Never too early
E.J. Holland takes a look at some of the top recruits in the 2014 class.
Teams are still battling for 2013 recruits but are already getting a head start on the Class of 2014. With so much talent in Texas it’s difficult to pinpoint who will rise in the rankings but here are the state’s top-10 prospects that you need to need know plus some others to really keep an eye on.
- ATH Nick Harvey, Lancaster (5-11, 180)- Harvey can really do it all. At Lancaster, he plays quarterback, wide receiver and defensive back. But he’s not just a fill in guy, he can play all those positions at an extremely high level. Washington State commit DeMarcus Ayers may be the current star of this team but when Harvey takes over the reigns next year, watch out. He’s even more electrifying than Ayers and already holds offers from LSU, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Texas, and many others.
- OLB Hoza Scott, La Porte (6-3, 225)- Scott added about 15 pounds over the summer and is an absolute beast when rushing from the edge. He is without a doubt the top defensive prospect in the state thanks to his tremendous strength and closing speed. He is also extremely athletic and has a knack for batting balls down before they reach their intended target. Scott currently holds offers from Alabama, Oregon, Texas, USC and many more.
- DB Tony Brown, Beaumont Ozen (6-1, 185)- Brown can play both cornerback and safety but will more than likely end up at that latter due to his freakish athleticism and length. This ball hawk is also a blazer and reportedly runs his 40 in 4.34 seconds. As a sophomore, Brown established himself as one of the top defensive backs in the Golden Triangle by recording 96 tackles, three interceptions and 16 pass break-ups. He currently holds offers from Alabama, LSU, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Texas and an array of others.
- QB Jerrod Heard, Denton Guyer (6-2, 180)- This may be a little high for Heard, but he is easily the top dual-threat quarterback in the state and has been verbally committed to Texas since August. If Tyrone Swoopes doesn’t work out, you can sure bet Heard will. While Swoopes may draw comparisons to Vince Young, Heard is more polished and a better passer. As a sophomore, he completed 60 percent of his passes and totaled nearly 3,000 yards of total offense and scored 33 touchdowns. He also held offers from Baylor, LSU, Nebraska, Ohio State and a few others.
- DB Edward Paris, Mansfield Timberview (6-2, 190)- Paris shares many similarities with Brown. For starters, Paris is a tall and physical safety with outstanding speed. He runs a 4.35 40 and can lay the wood, which has an array of schools showing major interest. It wouldn’t be surprising if Paris surpassed Brown as this class’ top safety prospect. Last season, he recorded eight interceptions and 20 pass break-ups. Paris holds offers from LSU, Michigan, Notre Dame, Oklahoma and others.
Others To Keep An Eye On
- DE Derick Roberson, SA Brennan (6-3, 215)- Committed to Texas
- DE Solomon Thomas, Coppell (6-3, 265)- Offers from Baylor, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, and others
- DE Myles Garrett, Arlington Martin (6-4, 235)- Offers from Arkansas, Minnesota, and Texas
- OL Demetrius Knox, FW All Saints (6-5, 300)- Offers from Alabama, Michigan, Oklahoma, and others
- RB Varshaun Nixon, Lake Travis (5-10, 285)- Offers from Baylor, Texas A&M, Texas Tech, and others
- WR KD Cannon, Mount Pleasant (6-1, 160)- Offers from Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, TCU, and others
- DB Cedric Collins, Dallas Skyline (5-10, 170)- Committed to Texas A&M
- DB Chris Hardeman, Alief Taylor (5-9, 175)- Committed to LSU
- LB Cameron Hampton, Dallas Carter (6-2, 205)- Offers from LSU, Oklahoma, Texas, and others
- DB Nick Watkins, Bishop Dunne (6-1, 180)- Offers from Alabama, LSU, Texas, and others
- DB Brandon Simmons, Mansfield Timberview (6-0, 170)- Offers from LSU, Oklahoma, Texas A&M, and others
- LB Zach Whitley, Galena Park North Shore (6-2, 210)- Offers from Texas and Texas A&M
- RB Donald Catalon, Houston Eisenhower (6-0, 200)- Committed to Texas
- WR Armanti Foreman, Texas City (5-11, 175)- Committed to Oklahoma
- CB Darrion Johnson, Brenham (5-11, 170)- Offers from Oklahoma and UTEP
E.J. Holland is a special contributor to Dave Campbell's Texas Football and TexasFootball.com.