National Signing Day 2014: Tracking Top 100 College Football Recruits

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National signing day annually provides programs with promise for the future and finally allows high-profile prospects to officially conclude lengthy recruiting processes. The program-player pacts created Feb. 5 could ultimately determine national championships and Heisman Trophy winners in coming years.

Several of the country's coveted recruits revealed verbal commitments early, others have already enrolled on campus, and some remain in deliberation down to the wire. Stay updated on the latest developments surrounding premier prospects right here.

We'll keep an eye on the nation's top 100 senior high school recruits until their letters of intent are signed, sealed and delivered.

 

Prospect star ratings and order based on 247Sports composite rankings. Stats per 247Sports unless otherwise noted. 

100. Dalton Schultz, TE, 6'5", 215 Lbs

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Where Dalton Schultz is headed: Signed with Stanford

The 4-star Utah product is the nation's top-ranked tight end. He follows in line with an outstanding group of productive playmakers at the position in Palo Alto, including current NFL players Coby Fleener (Colts), Zach Ertz (Eagles) and Jim Dray (Cardinals).

99. Derrick Nnadi, DT, 6'1", 305 Lbs

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Where Derrick Nnadi is headed: Signed with Florida State

The 4-star defensive tackle is among several Virginia Beach standouts in this class and ranks seventh nationally at the position. Nnadi is a versatile interior defender who can rush the passer, as evidenced by his 20 sacks as a senior, per MaxPreps.

98. Garrett Brumfield, OG, 6'3.5", 272 Lbs

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Where Garrett Brumfield is headed: Signed with LSU

Brumfield, a second-team All-USA selection, is a physical road-grader ready to compete for a role on the two-deep depth chart in 2014. He is the nation's sixth-ranked offensive guard, and the 4-star recruit plays through the whistle.

97. Demetrius Knox, OG, 6'4", 294 Lbs

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Where Demetrius Knox is headed: Signed with Ohio State

Knox, rated the 15th-best player in Texas, earned second-team All-USA honors after a state title-winning season at All Saints Episcopal. The 4-star prospect competes with a mean streak and already has a physique well-equipped for college football.

96. C.J. Hampton, S, 6'1", 195 Lbs

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Where C.J. Hampton is headed: Enrolled at Ole Miss

Hampton, who heavily considered Alabama, hits like a linebacker and possesses raw coverage instincts to excel in the SEC. He is the nation's eighth-ranked safety recruit and a 4-star prospect with potential to improve the Rebels secondary immediately.

95. Dillon Bates, OLB, 6'3", 220 Lbs

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Where Dillon Bates is headed: Signed with Tennessee

Bates, a 4-star Florida product, racked up 81 tackles, two interceptions and two sacks as a senior to secure second-team All-USA honors. Tennessee has stockpiled talent at the position, but the nation's No. 7 outside linebacker prospect can contend for a valuable reserve role during his first season on campus.

94. Justin Brent, WR, 6'3", 190 Lbs

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Where Justin Brent is headed: Signed with Notre Dame

Brent, the top-rated recruit in Indiana, beats opponents with precise route-running skills and picks up yards after the catch in bunches. He spent much of his senior season in the backfield, rushing for 1,315 yards and 18 touchdowns, per MaxPreps, but the 4-star prospect projects favorably as a top-level wide receiver.

93. Trevor Darling, OT, 6'4.5", 327 Lbs

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Where Trevor Darling is headed: Enrolled at Miami

Darling is a dominant run-blocker who paved the way to a state title at Miami Central High School as a senior. The nation's ninth-ranked offensive tackle is a 4-star prospect who displays intimidating upper-body power and will push for a spot near the top of the depth chart.

92. Zach Whitley, ILB, 6'2", 223 Lbs

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Where Zach Whitley is headed: Signed with UCLA

The Houston-area Defensive Player of the Year is a 4-star talent who swarms to the football and brings down ball-carriers with incredible efficiency. Whitley, ranked fifth nationally among inside linebackers, is also a legitimate threat to take down the quarterback in blitz situations.

91. Christian McCaffrey, RB, 6'0", 195 Lbs

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Where Christian McCaffrey is headed: Signed with Stanford

The two-time Gatorade Football Player of the Year in Colorado is the son of former Denver Broncos receiver Ed McCaffrey. The 4-star recruit is rated the county's second-best all-purpose back and will have an opportunity to become a factor in the Cardinal offensive attack during his debut season in Palo Alto.

90. Brian Wallace, OT, 6'6", 305 Lbs

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Where Brian Wallace is headed: Signed with Arkansas

Wallace, the country's eighth-ranked offensive tackle, overwhelms opponents with elite reach and fine footwork. The 4-star St. Louis talent stands to compete for a substantial depth-chart position on the left side of the line with a strong freshman training camp.

