SEC’s top 5 incoming athletes for 2015
The beautiful thing about elite athletes entering college is that their games are very diverse, and they can play several different positions on the field. According to the recruiting services, the ‘athletes’ are categorized by players who can excel at multiple positions in college.
Here are the top incoming freshmen athletes for 2015:
Editor’s note: Saturday Down South’s references to ratings follow the 247Sports.com composite rankings.
1. Terry Godwin, Georgia (Hogansville, GA)
The Skinny: Georgia breathed a sigh of relief when Terry Godwin stuck with his Georgia commitment on National Signing Day, but Auburn made the Bulldogs work for it. Godwin is an exceptional athlete, rated as a five-star prospect, and he’ll play wide receiver for the Bulldogs’ offense. Godwin was obviously good enough to play corner at the next level, but his greatest asset is his explosiveness with the football. His ball skills are uncanny.
2. Kerryon Johnson, Auburn (Madison, AL)
The Skinny: Kerryon Johnson is another elite prospect that landed Auburn’s way. Johnson was the Alabama Gatorade Player of the Year, and he played both safety and running back in high school. His film is just electric. Something tells me that Gus Malzahn and Will Muschamp are already arguing over who will get to coach him. Johnson would be a very good running back, but he could have the bigger future at safety.
3. Donte Jackson, LSU (New Orleans, LA)
The Skinny: Donte Jackson may turn out to be the nation’s most elite athlete in this recruiting class. Jackson will play cornerback at LSU and combine forces with five-star Kevin Toliver, but he could get on the field immediately in a special teams role returning kicks or punts. Perhaps when Les Miles and Cam Cameron need a spark on offense, Jackson could also work his way into the rotation. His future is at cornerback, but he could be used in several different roles at LSU.
4. Shawn Burgess-Becker, Alabama (Pompano Beach, FL)
The Skinny: The South Florida prospect is already on campus in Tuscaloosa, and he’s another talented player who will wind up in the secondary at safety. He’s also a talented wide receiver, but he’s a true physical defensive back. Although he’ll have a chance to make it into the safety rotation, he’ll have a better chance to make an immediate impact on special teams.
5. Jalen Christian, South Carolina (Damascus, MD)
The Skinny: Jalen Christian gives Steve Spurrier another talented wide receiver option, and Christian is a burner at 5-10, 173 pounds. The Gamecocks dipped into Maryland to ink this talented player. Christian is very explosive, and he has excellent change of direction in the open field. Although he could play at cornerback, he projects better as a pass catcher for the Gamecocks.
SEC’s top five signees by position breakdown: