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Bold predictions: New ESPN 300

Updated: February 5, 2014, 9:51 AM ET
By Jeremy Crabtree | ESPN RecruitingNation

With the major national all-star games in the book, RecruitingNation has released its final ESPN 300 player rankings for the Class of 2014. The new rankings feature quite a few players who improved their stocks after performances against some of the best talent in the country. Here are seven bold predictions for what we'll see from players who moved up the charts.

A&M's class will make biggest instant impact


More people need to be talking about the job Kevin Sumlin has done with his 2014 recruiting class. Even though the Aggies have the No. 2 class in the nation, most of the focus has been on Alabama, Tennessee, LSU and Florida State. But no class will make as big of an impact this fall as the group heading to College Station. With the new rankings, the Aggies now have two top-10 players -- defensive end Myles Garrett (Arlington, Texas/Martin) at No. 4 and athlete Speedy Noil (New Orleans/Edna Karr) at No. 7 -- and both will be breakout stars as true freshmen. But they won't be the only ones. This class is littered with playmakers who will make their marks on the SEC next season. ESPN 300 prospects like defensive back Nick Harvey (Richmond, Texas/Travis), linebacker Hoza Scott (La Porte, Texas/La Porte), defensive tackle DeShawn Washington (Nederland, Texas/Nederland) and defensive end Qualen Cunningham (Chandler, Ariz./Hamilton) should all contribute quickly to a defense that needs all the help it can get.

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