National Signing Day Countdown: Future Heisman Contenders

    As National Signing Day is now only a few hours away, here is a look at some of the 2017 recruits who could go on to compete for a Heisman Trophy during their college careers.

    January 30, 2017

    As National Signing Day is now only a few days away, here is a look at some of the 2017 recruits who could go on to compete for a Heisman Trophy during their college careers. 

    It’s hard to believe National Signing Day is already here, but that’s the reality, folks. And, before you know it, the teenage football players we’re talking about now will soon be lighting up our TVs as college football’s next big stars.

    While some won’t pan out, there will be plenty who go on to become the next Mark Ingram, Cam Newton or Robert Griffin III. That’s right. We’re talking future Heisman Trophy contenders.

    Here are some of this year’s recruits who could go on to compete for college football’s most prestigious award.

    Najee Harris, RB, Alabama

    Before you say anything, yes, we know. Najee Harris will have to wait his turn before he has a chance to do anything major in Tuscaloosa. Clearly, the Crimson Tide have a running back farm to pick from whenever the stock gets a little low. But when Harris does get his chance to tote the rock for Alabama, he’s going to crush it. He’s a dynamic talent out of the backfield, but he’s also a quality receiver and can make a huge impact on third downs.

    Davis Mills, QB, Stanford

    This is another situation where there’s someone else atop the depth chart. Davis Mills will likely have to wait his turn until K.J. Costello is done at Stanford. When that happens, Mills will be ready and waiting to drop dimes for the Cardinal. He has all of the intangibles you want in a quarterback. And he has all of the arm talent you could possibly ask for at this point in his career. He can hit all of the throws on the route tree and is quite mobile, too. Will Mills be the next Andrew Luck? There’s certainly a chance.

    Kellen Mond, QB, Texas A&M

    The quarterback situation in College Station is shaky right now, and there is a chance we could see Kellen Mond getting some early reps with the Aggies. If he does — if he takes his lumps and growing pains — we could be talking about Mond the same way we spoke about Lamar Jackson this past season. Mond is exciting whenever the football is in his hands. He has the arm talent but can also make things happen with his legs. Plus, he’ll have some quality wide receivers like Jhamon Ausbon and Hezekiah Jones. With Kevin Sumlin teaching him the way, Mond could be in for some big stat lines.

    Cam Akers, RB, Florida State

    So Dalvin Cook leaves, and you bring in three more blue-chip running backs to take his spot. We see you, Jimbo Fisher. Seriously, though, as talented as Khalan Laborn and Zaquandre White are, Cam Akers is another kind of human being. If you’re looking for an elite combination of size, power, speed, agility and vision, Akers is your guy. We’ll more than likely see plenty of touches for Akers as a true freshman this upcoming season, and he’ll end up being one of the most dangerous ball carriers in the country, let alone the ACC.

    Dylan McCaffrey, QB, Michigan

    Here we go again. Just like we talked about with Harris and Mills, there’s at least one guy ahead of Dylan McCaffrey on the depth chart, and that’s last year’s prized quarterback, Brandon Peters. Still, as talented as Peters is, McCaffrey has the tools to be elite. Within five minutes of watching his film, it’s clear that there’s something special about Ed McCaffrey’s third son.

    Sure, Max did some positive things at Duke, and Christian wowed us all at Stanford. But it’s interesting to think Dylan might be the one who snags a Heisman Trophy. He does so many things well. He has plus arm strength, a nice touch on the ball, a smooth wind-up and release, he can fit it into tight windows, and he can make plays with his legs and extend drives. McCaffrey is methodical from the pocket and has great footwork. It’s clear he comes from a football family. If he has to sit back and learn for a year or two, that will only benefit him more.

    Note: Scout rankings and ratings used in this article.

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