SDS has already looked at the top 25 players for 2012, and now with National Signing Day in the books, let’s look at the top newcomers in the SEC for 2013. Predicting the top newcomers is often very tough, and these aren’t just merely rankings of the top players. We’re going to look at what type of impact they’ll make and where they’ll make it.
No. 25 – Ryan Timmons, ATH, Kentucky
From: Frankfort, Kentucky (Franklin County)
Size: 5-10, 180-pounds, 4.40 40-yard dash
The Skinny: Kentucky just signed their next Randall Cobb in do-it-all in-state star Ryan Timmons. Timmons was a priority for Mark Stoops as the recruiting cycle wound down in the last few weeks, and Stoops was able to wrestle him away from giants Ohio State and Florida. Timmons played receiver, quarterback and running back and returned kicks in high school, and he showed his versatility and was electric doing them all. In the open field, Timmons is devastating, making defenders miss in space while also being a burner as a north-south runner who can take big plays to the house. During his junior and senior seasons, Timmons rushed for 2,688 yards and 46 touchdowns while catching 71 passes for 2,104 yards and 43 touchdowns. He’s also the 100-meter dash champion in the state.
Where he’ll make an impact: Kentucky is not known for an abundance of top in-state prospects, but it’s imperative the Wildcats land players like Timmons in the future. We’ve grown accustomed to skill position players making early impacts, and Kentucky needs receivers in the worst way. Timmons will fit right into the Wildcats’ new air attack led by Neal Brown, and he gives them a big-time deep threat as well as on designed quick screens on the outside. Timmons will likely make a bigger impact on special teams than offense to start, but he’ll get his touches on offense, too. Stoops has Timmons to build around for the future.
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