Daily Blog • March 3, 2014

Covering college football as I do takes 52 weeks a year as it is and while I personally do not scout the high school games and rate each player I do compile my rankings based on the many different recruiting services across the country that follow and scout HS football year round. I not only like to use all of the biggest and best services, but I also use regional reports as well.

When we receive a recruiting magazine, we translate each player's ranking into a points system from 1-100 and then log each and every player into the computer and give them a point total from each source. Naturally, the more they are mentioned and the higher they are rated by each publication, the more total points they accrue. After months of entering all of this information, I sort the list by position and by total points and then rank the players from most points to least.

In today's blog I have included the top incoming freshman LB's and DB's for 2014. Each one of these players is ranked in the Top 500 prospects regardless of position and will appear in my preseason magazine. Since we want the college preview to continue to be the most in-depth and accurate magazine out there, if you find any information that is wrong or if you are questioning a player's ranking please contact brandon@philsteele.com.

Top Incoming Frosh LB's

Rank Name College
1 Raekwon McMillan Ohio St
2 Rashaan Evans Alabama
3 Christian Miller Alabama
4 Tre' Williams Auburn
5 Clifton Garrett LSU
6 Dante Booker Ohio St
7 Nyles Morgan Notre Dame
8 Kain Daub Florida St
9 Dillon Bates Tennessee
10 Zach Whitley UCLA
11 Jacob Pugh Florida St
12 Korie Rogers Clemson
13 Shaun Dion Hamilton Alabama
14 Bryson Allen-Williams South Carolina
15 Hoza Scott Unsigned
16 Delvin Purifoy Florida St
17 Derik Calhoun Arizona St
18 Otaro Alaka Texas A&M
19 Marquis Ware Arizona
20 Kenny Young UCLA
21 Jesse Aniebonam Maryland
22 Kyle Berger Ohio St
23 Jamardre Cobb Arizona
24 Michael Ferns Michigan
25 Dwight Williams UCLA
26 Joey Alfieri Stanford
27 Bobby Okereke Stanford
28 Gyasi Akem Oklahoma St
29 Demarquis Gates Ole Miss
30 Petera Wilson Tulsa
31 Gerri Green Mississippi St
32 Sam Hubbard Ohio St
33 Josh Walker Texas A&M
34 Chris Register Clemson
35 Connor Strachan Boston College
36 Chase Winovich Michigan
37 T'Kevian Rockwell Unsigned
38 Gavin Bryant Tennessee
39 Jimmie Swain Oregon
40 Brandon Lee Missouri
41 Kevin Mouhon Cincinnati
42 Troy Reeder Penn St
43 Raymon Minor Virginia Tech
44 Darrion Owens Miami, Fl
45 James David Unsigned
46 Keith Holcombe Alabama
47 Melvin Keihn Virginia Tech
48 Greer Martini Notre Dame
49 Nile Sykes Notre Dame
50 Fred Warner BYU
51 Donnie Alexander LSU
52 Gelen Robinson Purdue
53 Cameron Hampton Texas
54 Jonathan Bonner Notre Dame
55 Olajuwon Tucker USC
56 Josh Mabin Oklahoma St
57 Kyron Watson Kansas
58 Sharieff Rhaheed-Muhammad Louisville
59 Detric Bing-Dukes Georgia
60 Chandler Leniu California
61 Deshaun Davis Auburn
62 Noah Furbush Michigan
63 Byron Bullough Michigan St

Top Incoming Frosh DB's

Rank Name College
1 Jabrill Peppers Michigan
2 Marlon Humphrey Alabama
3 Quin Blanding Virginia
4 Adoree' Jackson USC
5 Tony Brown Alabama
6 Juju Smith USC
7 Jalen Tabor Florida
8 Jamal Adams LSU
9 Laurence Jones Alabama
10 Ed Paris LSU
11 Damon Webb Ohio St
12 Marshon Lattimore Ohio St
13 Nick Harvey Texas A&M
14 Budda Baker Washington
15 Ronnie Clark Alabama
16 Todd Kelly Tennessee
17 Steven Parker Oklahoma
18 Malkom Parrish Georgia
19 Dylan Sumner-Gardner Boise St
20 Erick Smith Ohio St
21 Arrion Springs Oregon
22 Parrker Westphal Northwestern
23 Dravon Henry West Virginia
24 Kalvaraz Bessent Auburn
25 Adarius Pickett UCLA
26 CJ Hampton Ole Miss
27 Montae Nicholson Michigan St
28 Dewayne Hendrix Tennessee
29 Nick Ruffin Auburn
30 Jaleel Wadood UCLA
31 Stephen Roberts Auburn
32 Nick Watkins Notre Dame
33 JC Jackson Florida
34 DJ Smith South Carolina
35 Edwin Freeman Texas
36 Wesley Green South Carolina
37 Devin Voorhies LSU
38 Cortez Mcdowell Tennessee
39 Brandon Simmons Stanford
40 D'Andre Payne Tennessee
41 Darius West Kentucky
42 Duke Dawson Florida
43 Kiy Hester Miami, Fl
44 Jonathan Lockett USC
45 Chris Lammons South Carolina
46 Trey Marshall Florida St
47 Armani Watts Texas A&M
48 John Bonney Texas
49 Kyle Gibson UCF
50 Quincy Wilson Florida
51 Drue Tranquill Notre Dame
52 Malik Hooker Ohio St
53 Mattrell Mcgraw Oregon
54 Germaine Pratt NC State
55 Evan Berry Tennessee
56 Chris Hardeman Oklahoma St
57 Naijiel Hale Washington
58 Koa Farmer Penn St
59 Jermaine Roberts Texas
60 Kendarius Webster Ole Miss
61 John Battle LSU
62 Emmanuel Smith Vanderbilt
63 Troy Vincent NC State
64 Kendall Gant Marshall
65 Nick Glass Unsigned
66 Nigel Bethel Texas Tech
67 Kendall Randolph Kentucky
68 John Plattenburg USC
69 Step Durham Georgia Tech
70 Terrence Alexander Stanford
71 Mike Edwards Kentucky
72 CJ Reavis Virginia Tech
73 Rashaan Gaulden Tennessee
74 Chris Williams UCF
75 Jordan Thomas Oklahoma
76 Nick Foster TCU
77 MJ Stewart North Carolina
78 Vayante Copeland Michigan St
79 Jimmy Bayes USF
80 Kendall Sawyer USF
81 Marcus Allen Penn St
82 Allen Artis North Carolina
83 Alonzo Saxton Duke
84 TJ Harrell Michigan St
85 Alijah Holder Stanford
86 Darin Smalls South Carolina
87 Jeff Farrar Virginia