Another recruiting cycle is now coming to an end, which means the final ESPN 300 is now in place for the 2014 class. There have been lots of ups and downs and more movement possibly than we have ever had before. The high school playoffs and all-star season have now concluded and have provided our staff with a final conclusion as we head toward national signing day on Feb. 4.
We don't know if there has been a year in which each of the top three prospects in the ESPN 300 could legitimately be the No. 1 overall player. RB Leonard Fournette (New Orleans, La./St. Augustine) is 1A, CB Jabrill Peppers (Paramus, N.J./Catholic) is 1B and OT Cam Robinson (West Monroe, La.) is 1C, and quite honestly you could shuffle them all up and feel good about the high probability of success for all.
As is always the case, recruiting is a marathon, not a sprint. So is the evaluation process. We take a slow and steady approach over time and do our best not to make quick judgments on prospects when it is early on in the process. We want to let things unfold and then live with it after it has been scrutinized over time. This is our process and we take it seriously. We hope you have enjoyed this class as much as we have. It's a good one. Below are some movers and shakers within the final edition of the ESPN 300. Enjoy!