Instant Impact Report

Which freshmen will emerge as immediate impact players for the USC Trojans in 2012? Look inside for the details.

Which freshmen will make an instant impact for USC in 2012?

Kevin Carden's picks:

Nelson Agholor – The 6-1, 185-pound wide receiver from Tampa, Fla., has made several plays during the players-only throwing sessions this offseason, and shown enough maturity to believe he has a legit chance to be the No.3 wide receiver. With defenses keying on Robert Woods and Marqise Lee this season, the No.3 receiver could get a lot of opportunities in USC's offense.


USC linebacker Scott Starr at the Semper Fi All-American Game.
Leonard Williams – The big defensive end from Florida received rave reviews from Lane Kiffin on Signing Day, who dubbed him one of the headliners of USC's 2012 recruiting class. At 6-5, 270 pounds, Williams already has NFL size and could see immediate playing time due to the recent injury to Devon Kennard. Fall Camp will serve as a test to see if the Trojans can rely on a freshman to step in at defensive end.

Scott Starr – The early enrollee from Norco High School enters Fall Camp as the backup middle linebacker after a solid performance during spring ball. Starr has good size, already knows the defense and plays with a great deal of fire. Look for Starr to see some time backing up Dawson as well as contribute in a variety of ways on special teams.

Greg Biggins' picks:

Nelson Agholor - The talk is Agholor will start out at running back but I love his upside at receiver. He's an incredible talent and has the same upside and potential to impact right away as Trojan WRs Robert Woods and Marqise Lee did. Agholor has size, toughness and the desire to play right away and he won't be overwhelmed by the physical side of the game early on. He runs well, catches everything and is already a very polished receiver at a young age.

Max Tuerk - In last year's loaded class out West of offensive lineman, Tuerk might be the guy most ready to play right away. He's extremely tough and physical and plays with a mean streak. He has the size and strength to play as a true freshman and has been very well coached his whole HS career as well. He moves well enough to play guard or tackle but guard is likely his best college position. Depth chart usually determines whether a true freshman can make an impact right away and Tuerk should break in to the two-deep by the end of the summer.

Gerald Bowman - A big reason Bowman chose USC was to step in and play early. The Trojans have a couple of returning safeties coming back this fall but Bowman should still make an impact. He's a tough kid, very physical tackler, and his JUCO experience should help his transition to big time college ball. With plenty of experience all around him, Bowman is in a great position where he can ease his way in to the mix and it's expected by the latter half of the season, he could be a key contributor.


JUCO transfer Gerald Bowman gives USC another talented safety.

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