SDS will rank the SEC’s potential instant impact freshmen–using the month of March–by ranking them No. 31 down to No. 1. This gives our readers an idea of which 2014 signees we believe will step up in the fall and possibly contribute in a big way. Junior college prospects are always players to keep an eye on, obviously, as they’ve already played college ball … and high school prospects at certain positions sometimes flourish early.
Here’s a look at who we think has the ability to step into a good situation and be in for key snaps, and be sure and check out the SEC countdown of impact newcomers at the bottom.
No. 18 – Avery Gennesy, Texas A&M, OL
HOMETOWN: Southaven (Miss.)
RANK: Four-star prospect; No. 9 overall JUCO prospect in America.
THE SKINNY: Gennesy is a Mississippi native who went the junior college route and became quite the coveted lineman during recruiting. He took official visits to schools like Ohio State, Tennessee and his home-state team of Ole Miss, but in the end it was the Aggies that made the best impression. He was named a first-team junior college all-american after the 2013 season.
WHERE HE’LL MAKE AN IMPACT: Gennesy is actually considered a slightly better pass blocking lineman than run blocking, and he has junior college experience–so he’ll be a hot commodity for the Aggies’ coaching staff. Look for this huge tackle to be on the field a lot this fall.
GENNESY SAYS: “I’m ready to come in and just do what I do. I want to get better and hopefully continue the trend. Texas A&M has a whole bunch of O-Lineman but most of them are redshirts and walk-ons. I did a lot of research. I talk to the O-Line coach at Texas A&M almost every day too about the situation.”
COACH SAYS: “We are very pleased these five young men will be able to enroll in January and join our team. We have an excellent overall group of recruits and these five will get a jump on getting acclimated to school and learning our system as well as the chance to work with Coach Jackson in the weight room.” — Texas A&M coach Kevin Sumlin
Editor’s note: Saturday Down South’s references to ratings follow the 247Sports.com composite rankings for high school prospects.
Other impact newcomers:
- No. 1 Leonard Fournette, LSU
- No. 2 Myles Garrett, Texas A&M
- No. 3 Dontavius Blair, Tennessee
- No. 4 D’Haquille Williams, Auburn
- No. 5 Speedy Noil, Texas A&M
- No. 6 Jalen Tabor, Florida
- No. 7 Malachi Dupre, LSU
- No. 8 Bijhon Jackson, Arkansas
- No. 9 C.J. Hampton, Ole Miss
- No. 10 Tony Brown, Alabama
- No. 11 Marlon Humphrey, Alabama
- No. 12 Lorenzo Carter, Georgia
- No. 13 Jalen Hurd, Tennessee
- No. 14 DaVonte Lambert, Auburn
- No. 15 Kyle Allen, Texas A&M
- No. 16 Roc Thomas, Auburn
- No. 17 Aeris Williams, Mississippi State
- No. 18 Avery Gennessy, Texas A&M
- No. 19 Thaddeus Snodgrass, Kentucky
- No. 20 Fahn Cooper, Ole Miss
- No. 21 Nifae Lealao, Vandy
- No. 22 Rod Taylor, Ole Miss
- No. 23 Drew Barker, Kentucky
- No. 24 Da’Shawn Hand, Alabama
- No. 25 Jermaine Eluemunor, Texas A&M
- No. 26 Cory Johnson, Kentucky
- No. 27 JoJo Robinson, Arkansas
- No. 28 Nate Brown, Mizzou
- No. 29 Abu Lamin, South Carolina
- No. 30 Trey Quinn, LSU
- No. 31 Xavier Dampeer, Auburn