Here is a look at the players that GAVSV.com expects to have an instant impact on defense this upcoming season.
Signed with: Florida
One of the top defensive tackles to ever come out of the Peach State, Hunter has the chance to earn meaningful minutes right away for the Gators. Last season, UF was dangerously thin in the middle of the defensive line and we even forced to convert a freshman offensive lineman into a run stopper.
Signed with: Ohio State
Former Peachtree Ridge standout Cameron Heyward proved a season ago that a true freshman can play right away in Columbus and the same could be true for Wells. The Buckeyes need to keep getting faster offensively and defensively and Wells has a quick burst in getting to the quarterback.
Signed with: Stanford
Thomas posted 78 tackles and 17 sacks as a senior last season and brings a nasty defensive attitude with him to California. The Former Walton High star's impressive size (6-foot-4 and 210-pounds) will likely force him to play defensive end later on in college but right away he should be a big-hitting linebacker for the Cardinal.
Signed with Florida State
Parks enrolled at FSU in January and is taking part in offseason mat drills in Tallahassee. The talented defensive back will have the chance to play right away for a team will have several defensive players suspended through the first three games because of an academic scandal.
Jamoris Slaughter Signed with: Notre Dame As is the case with Wells and Ohio State, Notre Dame needs to continue to get faster defensively and Slaughter fits that bill ideally. The 6-foot-1 defensive back runs a 4.5 forty-yard dash and brings a mental toughness to an Irish defense that lacked much of that a year ago.