89. Frank Iheanacho, WR, 6'6", 220 Lbs

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Where Frank Iheanacho is headed: Signed with Texas A&M

The 4-star Houston product was a late riser in recruiting after not even playing football as a junior. The nation's No. 13 wide receiver recruit remains raw but has one of the highest ceilings of any offensive playmaker in the 2014 class. He's an intriguing talent with room to grow in a young Texas A&M attack.

88. Arrion Springs, CB, 5'11", 192 Lbs

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Where Arrion Springs is headed: Signed with Oregon

Springs, the nation's ninth-ranked cornerback, is a 4-star prospect who operates smoothly in coverage. He still has strides to make in run support but should supply the Ducks with at least a very quality special teams contributor in 2014.

87. Dylan Sumner-Gardner, S, 6'1", 193 Lbs

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Where Dylan Sumner-Gardner is headed: Enrolled at Boise State

Sumner-Gardner is the nation's seventh-ranked safety and participated in the Under Armour All-American Game. The 4-star prospect initially committed to Texas A&M but should have a clearer path to playing time with the Broncos.

86. Viane Talamaivao, OG, 6'3", 310 Lbs

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Where Viane Talamaivao is headed: Signed with USC

Talamaivao is a 4-star Southern California prospect who opted to remain close to home during college. The nation's No. 4 offensive guard gives first-year USC coach Steve Sarkisian a true interior anchor to build around up front for years to come.

85. Josh Frazier, DT, 6'3", 335 Lbs

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Where Josh Fraizer is headed: Signed with Alabama

Fraizer, a 4-star recruit listed as the second-best prospect in Arkansas, was plucked up by Nick Saban. He is a powerful nose tackle who creates space for linebackers. Opportunities will be hard to come by early in Tuscaloosa, but his time will arrive if he can impress in practice.

84. Cameron Sims, WR, 6'4", 199 Lbs

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Where Cameron Sims is headed: Enrolled at Alabama

Sims is the country's No. 12 receiver prospect and is among a crop of elite Louisiana pass-catchers in this class. The 4-star recruit fits the mold of past premier Crimson Tide receivers, attacking the secondary with a large frame and tremendous acceleration.

83. Allen Lazard, WR, 6'4.5", 207 Lbs

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Where Allen Lazard is headed: Signed with Iowa State

Lazard, the 11th-best receiver prospect in the nation, is a physically imposing specimen who makes defensive backs look foolish in one-on-one coverage. The 4-star prospect is set up for a very productive freshman season in Ames, where the Cyclones have anxiously awaited his arrival.

82. Casey Tucker, OT, 6'6", 270 Lbs

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Where Casey Tucker is headed: Signed with Stanford

Tucker is the top-ranked offensive tackle prospect in the Western region. The 4-star Arizona standout must build on his frame to handle the rigors of being an every-down Pac-12 blocker, but he has the skill set to excel on either side of the line.

81. Bijhon Jackson, DT, 6'1.75", 334 Lbs

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Where Bijohn Jackson is headed: Signed with Arkansas

The top-ranked recruit in Arkansas is a stout run defender with a relentless motor for a man of his size. The 4-star defensive tackle is rated fifth overall at his position and can break through into the front-line rotation as a freshman.

80. Jalyn Holmes, DE, 6'5", 225 Lbs

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Where Jalyn Holmes is headed: Signed with Ohio State

Holmes is the country's fourth-ranked weak-side defensive end prospect. He needs to add bulk as a Buckeye, but the 4-star prospect already possesses elite athleticism and speed that sets him apart from the pack.

79. David Cornwell, QB, 6'5", 241 Lbs

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Where David Cornwell is headed: Enrolled at Alabama

Cornwell, a 4-star prospect and the top-ranked player in Oklahoma, is rated the nation's No. 4 pro-style passer. His stature allows him to survey the field and deliver strikes with his cannon. His immediate role in college depends on how he recovers from a senior-season knee injury.

78. Trey Quinn, WR, 6'1", 200 Lbs

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Where Trey Quinn is headed: Signed with LSU

The 4-star Louisiana standout set an all-time career receiving yardage record in 2013, finishing high school with 6,566 yards. Rated the nation's 10th-best receiver recruit, Quinn has an opportunity to earn early reps in Cam Cameron's offensive attack.

77. Thomas Holley, DT, 6'4", 285 Lbs

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Where Thomas Holley is headed: Signed with Florida

Holley, a 4-star prospect from Brooklyn, remains a raw recruit after playing just two seasons of high school football, but his game tape already shines. The nation's fourth-ranked defensive tackle flipped from Penn State to Florida following the departure of Bill O'Brien. He faces heavy competition along a talented Gators defensive front, so a redshirt season is a possibility.

