2014: The First Scout300

Michiah Quick

It's never too early in recruiting anymore, as Scout.com is ready to release its first Top 300 for the Class of 2014. The list is heavily populated by recruits listing UCLA...

Scout.com National 300 - Class of 2014

This year it is East prospect Da'Shawn Hand, a 6-foot-4, 260-pound defensive end from Woodbridge (Va) High who sits a No. 1 in the country.

"At his size most people think he is a defensive tackle, but when you watch how quick he moves and his athleticism you know he could play defensive end," said Scout.com East Coast analyst Brian Dohn. "He is everything you look for in prospect."

"I think he's just one of those freaks who could play end at 290," added Scout.com National Director Scott Kennedy.

At No. 2 is the top player in the Southeast Region, Cameron Robinson, a 6-foot-6, 315-pound monster offensive tackle from West Monroe (La.) HS.

"Robinson is an elite offensive tackle and he is the total package at that position, informed Scout.com Southeast Regional Manager Chad Simmons. "He plays light on his feet, he has long arms, he is a strong run blocker who can get to the second level while holding down the edge to protect his quarterback's blindside."

The No. 3 player in the country. Tony Brown, a 6-foot-1, 185-pound safety from Beaumont (Texas) Ozen HS hails from 'Lone Star State' and nails down the honor of being the top-rated player in the Midlands.

"Brown is rated as a safety, but is also being looked at by many schools to play cornerback," Midlands Regional Manager Greg Powers informed. "He is in the mold of an Eric Berry, who can just about do everything in the defensive backfield."

The No. 1 player out West is Michiah Quick, a 5-foot-11, 170-pound wide receiver from Fresno (Cali.) Central East HS, who checks in as the No. 7 player overall nationally.

"Quite frankly, Quick is faster than quick, he's explosive," said Brandon Huffman, West Regional Manager. "He's in the same lines of a Robert Woods and DeAnthony Thomas where if you get the ball in his hands, he's going to make a play, and like Thomas and Woods, he could be an elite defensive back too if that's where he ended up.

Holding down the No. 15 spot is the Midwest's top talent Malik McDowell, a 6-foot-6, 300-pounder from Detroit (Mich.) Loyola HS, real monster at the position who holds offers from many of the national powerhouses.

"Definitely the most physically imposing guy in the Midwest in the 2014 class.", Midwest Regional Manager Allen Trieu said. "He has grown about 30 pounds and is still athletic enough to play defensive end, but he could move inside or he could even be a BCS level offensive tackle. Just a physically dominating kid who could play a number of positions in college."

Scout.com National 300 - Class of 2014

Scout.com Experts Scott Kennedy, Brandon Huffman, Greg Powers, Chad Simmons, Allen Trieu Greg Biggins, Jamie Newberg and Brian Dohn contributed to this report.

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