College Football Recruiting: Top 5 Recruits For the Class of 2015
Top 5 College Football Prospects For Class of 2015
College football recruiting is a process that never ends, and now that the 2014 class has officially signed, the main focus immediately goes towards the class of 2015.
It will be just less than a year until these recruits in the class of 2015 officially sign, unless they enroll early, but for most they will commit, de-commit and look at many schools throughout the process. Some have already committed, some will commit in the summer and many will wait until national signing day. The process is long and grueling for the coaching staffs at the colleges, as they are worn out from the 2014 class, but to be a great program, you have to recruit non-stop and be extremely good at it.
This year's class has the potential to be another great group of athletes who will be able to come in and provide an immediate impact for a team in the fall of 2015. Many teams such as LSU, Texas A&M, and of course Alabama, are already off to hot starts in the 2015 recruiting class, but the coming months in spring and into the summer will be key for many teams as they look to get these players on campus for camps and unofficial visits.
Here, I have compiled a list of the current top five recruits in the country for the class of 2015. This list could obviously change throughout the course of next season, but these five players are undoubtedly 5-star prospects who will be at the top of nearly every team's big board.
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No. 5 - QB Ricky Town - Committed to USC
The California native has already had a whirlwind recruitment just over the course of the past six months. Town committed to Alabama back in August, but on Jan. 25, Town unofficially visited the USC Trojans and de-committed from Alabama and verbally pledged to USC. It is somewhat ironic that Town chose Alabama while Lane Kiffin was at USC, but when Kiffin came to Alabama, Town de-committed and decided, for now at least, that USC is the right place for him. The 6-foot-2, 205 pound quarterback is rated as the second-best at his position. He possesses great accuracy and poise within the pocket as well as using his 4.6 40-yard dash speed to move around if need be.
No. 4 - QB Josh Rosen - Uncommitted
Josh Rosen is rated as the No. 1 quarterback in the country, and he also hails from the state of California like Town. Rosen and Town are nearly carbon copies of each other because Rosen also has a very accurate arm, but has a little bit more zip on his ball due to a stronger arm. The 6-foot-4, 205 pounder is heavily favoring the UCLA Bruins right now with California and Stanford also in the mix.
No. 3 - OL Mitch Hyatt - Committed to Clemson
Mitch Hyatt already announced his commitment to the Clemson Tigers on signing day this year. Hyatt, also a Georgia native, is the consensus No. 1 offensive tackle in the country and chose the Tigers over Georgia, Ohio State and Auburn. At nearly 6-foot-6, 270 pounds, Hyatt has very few weaknesses. He is an excellent run and pass blocker and is a talented athlete with very good feet. Hyatt's uncle played at Clemson, Dan Benish, and was a part of the 1981 national championship team. Hyatt said he had been attending Clemson games all his life, and after taking an unofficial visit to Clemson on the last weekend of January, Hyatt new that was the place he wanted to attend. I'm sure other teams will try and convince him otherwise, but it seems like this recruitment is all locked up.
No. 2 - DL Trent Thompson - Uncommitted
Trent Thompson is the No. 1 defensive tackle in the country and for good reason. The Georgia native stands at 6-foot-4, 292 pounds and moves like he is much, much smaller. Thompson's first step and explosiveness off the ball is what makes him special and he has the athleticism and strength to finish. When you watch Thompson, his ability to work with his hands is what really draws your attention because many players do not develop those type of techniques until college. Thompson is currently said to be favoring Georgia heavily, since they were the first school to offer him, but Florida State and Michigan State are both making a strong push to land his services. I wouldn't be surprised if this decision is put off until national signing day next year.
No. 1 - CB Kevin Toliver II - Committed to LSU
Kevin Toliver II is currently the No. 1 player in the country and is the top-rated cornerback as well. Toliver II committed to the LSU Tigers back in November over Auburn, Ohio State and UCLA, among others. Toliver II is a rangy athlete that we see many teams moving towards in their secondary these days. There used to be a want for shorter corner backs, but with the success of players like NFL all-Pro Richard Sherman, who stands at 6-foot-3, colleges are now beginning to find taller corners that can match up with bigger receivers. Toliver II stands at 6-foot-2, 185 pounds and possesses great length and ball skills in the secondary. One of the best attributes for Toliver II is his instincts in the secondary. Although Toliver II is committed to LSU, I would not consider any team out of this race until his papers are officially signed and faxed.