First let me preface this by saying, I am just an avid recruit fan, not a scout, and I DO NOT presume to be completely correct. I enjoy projecting stars, starters, and possible busts just after signing day to see 3/4 years later to see how accurate or inaccurate my scouting skills were. I am pulling for all of our Tigers to succeed on and off the field, so during times were I notate my opinion on the downside or needed areas of improvement on a commitment, I am simply stating my OPINION. Ed Paris: his skill set could work as either free safety or cornerback. Because we have John Battle(who I believe will start at FS for us) I believe Paris will end up as CB, but will see the field first through special teams and/or nickleback. He isn’t your pure cover corner, he still has work to do on his coverage and breaking techniques, however; his make up speed and body positioning are elite. The way he adjusts to the ball in the air, and plucks it as though he is on offense reminds me of Morris Claiborne. If he polishes up his technique and keeps his speed, I think he will end up reminding all our fans of Mo. Brandon Harris: likely has the most upside out of anyone in the 2014 class. He is still very raw in his accuracy, but he has elite zip on the ball, pocket awareness, and escapability. He is a true dual threat. This makes him a bit of a wildcard, except that he will learn under Cam Cameron, and I believe he will strive. He has the tools to be a star in the making. He has a much higher ceiling than Jennings, but it remains to be seen what Cameron can do with his accuracy and decision making. It is notable that he does exude leadership qualities from his handling of the limelight thus far. If all the right things fall together, look for this kid to play NFL ball. The league is moving in his direction as far as skillset, and he will be highly sought after if he puts it all together. Leonard Fournette: he has been talked about ad naseum, and for good reason. He truly has an unparrelled combination of size, power, cutting ability, vision, and breakaway speed. There isn’t any doubt that he can progress and that things will hit a point in his college career where things “slow down” for him, but let’s bring the expectations back down to earth a bit to allow this guy to succeed. Too many people are putting unrealistic goals on this young man’s shoulders. He will be a great one, but he is just one. It takes a full 11 on offense for people to shine and for production to sky rocket. I look forward to his sophomore season as a true vision of what he can accomplish as the pieces will really fall into place. Malachi Dupre: another high ceiling prospect. His high school did not throw the ball often, and when they did, his qb was not extremely accurate. That said, Chi made the best of the opportunities when given, and he is a cut above the rest when it comes to ball adjustment in the air. He is not passive about accepting the ball, but goes out and takes it. From interviews, it’s easy to perceive that he is a bright and good kid with a laid back personality. He will benefit from studying under Cameron, and learning a much more complex offense, and also, adding a bit of lean muscle. He will always be a lean strider type receiver, but he will need to be made sec ready. Many have compared him to AJ Green, and I think that is a fair comparison to his body type and skill set. Clifton Garrett: projected MLB, and as such has a much steeper learning curve than other positions. Will need time to learn the system, as it will be his responsibilities to line up the defense and help make adjustments on point. Has superb closing speeding, breaks toward the ball at an elite level, and hits not just hard but fundamentally sound as well. He is also very adept at diagnosing plays quickly and making reactionary decisions. That said, Garrett was said to have struggled in the Army All American Game in coverage drills. This type of drill usually puts the linebacker at the disadvantage, and MLBs will usually be assigned to cover either tight ends on crossing routes, or to defend screen passes or shuffle passes to running backs. He is heavily needed ASAP, and will need work his tail off learning our complex defense. Once he gets the swing of things, he will be the heir apparent already at MLB. Jamal Adams: has the type of nasty attitude that we was so well enjoyed from our 2011 dbs. His play comes with confidence, and he finishes with purpose. He has the skills to play either Safety position, and I think he will cross train for both, but he can really lay the wood. He isn’t shy about contact and will be an asset as SS that can slide in the box to bring run support when necessary. If the offense makes an audible and switches to pass, he can pick up the extra wide out without his coverage skills being a liability. The fun part is that he has all the speed and ball skills of a FS. He has already been compared to Eric Reid by Miles, and is already being mentioned by him as a possible PR/KR specialist as well. Travonte Valentine: firstly, this guy fills a huge need. Even though we took a large number of DL prospects last year, its line play that makes the sec elite, and no other position is there more risk and boom/bust products than on both offensive and defensive lines. You have to take extra, and let the cream rise to the top. Kudos to the staff for getting on Valentine early and staying on him. His senior highlights show a huge step of progress from the year before. Valentine is a bit larger than we are used to in our system, but still gets the penetration and causes the disruption of a more compact DT. Especially for his mammoth size, he has extremely quick feet, and can shuttle around very well. A shifty DT with the type of power to disrupt plays in the backfield at his size is a truly rare find. He could be one of the ultimate steals of the class. I believe the staff with try to get him to drop a bit of bad weight, and lean up. Once he drops that weight, it will be easier for him to drop his pad level and cultivate new techniques that will give him a full repertoire towards his resume. Another one with a very high ceiling.