James ready to make a 'Big' impact

Who will make the biggest impact on offense out of this 2010 recruiting class? Chances are it will be one of the eight early enrollees that are currently on campus in Knoxville. Will it be a quarterback like a lot of folks think, or will it be someone else? Go "Inside" to see who we think it will be and why.

With eight prospects already enrolled in classes at the University of Tennessee, a big part of the hay, per se, is already in the barn.

In other words, Derek Dooley got a present before he even arrived on campus to be the next head coach of the Volunteers - eight prospects were already attending class and will be critical to the Vols early success in the spring and fall.

Who will make the biggest impact on offense and defense out of the eight early enrollees?

We at InsideTennessee.com decided to take an early look, one day before National Signing Day and give our thoughts on who may end up contributing to the future of the UT program quicker than most.

While many Vol fans may think designating the biggest impact guy as an offensive player is an easy choice, we may surprise you with our take on the situation.

A lot of experts will say that Tyler Bray, the talented tall and lanky true freshman, has the biggest chance of contributing early.

A lot of people feel that he has a chance to win the starting role at quarterback this spring and fall.

Not so fast.

While I will be the first to admit that Bray is much needed at his position, I'm not ready to give him the key to the starting car just yet.

Senior Nick Stephens gets a new lease on life.

It was apparent that he never clicked with the previous coaching staff, especially the quarterback coach and the brother-in-law to Lane Kiffin, Coach David Reaves.

The two never developed the chemistry needed for Stephens to have success, not to mention the job those coaches did developing senior Jonathon Crompton.

Despite being on the back burner for most of the season, Stephens still showed a no-quit attitude and continued to work hard just in case.

The just in case ended up not being an injury to Crompton, but a new coaching staff. Look for Stephens to excel in his new role. This isn't to say he won't be eventually beaten out by Bray or others, but it will be his to lose.

While Bray will definitely figure in making an early impact, our choice for the biggest impact guy this spring out of the early eight goes to Georgia offensive lineman JaWuan James.

This writer got the opportunity to watch James in action personally in Georgia this past fall. ESPNU has the talented offensive lineman rated as their No. 2 overall player in the country; Scout.com has him rated as the No. 6 overall rated tackle in the country. He is rated as a four-star prospect by Scout.

James has also impressed Scout.com's Southeast Regional Manager Chad Simmons.

"James is one of the top tackles in the country and he will be a perfect fit at left tackle on the college level", Simmons said. "His length, flexibility, and feet have put him in position to be elite."

I was impressed with watching James in person. His quick feet, his strength and hip explosion set him apart from the competition he was playing.

He definitely has the ability to make an instant impact at the University of Tennessee and will greatly benefit from a complete spring off season in the weight room along with full regiments of 15 spring practices.

Another key reason James is my choice to make the biggest impact in the spring, has a lot to do with the need at his position on the offensive line.

While he is rated as an offensive tackle, he may end up playing early at the guard position, until he continues to grow in to the prototype SEC tackle.

If he doesn't earn himself a starting role this spring, he will still have the opportunity to challenge for one during the summer and early fall camp. If not a starter, he will definitely provide some key depth for this year's squad.

Others on the offensive side of the ball that are expected to see early action include four-star wide receiver Matt Milton, three-star wideout Ted Meline and three-star quarterback Matt Simms. All purpose back Channing Fugate will give the Vols some needed depth at the fullback position.

Having five on offense that have enrolled early is a good problem to have; it will give each athlete the opportunity to learn a new system with the rest of his teammates.

One thing about having a new coach for the second straight spring is that all starting positions will be open for grabs, something that some players will do their best to take advantage of on the field.

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