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Posted on: May 9, 2011 11:09 am
Edited on: May 9, 2011 11:16 am
 

Post-Spring Top 25: Impact Recruits

Posted by Bryan Fischer

CBSSports.com senior writer Dennis Dodd rolls out an updated Post-Spring Top 25 today and while he names an MVP for each team, we figure every team is going to need an incoming freshman to step up if they want to keep their spot in the top 25 throughout the season. Here's each team's impact freshman out of their class of 2011:

1. Oklahoma: Dodd notes that the class of 2010 has turned out very well for the Sooners but they'll need a few guys from the class of 2011 to help fill out the depth chart. Running back Brandon Williams is a talented running back out of the state of Texas who is expected to play right away with DeMarco Murrary gone and the offense needing another player in their "diamond" formation with three running backs. 

2. Alabama: Alabama's defense is expected to be one of the best Nick Saban has ever had but that doesn't mean a freshman can't be a contributor on special teams and with spot play on defense. Linebacker Trey DePriest enrolled early and seemed to make an impression on the coaching staff. Junior college transfer Aaron Douglas, a freshman All-American at Tennessee, could also end up being a starting tackle too.

3. LSU: Anthony Johnson was one of the top defensive tackles coming out of high school and he looked like he would be the next great LSU man in the middle after a very good spring for an early enrollee. He has the size and quickness to play right away and could make an impact as a pass rusher on third down as he gets acclimated to the speed of college football.

 

4. Oregon: The Ducks don't have to replace much on offense but they are looking for a few pass catching threats to step up for quarterback Darron Thomas. Another early enrollee and one of the highest rated recruits Oregon has brought in, Colt Lyerla could be one of the answers at tight end, receiver and running back. In short, he's a great athlete and Chip Kelly will find a way to get the ball in his hands.

5. Stanford: The Cardinal are pretty set on offense with Andrew Luck back and running the show but there are a few spots on defense where some freshmen could come in. The new staff must find two new linebackers for this upcoming season and it wouldn't be surprising if James Vaughters ends up making a push for one of them.

6. Oklahoma State: Already expected to have an explosive offense this year to possibly propel them to a BCS game, the Cowboys have high hopes for incoming running back Herschel Sims. Defenses will have to make sure they are ready for the passing game first and Sims might be able to take advantage of some daylight.

7. Texas A&M: Defensive leader Von Miller is off to the NFL (if there is an NFL next year) and while it will be hard for any freshman to replace that kind of production in College Station, look for linebacker Shaun Ward to at least be in the mix to play once he gets on campus.

8. Florida State: The Seminoles are going to have high expectations for the first time in awhile and there are high expectations being placed on incoming tight end Nick O'Leary. While most people talk about him as being the grandson of golfer Jack Nicklaus, the talented O'Leary is also quite a pass catcher who should play right away.


9. Ohio State: There could be two impact players for the Buckeyes depending on how things shake out in fall camp. Quarterback Braxton Miller is certainly in the race to be the starter with Terrelle Pryor suspended for five games and showed flashes during the spring. Linebacker Curtis Grant was one of the top players coming out of high school and should be able to fill in right away on defense.

10. Nebraska: The Huskers have their sights on a Big Ten title in their first year in the league and if they're going to take some pressure off quarterback Taylor Martinez, running back Aaron Green could be a big part of the offense.

11. Michigan State: Mark Dantonio fought off some big time programs for in-state linebacker Lawrence Thomas and one of the reasons why is Thomas is expected to come in right away and play well for the Spartans.

12. Wisconsin: The Badgers typically don't play many freshmen but tight end Austin Traylor could help break in a new quarterback as both a blocker and receiver.

 

13. Arkansas: Brey Cook knew the Razorbacks would need to replace both tackles and he enrolled early and ended up at the top of the depth chart coming out of spring ball. Anytime you can get a young freshmen start at tackle, you know you have a good one on your hands.

14. Boise State: Most of the freshmen for Boise State are expected to redshirt and develop but kicker Jake van Ginkel could end up the starter with a good fall camp because he has quite a leg.

 

15. Auburn: Where to start? The Tigers lose a lot of players to either graduation or the draft and several from this class are expected to compete for playing time. Don't be surprised if Kris Frost is a starter at linebacker and able to leave his mark on the Plains early on.

16. TCU: Gary Patterson expereinced a Rose Bowl bounce on the recruiting trail and landed a very good athlete in LaDarius Brown, who will be able to contribute right away on offense and special teams.


17. Virginia Tech: The Hokies need to replace a lot of their secondary and the incoming class is loaded with defensive backs as a result. Ronny Vandyke might be the one to step up based on his size and speed and help out right away.

18. South Carolina: This happens to be the easiest choice on the list since Jadeveon Clowney was the number player in the class of 2011. He should provide an instant pass rush threat to a team that didn't generate much from the front four last year.

