South: Five Impact Freshmen

More true freshmen are making early impacts and Scout takes a look at five out of the South that should see the field this fall...

There will be plenty of 2014 signees that make an impact this fall, but we take a look at five who have a chance to really make some noise as a true freshman here.

Rashaan Evans | OLB | Alabama
After deciding to sign with Alabama over Auburn on Wednesday, Evans will have a chance to make an early impact in Tuscaloosa. The Crimson Tide have not has a player in the last few year have more than six sacks, Evans will. It may not happen in 2014, but it could. He is a terror off the edge, he will be asked to blitz often, and he will make an impact very early in his career.

Leonard Fournette | RB | LSU
This is a given, right? There are never any guarantees, but I would be shocked if Fournette is not touching the ball 10-plus times a game in 2014. This kid has been ready for college football for a couple of years. He is a special player and he will need to learn the playbook, adapt to the speed, and work on pass protection, but he is will see the field game one, he will score touchdowns, and he will be a big part of the LSU run game.

Josh Malone | WR | Tennessee
This one is already on campus working out, bonding with the quarterbacks, and learning the playbook. UT needs wide receivers and even if it didn't, Malone would still be a factor. He is such an intelligent young man, he soaks everything in, he is the total package at wideout, and it would not surprise me to see him starting at some point in 2014. Malone will become that go-to guy in Knoxville.

Devante Noil | WR/ATH | Texas A&M
Out Johnny Manziel, in Speedy Noil. The Aggies signed a top 10 class and Noil was one of three signees that finished No. 1 at his position. He could have been the top wide receiver, the top slot receiver, or the top athlete in the country this cycle. He is a dynamic playmaker and he will likely be used at receiver, out of the Wildcat, and on special teams. He is an explosive player that is dangerous any time he has the ball in his hands.

Racean Thomas | RB | Auburn
Tre Mason enters the NFL Draft, Auburn replaces him with Roc Thomas. This five-star is a game-changer and he will be ready to compete for major playing time the minute he steps on campus. Thomas has good size and great speed on the edge. He can be used in the screen game, he is great in space, and he runs with a little more power than some give him credit for. Look for Thomas to have his number called early in his career.

Others just off the list: Elijah Hood (North Carolina), Malkom Parrish (Georgia), Travis Rudolph (Florida State), Artavis Scott (Clemson), and Chad Thomas (Miami).

Chad Simmons is currently a National Recruiting Analyst for FOX Sports/Scout. He started with Scout in 2003 and then moved on to another Recruiting Service from 2004-2008 before returning to Scout the first of 2009 to become South Recruiting Manager.
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