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. 4 – D’haquille Williams, Auburn, WR
HOMETOWN: Reserve (La.)
RANK: Five-star prospect; No. 1 overall JUCO prospect in America.
THE SKINNY: Williams caught 51 passes for 733 yards and nine touchdowns during his sophomore season in the junior college ranks, and as a freshman in JUCO ball he caught 67 passes for 1,295 yards and 18 TDs. He played at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, alongside Auburn signee Derrick Moncrief. He once was an LSU target, but Auburn won this battle.
WHERE HE’LL MAKE AN IMPACT: Williams has already been an accomplished college standout, so his transition should be smooth. He’ll be an immediate star, and don’t be surprised if he’s in the all-american status level.
WILLIAMS SAYS: “Being away from home is hard, but I’m trying to make a big impact on Auburn, becoming a Tiger. This is where it’s at and that is how it’s going to be. I’m going to set the tone.”
COACH SAYS: “It starts with the No. 1 player in junior college in D’haquille Williams, a wide receiver from Gulf Coast Community College. He is a dynamic player that can run, catch and do all of the things it takes to be a great receiver..” — Auburn coach Gus Malzahn
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