After a season to forget in 2013, the Gators are ready to prove to everybody that last year was merely a fluke. Jeff Driskel is fully healthy and the defense – led by Vernon Hargreaves and Dante Fowler – are all encouraging signs of why a turnaround season in 2014 is a real possibility.

However, in what was a highly-rated 2014 recruiting class for Will Muschamp and his coaching staff, there are also several true freshmen ready to make an immediate impact in The Swamp this year. Here are the ones that standout the most, just five days away from the opening kickoff.

DL Gerald Willis

In what was a major recruiting coup for Muschamp, the Gators snagged defensive lineman Gerald Wallace right out of LSU territory. And it could pay off big time for Muschamp’s defensive line this season. The 6-foot-2, 255-pound freshman enjoyed a spectacular high school career, capped off with an appearance in the Under Armour All-American game.

Now that Willis has completed camp, it appears that he will be a part of the regular rotation on the line as the former five-star defensive tackle has stood out numerous times in the team’s practices.

He can play,” defensive coordinator DJ Durkin said of Willis. “He’s good. He’ll play and he’ll help us. Gerald’s got to keep learning the defense and be in the right spot and all the typical things for a normal freshman, but he’ll play, he’s good.”

Willis may be one of three true freshman defensive linemen to see playing time, but make no mistake about it. His dominant play throughout practices has definitely caught the attention of the coaching staff. His explosiveness off-the-line and ability to play both inside and outside enhances his value even more.

WR CJ Worton

He was only a three-star recruit and just the 58th best prospect in all of Florida last year, but CJ Worton has come on strong as of late. Muschamp has talked about Worton specifically several times in his press conferences this off-season as one of the more impressive guys in the receiving corps.

“We had a meeting Sunday night as a staff after the scrimmage, and he was a guy that we talked about as an offensive staff,’’ Muschamp said earlier this month. “We need to get [him] more snaps. He really can run on the top end, he’s got good ball skills.”

His high-level of play in practices so far has earned him more practice reps. Worton isn’t a big receiver at 6-foot-0, 183-pounds, but he could factor into the offense as a slot receiver. Worton is facing fierce competition for playing time this season, but if he sees the field, it sounds like the Gators have found a diamond in the rough.

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DB Jalen Tabor

Everyone knows about sophomore stud and defensive back Vernon Hargreaves, but it may be a true freshman from Washington D.C. that emerges as the Gators’ next great cornerback. Jalen Tabor is a physical corner who is consistently able to push receivers off their routes.

He’ll excel in press man coverage for the Gators and also standouts as an above-average tackler for his position. He may not receive the starting cornerback position opposite Hargreaves entering the season, but you can bet he’ll be out on the field as the No. 3 or No. 4 defensive back immediately. His skills are good enough that over time he could work his way into the starting lineup this season. Either way, Tabor figures to have an immediate impact on the stingy Gators defense whenever he’s on the field.