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 all the impact newcomers at the bottom.
No. 25 – Jermaine Eluemunor, Texas A&M
HOMETOWN: Scranton (Pa.)
RANK: Four-star prospect; No. 7 JUCO prospect in America.
THE SKINNY: Eluemunor played junior college ball at Lackawanna Community College in Pennsylvania, and after proving himself on that level he was attracting the attention of just about everyone in the country. One individual recruiting service even rated him the No. 2 overall JUCO prospect in America. So he has a great reputation coming in. Originally from London, England, he hadn’t played football even five years ago. He was committed to Arkansas first, but changed his mind last fall and went with the Aggies.
WHERE HE’LL MAKE AN IMPACT: Eluemunor is so athletic, he should be in contention for serious playing time from the get go. While so many linemen come in ready for run blocking but aren’t quite ready to be an elite pass blocking, that’s not the case with him.
ELUEMUNOR TELLS SDS: “I’m going to put 200 percent into everything I do at A&M. I know that if I do that, I will achieve all my goals and I will be the best lineman in the land, and I will achieve my dream of not only being a first-round pick but playing in the NFL and proving everyone that doubted me wrong.”
COACH SAYS: “We are very pleased these five (early enrollees, including Eluemunor) 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