Before we know it, the 2010 college football season will be upon us, but not soon enough.
The SEC has won four national championships in a row; will the conference provide a fifth in a row? Alabama is in a position to repeat, but that's what many thought of Florida in 2009.
The aforementioned teams, along with Auburn, were in the top five schools with the top recruiting classes in 2010. One of many reasons why the SEC continues to dominate the college football landscape.
Another source of talent are players that have transferred from other programs or junior colleges.
Let's take a look at 10 players you may or may not have heard of that should make an immediate impact on the field in 2010.
Note: Players that have previously played in the SEC or were medically red-shirted were not included in this piece.
DeMarcus Milliner, a five-star recruit out of Stanhope Elmore high school in Millbrook, Ala., is poised to contribute immediately since Alabama has needs on defense.
Coming out of high school, Milliner was capable of playing either WR or DB, but in college he is better suited to play defense. At 5'11", he has toughness, size, and excellent coverage awareness to cover the SEC's best WRs. His only challenge is closing speed, but Saban's staff will definitely work with Milliner to improve on that deficiency.
Watch the video to witness Milliner's hitting ability.
Trovon Reed, a four-star recruit out of Thibodaux, Louisiana, will be given the opportunity early in his career to find the field in punt/and or kick-off returns. He has the credentials to start in this role his freshman year.
Reed is as fast as lightning, and is always a threat to take it to the house whenever the ball is in his hands. Don't be surprised if he is used in third down situations early as well.
Check out the compilation video of Reed:
Let me introduce Georgia's starting QB for the 2010 season, red-shirt freshman Aaron Murray.
The former five-star recruit out of Plant Senior High in Tampa, Fla., Murray was named the starting QB a few weeks ago.
Initially, the concern with Murray was his size, but his elusiveness should overcome that shortcoming. The Georgia staff has the confidence in Murray to do well, but know he will make "rookie mistakes", and the team must be patient.
Check out this video about Murray:
Get used to the name Matt Elam. With the graduation of RB Brandon James, Elam will find the field immediately as a punt and or kick returner, and eventually on the field in the secondary.
Elam is exciting to watch just as Brandon James was. When the 2010 season is over, Matt Elam will be one of the best known Gators on the team—count on it.
JuCo transfer Wayne Dorsey will help Ole Miss immediately at defensive end. Standing at 6'7" and 255 lbs., Dorsey is known for his pure pass rushing ability, but will need to continue to improve on his techniques and moves, especially facing SEC athletes.
The OBC may finally have a RB to support South Carolina's version of the Fun 'N Gun. Marcus Lattimore will open up the pass even more for QB Stephen Garcia, something that's been missing since Spurrier arrived.
Here is Lattimore in action:
Red-shirt freshman Michael Ford will officially be Stevan Ridley Jr.'s backup, but don't be surprised if Ford gets more and more exposure to the first team offense.
Due to the amount of injuries last season, Ford's red-shirt was almost pulled. Too bad since LSU needed all the help it could have get in 2009.
Da-Rick Rodgers, a five-star recruit from Calhoun High School in Calhoun, Georgia, was destined for greatness and possibly starting for the 2010 Tennessee Volunteers. However, he seems to have possibly taken a different route to making an impact in the SEC.
Rogers was one of two Volunteer football players arrested for an incident at a bar in Knoxville. The other, sophomore Darren Myles, was cut by HC Derek Dooley.
Rogers was charged with disorderly conduct and resisting arrest. Rogers' status is up in the air pending the completion of an investigation.
The Vols are very thin in 2010, and don't be surprised if Dooley is looking for a reason, or praying, to keep Rogers on the team. He may be forced to let him go, too, just like Myles.
Now the Carlos Dunlap has moved on to the NFL, Ronald Powell may see the field sooner than later. Slated to back up senior Justin Trattou, Powell is way too talented to remain second fiddle.
The only knock on Powell is that he doesn't always give 110% in practice; that's it.
Are you kidding me? If that's his only area of opportunity, God help the OT assigned to block him.
Here's Powell in action:
Jakar Hamilton, a JuCo transfer (Georgia Military Academy), is now making a name for himself at Georgia. He was thought to be a lock for South Carolina, but his grades in high school forced him to play a few years in junior college.
Hamilton has an excellent work ethic, and has worked his way to practice with the first team. It is only a matter of time before he's starting, and when he does, he will leave a mark on the opposing team's offense.