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The dye is already cast. It is no secret that Aaron Lynch and Ishaq Williams will make waves this season. Digging a little deeper into the 2011 recruiting cycle, young men like Jalen Brown, Stephon Tuitt and Cam McDaniel, who didn't enroll early, are also in a position to make early contributions.
At 6'0" and 170 pounds, cornerback Jalen Brown will be in a prime spot. He has the opportunity to study under Gary Gray, who has 20 career starts, and Robert Blanton: two unheralded cornerbacks that get the job done, week in and week out.
Stephon Tuitt could make an impact due to his strength alone, and his 6'5" frame looks as though he will be able to put more mass on without weighing down his game. Tuitt's 3.4 GPA proves his intelligence. Look for him to create some havoc on the field one way or another this season. He is too talented to not see action.
Cam McDaniel is going to be getting a crash course in Division I football. The Irish have already been bitten by the injury bug at the running back spot, so look for McDaniel to be called to duty, whether he's ready or not. McDaniel comes from a highly competitive league and has power and balance. He will surprise those that talk like he was an afterthought. I really believe that there are no afterthoughts in coach Kelly's system.