The door has closed on the signing-day frenzy, and teams are moving into full-blown spring mode. Obviously the early-entry signees grab fans' attention, especially the highly touted freshmen who are getting a head start on adapting to the collegiate game.
Junior college players are also on campus, and while they arrive with a little less fanfare than their traditional classmates, these athletes enter with more promising prospects.
The JUCO player is not living on hope. He isn't waiting to grow into his body. He is not the guy that fans think can develop into a quality contributor. Rather, the JUCO enrollee is the player whom fans need to live up to his billing out of the gate. That means understanding the playbook and finding his spot as spring ball gets going, so he can step in and fill a hole that the team needs plugged.
There are some great junior college enrollees around the nation who will contribute this spring. Here is a look at some of the players that fans should know. Based upon team needs and skill set, expect them to have significant roles in this coming season.