Who will step up early out of the South?
Five Freshmen to Watch
Quick Hitter: Crisp was a big body with good feet 18 months ago, but he has really developed as a true offensive tackle since then. He has improved his balance, his foot placement, and his first step off the ball. The Wolfpack do not have a lot of depth at offensive tackle and that is one of the reasons Crisp chose N.C. State. Look for him to see the field early and challenge for that starting right tackle spot as a true freshman.
Quick Hitter: Jones is an athletic linebacker with great range, the ability to play in space, and the ability to rush the passer off the edge. He has very good length, he uses his length to help shed blockers, and he has solid tackling form. He can still add strength and improve reading his keys, but overall he should make a very early impact at Florida State because of all the skills he takes with him to Tallahassee.
Quick Hitter: I have said from the beginning that Marcus Lattimore had the ability to run the ball on the collegiate level in 2009 when he was a high school senior. He is such a mature young man on and off the field and he will make an immediate impact in Columbia. As a running back he has outstanding vision, he has great hands, he can block, he has very good balance, and he will be productive as a true freshman in the SEC.
Quick Hitter: Georgia loses a big hitter at safety in Reshad Jones and they get one in Ogletree. He is going to play as a true freshman in the secondary and on special teams. He is a hitter, he is physically ready to contribute now, and he is someone I expect to make a difference as soon as he gets on campus. Ogletree will start out at strong safety for UGA, but could move down to outside linebacker in the future. He has very good range and he really strikes his opponents.
Quick Hitter: Rogers will make plays immediately in Knoxville. He has the size and skills to play on Sundays in the not so distant future. He gets very good separation, he has break-away speed in the open field, and he can go up and get the jump balls with the best of them. If he focuses each and every play, then he has a shot to be a freshman All-American in 2010. He is explosive, he is so athletic, and look for him to turn heads early in September.
Chad Simmons is the Recruiting Manager for the South Region and he can be reached at ChadSimmons@Scout.com.