76. Johnnie Dixon, WR, 5'10", 187 Lbs

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Where Johnnie Dixon is headed: Enrolled at Ohio State


Dixon, a 4-star Florida prospect, is considered the nation's No. 9 receiver recruit. He has all the physical tools you look for in a combo pass target and gives the Buckeyes a legitimate weapon in the intermediate passing game.

75. Brandon Harris, QB, 6'2.5", 193 Lbs

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Where Brandon Harris is headed: Enrolled at LSU

Harris, the nation's No. 3 dual-threat quarterback prospect, has plenty of upside as he heads to Baton Rouge. The 4-star recruit accounted for 49 total touchdowns as a senior, according to The Times' Matt Vines (subscription required), and figures to be in the mix for a starting role in his second or third year on campus.

74. Ross Pierschbacher, OT, 6'4", 290 Lbs

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Where Ross Pierschbacher is headed: Signed with Alabama

Pierschbacher, the top-ranked prospect in Iowa, is a prototypical bookend who is likely to line up at right tackle in Tuscaloosa. He is rated the country's sixth-best recruit at the position and will have time to get acclimated with SEC speed as a freshman reserve.

73. Kain Daub, ILB, 6'3", 234 Lbs

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Where Kain Daub is headed: Enrolled at Florida State

Daub is an instinctive 4-star defender from Jacksonville who ranks fourth nationally among inside linebackers. Florida State has a crowded linebacker corps, but his abilities make it possible for him to crack the two-deep depth chart during his first year in Tallahassee.

72. Jerrod Heard, QB, 6'2.5", 190 Lbs

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Where Jerrod Heard is headed: Signed with Texas

Heard, a 4-star recruit who committed to Texas as a sophomore, is the country's second-ranked dual-threat quarterback, and for good reason. He surpassed 2,000 yards rushing and passing in each of the past two seasons and may be the most talented Longhorns prospect at the position since Vince Young.

71. Jacob Pugh, OLB, 6'4", 221 Lbs

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Where Jacob Pugh is headed: Signed with Florida State

Pugh, a 4-star Tallahassee product, will stay put in his hometown to play for the national champs. He is the nation's No. 6 outside linebacker prospect and has the pass-rushing skills to instantly help out the Seminoles front seven.

70. Ronnie Clark, OLB, 6'2.5", 215 Lbs

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Where Ronnie Clark is headed: Signed with Alabama

Clark is capable of competing for a starting role in 2014 at various schools, but Alabama isn't one of them. The nation's fifth-ranked outside linebacker must work his way up through special teams while playing for his home-state squad.

69. Malkom Parrish, CB, 5'9", 186 Lbs

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Where Malkom Parrish is headed: Signed with Georgia

The 4-star cornerback is rated America's No. 8 prospect at the position and instantly provides a presence in pass coverage at Georgia. He must prove himself against physical, tall receivers during practice before Georgia turns him loose against the SEC's best.

68. Artavis Scott, WR, 5'10", 175 Lbs

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Where Artavis Scott is headed: Enrolled at Clemson

Scott, a 4-star standout from the Sunshine State, accounted for 18 offensive touchdowns in 2013, per MaxPreps. Listed as the nation's No. 8 receiver recruit, his ideal fit is in the slot. The Tigers lost top target Sammy Watkins to the NFL draft, so there are big shoes to fill.

67. Drake Harris, WR, 6'4", 180 Lbs

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Where Drake Harris is headed: Enrolled at Michigan

Harris is the third-ranked recruit in Michigan and a pivotal pickup for the Wolverines. The 4-star receiver missed his entire senior season with a hamstring injury after a monster junior campaign in which he had more than 2,000 receiving yards. If he can quickly return to form during spring practice, expect to see Harris on the field as a freshman in Ann Arbor.

66. Erick Smith, S, 6'1", 185 Lbs

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Where Erick Smith is headed: Signed with Ohio State

Smith, the nation's sixth-ranked safety, is at his best near the line of scrimmage. He drops the hammer in run support and patrols the flat with authority. He has special teams ace written all over him at Ohio State in 2014.

65. Travonte Valentine, DT, 6'3", 338 Lbs

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Where Travonte Valentine is headed: Signed with LSU

Valentine, a 4-star recruit from the Miami area, decommitted from the Hurricanes in early January. The nation's third-ranked defensive tackle splits double-teams and is a key weapon in goal-line packages.

