A Look Back: 2014 Offensive Scouting Reports

Without question, the two shining stars of the 2014 offensive recruiting class: Isaiah Ford (1) and Cam Phillips (5) (Photo by Ivan Morozov)

I first started doing scouting reports for the 2014 recruiting class. I tried to point out each player’s strengths and weaknesses and how they projected to the college level, and I also gave an ETA on the earliest point at which I thought they would have a chance to crack the two-deep.

We’re going to start going back in time and looking at my past scouting reports. At this point we can only look at the 2014 and 2015 reports. For 2016 recruits or later, it’s a little bit too soon. Today we’ll begin by going back and looking at the 2014 offensive recruiting class. It was a complete class, which featured two quarterbacks, two running backs, four receivers, four offensive linemen and a tight end.

We’ll start with the quarterbacks and work our way forward. You can click on a player’s name for a link to their TSL recruiting profile, and click on their ETA predictions for a link to the original scouting reports.

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QB Andrew Ford, ETA 2014 or 2016: Ford was a solid prospect, but in hindsight he needed time to develop. After that scouting report was written, Scot Loeffler brought in Michael Brewer to take control of the offense in 2014 and 2015. Ford decided that Virginia Tech wasn’t a great fit for him, so he transferred to UMass, where he has become the starting quarterback for the Minutemen. In two years as a starter, he has completed 62% of his passes for 5,589 yards, with 48 touchdowns and 18 interceptions. This past season, he had 22 touchdowns to just four interceptions. NFL Draft Scout lists him as the No. 12 QB in the 2019 draft, so he could be putting himself in position to be a late round draft pick.

QB Chris Durkin, ETA 2015: Durkin was a big, physical quarterback prospect from Ohio. However, he never took to the passing game, and he moved to tight end. He then transferred to Youngtown State, where he has one career catch for 29 yards.

RB Shai McKenzie, ETA 2015: McKenzie was a 4-star running back recruit with a big offer list. However, he tore his ACL as a senior in high school, so I projected him to redshirt. Instead, he played as a true freshman in 2014, but more knee problems along with off the field issues ended with his transfer from Virginia