The SEC signed a slew of impressive players last week, but here’s a handful who have earned the label of most electrifying heading into their freshman seasons:

5. Byron Cowart, DE, Auburn: Cornerstone pass rushers are hard to find, but the Tigers believe they’ve found the Western Division’s next elite defender in Cowart, rated by some services as the nation’s top incoming player. Whether it’s a power push off the snap or a quick, athletic speed rush, Cowart has the arsenal to star as a true freshman once Will Muschamp determines his role along the defensive front.

4. Calvin Ridley, WR, Alabama: Is Ridley the next Amari Cooper? Offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin is hoping so. Ridley is at his best in space and has the raw athleticism to out-jump most defenders in 1-on-1 situations. His route-running needs work, but Ridley’s speed, hands and ball skills overshadow most areas of improvement. In the screen and short passing game, Ridley could be the SEC’s deadliest incoming talent.

3. Christian Kirk, WR, Texas A&M: The Aggies landed another Speedy Noil-caliber player in this year’s class, but Kirk is the more standalone wideout of the two playmakers. The composite five-star and top offensive option in the state of Arizona, Kirk comes to College Station as a big-play guy who always makes the first defender miss. In Texas A&M’s wide-open offense, Kirk should flourish.

2. Terry Godwin, ATH, Georgia: The No. 2 prospect on Georgia’s big board this recruiting season behind defensive tackle Trent Thompson, Godwin could play wide receiver or cornerback this fall for the Bulldogs as this signing haul’s most athletic player. Recruited by Mike Bobo to star on offense, it looks like Godwin will make the switch to the secondary where the Bulldogs need him the most. Jeremy Pruitt likes what he brings to the table, a defender with a wideout-like skill set.

1. Donte Jackson, ATH, LSU: Much like Godwin, Jackson is known for his quickness as a five-star multi-position threat and should see time on special teams as a true freshman. He used his thin frame as one of the nation’s top cornerbacks as a senior at Riverdale High (New Orleans) and also saw snaps in the backfield as a Wildcat option. He’s one of the SEC’s few signees who utilizes that second gear — an elite quality the Tigers can’t wait to see.