JUCO Signees: Instant Impact Players

JCFootball.com takes a look at 10 JUCO players who could wind up being starters this fall at their schools of choice...

Instant Impact:

It goes without saying the consensus top-ranked JUCO prospect in the country should be expected to have an instant impact, but when you take into account that the Gamecocks needed lots of help along the defensive line, they took three JUCO defensive linemen in the 2015 recruiting class, you have to expect that Lewis, who totaled 10.5 sacks and 20.5 tackles-for-loss for Hutch last season, will be able to lend his considerable talents to the cause very early in the 2015 football season.


Instant Impact:

Arizona State definitely needed some talent infused into their linebacker corps and Durant was one of the top players available at the position. Durant is a huge playmaker with an incredible amount of speed (4.6) to go along with prototypical size. Durant comes in as the first five-star recruit in Todd Graham’s three year tenure in Tempe and he should play right away for the Sun Devils if he lives up to expectations.


Instant Impact:

Bridges is an amazing talent. He’s got the ideal size that defensive coaches are looking for in a corner. At 6’2”and a solid 190 pounds, Bridges has the length and strength to man up against the big wideouts that are so commonplace on offenses right now. However, he also is super quick, has great ball skills and he has no problem sticking with the smaller receivers that are making a comeback as well. According to many, Bridges should find a home outside at corner for Ole Miss right away and he could be a “one-and-done” type if he has as good a season as we expect.


Instant Impact:

It seemed silly for Whitney to switch his commitment from Washington State, a team that lost it’s top wideout to graduation, to USC, but with the dearth of upper-classmen in the Trojans’ receiver corps, it actually made some sense. USC loves to throw the ball around, averaging 296.6 yards per game, and there should be plenty of balls to go around. At 6’4”, Whitney is a tall receiver who could be a huge redzone threat for the Trojans this fall. Whitney will battle with fellow JUCO standout De'Quan Hampton who also should have a big role with USC this fall.


Instant Impact:

Washington State was desperate for some speed, some physicality and some attitude in the secondary and the All-State/All-American safety was just what the doctor ordered. Luani is a great fit as an in-the-box safety, but he also has excellent ball skills, finishing with four interceptions and eight pass breakups for the Rams this season. It is pretty much a guarantee that Luani will be a starter in the Cougars’ secondary unless something unforeseen happens.


Instant Impact:

Palmer is a huge prospect, measuring in at 6’8” and over 290 pounds. He’s got good feet, long arms and he comes into a situation at Penn State where there is a definite need at tackle. While Palmer has been effective at both tackle spots during his two-years at Lackawanna, he probably projects better at left tackle where he will be almost impossible to beat off the edge if he plays low on a consistent basis.


Instant Impact:

Sometimes there is just a perfect combination of opportunity and talent and that is exactly what you have here. Danley is about as talented as they come along the offensive line and the Sooners have spots open for the taking this spring. Danley enrolled early and should earn a starting spot before the start of the season. He can do it all on the football field and he has the talent and athleticism to play four of the five spots along the offensive line.


Instant Impact:

The Cowboys lose DT James Castleman to graduation, so the need for a big, run-stuffing player inside that can also get after the quarterback is definitely there and Maile fits the bill to a tee. Maile is physical, plays with a nasty side and he’s faced off against some of the top JUCO offensive linemen in the country the past couple of years. If he isn’t a starter right away, he will definitely see heavy amounts of reps in the OSU defensive line rotation.


Instant Impact:

The Cardinals had an impressive haul of mid-year JUCO prospects and while some might have a higher ceiling, Hunter comes in and has a great chance to start right away. One of his biggest positives is his versatility as he’s able to project at either guard or tackle. Hunter is strong at the point of attack and he’s a very good run-blocker. Because he’s already on campus, Hunter should push for playing time right away and he definitely strengthens what was a definite weakness for Louisville last season.


Instant Impact:

Workman had several good options, but by choosing the Wolfpack, he almost certainly guaranteed him a chance to start right away as North Carolina State is looking to replace two tackles along their offensive line.



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