64. Derick Roberson, DE, 6'3.5", 235 Lbs

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Where Derick Roberson is headed: Signed with Texas

Roberson was one of the most disruptive defenders in Texas last season, tallying 14 sacks en route to a title game appearance, per MaxPreps. The 4-star prospect is ranked fourth nationally among strong-side defensive ends and provides a crucial element in Charlie Strong's first Longhorns recruiting class.

63. Braden Smith, OG, 6'6", 290 Lbs

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Where Braden Smith is headed: Signed with Auburn

Smith, the No. 1 prospect in Kansas, is arguably the strongest member of this class. The nation's third-ranked offensive guard earned first-team All-USA honors and bench presses nearly 500 pounds, per USA Today's Jim Halley. He is arguably the most explosive interior offensive lineman.

62. Quenton Nelson, OT, 6'5", 295 Lbs

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Where Quenton Nelson is headed: Signed with Notre Dame

Nelson, the nation's fifth-ranked offensive tackle, is a polished product as a pass-blocker. His athleticism allows the 4-star prospect to pick up blitzes and gives him an opportunity to land on the two-deep depth chart early in his collegiate career.

61. Todd Kelly, S, 5'11.75", 188 Lbs

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Where Todd Kelly is headed: Signed with Tennessee

The Volunteers added America's third-ranked safety and one of Tennessee's prized in-state recruits. Kelly, a 4-star defensive back, connects on his hits and provides the Vols with an intimidating, rangy newcomer in the backfield.

60. Jeff Jones, RB, 5'11", 196 Lbs

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Where Jeff Jones is headed: Signed with Minnesota

Jones soared up recruiting rankings after a senior season that featured 42 offensive touchdowns. Although he is committed to stay in his home state to play for the Gophers, Florida, Iowa State, Tennessee and Michigan are still in the mix.  

59. Curtis Samuel, ATH, 6'0", 185 Lbs

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Where Curtis Samuel is headed: Enrolled at Ohio State

Samuel, a scintillating playmaker from Brooklyn, brings elite athleticism to cornerback, wide receiver and running back. Urban Meyer has plenty of options of how to implement New York's No. 1 prospect, who isn't likely to stay on the sideline as a freshman.

58. Jamarco Jones, OT, 6'5", 290 Lbs

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Where Jamarco Jones is headed: Signed with Ohio State

Jones, a 4-star offensive tackle from Illinois, frustrates defenders with his wide frame and active footwork. The nation's fourth-ranked player at the position projects as Ohio State's left tackle of the future, though Michigan State remains in the hunt.

57. Nick Harvey, CB, 5'9", 175 Lbs

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Where Nick Harvey is headed: Signed with Texas A&M

The nation's seventh-ranked cornerback seizes control of his opponent at the line of scrimmage and doesn't let up as a play progresses. The 4-star prospect plays bigger than his measurable dimensions and projects as an immediate special teams contributor in College Station.

56. Michiah Quick, ATH, 6'0", 170 Lbs

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Where Michiah Quick is headed: Signed with Oklahoma

Quick commands national attention because of his overall pedigree as a playmaker on both sides of the ball. The 4-star prospect stands out as an athlete who warrants early playing time consideration at cornerback, receiver or kick returner in Norman.

55. Budda Baker, ATH, 5'9", 174 Lbs

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Where Budda Baker is headed: Signed with Washington

Baker, the country's sixth-ranked athlete, backed off his pledge to Oregon in January. The Ducks' loss is Washington's gain. The Huskies reeled in its top in-state target and an instant-impact player.

54. Dante Booker, OLB, 6'3", 212 Lbs

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Where Dante Booker is headed: Signed with Ohio State

Booker, rated the nation's fourth-ranked outside linebacker prospect, picked up honors as National Defensive Player of the Year at the Army All-American Bowl. The 4-star Ohio native projects as a multiyear starter in Columbus.

53. Nyles Morgan, ILB, 6'1", 225 Lbs

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Where Nyles Morgan is headed: Signed with Notre Dame

Morgan is a machine at the heart of the defense, tallying 342 tackles since his sophomore season. The nation's third-ranked inside linebacker instantly adds some bite to Notre Dame's linebacker corps.

52. Marshon Lattimore, CB, 6'0", 175 Lbs

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Where Marshon Lattimore is headed: Signed with Ohio State

Lattimore, lauded as Ohio's top prospect, picks apart opposing passing games with stride-for-stride coverage ability and a knack for getting his hands on the ball. The 4-star recruit was a must-have for Ohio State, so expect Urban Meyer to make room for him in the 2014 secondary rotation.

51. Keller Chryst, QB, 6'4", 220 Lbs

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Where Keller Chryst is headed: Signed with Stanford

Chryst, rated America's third-best pro-style passer, played high school ball in Palo Alto, Calif., and he will stick around for his collegiate career. The 4-star prospect stands tall in the pocket, displays underrated mobility and could compete for the starting job as early as 2015.

