With the entire recruiting industry releasing final rankings, the five-star prospects for the 2014 247Sports Composite rankings are complete. The remainder of the 247Sports Composite rankings, along with some order, will update throughout the week as the recruiting industry, along with 247Sports finalizes two, three and four-star rated prospects, state rankings and position rankings for the 2014 cycle.
Auburn commit Roc Thomas is one of seven potential running back prospects that rated five stars according to the 2014 247Sports Composite rankings. He's also one of four five-stars from the state of Alabama this cycle.
There are 33 prospects that finished with a five-star rating (numerical of 0.9835 or higher), including No. 1 overall prospect, LSUY running back commit Leonard Fournette (New Orleans, La./St. Augustine), the 247Sports Composite National Player of the Year for 2014.
-The states of Texas and Florida produced the most five-star prospects for this cycle with five each. Alabama and Louisiana had four each, followed by Virginia, California and Georgia with three each. New Jersey, Arizona, District of Columbia, Maryland, Illinois and Michigan also were represented.
-The Class of 2014 definitely is running back-heavy. With Fournette leading the way, six prospects projected at running back were in the five-star range. Florida State commit Dalvin Cook (Miami, Fla./Central), Georgia commits Sony Michel (Plantation, Fla./American Heritage) and Nick Chubb (Cedartown, Ga.), Oklahoma commit Joe Mixon and Auburn commit Roc Thomas (Oxford, Ala.) all were rated five-star prospects. Alabama commit Bo Scarbrough (Bradenton, Fla./IMG Academy) also rated five stars, but is projected in the athlete category even though his primary position is running back.
-There is one five-star rated quarterback- Texas A&M commit Kyle Allen (Scottsdale, Ariz./Desert Mountain).
-There are four cornerbacks rated among the top 15 prospects, led by Adoree’ Jackson (Gardena, Calif./Serra), who is No. 1 at that position for the class. Alabama commit Tony Brown (Beaumont, Texas/Ozen), Marlon Humphrey (Hoover, Ala.) and Florida commit Jalen Tabor (Washington, D.C./Friendship Collegiate) round out the five-star cornerback prospects.
-The 247Sports Composite rankings are used exclusively to calculate the 247Sports team rankings and 247Sports recruiter rankings. Alabama, which has the current No. 1 class for the 2014 cycle, has the most five-star prospects committed with four, though Texas A&M and the Tide both have three top 10 overall prospects each. LSU, Virginia, Georgia and Auburn have two five-stars each with Michigan, Florida State, Florida, Oklahoma, Ohio State, Miami and Baylor having one each.
Adoree' Jackson is the highest-rated uncommitted prospect in the 247Sports Composite rankings and is one of two blockbuster targets in the Los Angeles area that has yet to commit (John "JuJu" Smith from Long Beach Poly is the other).
A look at where each of the uncommitted 247Sports Composite five-stars stand...
Jackson is the highest-rated uncommitted prospect at No. 7 overall. 247Sports Crystal Ball currently predicts USC for Jackson at 82 percent. Still, watch out for the other programs in the mix here. It’s not a lock for the Trojans.
Humphrey is an Alabama legacy from the Birmingham area and plays a position that has featured a parade from Tuscaloosa to the NFL. Florida State was in it until the departure of defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt to Georgia. Right now, Crystal Ball is almost all Tide at 97 percent. Unless it’s the Seminoles still, there really doesn’t seem to be another pick for Humphrey that would make sense.
Malachi Dupre from River Ridge (La.) John Curtis is a player that could make LSU fans forget all about losing another New Orleans receiver prospect- Speedy Noil of Edna Karr- to Texas A&M. Right now, Crystal Ball believes that will happen as it has the Tigers predicted at 100 percent. UCLA and Alabama are the other programs in the mix.
Lorenzo Carter from Norcross (Ga.) is one of the most athletic defensive end prospects in the 2014 cycle. While Florida and LSU are in the mix to a certain extent, Georgia appears to have emerged as the team to beat. Right now, the Bulldogs are predicted at 54 percen on Crystal Ball.
John Smith is an excellent all-around athlete (safety or receiver) from Long Beach (Calif.) Poly and is one of two (along with Jackson) major Los Angeles-area prospects on the radar of new USC head coach Steve Sarkisian and staff. Landing both of these targets would be huge for the first-year coach. Smith looks to be developing into a Notre Dame vs. USC battle with the Trojans the current Crystal Ball favorite, garnering 76 percent of all predictions.
Ermon Lane, a wide receiver from Homestead (Fla.) High was a Florida commit for the longest time before he and the Gators parted ways. Most feel that the 6-foot-3, 193-pound talent will end up at Florida State, along with Cook and others. Crystal Ball certainly agrees as the Seminoles are predicted at 61 percent.
Solomon Thomas is one of the most college-ready defensive end prospects in the country and the 6-foot-3, 268-pounder from Coppel (Texas) has put a major emphasis on academics with regards to his decision. With that, Stanford is the current favorite according to Crystal Ball with 77 percent of the predictions. Keep an eye on Ohio State, though (the Buckeyes have closed as well as anyone under Urban Meyer and continue to fight the good fight) and to a lesser extent, Texas and Arkansas. The Cardinal is in good shape, but this one won’t be over until signing day.
If there is one recruit in the 2014 cycle that is hard to get a read on, it’s offensive tackle Damian Prince (District Heights, Md./Bishop McNamara). Prince’s recruitment, at this stage, is thought to be a race among three challengers- Florida, South Carolina and Maryland. For most of the cycle, it’s been thought that the hometown Terps would be tough to beat. The Gators and Gamecocks, though, are in it and with Prince, there could end up being a surprise. Right now, Crystal Ball still says he stays at home. Maryland has 59 percent of the predictions.
For most of the cycle, many felt strongly that Southfield (Mich.) defensive end Malik McDowell was a foregone conclusion to end up at Michigan. Michigan State’s outstanding season and approach to recruiting the 6-foot-6, 290-pounder has paid off as right now, the Spartans are a slight favorite. Crystal Ball has Michigan State predicted at 52 percent. He’s expected to stay in-state when all is said and done regardless.
About 247Sports Composite Rankings: 247Sports Composite rankings are determined by a proprietary algorithm which equally weighs recruit rankings and ratings from all major recruiting media outlets, including 247Sports.