Impact Freshman - Sam Lebbie

As part of our continuing summer series on identifying impact freshmen in the Big 12, we take a look at the recruiting classes of each team in the conference and give our take on which prospect fans can expect to see making a difference on the field this fall. Next up - The West Virginia Mountaineers.

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As they are newcomers to the Big 12, many conference veterans are likely not as familiar with the Mountaineers roster.

It doesn't much matter in this case. Sam Lebbie would have found his way onto the field no matter who was in front of him.

A 6-foot-2, 235-pound middle linebacker from Hyattsville (MD) Dematha Catholic, Lebbie is a monster in the middle of the field who should find an immediate home in the 3-4 scheme West Virginia is expected to run.

A four-star prospect, he is rated by as the No. 6 middle linebacker in Class of 2012 - and with good reason. Lebbie plays like a guided missile on the football field, and is just brutal to deal with between the tackles. His speed is solid at 4.7-seconds in the 40-yard dash, but watch his tape and it's easy to see that he's one of those rare individuals who plays much faster on the field than against the clock.

Lebbie shows good tackling instincts, packing a wallop but not at the expense of making the play. With his strength and explosion he easily sheds blocks, and has the athleticism to play outside the zone if necessary. Top Stories