10 Early Enrollee Recruits Who Will Make Biggest Impact
While there are some negatives for enrolling early, recruits do stand to gain a lot of experience in a short time by arriving in time for the spring.
All recruits want to make an impact immediately, but the ones who have the best chance are the ones who enroll early. Several recruits in the 2014 class have already enrolled in a college or are scheduled to do so.
Alabama may be getting its starting left tackle among a group of midyear enrollees, while Auburn has a receiver who should help right away. Plus, Tennessee has a pair of studs who should make an impact this spring.
Toa Lobendahn, OL
Toa Lobendahn is a 6'3", 293-pound 4-star offensive lineman from California who is headed to USC. He has solid size, but even better toughness in the trenches.
Lobendahn can play guard, but do not count out center as his position in Troy. He displays good quickness out of his stance, plus he has the strength to fight defensive tackles at the point of attack. With starter Marcus Martin departing early for the NFL, USC is thin at center.
Lobendahn, who 247Sports says has already enrolled at USC, will provide a big boost to the Trojans' offensive line this spring.
Jalen Hurd, RB/ATH
While it could be at another position, 4-star prospect Jalen Hurd is expected to make his presence felt at running back for Tennessee. Hurd, who 247Sports says has enrolled early, is 6'3" and 230 pounds.
The Volunteers need some help at running back, which is Hurd's specialty. He has an impressive burst through creases while also showing above-average speed in the open field. Hurd also has the hands to catch a couple passes each game.
Jalen Tabor, CB
With Marcus Roberson and Loucheiz Purifoy gone to the NFL, Florida needs a cornerback opposite budding star Vernon Hargreaves III.
At 6'1" and 182 pounds, Tabor has the length, quickness and instincts to warrant significant playing time as a true freshman. Coming to Gainesville early will allow him to start the process of learning Florida's defense.
Dominique Booth, WR
The top player in Indiana's class, much is expected from 4-star receiver Dominique Booth.
However, at nearly 6'1" and 205 pounds, he has the talent to deliver in Bloomington. Booth is a well-built receiver with good quickness and ball skills. He is enrolling early for the Hoosiers, says Steve Wiltfong of 247Sports, so that should give him a head start on things at Indiana.
Booth should produce immediately.
Deshaun Watson, QB
Quarterback Tajh Boyd is now gone, which means Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney will need to find a new starter. Backup Chad Kelly will among the favorites for the job, but 4-star prospect Deshaun Watson will have something to say about that.
Watson, who is from Georgia, is 6'3" and 200 pounds. He enrolled early at Clemson, according to 247Sports, and will be able to participate in spring workouts. With his strong arm, vision and athleticism, Watson could win the starting job by the fall.
Josh Malone, WR
It's no secret that Tennessee would love to add more spice at the receiver position. It's also no secret that 4-star recruit Josh Malone has a chance to play right away for the Vols.
While Malone needs to improve his technique when releasing off the line, as well as his route running, he is a raw player who has great talent. At just over 6'2" and 191 pounds, he has the size, speed and athletic ability to quickly develop into a playmaker this year in Knoxville.
Malone is one of 12 midyear enrollees for Tennessee, according to 247Sports.
Kyle Allen, QB
School: Texas A&M
Texas A&M saw the end of an era with the departure of quarterback Johnny Manziel. Matt Joeckel and Kenny Hill are still on the roster, but they have a serious threat coming in 5-star quarterback Kyle Allen.
Allen, who is from Arizona, is scheduled to enroll at Texas A&M early, per 247Sports. The 6'2.5", 185-pound passer has great accuracy and timing to go with solid arm strength.
Best believe Allen will dive into the Aggies' playbook to quickly learn the system to give himself a prime chance to start as a true freshman.
D'haquille Williams, WR
D'haquille Williams is a 4-star JUCO receiver who is not coming to Auburn to sit on the bench. At 6'3" and 213 pounds, Williams' size and speed will allow him to add more firepower to the Tigers' passing attack.
Cameron Robinson, OT
With Cyrus Kouandjio departing early for the NFL, Alabama will have a hole to fill at left tackle. A player who could be the one to fill that void is 5-star offensive tackle Cameron Robinson, who 247Sports says is already in Tuscaloosa.
At 6'7" and 335 pounds, Robinson is an athletic blocker with great quickness to shadow rushers. He can get to linebackers on the second level on running plays, plus the Louisiana native has no issues hitting moving targets.
Don't be shocked if Robinson starts at left tackle for 'Bama as a true freshman.
Will Grier, QB
Quarterback Jeff Driskel has not gotten the job done, and Florida has a new offensive coordinator in Kurt Roper. That means a great opportunity is in Gainesville for a 5-star quarterback prospect to come in and win the starting job—especially if he enrolls early.
It just so happens Will Grier fits that profile, according to 247Sports. At 6'3" and 187 pounds, Grier has impressive mobility and solid arm strength. He's great when he is in sync with his receivers, plus he flashes exceptional accuracy.
Roper needs to give Grier every opportunity to show what he can do this spring.
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