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. 3 – JaQuay Williams, WR, Texas A&M
From: Tyrone, GA (Fork Union)
Size: 6-4, 204 pounds
The Skinny: The one-time Auburn signee JaQuay Williams headed south to the Lone Star State to join one of the fastest rising programs in the country in Texas A&M. Williams was the top overall receiver and a top 10 caliber player in the state of Georgia his senior season, but he failed to meet NCAA entrance requirements and enrolled at Fork Union prep school. Gene Chizik was canned after the dismal 2012 season, and the Aggies swooped in and gobbled up one of the biggest pass catchers available on the market. Williams was one of six wide receiver signees, and he has a head start learning the system as an early enrollee this spring.
What Texas A&M is getting: The Aggies are getting an SEC-ready receiver who can catch 50 or more passes this season. With the losses of Ryan Swope, Uzoma Nwachukwu and Thomas Johnson, Williams will get balls thrown his way early from day one. Williams should start opposite Mike Evans, and the Aggies immediately have a major height advantage, as the average height between the two is 6-4.5. Williams has spectacular body control, hands and size. He’s not a burner who will zoom by you after the catch, but he’s a lot like Evans and will provide the Aggies with another legit possession receiver with tremendous upside who can catch anything in a 10’ radius.
The Aggies’ five-wide sets will ensure Williams will get touches. He may not be the most polished of the receivers even on his own team, but he has as much raw athleticism and talent as anyone in the SEC.
Other impact newcomers:
- No. 4 Laquon Treadwell, Ole Miss
- No. 5 Robert Nkemdiche, Ole Miss
- No. 6 Kelvin Taylor, Florida
- No. 7 Cameron Artis-Payne, Auburn
- No. 8 Derrick Henry, Alabama
- No. 9 Tre’Davious White, LSU
- No. 10 Alex Collins, Arkansas
- No. 11 Chris Jones, Miss State
- No. 12 Za’Darius Smith, Kentucky
- No. 13 OJ Howard, Alabama
- No. 14 Marquez North, Tennessee
- No. 15 Ricky Seals-Jones, Texas A&M
- No. 16 Leon Brown, Alabama
- No. 17 Fred Ross, Mississippi State
- No. 18 Tray Matthews, Georgia
- No. 19 Jonathan Allen, Alabama
- No. 20 Ben Bradley, Auburn
- No. 21 Alex Anzalone, Florida
- No. 22 Carl Lawson, Auburn
- No. 23 Frank Herron, LSU
- No. 24 Larenz Bryant, South Carolina
- No. 25 Ryan Timmons, Kentucky
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