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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 17, 2011 2:38 pm
Edited on: February 17, 2011 3:04 pm
 

Class Comparison: Alabama vs. Auburn

Posted by Bryan Fischer

We're still digesting the class of 2011 and what better way to look at it than through the lens of two rivals. Given all that's gone on in the state of Alabama the past few days, looking at Auburn and Alabama's recent classes were a natural start.

Alabama vs. Auburn
Quarterback
 

Kiehl Frazier vs. Phillip Ely. Frazier is MaxPreps' second ranked dual-threat quarterback and is a terrific blend of athleticism with a strong arm. Ely has seen his stock slip since his junior year and a disappointing performance at the Army All-American Bowl weekend backed that up. The departure of Cam Newton also means Frazier could be the starting quarterback sooner rather than later.

Running Back
 

Quan Bray and Tre Mason vs. Dee Hart. This was a narrow win for Auburn as Hart is one of the most electrifying backs in the class. Signing both Bray and Mason is a big coup for the Tigers, especially the slightly underrated Mason.

Wide Receiver
 

Danny Woodson, Bradley Sylve and Marvin Shinn vs. Jaylon Denson and Sammie Coates. Both schools bring in several big wide outs that should fit in well in their respective offenses. Shinn has all the tools to develop into a future star with his height and speed, while Sylve should be dynamite in the slot if he can stay healthy. Denson and Coates are two underrated pickups for Auburn.

Tight End
 

C.J. Uzomah and Brandon Fulse vs. Malcolm Faciane. Auburn wins the battle at the tight end using quality and quantity. Faciane is coming off knee surgery but if he comes back to 100%, he should be a quality player given his size. Fulse is the big name and he should be a big threat in the passing game with his skills.

Offensive Line
 

Aaron Douglas, Ryan Kelly, Isaac Luatua and Cyrus Kouandjio vs. Reese Dismukes, Thomas O’Reilly, Greg Robinson and Christian Westerman. These are easily two of the top offensive line classes in the nation and the only reason Alabama gets the nod is the flip in commitment by Kouandjio. Westerman and Robinson are two players who might be in line for early playing time but the Tide brings in a true starter in former Freshman All-American Douglas and a potential first round left tackle in Kounadjio.

Defensive Line
 

Quinton Dial, Xzavier Dickson, Jeoffrey Pagan, D.J. Pettway, LaMichael Fanning and Jessee Williams vs. Keymiya Harrell, JaBrian Niles, Angelo Blackson and Gabe Wright. Another impressive defensive line class for Nick Saban. Grabbing the very large, to say the least, Williams should provide a big run-stuffer in the middle right away. Pagan could be a monster coming off the edge as well. Wright might have to fill the void of Nick Fairley… fairly quickly.

Linebacker
 

Brent Calloway, Trey DePriest and Vinnie Sunseri vs. Kris Frost, Justin Garrett, Chris Landrum and Devaunte Sigler. Grabbing DePriest out of Ohio was a notable get for the Crimson Tide and he should team with Calloway to play early on special teams before sliding into a starting role. Frost is the headliner for Auburn and he has everything you look for in a linebacker in college.

Secondary
 

Enrique Florence, Jonathan Rose, Anthony Swain, Robenson Therezie and Jermaine Whitehead vs. Hasean Clinton-Dix, Chris Jones and Jabriel Washington. Clinton-Dix is a terrific prospect but Auburn nabs two quality players in Florence and Therezie who might play early and often. Rose is big for a corner but could also be a very good safety.

Overall
 

Two national titles in the past two seasons has treated both programs well when it comes to recruiting the class of 2011. Auburn brings in a lot of skill position talent but the depth of Alabama’s class puts the Crimson Tide just ahead of their bitter rivals. Alabama’s nine MaxPreps Top 100 athletes gives them two more than anybody in the SEC and the top class in the nation.

 
 
 
 
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