Top-Rated Junior College Players Making Huge Impact on College Football Landscape in 2016

A recruiting rewind that focuses in and takes a look back at how some of the top-rated JuCo prospects from the Class of 2016 are performing early in their college careers.

The Top Guy ...

OT Garett Bolles (1) - Utah

Bolles -- who was the No. 1 rated JuCo prospect in the Class of 2016 -- has found his stride on the field for the Utes and has won the starting left tackle job. He was recently named as the top run blocking offensive tackle in the nation and has been described by Utah head coach Kyle Whittingham as the best in the Pac-12.  May be on his way to All-Conference honors in year one. 

Top-Rated Standouts ...

The top five highest-rated recruits in the 2016 Scout JuCo Top 100 were all five-stars and the next 27 recruits were all four-stars. 

WR Taj Williams (8) and DE Mat Boesen (20) - TCU

Williams -- who was the No. 8 rated JuCo prospect in the Class of 2016 -- is the Horned Frogs leading pass catcher thus far in 2016. He has 31 receptions for 593 yards and four scores. Boesen -- who was the No. 20 rated JuCo prospect in the Class of 2016 -- has only appeared i six games, but is the team leader with six sacks, which places him third in the Big 12 overall.

CB JaMarcus King (9) - South Carolina

King -- who was the No. 4 rated JuCo prospect in the Class of 2016 -- has some good timing as he just earned SEC Defensive Player of the Week honors for his two interception game against Tennessee. He has earned starts in six consecutive games.  

QB Jérod Evans (10) - Virginia Tech

Evans -- who was the No. 10 rated JuCo prospect in the Class of 2016 -- is averaging 307 yards per game while leading the ACC in pass efficiency. Yes, the same ACC that spectacular signal caller Lamar Jackson plays in. Evans was the No. 1 rated JuCo QB on Scout.  

RB Justin Crawford (23) and S Kyzir White (27) - West Virginia

Crawford --  who was the No. 23 rated JuCo prospect in the Class of 2016 -- is splitting time with tremendous running back Rushel Shell in the WVU backfield, but his emergence has helped the Mountaineers to the top of the Big 12 Standings. White --  who was the No. 27 rated JuCo prospect in the Class of 2016 -- is fifth on the team in tackles with 35 on the season and his emergence has been key for the defense. 

QB Riley Ferguson (25) - Memphis

Ferguson --  who was the No. 25 rated JuCo prospect in the Class of 2016 -- has been stellar so far fr the Tigers. He has completed over 62% of his passes for 2,278 yards and scored a total of 20 touchdowns. Memphis is 5-3 and in the mix for a bowl bid. 

DE Koron Crump (26) - Arizona State

Crump --  who was the No. 26 rated JuCo prospect in the Class of 2016 -- is leading the Pac-12 with nine sacks. If he can get to 12 sacks or more he will push up to the Top 100 list for the single season sack record, which is 24 and held by former ASU standout Terrell Suggs. Oh yeah, Crump also has 10.5 tackles for a loss in 2016. 

The Best of the Rest ...

RB Mark Thompson (Florida), DE Jonathan Kongbo (Tennessee), WR Javon Wims (Georgia), DT Tyrell Chavis (Penn State), WR Derrick Willies (Texas Tech), OT Na'Ty Rodgers (Houston), ATH John Franklin (Auburn), ILB, A.J. Hotchkins (Oregon), DT Handsome Tanielu (BYU), LB David Luafatasaga (Utah), S London Iakopo (Louisville), S Kyzir White (West Virginia) DB J'Marcus Rhodes (Arizona State), Walvenski Aime (Florida State) and DE Paul James (Auburn) are all four-stars who are all also already contributing in 2016. 

Three-star standouts include Utah quarterback Troy Williams and Indiana quarterback Richard Lagow


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