**Note - These are in no way the only players we think that will have immediate impacts this season, but the 10 we have chosen stand great chances of being huge contributors to their new teams this fall.
Kamara is a solidly built back with the ability to make guys miss in short-area spaces. He’s not a burner, but he rarely gets caught from behind. Kamara really impressed the Vol coaches during spring practices. With a void at the position, Kamara will be counted on to, at the very least, be a key cog in the backfield rotation for the Volunteers.
The top-ranked JUCO player in the country, Lewis is a big-time pass-rusher and he’ll be counted on early and often by the Gamecock coaching staff to come in and provide pressure off the edge early and often.
That sound you heard was a collective “Whew” from the Louisville faithful when Fields told Scout’s Louisville site that he has been declared eligible after passing some summer courses. Fields is a special player with the ability to get the edge and make plays all over the field.
Washington State’s defense finished 97th overall, allowing close to 450 yards per game while their pass defense allowed nearly 300 yards per game. In order to make it back to a bowl game, those numbers have to get better. First and foremost, they hired a new defensive coordinator, Alex Grinch and their second big move was locking up Luani who was an All-American as a sophomore last season for CCSF. Luani brings a physical presence that the Cougars’ secondary has been missing since Deon Bucannon moved on to the NFL a couple of years ago.
Enyenihi was brought in specifically by the Illini to jazz up a running game that totaled just 118 yards per game, ranking them 111th in the country. The junior-to-be is a strong inside runner with good speed and outstanding vision. Enyenihi reminds a lot of people of former JUCO standout who went on to have a great career at California and is now off to a great start with the Denver Broncos.
The Utes needed to add speed and playmaking abilities to their offense and Butler appears to fit that mold perfectly. The talented wideout can be a threat from almost anywhere on the field and he’s also got enough quickness and elusiveness to be a standout punt returner as well.
Gray chose Mississippi State very early in the recruiting process and never wavered. The super-quick wideout was brought in to be a threat for the Bulldogs out of the slot and word is he’s set to be a big contributor this fall on an offense that came into its own last season.
Palmer was one of the top JUCO offensive tackle prospects in the country and he received rave reviews for his work this spring. Where he fits in initially is tough to gauge, but most feel he will find a home at one of the tackle spots as we head into the season.
Ole Miss needed a true nose tackle to come in and hold his ground in the middle of the defensive line and Jones was their man early on in the process. Jones is big, strong and he’s pretty much un-blockable by a single offensive lineman. He should be a big part of the Rebels’ defense this coming season.
Fotu can play almost anywhere along the defensive line. With his quickness and “get off”, he’s got everything you want in a 3-4 defensive end, but he also has the strength and athleticism to play inside in a 4-3. Fotu will be counted on a lot by the Wildcats this fall.
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