Tradition Sports Online continues carrying the flag in terms of delivering us the goods on the forthcoming EA Sports NCAA Football 14. This weekend, they revealed the ten highest rated freshmen players in this year's version of the game.
The list unsurprisingly skews SEC heavy, with the SEC having more than done their fair share of heavy lifting this past recruiting cycle. The nation's top recruit last season, DE Robert Nkemdiche who landed at Ole Miss, is an 84 overall with 80's in speed and acceleration. Wide receiver, Laquon Treadwell, a one time Michigan and Ohio State target that also landed at Ole Miss, is the second highest rated at 83 overall.
Michigan safety Dymonte Thomas, a 4-star out of Alliance, is the seventh highest rated freshman and the highest rated from the Big Ten at 82 overall. He's listed as a 94 speed, 94 acceleration, and a 93 agility. Those are almost the sort of ratings you'd expect for 2014 defensive back commit Jabrill Peppers in next year's next generation console debut for the series.
Mitchell checks in tied with the eighth highest rating in the game as an81 overall. The game pegs him as a middle linebacker (and confirms some of the murmurs he's expected to wear #44 for the Bucks). Though his metrics aren't other worldly (mostly in the low-to-mid 80's), an 84 tackle and 82 power is the kind of stuff that has some pegging him as college ready the moment he steps on campus. Michigan tailback Derrick Green and contentious one time Ohio State commit linebacker Alex Anzalone are also 81s overall.
No other Big Ten inbound freshmen qualify for the Top 25 ranked frosh, though recent headline grabbing freshman Eddie Vanderdoes, the Notre Dame signee who flipped to UCLA many months after National Signing Day, joins Mitchell and the aforementioned as an 81 overall.