50. Laurence Jones, S, 6'2", 220 Lbs

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Where Laurence Jones is headed: Enrolled at Alabama

Jones, a 4-star Louisiana safety, chose Alabama over SEC rival LSU. He is the nation's fourth-ranked player at the position, but spots are at a premium atop the Crimson Tide's depth chart. The early departure of Ha Ha Clinton-Dix potentially creates an opportunity.

49. Davion Hall, ATH, 6'3", 186 Lbs

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Where Davion Hall is headed: Enrolled at Baylor

Hall, the country's fifth-ranked athlete, is an explosive Texas speedster. It remains to be seen if the 4-star prospect will play receiver or defensive back at Baylor, but his dynamic skills command immediate attention for Art Briles and his staff.

48. Will Grier, QB, 6'3", 187 Lbs

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Where Will Grier is headed: Enrolled at Florida

Grier garnered national attention for posting video game numbers throughout his high school career and capped it off with a 2013 season that featured more than 6,000 total yards and 90 touchdowns, per MaxPreps. The 4-star prospect is rated America's No. 2 pro-style quarterback and figures to compete for at least the main backup role at Florida next season, if not the starting job itself.

47. Roderick Taylor, OG, 6'3.5", 305 Lbs

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Where Roderick Taylor is headed: Signed with Ole Miss

Taylor is the nation's second-ranked guard prospect and brings the thunder on every snap. The No. 1 recruit in Mississippi will have veteran Rebel linemen looking over their shoulders as soon as he arrives on campus.

46. Elijah Hood, RB, 5'11.5", 222 Lbs

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Where Elijah Hood is headed: Enrolled at North Carolina

The 4-star Charlotte, N.C., recruit decommitted from Notre Dame in August to stay closer to home and play for UNC. Hood, the state's top-ranked player, rushed for 3,640 yards and 53 touchdowns as a senior, per The Charlotte Observer's Langston Wertz Jr. It won't take long for him to become a focal point of the Tar Heels' attack.

45. Kc McDermott, OT, 6'6", 300 Lbs

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Where Kc McDermott is headed: Enrolled at Miami

The mammoth 4-star prospect from Florida is ranked third nationally among offensive tackles. He is the third brother in his family to play Division I football and should avoid a redshirt at Miami since the team has an immediate need to upgrade depth at the position.

44. Joseph Yearby, RB, 5'9", 190 Lbs

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Where Joseph Yearby is headed: Enrolled at Miami

Yearby, a 4-star prospect out of Florida state champion Miami Central, lost the final stretch of his senior season with a fractured fibula. His initial role in the Hurricanes backfield remains a mystery, as starting running back Duke Johnson is also working his way back from an injury and will miss spring practice.

43. Travis Rudolph, WR, 6'1", 185 Lbs

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Where Travis Rudolph is headed: Signed with Florida State

Rudolph, ranked sixth among national wide receiver prospects, picks up speed quickly and feasts on crossing patterns. A strong opening camp could make the 4-star recruit a favorite target for Jameis Winston, who lost top playmaker Kelvin Benjamin to the NFL draft.

42. Edward Paris, S, 6'1", 190 Lbs

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Where Edward Paris is headed: Signed with LSU

The 4-star Texas native brings his versatility to Baton Rouge, where he fits right in with a lineage of elite SEC standout safeties. Paris, a true ball hawk, picked off 20 passes as a four-year starter in high school and will be in the mix as Les Miles sorts out his secondary depth.

41. Deshaun Watson, QB, 6'3", 200 Lbs

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Where Deshaun Watson is headed: Enrolled at Clemson

Watson, rated the nation's No. 1 dual-threat quarterback, set the all-time career passing yardage record in Georgia as a junior. The 4-star prospect has a tremendous opportunity at Clemson, where he will compete to replace departed senior standout Tajh Boyd.

40. Jalen Hurd, ATH, 6'3", 230 Lbs

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Where Jalen Hurd is headed: Enrolled at Tennessee

The country's fourth-ranked athlete lost his entire senior season after suffering a shoulder injury in the 2013 opener. Hurd, a 4-star recruit who is a unique playmaker because of his length, will make a difference in Knoxville as a receiver and rusher.

39. Christian Miller, OLB, 6'4", 222 Lbs

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Where Christian Miller is headed: Signed with Alabama

Miller is a tall outside linebacker who is rated as the top prospect in South Carolina. He finished his senior season with an astonishing 188 tackles and 24 sacks. Alabama already features several tremendous athletes in the front seven, so we may not see much of Miller as a freshman, who could use the season to add bulk.

