Edgy: Five underclassmen to watch in 2014

Edgy: Five underclassmen to watch in 2014
March 17, 2014, 5:30 pm
Edgy Tim

The recruiting calendar keeps getting pushed up earlier and earlier these days. While colleges are still getting a handle on the Class of 2015, they are also looking harder and harder into the future. Here are five names to keep an eye from the Class of 2016 and beyond for the upcoming spring evaluation period.

Josh King | Defensive end | Hinsdale South | 6-foot-6, 250 pounds | Class of 2016

King, who also wrestles for the Hornets, has early scholarship offers from Illinois and Iowa. King is also drawing looks and recruiting attention from major football programs from across the country. King could very well follow East St. Louis junior defensive end Terry Beckner Jr. as one of the most sought after defensive linemen nationally. According to Hinsdale Central 2014 All-American center Brian Allen who's faced King on the field, "He has a chance to become a great one."

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Erik Swenson | Offensive tackle | Downers Grove South | 6-foot-5, 289 pounds | Class of 2016 

Swenson gave Michigan his verbal commitment last November. Swenson, who tabbed Michigan as his dream school early on in his recruiting process, could be the best offensive tackle recruit in the Midwest regardless of class. He will be very tough to pull away from his Michigan commitment, but expect schools from across the country to keep tabs on him until the day he signs a Letter of Intent.

Sean Foster | Offensive tackle | Carmel | 6-foot-8, 265 pounds | Class of 2016

Foster is far from a finished product, which is exactly why he's already drawn scholarship offers from the likes of California, Indiana and Nebraska. He has tremendous frame and size, His upside will continue to bring him more looks and eventual offers.

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Bryan Brokop | Offensive tackle | Lincoln-Way West | 6-foot-5, 278 pounds | Class of 2016

Brokop has only played organized football for under two years. He started his high school career on the Warriors golf team before deciding to give football a try midway through his freshman season. So far, Nebraska and Illinois have offered early scholarships, while several other Big Ten schools plan to make stops into Lincoln-Way West this spring. Brokop still has a ton of growth and development to come, yet in person and on film shows exceptional quickness and athletic ability.

Jeff Thomas | Wide receiver | East St. Louis | 5-foot-10, 170 pounds | Class of 2017 

As a freshman in 2013, Thomas showed serious flashes of an impact player who has exceptional speed and potential. Thomas made some jaw dropping plays for the Flyers in the postseason and so far has early offers from Michigan and Syracuse. Expect many more offers to follow starting this spring.