received scholarship offers from 24 schools. He should compete for playing time as soon as he adjusts to the speed of the college game.|
Bossler City, La.
|One of the nation's top dual-threat quarterbacks, Harris enrolled early and will participate in spring practice at LSU.|
|100|| Austin Roberts
|The second-rated prospect in the state of Indiana spurned offers from a number of top programs before ultimately deciding to commit to UCLA.|
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