38. Damien Mama, OG, 6'4", 370 Lbs

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Where Damien Mama is headed: Signed with USC

Mama, a 4-star recruit, is a motivated run-blocker who helped deliver a California state tile to St. John Bosco. The nation's top-ranked guard must hit another level of physical fitness to reach his potential, but that will come quickly with work on campus this summer.

37. Royce Freeman, RB, 5'11.5", 215 Lbs

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Where Royce Freeman is headed: Signed with Oregon

The dynamic 4-star playmaker set a new San Diego-area career rushing record during his senior season at Imperial High School, finishing his career with 7,601 rushing yards, per UT San Diego's John Maffei. Freeman, ranked sixth nationally among running back recruits, provides the Ducks with a new dimension of physicality and could quickly carve out a role after De'Anthony Thomas' early exit.

36. Josh Malone, WR, 6'2.25", 191 Lbs

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Where Josh Malone is headed: Enrolled at Tennessee

Malone made the nation take notice with a breakout senior season that included 1,404 receiving yards and 22 offensive touchdowns. The top-ranked talent in Tennessee was a big target for the Vols, and he may ascend to a starting position by September.

35. Damon Webb, CB, 5'11", 180 Lbs

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Where Damon Webb is headed: Signed with Ohio State

Webb, the No. 2 overall prospect in Michigan, headlines a tremendous class of defensive backs for the Buckeyes. He picked off 15 passes in the past two seasons. It's not far-fetched to think Webb would be in a position to open the season as Ohio State's nickelback.

34. Gerald Willis, DT, 6'3", 275 Lbs

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Where Gerald Willis is headed: Signed with Florida

Willis, a 4-star New Orleans standout, is the nation's second-ranked defensive tackle. He's a one-man wrecking crew who dismantles opposing offensive attacks with a balanced skill set. Florida has claimed quite a recruiting haul along the defensive line, and Willis is the best of the bunch.

33. Nick Chubb, RB, 5'11", 216 Lbs

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Where Nick Chubb is headed: Signed with Georgia

Chubb is considered the country's fifth-best running back prospect, and he picked up more than 2,700 rushing yards as a senior. The 5-star prospect opted to stay in his home state with a pledge to the Bulldogs. He has an opportunity to earn an expanded role during the course of his first season in Athens.

32. Malik McDowell, DE, 6'7", 290 Lbs

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Where Malik McDowell is headed: Committed to Michigan State

McDowell is a mammoth force at strong-side defensive end, where he is ranked third nationally at the position. His physical stature and playmaking abilities (89 tackles in 2013) set the stage for an early role in East Lansing.

31. Jamal Adams, S, 6'0", 199 Lbs

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Where Jamal Adams is headed: Signed with LSU

The 5-star Texas prospect pinches off routes and demands attention when he lines up in the box. Adams, rated America's No. 2 safety recruit, is a threat to score when he gets his hands on the ball and may draw interest as a return man with the Tigers.

30. KD Cannon, WR, 6'0", 162 Lbs

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Where KD Cannon is headed: Signed with Baylor

The shifty Texan tops Baylor's incoming class and is regarded as the fourth-best receiver nationally. Cannon caught 42 touchdowns over the past two seasons and improves an already high-octane offensive attack.

29. Tre' Williams, ILB, 6'3", 237 Lbs

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Where Tre' Williams is headed: Signed with Auburn

Williams, the second-ranked inside linebacker in this class, collects tackles in bunches. The 5-star prospect tallied at least 110 tackles in each of the past two seasons and projects as a valuable rotational linebacker next year for the defending SEC champions.

28. Clifton Garrett, OLB, 6'2", 228 Lbs

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Where Clifton Garrett is headed: Signed with LSU

The country's second-ranked outside linebacker prospect excels in every facet of the position, including intermediate pass coverage. Garrett totaled 139 tackles in 2013 and will get a long look from Les Miles when he assembles his two-deep depth chart in August.

27. Damian Prince, OT, 6'5", 295 Lbs

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Where Damian Prince is headed: Signed with Maryand

The 5-star prospect is Maryland's consensus top recruit and ranks second nationally among offensive tackles. He was a first-team All-USA selection and will likely vie for a starting role next season. 

26. Chad Thomas, DE, 6'5", 240 Lbs

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Where Chad Thomas is headed: Signed with Miami

Thomas, a 5-star talent from Miami powerhouse Booker T. Washington High School, strikes fear into opposing quarterbacks. Still developing as a consistent force against the run, Thomas continues to make strides as a pass-rusher and should see the field as a key contributor by 2015.

25. Solomon Thomas, DE, 6'2.5", 258 Lbs

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Where Solomon Thomas is headed: Signed with Stanford

Thomas is the country's second-ranked strong-side defensive end who spent his entire high school career wreaking havoc in Texas. The 5-star prospect couldn't resist a blend of education and high-level football at Stanford.

