SEC Football: Incoming Freshmen Who Will Flourish in 2014 Fall Camp

Barrett Sallee@BarrettSalleeSEC Football Lead WriterApril 24, 2014

SEC Football: Incoming Freshmen Who Will Flourish in 2014 Fall Camp

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    LSU RB commit Leonard Fournette
    LSU RB commit Leonard FournetteUSA TODAY Sports

    Several members of the class of 2014 have already made an impact, as some early enrollees have staked their claim to positions in the fall around the Southeast.

    Texas A&M quarterback Kyle Allen, Alabama offensive tackle Cam Robinson, Crimson Tide cornerback Tony Brown and Auburn wide receiver D'haquille "Duke" Williams all made waves during spring camp.

    But what about the prospects in the class of 2014 who are coming in this summer?

    While some positions have been settled in the spring, many more doors are open for incoming freshmen to become stars in the SEC sooner rather than later.

    Which incoming freshmen this summer will flourish in fall camp in 2014? Our top five are in this slideshow.

5. LSU RB Leonard Fournette

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    Leonard Fournette was the top prospect in the class of 2014, but he's fifth on our list of incoming freshmen who will flourish.

    Don't get me wrong: He is going to be a stud. But he won't be a stud right away for LSU in 2014. Terrence Magee is a veteran who had flashes of brilliance last year en route to 626 yards and eight touchdowns, and senior Kenny Hilliard has proved over the course of his career that he is a tremendous red-zone and short-yardage back.

    That's actually good news for Fournette, because it will allow him a little more time to learn the blocking schemes and the system early in the season and ease into more of a feature role as fall progresses. 

    He's not going to win the job just because he's Leonard Fournette, but it will be clear during fall camp that he's going to be a star in Baton Rouge before long.

4. Georgia DE Lorenzo Carter

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    Georgia DE Lorenzo Carter
    Georgia DE Lorenzo CarterUSA TODAY Sports

    Lorenzo Carter was the top prospect in the state of Georgia last year, and the 6'5", 232-pound defensive end from Norcross will make an impact between the hedges as a true freshman.

    He isn't the prototypical 3-4 defensive end, but he has the speed and athleticism to be a contributor in specific packages right off the bat both as a defensive end and perhaps as an outside linebacker, providing quality depth to a linebacking corps that's loaded with talent at Georgia.

    New defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt has been busy simplifying his defense but will mix up looks and switch to a 4-2-5 at times, which means Carter could become a contributor.

    Whatever Carter's role is, it will be clear to Pruitt during fall camp that freshman will be a contributor in the rotation in the front seven in a variety of ways.

3. Alabama CB Marlon Humphrey

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    True freshman early enrollee Tony Brown shined in Alabama's spring game, calming the nerves of Alabama fans whose eyes were fixated on the three holes left in the defensive backfield.

    But he is a freshman who will make freshman mistakes.

    Because of that, head coach Nick Saban and defensive coordinator Kirby Smart need options, and 5-star incoming freshman Marlon Humphrey could provide that option.

    The 6'1", 175-pounder from Hoover, Ala. is tremendous in coverage and has amazing straight-line speed. 

    Saban used a revolving door at one cornerback spot last season opposite Deion Belue. If he does it again in 2014, Humphrey will be one of the players to walk through. Don't be surprised if he locks it down—just like he'll do to opposing wide receivers.

2. Texas A&M DE Myles Garrett

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    Myles Garrett was the No. 2 player in the 2014 recruiting class, and he's also No. 2 in our list of incoming freshmen who will flourish in fall camp.

    The 6'4", 240-pound future Texas A&M defensive end has an extremely explosive first step. He is a big hitter who will help an Aggie defense that is in desperate need of consistent playmakers.

    Just where will he do it?

    Garrett has the quickness to be a pass-rushing specialist right off the bat and can evolve into an every-down defensive end once he gets into a college strength-and-conditioning program. 

    He has the athleticism to drop back in coverage, which will allow defensive coordinator Mark Snyder to get creative with how he's used as a freshman.

    It will be clear from Day 1 that Garrett will be a key contributor to the Texas A&M defense in various ways.

1. LSU WR Malachi Dupre

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    While all eyes were on LSU's quarterbacks during spring practice, one thing became clear in Baton Rouge this spring—head coach Les Miles needs wide receiver Malachi Dupre to be a boss when he arrives in Red Stick later this summer.

    Travin Dural caught the 49-yard game-winner from Anthony Jennings to beat Arkansas in the regular-season finale last season, but he and the rest of the rest of the wide receiving corps didn't exactly help out Jennings and fellow quarterback Brandon Harris in the spring game. 

    Dupre, a 6'2", 187-pound 5-star prospect from New Orleans, will step on campus and immediately see a door that's wide open thanks to the early departures of wide receivers Jarvis Landry and Odell Beckham Jr.

    He'll walk, or perhaps sprint, through it.

    Dupre is an incredible possession receiver with the hands and body control of a seasoned veteran.

    Not only does he have the talent to be a star, he'll be stepping into a situation during fall camp that's ready-made for him to become a starter in Week 1.