Leonard Fournette and the top 15 freshmen in college football for 2014

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Jan 2, 2014; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; Team Highlight running back Leonard Fournette (5) runs with the ball during the first half as Team Nitro defensve end Chad Thomas (99) defends in the Under Armour All America football game at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Jan 2, 2014; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; Team Highlight running back Leonard Fournette (5) runs with the ball during the first half as Team Nitro defensve end Chad Thomas (99) defends in the Under Armour All America football game at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

National Signing Day hay has become a bit of a holiday for college football fans across the country as they watch the drama unfold on ESPNU with the best five and four-star recruits announcing where they will play for the next three-five years.

The SEC has dominated on the recruiting trail in recent years with Alabama owning the nation’s No. 1 recruiting class according to the 247Sports team rankings since 2011 and currently hold the top spot for the 2015 class at the time of publishing.

As a result the conference that has won seven of the last eight national championships is represented well on this list, but there are impact freshmen to monitor this season in the Big Ten, Pac-12, Big 12 and the ACC.

More freshmen are being counted on playing significant roles with fewer elite prospects receiving a redshirt–Jameis Winston excluded–so for the purposes of this list of top freshmen, it will only include true freshmen and won’t include those who were redshirted last year.

Therefore, you won’t be seeing the likes of Ricky Seals-Jones, Darius James, Matthew Thomas or Mackensie Alexander here even though. Each of those four are in line for big seasons in their first season on the field, but this piece is to shine a light on the top members of the 2014 recruiting class.

*All recruiting rankings reflect the 247Sports Composite Rankings

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