19. Notre Dame: Irish fans came out of the spring singing the praises of Aaron Lynch and the early enrollee defensive end certainly put on a show to give them a reason for it.

 

20. Mississippi State: Defensive tackle P.J. Jones was one of the top guys in the incoming class and Bulldog fans hope he can be a factor early on under a new defensive coordinator. 

 

21. Arizona State: There's very few spots avaliable for the incoming Sun Devils with so much of the starting lineup set with upperclassmen but Mo Latu should be able to provide some depth along the offensive line. 

 

22. Utah: The Utes brought in a very good class and you could tell they sold the opportunity to be the first to play in the Pac-12 their entire careers at Utah. Running back Harvey Langi is a load with the football and junior college safety Keith McGill is a big body who can come in play right away.

23. Georgia: The "Dream Team" recruiting class will come into Athens with high expectations but top running back Isaiah Crowell should boost a rushing attack that was in the bottom three in the SEC last year.

 

24. West Virginia: New offensive coordinator/future head coach Dana Holgorsen should have an explosive offense led by Geno Smith and incoming running back Andrew Buie could be another speedy player to get the ball in his hands.

25. Florida: The Gators will transition to more of a pro-style offense under Charlie Weis so it's to be determined how everyone fits in but look out for tight end A.C. Leonard. He looks the part and could be a nice weapon for quarterback John Brantley. 

Posted on: February 1, 2011 5:20 pm
Edited on: February 1, 2011 6:03 pm
 

Non-AQ Signing Day at a glance

Posted by Tom Fornelli

The impact of signing day isn't just felt inside the BCS conferences, so here's a look at how Wednesday will impact some major non-AQs.

Players to Watch

Stephon Tuitt, DE, Monroe (Monroe, GA): Tuitt could be the third member of the MaxPreps Top 100 to join Notre Dame's defensive line in 2011. The 6'6 255 pound defensive end has been a force at Monroe Area in Georgia, and though he's currently given Notre Dame his verbal, he's flirted with Georgia Tech in the last few weeks. While he's expected to sign with Notre Dame on Wednesday, nothing will be certain until he puts pen to paper. If he does sign with the Irish, he'll join Aaron Lynch (#22 on MaxPreps Top 100) and Ishaq Williams (#70) as defensive linemen in this class. A pretty nice haul. No wonder MaxPreps has Notre Dame atop its team rankings.

Ladarius Brown, ATH, Waxahachie (Waxahachie,TX): Brown is one of the best athletes in the country, and one that Gary Patterson can use in a lot of ways at TCU. Brown could find himself playing anywhere from wide receiver, cornerback, safety or linebacker in Fort Worth. Of course, he has to get to Fort Worth first. He originally gave his verbal to Oklahoma before going with TCU. Should Brown sign on Wednesday he'll be one of key members of a solid if not spectacular TCU class.

Jimmy Laughrea, QB, Rocklin (Rocklin, CA): Chris Petersen and Boise State seldom bring in highly rated recruiting classes, but the Broncos don't exactly pick up scraps either. With Kellen Moore entering his senior season it's time for Boise to look for his replacement, and they may find it in 6'2 180-pound Laughrea. The northern California quarterback gave his verbal commitment to Boise State back in June, and has shown no signs of wavering on it since.

Teams to Watch

Notre Dame: When Brian Kelly took the job at Notre Dame last winter, there were plenty of Irish fans worried about whether or not he'd be able to land the type of recruiting classes to get Notre Dame back to the top of the rankings. Well, is the best class in the country good enough? Of course, with such a strong recruiting class, the already high expectations in South Bend will only get higher. Still, stocking up on the defensive side of the football as Kelly has done in this class is a good first step toward meeting them.

TCU: TCU and Gary Patterson are bringing in a nice class for 2011, the school's final season in the Mountain West before moving on to the Big East. So this is the last class that the school will bring in as a non-AQ, and Patterson will be hoping that guys like Ladarius Brown, Chuck Hunter and Deryck Gildon can help the Horned Frogs get a little more consideration for a national title one of these days.

UCF: The Golden Knights aren't going to finish with a class that's ranked in the Top 25, but after finishing there in the polls following a win over Georgia in the Liberty Bowl, the school will have to bring in some players to make sure they stay ranked. After all, UCF wouldn't mind moving to the Big East along with TCU, and the Knights are hoping players like DE Toby Jackson and DB Jeremy Davis can help them get there.

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You're not going to hear many people complain about the job Kyle Whittingham has done since replacing Urban Meyer at Utah. Still, with the Utes moving from the Mountain West to the new Pac-12, life is going to get a bit tougher. No longer will middle of the pack recruiting classes be good enough to compete for a conference title and possible BCS berth. The Utes will be hoping that having the doors to California opened to them on a larger scale will help, and as of now, over a third of their expected signees come from the Golden State.

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