Simmons: 10 Impressive Underclassmen

Auburn, Florida State, and Georgia were campuses Chad Simmons spent time on last week and he saw numerous top underclassmen. Here are the 10 that impressed him the most.

On Sunday June 10, it was a different type of camp at Auburn because of the tragedy that took place right around the corner from their campus late Saturday night. The camp went on, the coaches coached the prospects up, and they had plenty of talent there.

After spending all of Sunday at Auburn, I hit some schools in Alabama on Monday, then in the Florida panhandle on Tuesday before spending time at Florida State on Wednesday and Thursday. There camp was loaded with talented underclassmen.

From Tallahassee, I traveled to Athens for the Mark Richt Camp at Georgia. This camp completed a busy week, but a week I was able to identify and evaluate a number of prospects that will be among the best in 2014 and 2015.

Here are the 10 that stood out to me the most at these venues:

DeMarcus Christmas - 2014 DT - Bradenton (Fla.) Manatee
Camp Attended: Auburn
Why he is Top 10: Christmas is an elite interior defensive lineman in the 2014 class. He moves well, he can change direction, and he could play the three-technique in a 4-3 scheme or the five-technique in a 3-4 scheme. He is versatile, he is athletic, and he will be one of the best in Florida.

Jordan Davis - 2015 TE - Houston (Texas) Clear Lake
Camp Attended: Florida State
Why he is Top 10: Davis looks much older than he, so his size (6-5/252) was the first thing that jumped out to me in Tallahassee. He showed good concentration and hands when pulling passes in while working at tight end with James Coley. In the future though, he may be an offensive tackle. He has the frame, he has good feet, and that is where he could be making a lot of money one day. FSU offered him at their camp.

Rashaan Evans - 2014 OLB - Auburn (Ala.) Auburn
Camp Attended: Auburn
Why he is Top 10: Evans has more experience playing with his hand down at defensive end, so he was learning on the run at Auburn as an outside linebacker. That is his future position and he has a chance to be special there. Auburn and Georgia have already offered and he will be in double-digits this fall. He is very athletic, he covers a lot of ground, and he can run. As he learns the position, watch out.

Terry Godwin - 2015 ATH - Hoganville (Ga.) Callaway
Camp Attended: Georgia
Why he is Top 10: If you do not know about Godwin yet, you will soon. He is a rising sophomore and he is extremely talented. He is a very fluid athlete who can play wide receiver and cornerback at a high level. He shined at receiver in Athens, but cornerback could be his future home. He was offered by Georgia and many others will offer in time. He could be a national recruit in 2015.

Corey Martinez - 2014 OG - Tampa (Fla.) Tampa Catholic
Camp Attended: Florida State
Why he is Top 10: Martinez plays a lot of tackle right now, but he will be best on the inside when he gets to the next level. He is very strong at the point of attack, he keeps his feet moving when engaged with defensive linemen, and his intensity stood out to me at FSU. He already has offers from Kentucky and South Florida.

Sony Michel - 2014 RB - Plantation (Fla.) American Heritage
Camp Attended: Florida State
Why he is Top 10: I could just leave this space blank. Michel is already well known after running for over 1,500 yards as an eighth grader on the varsity team. He tore his ACL last August, but he is back. He was making sharp cuts, he showed that explosive first step, and he looks better physically than he did a year ago. He has gotten stronger and used the injury as a positive. It took a year off of his body as a running back and look for Michel to be one of the top overall prospects in America in 2014.

Nicodem Pierre - 2014 QB - Miami (Fla.) Coral
Camp Attended: Florida State
Why he is Top 10: Pierre really impressed me at FSU on Thursday morning. He really stood tall in the pocket, he was tossing tight spirals all morning, and he showed good velocity as well. Many many look at him as an athlete (6-3/215), but he is a legitmate quarterback first that can throw and run. He has the luxury of playing with Jacob McCrary, one of the top 2014 wide receivers in Florida too.

Blaise Taylor - 2014 WR/CB - Auburn (Ala.) Auburn
Camp Attended: Auburn
Why he is Top 10: Taylor May not have the size all the schools look for at 5-foot-9 and 160 pounds, but he has the knowledge, the quickness, and the ability to help many schools in different ways. He is like having an extra coach on the field. His football IQ is extremely high, he has very good hands, he has quick feet, and he could be used as a slot receiver, cornerbacker, or return man on the next level. Arkansas State and Memphis have offered.

Racean Thomas - 2014 RB - Oxford (Ala.) Oxford
Camp Attended: Auburn
Why he is Top 10: Thomas has the size and speed to play college football right now. He is a back that can get to the edge and make big plays on the next level. He has shown the ability to catch the ball well out of the backfield, he can cut quickly without losing speed, and he is an all-around back that will be highly recruited. Alabama, Auburn, and others have already offered.

Denzel Ware - 2014 OLB - Crestview (Fla.) Crestview
Camp Attended: Florida State
Why he is Top 10: Ware dominated at defensive end while at FSU because of his quickness off the ball and speed to the quarterback, but he is a true outside linebacker. He is very long, very athletic, and fluid for a guy with his size (6-2/215). He is a no-brainer in Florida next year and he already has offers from Alabama, Florida, Florida State, Ohio State, and others. He will be playing at 245-250 pounds one day with speed.

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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