Scout's Take on What Class of 2016 Prospects Will Make an Instant Impact

May 9 -- What Class of 2016 prospects have a chance to make an instant impact and alter the landscape of college football in year one?

Alabama - OT Jonah Williams

http://www.scout.com/player/190530-jonah-williams?s=73&year=2015

The West’s top tackle in 2016, Williams graduated from Folsom early to get down to Alabama and battled all spring for the starting right tackle job opposite Cameron Robinson and could be the started come the season opener against USC as a true frosh, just like the quarterback he protected for two years at Folsom, Jake Browning did as a true freshman.

Arkansas - DE McTelvin Agim

http://www.scout.com/player/188512-mctelvin-agim?s=73&year=2015

Agim ended up as the No. 44 prospect in the country and he has been at Arkansas since December and he is on his way to making a big impact as a true freshman. We know Agim is going to play a lot. He, at worst will be second team defensive end, but he will be right in the middle of the rotation for the Hogs. He is a tough, physical end with the ability to set the edge and to get up the field.

Clemson - DT Dexter Lawrence

http://www.scout.com/player/180386-dexter-lawrence?s=73&year=2015

Lawrence was an early enrollee and he shined throughout the spring at Clemson. He is one of the most athletic defensive linemen to come through in recent years and he will make an impact immediately for the Tigers. Look for Lawrence to start early in his career and the top prospect in the South is likely headed for a three year career as a Tiger.

Houston - DT Ed Oliver

http://www.scout.com/player/182986-ed-oliver?s=73&year=2015

It is hard to imagine a scenario that Oliver does not come in and immediately provide a spark ito a Houston defense that finished 53rd in total defense in 2015. The rush defense for the Cougars was actually pretty good, limiting opposing offenses to 108.86 yard per game. The former five-star from Spring (Texas) Westfield will not be only able to help in that department, because he is also a fierce pass rusher, who will rack up sacks. His quickness off the ball allows him to move around and play different techniques to switch up looks. 

Michigan - TE Devin Asiasi 

http://www.scout.com/player/185998-devin-asiasi?s=75&year=2015

Although Michigan has some talented tight ends returning, Asiasi is a special talent with a college body right now. He'll come in to Ann Arbor with advanced technique as a blocker, has the size to be physical in the run game but the hands and the athleticism to be a factor in the passing game as well. When you look at his overall skill set, he just looks like a future NFL player and he should show more than a few glimpses of it this fall.

Michigan - LB Devin Bush Jr.

http://www.scout.com/player/188960-devin-bush?s=75&year=2015

Michigan signed a big class and while there were others who were rated higher coming out of high school, it is actually Bush who has the best chance to start and at the very least see the field. He had a good spring showing and has a penchant for contact. His speed is a good fit for Don Brown's aggressive scheme.

Michigan - DT Rashan Gary

http://www.scout.com/player/178462-rashan-gary?s=73&year=2015

Gary was the No. 1 player in the nation in the 2016 class, with that comes the expectation he will play immediately at Michigan. Gary offers versatility and size, and while it is difficult for most players to succeed as a freshman on the line of scrimmage, Gary has the speed, power, hand quickness, balance, explosion and strength to do it. He also offers versatility because he can shift from three-technique to defensive end in certain packages. He also has a great work ethic, and that will ease the transition.

Michigan State - WR Donnie Corley  

http://www.scout.com/player/182667-donnie-corley?s=73&year=2015

He enrolled early and had a huge spring for the Spartans. They are already whispering future star in East Lansing and with Aaron Burbridge and others moving on, there is opportunity for a one or more new faces to make an impact at receiver. 

Ohio State - OT Michael Jordan & WR Austin Mack 

http://www.scout.com/player/187003-michael-jordan?s=73&year=2015

http://www.scout.com/player/179607-austin-mack?s=73&year=2015

Both players and rolled early and both have a chance to start on opening day for the Buckeyes. Mack, a physical and technically sound wide receiver, was expected to do so, but Jordan was a surprise. A four-star tackle out of high school, he saw a lot of first team reps at guard and even if he doesn't win the job right away, he's clearly a kid Buckeye fans should be excited about.