24. Ermon Lane, WR, 6'3", 193 Lbs

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Where Ermon Lane is headed: Signed with Florida State

The 5-star Florida receiver originally pledged to the Gators but backed off that pact in January. Lane excelled at Homestead High School despite limited targets, surging to a No. 3 ranking nationally among receiver recruits. He provides a new target for Jameis Winston.

23. Roc Thomas, RB, 5'11", 196 Lbs

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Where Roc Thomas is headed: Signed with Auburn

Thomas, a 5-star product of Alabama, may be the most physical pound-for-pound running back in the 2014 class. After a 2,211-yard senior season, he has an opportunity to secure a key role with the SEC champs, who are looking for help after Tre Mason's departure.

22. Raekwon McMillan, ILB, 6'2", 242 Lbs

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Where Raekwon McMillan is headed: Enrolled at Ohio State

McMillan leads the way among inside linebackers as the top-ranked prospect at the position. He registered at least 150 tackles during each of the past two seasons. You rarely see a freshman start at linebacker for a conference title contender, but don't be surprised if McMillan proves himself as a valuable reserve during the 2014 season, setting up future success at Ohio State.

21. Joe Mixon, RB, 6'2", 195 Lbs

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Where Joe Mixon is headed: Signed with Oklahoma

Mixon is rated the country's No. 1 all-purpose back and presents a threat wherever he is on the field. The 5-star prospect turns short screen passes into long gains and can hold his own between the tackles. A Sooners offense already on the rise receives a boost.

20. John Smith, ATH, 6'1", 200 Lbs

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Where John Smith is headed: Signed with USC

Smith is a cerebral playmaker who displays exceptional football IQ on both sides of the ball. The 5-star athlete is thrilling at safety, but it will be tempting for any coach to put the football in his hands at receiver. He's a highlight reel waiting to happen.

19. Sony Michel, RB, 5'11", 205 Lbs

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Where Sony Michel is headed: Signed with Georgia

Michel complements fellow 5-star running back Nick Chubb in Georgia's recruiting class. He is the nation's third-ranked player at the position and presents problems for defenders in the open field with an arsenal of lateral moves. His partnership with Chubb is a special storyline to follow in the future.

18. Lorenzo Carter, DE, 6'5", 232 Lbs

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Where Lorenzo Carter is headed: Signed with Georgia

Carter is the most coveted prospect in talent-packed Georgia. The nation's second-ranked weak-side defensive end totaled 268 tackles and 24 sacks in the past two seasons. He'll be a factor as a freshman, particularly in speed-rush packages.

17. Malachi Dupre, WR, 6'2.5", 187 Lbs

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Where Malachi Dupre is headed: Signed with LSU

Dupre, another New Orleans standout, ranks second nationally among receiver prospects. The 5-star playmaker shows off soft hands and is extremely dangerous along the sidelines. You can be sure he has ambitions to play early at LSU.

16. Bo Scarbrough, ATH, 6'2", 225 Lbs

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Where Bo Scarbrough is headed: Signed with Alabama

Scarbrough is skilled and athletic enough to line up at several positions. That versatility drew a number of premier programs to the 5-star prospect. He is rated the country's second-best athlete and projects favorably as a receiver in Alabama's offensive attack under Lane Kiffin.

15. Rashaan Evans, OLB, 6'3", 220 Lbs

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Where Rashaan Evans is headed: Signed with Alabma

The Auburn native has quite a decision to make as signing day approaches. The hometown Tigers battled with Alabama for the nation's No. 1 outside linebacker, but Nick Saban won an epic in-state battle. Evans registered 43 tackles for loss and 17.5 sacks as a senior.

14. Jalen Tabor, CB, 6'1", 182 Lbs

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Where Jalen Tabor is headed: Enrolled at Florida

Tabor will play his college ball at Gainesville after flipping from Arizona days before his enrollment. The 5-star cornerback is rated fourth nationally at the position. He can slide into a secondary that just lost several contributors to the NFL draft.

13. Dalvin Cook, RB, 5'11", 190 Lbs

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Where Dalvin Cook is headed: Enrolled at Florida State

The 5-star running back completed his career at Miami Central with 223 rushing yards and four touchdowns in the state title game. The top-ranked Florida recruit flipped from the Gators to Florida State about a week before enrollment. Seminoles fans should be excited to see Cook share the backfield with Jameis Winston.

12. Marlon Humphrey, CB, 6'1", 175 Lbs

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Where Marlon Humphrey is headed: Signed with Alabama

Humphrey, the top-ranked recruit in Alabama, starred for national public school champion Hoover High. The 5-star cornerback is a savvy defender, exhilarating kick returner and All-American track star. His competitive streak will ensure he earns an early opportunity in college.

