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. 9 – Tre’Davious White, CB, LSU
From: Shreveport, LA (Green Oaks)
Size: 5-11, 170 pounds
The Skinny: LSU and top cornerbacks are like peanut butter and jelly; they just go together, and no one is better developing raw cover corners better than LSU and John Chavis. And Tre’Davious White certainly fits that mold. White is athletic enough to play on offense, but he will excel at corner and special teams. One word I would use to describe White would be explosive. He’s explosive out of breaks, he’s explosive changing direction, and he’s explosive with his closing speed – and has tremendous ball skills. When describing White, you can also use elite. He certainly has elite skills as a cover corner, and he’s an elite tackler. White enters LSU with enormous hype, and he’ll have one of the highest ceilings of any Tiger in 2013.
What LSU is getting: One player I would compare White to would be former LSU corner Morris Claiborne. Like White, Claiborne exited high school as an athlete who could play several different positions, but he settled on being a lockdown corner. With Tharold Simon opting to leave LSU early, it opens the door for White to play immediately. Jalen Collins should slide from Nickel to corner, and White should be penciled in to replace Collins at the Nickel corner. With that being said, White has speed to burn and will excel at the next level returning kicks, too. He will be competing for a shot as the starting corner, but he could make a bigger impact on special teams in his first year.
Other impact newcomers:
- 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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