Ole Miss - TE Octavious Cooley

http://www.scout.com/player/180520-octavious-cooley?s=73&year=2015

What a jumbo-athlete Cooley is. The Rebels signed a great group of offensive weapons in 2016 and Cooley is one who could come in and make plays early. He has the size (6-4, 255 pounds), but he is not one that has to be attached to the line of scrimmage. He is a big athlete who can flex out and get down the field. He has very strong hands and there will be an opening there for Cooley to play right away in Oxford.

Ole Miss - OT Greg Little

http://www.scout.com/player/182484-greg-little?s=73&year=2015

Left tackle is one of the toughest positions to come in and compete at as a true freshman and Little did not come in for spring football, so it will be interesting to see how quickly he can make a push to get on the field. Little has some versatility about his game and has great technique and the Rebels will be working with a young line in 2016. The center is the only projected starter who is older than a sophomore in eligibility. 

Penn State - RB Miles Sanders

http://www.scout.com/player/182642-miles-sanders?s=73&year=2015

PSU has one big-time running back in Barkley, who had a big freshman year, and the need for two big-time running backs now exists. Miles Sanders, a five-star prospect, comes to Penn State as a well-rounded player, and ready to contribute because he is multi-dimensional. Sanders is a gifted runner with plenty of wiggle between the tackles, the speed to get outside and he has breakaway ability. But he is also a very good pass catcher, and he can block, which means he would be able to make a quick transition into the Nittany Lions' offense.

Texas - QB Shane Buechele

http://www.scout.com/player/190948-shane-buechele?s=75&year=2015

Honestly, because he is under 6'2 and weighs less than 200 pounds there was a question if Buechele was a guy who could come right in and compete for the starting job immediately. As an early enrollee Buechele quickly silenced any critics and may have even put a stranglehold on he starting job. He drew rave reviews during spring practices and completed 22 of 41 passes for 299 yards and two touchdowns in the Orange-White Spring Game. He flashed the accuracy and mental quickness that made him a Scout Top 300 recruit out of Arlington (Texas) Lamar.

Texas - C Zach Shackelford

http://www.scout.com/player/193487-zach-shackelford?s=73&year=2015

Making the decision to to be a January early enrollee has paid huge dividends for Shackelford, a former three-star recruit from Belton (Texas) High. He has come in and made an immediate impact, being officially named the No. 1 center on the depth chart, so it's no surprise at all to see him listed. His emergence has further solidified what is starting to look like the most talented offensive line in the Charlie Strong era. That is also good news for whoever ultimately wins the starting quarterback job. 

UCLA - WR Theo Howard

http://www.scout.com/player/188589-theo-howard?s=73&year=2015

With UCLA losing six of their seven leading receivers from a year ago to graduation or early entry into the draft, Howard, the highest rated receiver UCLA has landed in the Scout era will easily be in the rotation and could end up starting by their season opener. He’s an explosive pass catcher who graduated and enrolled early to be in spring ball and looked like the transition would be a smooth one.

UCLA - Mique Juarez

http://www.scout.com/player/187996-mique-juarez?s=73&year=2015

Juarez enrolled in time for spring ball at UCLA but unfortunately had to sit out a large portion of practice due to a concussion. We still feel Juarez is just too physically gifted to not see the field and make an impact. He has a rare combination of size, speed and instincts and once he becomes more comfortable with the speed of the game and the playbook, you can expect the 'backer to show his immense potential.

USC - WR Michael Pittman

http://www.scout.com/player/193692-michael-pittman?s=73&year=2015

The five-star wide receiver won’t be the go-to receiver for USC- that’s what Juju Smith is for, but he should be at worst, the No. 3 receiver and could be the No. 2 guy behind Juju when the season rolls around, giving either Max Browne or Sam Darnold another weapon to use in the Trojan passing game.

Greg Biggins. Brian Dohn, Brandon Huffman, Greg Powers, Chad Simmons and Allen Trieu compiled this report.


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