2014 College Football Recruits Coaches Better Not Overlook
College coaches open each recruiting cycle with more than a thousand prospects in their recruiting database. Each position coach evaluates all of the players in his area and only has the coordinator and head coach look at selected prospects he feels could be worthy of a scholarship.
In this process—with each coach responsible for evaluating so many players—some prospects can be overlooked or "slept on," to use a common recruiting term.
Perhaps a prospect is playing out of position, has not received good coaching, has played hurt or is a late bloomer like Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers.
Whatever the case may be, every recruiting class has prospects who get slept on and go on to have good careers.
This year, a quarterback prospect recently outperformed the nation's best at his position at a camp but still lacks elite offers. A running back recruit is committed to a school but warrants consideration from juggernaut programs, while the most athletic cornerback in the country is without a scholarship offer.
Deionte Gaines, who is 5'8" and 157 pounds, is being overlooked due to his size. He plays for Florida powerhouse Dr. Phillips in Orlando, which annually produces good talent.
Gaines, who is a faster version of former Arizona receiver Syndric Steptoe, is a dynamic playmaker on offense. He shows great ball skills, explosive quickness and can elude defenders after the catch.
Perhaps he will not be a No. 1 receiver and does not intimidate defensive backs, but Gaines is dangerous with the ball in his hands. He only has four scholarship offers, two from FCS schools, according to 247Sports.
Whichever school signs Gaines will be getting a great space-player and return man.
Koa Farmer, who is committed to Cal, is going to have many coaches kicking themselves in a few seasons. He is a versatile safety prospect with great potential.
Farmer, who is 6'1" and 200 pounds, is capable of playing free and strong safety. He has the range and speed to roam around on the back end, flashes good ball skills and is athletic.
Farmer can roll into the box from the top of the defense, play like a linebacker against the run and will work hard to wrap up as a tackler. He is a sleeper at the defensive back position, but he will be a good starter for the Bears.
No disrespect to Kansas, as Charlie Weis runs a good operation, but the Jayhawks are not exactly a premier BCS program. Weis has to be giddy with excitement over the thought of having Traevohn Wrench as a running back for the Jayhawks next year.
Wrench, who is 6'0" and 180 pounds, has rushed for 4,693 yards and 58 touchdowns in the past two seasons. He is a great running back prospect who has good speed, vision and instincts. Wrench has solid strength, is elusive and flashes good hands as a receiver. It is mind-boggling that he has not received more attention.
Weis is getting a huge bargain in Wrench, as his talent warrants consideration from higher-profile programs. He is definitely getting overlooked and will make many people pay as a Jayhawk.
Kavin Alexander, who competed in the SPARQ testing at The Opening, is perhaps the most athletically gifted cornerback in this class. Alexander has excellent speed and the agility to match up with any receiver.
The only problem is he is only 5'8" and slightly more than 180 pounds. Alexander has a frail frame, and it is a huge concern to coaches. Big receivers will be able to toss him aside in coverage, and he could have issues tackling running backs as a nickelback.
Alexander has no offers, according to 247Sports.
However, a school needs to step up and take a chance on Alexander. He could add bulk and strength to his frame by his junior season to be able to hold up. At worst, he will be a great gunner on the punt team.
After winning the MVP award at the Elite 11 Finals, Sean White should see an increase in the pace of his recruitment. He beat out stud signal-callers such as David Cornwell, Deshaun Watson, Kyle Allen and Keller Chryst, so that should validate the significance of the honor.
White, who is 6'2" and 204 pounds, has 13 offers but only from mid-major programs, per 247Sports. A premier program in one of the top BCS conferences needs to hop on White immediately.
He has good drop quickness, a quick release and displays excellent ball-placement skills. White can work from under center, is a solid ball-handler and possesses great field vision. He has the potential to become a good starter at a high-profile BCS school.
Fans of BCS powerhouse programs without a quarterback commitment should begin a campaign for White to be offered a scholarship.