TSL’s Top Prospects: Summer, 2014

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It’s time for our summer update of our Top Prospects List.  GMSAHokie and Chris Coleman will break down their top prospects in the Tech program, and that includes incoming freshmen.

Here is a link to our previous list from August 28, 2013.

GMSAHokie

The very best way to snap ourselves out of the summer doldrums is to take a look at this year’s crop of youngsters and build a Top 10 list predicting how well they will develop through the current season.  Last Fall, Chris and I put this list together and we both had Kendall Fuller, Brandon Facyson, Jonathan McLaughlin, and Trey Edmunds in the Top 4.  Those ended up being good picks as all four of those guys played at a high level last year.  The rest of my list included Carlis Parker, Josh Stanford, Deon Clarke, Woody Baron, Charley Meyer and Sam Rogers.  It’s hard to say what kind of season Parker, Clarke, Baron, and Meyer could have had if they had been injury free.  All four of those guys were in line for playing time but, at their young age, an injury in the fall or during the season is a major barrier.  Stanford ended up having a very good season and Rogers was a reliable starter at FB all year long.  Those two guys, along with the Top 4 from above, are going to need to come off the list for this year because they are all proven starters at this point.  I am also going to leave out Deon Clarke.  Even though he hasn’t played enough to be a “proven starter”, he’s a rising Junior at this point.  He’d be right in the middle of this list.

I also want to note that I completely missed Kalvin Cline last year.  Without a doubt, in hindsight, Cline belonged on this list.  I was actually given a head’s up about his potential prior to last year’s column but decided that I shouldn’t include him because I had never seen him play or work out.  Well, lesson learned.  Cline’s performance last year as a starter means that he is also not eligible for this year’s list.  That’s a big miss by me.

Last year, I counted upwards from 1 and I have decided that’s a stupid way to do it based on the fact that I never seen a Top 10 list done that way by anyone…ever.  So, this year’s list will count down from 10.  Without further ado, here is my Top 10 Prospect List for this year:

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