5 hidden gems in the SEC few are talking about

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You know all about the star power the SEC has to offer in 2013. There’s Johnny Manziel, Jadeveon Clowney, AJ McCarron and Aaron Murray, among others. But what about some under-the-radar players who know one is talking about who could have a big impact this year?

Here are five who are flying well below the radar, and all could have major impacts on their team this season:

TJ Gurley, DB, South Carolina (SO): South Carolina has a promising sophomore safety in TJ Gurley. He was a freshman All-SEC performer, but he left with a knee injury mid-way through last season. Gurley started in place of DJ Swearinger against Missouri, and he made 13 tackles on defense and played well on special teams. He’ll compete with Kadetrix Marcus for the starting safety job. He’s one who could be a major boost to the Gamecocks’ secondary.

Jay Prosch, FB/H-Back, Auburn (SR): Gus Malzahn said Jay Prosch could be the best H-back he’s ever coached. Simply put, Prosch looks like Bane, and he’s absolutely yoked. He’ll play fullback and H-back, and he’ll be a weapon out of the backfield and run blocking for Tre Mason and Cameron Artis-Payne. Prosch will be an integral part of Malzahn’s offense.

Demarcus Robinson, WR, Florida (FR): To say Florida needs an impact receiver is a vast understatement. They haven’t had a difference maker at the position since 2009, but one could come in the form of early enrollee freshman receiver Demarcus Robinson. The 6-2, 200-pound Robinson will have every opportunity to be an impact freshman for the Gators. I’ve heard ‘Sammy Watkins’ type projections for Robinson. We’ll wait and see.

Jay Rome, TE, Georgia (SO): One of the biggest athletic freaks on Georgia’s team is tight end Jay Rome. His 6-6, 254-pound frame is full of athleticism and talent. He caught just 11 passes for 152 yards and two touchdowns in 2012, but he could become a real weapon in 2013. Rome and fellow tight end Arthur Lynch will be big targets for Aaron Murray. Rome can jump out of the gym and is a mismatch even for athletic linebackers.

Related: Ranking the SEC’s tight ends for 2013

Demarco Robinson, Kentucky (JR): Yes, a different Robinson than Florida has, with no relation to Demarcus. UK’s Robinson has a big potential playing in Neal Brown’s Air Raid offense. He stands to catch the most passes and become the Cats’ biggest threat as a pass catcher. He caught 28 passes in 2012, but that should double and then some. Robinson is a great looking player.

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  • You could easily add two more impact players from UA:
    Chris Black, WR, Alabama, (RsFR): After last year’s emergence of Amari Cooper, he will not be sneaking up on any secondary in the SEC. This is where Black will benefit. With a 3′ vertical, and 4.4 – 40 speed, it will be hard to contain him, using your second best CB or Safety. He has large hands, a great understanding of the offense AND defense, and will prove to be a factor in most every game this year.

    Derrick Henry, RB, Alabama, (FR): Derrick Henry will be sharing the load with Fowler, as the second man behind All-American TJ Yeldon. During the second half of the season, we will see Henry’s youth catapult him into the #2 spot, alone. He should see about 700 yards this year. He holds several Florida HS records, and one national HS record. He is being compared to Lacy and Ingram.

    • I think Chris Black and Derrick Henry are hyped though. The above five players aren’t being talked about at all really. I love Black and Henry and think both will be household names by season’s end.

  • I recently had a chance to meet TJ Gurley, Kaiwan Lewis, JT Surrat and Vic Hampton. South Carolina’s defense is going to surprise some people this year. These guys are hungry, disciplined, talented athletes and most importantly they are high character guys with great work ethic. The days of sleeping in and missing class or not showing up for morning workouts are OVER. Those guys are told up front, don’t bother to sign with South Carolina. Vic Hampton is a leader on and off the field and you need guys like that for any team to be successful. Kaiwan Lewis looks like Lennox Lewis. He is big, very athletic and is going to be a fantastic MLB for Carolina. To say I was impressed with these guys is a understatement.

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