Every year there are recruits who come out of nowhere, it seems, in college to have an outstanding season or career, and we never remember hearing too much about them in the recruiting circle.
Back in the summer, I compiled a list of recruits of the past five recruiting classes who were the biggest recruiting steals, which you can read HERE. That list focused on guys who weren’t highly rated and really slipped under the eyes of many people in the business, such as Johnny Manziel, Todd Gurley and Luke Kuechly.
This article, however, features recruits who aren’t necessarily two and three-star recruits, but guys who are four-star players who you really don’t hear about too often, unless they are committed to your favorite team, but will have a great and immediate impact once they enroll at the particular school of their choice.
So, without further ado, here are a few recruits you may not know well, but you should.
QB Jacob Park, Goose Creek, SC – Committed to Georgia
Jacob Park is an interesting player because if you look at how he is rated now, a four-star recruit and the No. 5 overall pro-style quarterback in the country, it is much different than it was this summer for him. This summer, the 6-3, 202 pound South Carolina native and Army All-American visited Alabama and Mississippi State, with the intentions of choosing between those two schools, but he attended Georgia’s summer camp on June 8, received an offer on the spot from the Dawgs, and committed six days later. Park has the leadership and swagger on the field that reminds me of Aaron Rodgers as well as his ability to throw the football and make plays with his legs. He will enroll early at Georgia in January and come in ready to compete for the No. 2 position in the fall, behind Hutson Mason, and ultimately the starting position in 2015, which I believe will be his to lose.
DE Kentavius Street, Greenville, NC – Undecided
Street, in my humble opinion, is one of the best physical specimens at defensive end in this year’s class with great size at nearly 6-3, 262 pounds with a 4.7 forty-yard dash. In the summer, it was thought that the Georgia Bulldogs had the edge with the star defensive lineman, but it is clear that the nearby home-town school North Carolina State Wolfpack currently lead for the four-star Army All-American. Street, who has has Miami and Ole Miss high on his list as well, has terrific size to play in either the SEC or ACC as well as the speed off the edge to be a successful defensive end. In the past two seasons in high school, he has recorded 191 tackles and 14.5 sacks. Whoever gets the privilege of landing Street’s commitment will get an immediate impact on the defensive front with an all-conference caliber player.
FB/RB Gerald Owens, Westville, NJ – Committed to Michigan State
Here are two things to know about Owens, he is a big young man, and he is a prototypical Big 10 running back. As a four-star recruit, Owens is listed as both a fullback and running back, but the 6-1, 245 pounder easily has the ability to play running back at Michigan State with his 4.6 forty-yard dash speed. Owens committed to the Spartans back in the summer on June 21 over Illinois and West Virginia and seems solid to Sparty. Last year as a junior in high school, he rushed for over 1,700 yards and 26 touchdowns. We all know the Big 10, especially Michigan State, loves big, bruising running backs and Owens fits that role. When a guy is this big and considered a hybrid of a fullback and running back, but is still rated as a four-star prospect, then you know you have a talent. His ability to run between the tackles (and over defenders) will fit in perfectly with the Spartans scheme in East Lansing.
WR Nate Brown, Suwanee, GA – Committed to Missouri
When you think about guys coming onto the scene during their senior season and exploding for a stellar year, that is Nate Brown. While competing in the largest classification in Georgia, the four-star prospect is considered by the Atlanta-Journal Constitution’s Michael Carvell to be the best wide receiver from the state in the largest classification since Andre Hastings in the late 1980’s. The 6-3, 2010 pound wide out committed to Missouri on Sept. 17, but has received more love from schools closer to home such as South Carolina and Georgia as they offered on Nov. 4 and Nov. 16, respectively. Although he is committed to Missouri, Brown has admitted that he is intrigued by the possibility of staying closer to home, but with the surprise success of the Tigers this season, there may be better opportunities in the gold and black. Through 11 games in his senior season, Brown recorded 50 receptions for 925 yards and 19 touchdowns.
LB Derik Calhoun, El Cerrito, CA – Committed to Arizona State
Although slightly undersized for the outside linebacker position at 6-foot 215 pounds, Army All-American Derik Calhoun is one of the quickest and most athletic linebackers in this class. A former USC Trojans commit this summer, Calhoun verbally committed to Arizona State on Oct. 27. The California native has all of the intangibles of a solid linebacker: Instincts, quickness, and the ability to tackle and play in space. He is rated by the 247 Sports Composite as the No. 13 overall outside linebacker in the nation and the 18th best player from the state of California in the 2014 class.
*All player ratings are courtesy of 247Sports.com
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Tags: 2014 Football Recruiting Arizona State Sun Devils Derik Calhoun Georgia Bulldogs Gerald Owens Jacob Park Kentavius Street Michigan State Spartans Missouri Tigers Nate Brown North Carolina State Wolfpack