The college season is again right around the corner, and there is another fresh crop of freshmen that the nation will be watching. This was an amazing class full of incredible athletes. Here are five of them to look for.
1. Julio Jones-WR Alabama. Jones was the nation's top wide receiver prospect, and chose to stay in state. Jones is a physical specimen to say the least. At 6'4'' 215 pounds, he looks more ready for the NFL than big time college football.
As a senior, he caught 16 touchdown passes while racking up 1,181 yards receiving. Jones should be able to crack the starting lineup almost immediately for the Crimson Tide.
2. Darrell Scott- RB Colorado. Scott was the nation's top running back prospect out of California, but instead of choosing USC or UCLA, he chose Colorado. Colorado? A huge surprise when you figure this guy could have gone anywhere in the nation.
Colorado should be counting their blessings right now. At 6'0'' 204 pounds, Scott is the ideal size for a running back. As a senior, he had 1,697 yards rushing along with 21 rushing touchdowns. Scott should see plenty of time for the Buffs this year.
3. Nigel Bradham- LB Florida State. The best high school linebacker in the nation chose to stay close to home by committing to Florida State. He enrolled early to participate in spring practice and made an immediate impact. Many think he will start at one of the outside linebacker positions this fall, but only time will tell.
The real truth is that Florida State hasn't had a linebacker of this caliber since the great Derrick Brooks, and we all know how he turned out. Bradham has All-American, first round draft pick written all over him. At 6'2'' 230 pounds, he has the perfect frame for a big-time college linebacker.
4. DaQuan Bowers- DE Clemson. What's not to like about this guy? The best defensive recruit of the Tommy Bowden era, Bowers also enrolled a semester early to participate in spring practice. He didn't disappoint.
He immediately impressed the Clemson coaches, along with his fellow players. Bowers was the top defensive player out of high school this past season. He has perfect size at 6'4'' 267, and great speed to play the end position. His senior year was a highlight film, 33 tackles for loss along with 15 sacks. Bowers should see plenty of playing time, and should eventually be the starter.
5. Patrick Johnson- CB LSU. Johnson was the top corner out of high school this past season, no question. At 6'1'' 193 pounds, Johnson fits the role of an SEC corner. Originally committed to Miami, Johnson changed his mind and decided on LSU. With the departures of some key secondary players, Johnson should see playing time immediately. He has great field awareness, and he had five interceptions his senior year.
Others to look out for: Terrelle Pryor, QB Ohio state. Will Hill, ATH Florida. Marcus Forston, DT Miami. A.J. Green, WR Georgia. Kyle Rudolph, TE Notre Dame. Arthur Brown, LB Miami. Jonathon Baldwin, WR Pitt.