Looking Ahead to 2014: Offense

Recruiting never stops and while signing day 2013 was just yesterday, Scout has been working on the 2014 class for some time. Take a look at some of the top juniors on the offensive side of the ball out of the south here.

The running back position in 2013 was strong led by Alex Collins, Derrick Henry, and Kelvin Taylor, but it is going to be even better in 2014.

Leading the way in the south will be Leonard Fournette and Sony Michel. They are not only two of the best running backs in the country, they are two of the best overall prospects in this class.

Fournette is a 6-foot-2, 227 pound back out of New Orleans (La.) St. Augustine and he has a nice blend of power, speed, and toughness. Michel is a little more graceful at 5-foot-11, 210 pounds. The talented back out of Plantation (Fla.) American Heritage has great feet, good agility, and good speed.

Both Fournette and Michel are already five-star prospects and each has offers from schools across the country.

It doesn't stop there at running back.

There is plenty more talent in the Sunshine State and Joseph Yearby and Dalvin Cook are teammates at Miami Central. Yearby is a Florida State commitment and he is more about power, lateral quickness, and finding daylight. Cook is already committed to Clemson and he is a big play waiting to happen because of speed and explosiveness.

The talent at this position is not all in Florida. Alabama has Bo Scarborough and Racean Thomas. Both are elite backs and Scarborough is already committed to the Crimson Tide.

Jalen Hurd is a 6-foot-3, 215 pound running back out of Hendersonville (Tenn.) Beech. He ran for over 3,300 yards and scored 43 touchdowns as a junior while helping Beech win a state title. He likes Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Ohio State, and Tennessee early on.

The state of North Carolina has a trio of backs that will find themselves in the Scout300 this cycle and they are Derrell Scott, Elijah Hood, and Donte Williams.

Scott is a slasher with elite football speed, Hood is a strong back that could play on either side of the ball, and Williams is big back over 6-feet, 1-inches tall and pushing 215 pounds. All three backs have elite offers.

Georgia had a couple of Scout100 backs in 2013 and the Peach State again is strong at this position. Nick Chubb of Cedartown and Myles Autry of Norcross lead the way in '14. Chubb has really emerged in the last two months and Autry has steadily picked up offers over the past nine months.

D.K. Buford will be one of the top prospects in Mississippi and Aeris Williams is another talented back in the Magnolia State. Buford is the smaller and quicker back while Williams is a strong runner with good size.

The running back position is strong in the 2014 class, but there is plenty of talent at other positions too.

At quarterback, the three that have jumped out early are Florida commitment Will Grier out of North Carolina, Clemson commitment Deshaun Watson out of Georgia, and Jacob Park out of South Carolina.

Plenty of others are on the Scout radar including Tyler Harris from Georgia, Texas Tech commitment D.J. Gillins out of Florida, and Alin Edouard out of Florida among others.

In the trenches on the offensive side of the ball, Cameron Robinson is at the top. The Louisiana native has all the big offers and it already looks like it could come down to Alabama and LSU. He will be one of the top overall prospects in the country.

K.C. McDermott, Miami commitment Trevor Darling, Mason Cole, and Reilly Gibbons out of Florida are four elite tackles and a few others that stand out early are Bentley Spain out of South Carolina, Alex Bars out of Tennessee, and Orlando Brown out of Georgia.

On the inside, Donnell Stanley is the guy. He is a dominant lineman out of South Carolina and he is best at guard, but he may be able to play right tackle on the next level too. Other interior OLs to keep an eye on are Roderick Taylor out of Mississippi, Garrett Brumfield out of Louisiana, LSU commitment William Clapp out of Louisiana, Corey Martinez out of Florida, and Isaiah Wynn out of Florida.

It is a strong year at the top for offensive linemen in the south.

There are plenty of playmakers are wide receiver in the '14 class too.

At the top are Malachi Dupre and Trevion Thompson. Both have good size, good speed, and a ton of offers. Dupre is out of Louisiana and Thompson is out of North Carolina. Both are national caliber wideouts.

Five that are right behind that duo are Artavis Scott and Ermon Lane out of Florida, Demarre Kitt out of Georgia, Shaquille Davidson out of South Carolina, and Josh Malone out of Tennessee.

At tight end, there is a variety of types at this position in the junior class.

Jeb Blazevich out of North Carolina and Milan Richard out of Georgia are both big and physical tight ends that can block and catch.

LSU commitment Jacory Washington out of Louisiana, Ravian Pierce out of Florida, and Clemson commitment Cannon Smith are all guys that are known most for their hands. They are guys that flex out and that create mismatches.

Scout plans to release updated class of 2014 rankings in the near feature and we will take a look ahead at some of the top defensive prospects out of the south later this week as well.

Chad Simmons is currently a National Recruiting Analyst for FOX Sports/Scout. He started with Scout in 2003 and then moved on to another Recruiting Service from 2004-2008 before returning to Scout the first of 2009 to become South Recruiting Manager.
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