National Signing Day 2014: Prospects Sure to Be Difference-Makers in College

Sean ODonnellContributor IIIFebruary 5, 2014

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National signing day is always filled with excitement as the nation's top recruits commit to their choice of college. This is one of the biggest days of the year for players, schools and fans, as these decisions could potentially make a major impact on future success.

With the larger, more prestigious schools generally getting the brunt of the talent, the rich continue to get richer. However, certain prospects will make larger impacts than others. Some schools have more notable voids at certain positions due to players graduating or leaving for the NFL.

The incoming prospects who are looking to fill these voids could easily become four-year starters for their respective schools. Let's take a look at a few prospects who will make an instant impact and become difference-makers in college.


Speedy Noil, WR, Texas A&M

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Speedy Noil, a New Orleans resident, garnered interest from numerous top-tier colleges. He decided to sign with Texas A&M as its next No. 1 receiving option. Certainly living up to his name, the 5'11", 180-pound Noil is a burner and can be a dynamic game-changer as a result of his speed.

After losing Mike Evans to the 2014 NFL draft, the Aggies needed a wide receiver of the future. They will get just that in Noil, a 5-star recruit ranked as the top wideout in the class of 2014 and a top-10 player nationally.

Although he is not a tall, big-bodied target like Evans was, Noil will certainly fill a void and find a continuously increasing role with Texas A&M.

When Noil declared his intention to join the Aggies, he told Jerit Roser of why he made his choice:

I'll take my talents to A&M. It felt like home when I went on my official visit and having (former Karr teammate and current Aggies cornerback) Noel Ellis, he's been like a brother to me in this process and I look forward to playing with him since i was small.

Texas A&M is reshaping an offense that lost many key players to the NFL draft this year. However, with Noil in the fold, the team is certainly heading in the right direction.


Roc Thomas, RB, Auburn

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Roc Thomas will look to be one of the biggest factors in the retooling of Auburn's offense when he joins the school this year. The Oxford, Ala., resident possesses a great size-to-speed ratio. At 5'11" and 196 pounds, he is a larger running back. However, he does not lack speed or agility, as his 40-yard dash time is 4.48.

Auburn lost star running back Tre Mason to the 2014 NFL draft, and the school is looking to rebuild its backfield. After finding so much success with the triple option throughout the 2013-14 season, it needed a prospect like Thomas to come aboard.

When Thomas finally signed with Auburn, head coach Gus Malzahn had this brief yet telling reaction during an interview with "That's huge. Huge."

This seems like a perfect fit, and last year's BCS runner-up looks to be regaining its offensive strength.


Damon Webb, CB, Ohio State

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Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer is at it again. He is known for his great recruiting ability and he did not disappoint here. Damon Webb is a tall, physical cornerback, standing at 5'11" and weighing 180 pounds. A former receiver, he has great body control and fantastic hands.

Webb does lack a bit of closing speed, running a 4.67 in the 40-yard dash. However, his ability to play press coverage allows him to stick with faster receivers and remain tight in coverage. He is certainly a welcomed addition to an Ohio State secondary that ranked 110th in the nation last year and gave up an average of 268 passing yards per game.

After Webb signed with Ohio State, he immediately took a shot at Michigan's football program during an interview with Thayer Evans and Pete Thamel of Sports Illustrated. Said Webb, "They're not getting better. The coaches aren't developing their talent."

With that comment, he may have already painted a target on his back; however, he is talented enough to let his play do the talking from here on out.


All recruiting rankings and information courtesy of 247Sports unless otherwise stated.