11. Andrew Brown, DT, 6'4", 282 Lbs

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Where Andrew Brown is headed: Enrolled at Virginia

Brown blows up the offensive interior with relentless pursuit. The Gatorade National Player of the Year is rated America's premier defensive tackle prospect. He stays home in Virginia as a strong candidate to start the season opener.

10. Kyle Allen, QB, 6'2.5", 185 Lbs

Where Kyle Allen is headed: Enrolled at Texas A&M

The top-ranked quarterback in the country could be in line to replace 2012 Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel in College Station. Allen threw for more than 8,000 yards and 86 touchdowns in his three seasons at Desert Mountain High School (Scottsdale, Ariz.). He was among the most impressive players at the Army All-American Bowl, completing his first eight pass attempts.

9. Tony Brown, CB, 6'0", 188 Lbs

Where Tony Brown is headed: Enrolled at Alabama

Brown brings a blend of aggression and finesse to the field that makes him the nation's No. 2 cornerback prospect. His game is built on world-class speed, but he delivers blows when it's time to plant his feet and drive through a ball-carrier. He joins a deep Alabama defensive backfield, but it's a unit still searching for solutions after getting uncharacteristically torched at times in 2013.

8. Speedy Noil, WR, 5'10.5", 176 Lbs

Where Speedy Noil is headed: Enrolled at Texas A&M

The New Orleans star is the nation's No. 1 wide receiver recruit despite taking most snaps at quarterback during his upperclassman career. He lives up to his name, clocking a 4.40 in the 40-yard dash. He's an explosive offensive weapon who will be counted on to help fill the void left behind by NFL-bound Mike Evans.

7. Adoree' Jackson, CB, 5'9.5", 182 Lbs

Where Adoree' Jackson is headed: Signed with USC

Jackson would be among the top prospects under either wide receiver or athlete categories. The 5-star Los Angeles-area phenom tops the national list at cornerback, where he projects as a shutdown defender. Jackson, also a dangerous kick returner, picked off 17 passes over the past three years. His athleticism commands immediate playing time.

6. Quin Blanding, S, 6'2", 200 Lbs

Where Quin Blanding is headed: Signed with Virginia

Blanding opted to stay in his home state and will compete for a substantial role with the Cavaliers defense next season. He looks like a linebacker in coverage in terms of physicality but possesses plenty of straight-line speed to contend with quick receivers. The 5-star Virginia Beach product is rated as America's top safety prospect.

5. Da'Shawn Hand, DE, 6'4", 265 Lbs

Where Da'Shawn Hand is headed: Signed with Alabama

The crown jewel of a talent-laden Virginia senior class can excel in several facets up front. He is a powerful pass-rusher, registering 53 sacks in the past three seasons. Hand holds his own inside and sheds blocks to disrupt rushing lanes. He will be an effective force at Alabama, where Saban will spend the next year sizing him up for the most suitable position in his scheme.

4. Cameron Robinson, OT, 6'7", 335 Lbs

Where Cameron Robinson is headed: Enrolled at Alabama

Robinson is regarded as the country's premier offensive line prospect. He is a mammoth left tackle with rare athleticism and lower-body quickness. The 5-star Louisiana product punishes opponents with superior raw power and an evolving technique. Few programs boast the depth of Alabama's offensive front, but Robinson has the tools to emerge as a starter before the end of his freshman season.

3. Jabrill Peppers, ATH, 6'1", 205 Lbs

Where Jabrill Peppers is headed: Signed with Michigan

Peppers is the most versatile athlete in the 2014 class and will arrive in Ann Arbor with immense expectations to be the team's best defensive back since Charles Woodson. The New Jersey native is an electric kick returner and relishes the spotlight, which is sure to find him early at Michigan.

2. Myles Garrett, DE, 6'4", 240 Lbs

Where Myles Garrett is headed: Signed with Texas A&M

Garrett is the top-ranked prospect in a coveted collection of defensive linemen. He tallied 20.5 sacks and 88 tackles last season. The 5-star Texas product is physically evolved for a high school athlete and should step into an immediate pass-rushing role as an Aggie.

1. Leonard Fournette, RB, 6'1", 226 Lbs

Where Leonard Fournette is headed: Signed with LSU

Some experts consider Fournette to be the most impressive running back prospect since Adrian Peterson, so it's no surprise he tops the list of 2014 prospects. The New Orleans sensation is a multidimensional playmaker out of the backfield who also displays elite receiving skills downfield. He is in line to quickly emerge as the Tigers' lead back in 2014.

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