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. 27 – JoJo Robinson, Arkansas
HOMETOWN: Miami (Fla.)
RANK: Four-star prospect; No. 258 prospect in America.
THE SKINNY: Robinson was once committed to Florida State, but things changed down the recruiting stretch and he began looking around. South Florida and Texas Christian both got official visits near the end of the recruiting cycle, but it was his trip to Fayetteville and his relationship with primary recruiter (and former Miami head coach) Randy Shannon that sold him on the Razorbacks. Any time Arkansas can get a kid out of national prep power Miami Northwestern HS, that’s a good thing.
WHERE HE’LL MAKE AN IMPACT: Robinson is a playmaker on offense and in the return game, and this is a program that needs them on offense. He comes from talent-rich south Florida and his 4.53-second speed in the 40-yard dash will turn some heads when he gets to Fayetteville. Watch him flourish.
ROBINSON SAYS: “A couple years ago they were a top program. They had a couple of down years. I feel like I can bring them back to the top.” — Robinson told his hometown newspaper, The Miami Herald
COACH SAYS: “It’s very exciting to get JoJo in here. He’s got great demeanor, great attitude, heavily recruited kid who can come in and have an impact on us right away.” — Arkansas head coach Bret Bielema
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