I’ve been writing a lot lately about true freshmen that could have an impact at Tech and Georgia. We’ve talked about the UGA’s Orson Charles, Marlon Brown, Washaun Ealey, Arthur Lynch and Aaron Murray and Georgia Tech’s Stephen Hill, Izaan Cross, Jamea Thomas and Emmanuel Dieke.
And that’s just scratching the surface. Georgia coach Mark Richt vows to play every non-lineman/quarterback true freshman he can. Paul Johnson said of the Jackets’ new group: “There’s some really good athletes in that class and I’m excited about them as a whole. I think they’re going to do good.”
SI.com’s Andy Staples takes a look at true freshmen of impact across the country. It should be noted that he includes no one from Tech or Georgia. Of the 14 he listed, five play for SEC schools: Tennessee RB Bryce Brown, South Carolina CB Stephon Gilmore, Alabama RB Trent Richardson, Florida WR Andre Debose and LSU QB Russell Sheppard. He has two players from the ACC: Florida State DT Jacobi McDaniel and Miami S Ray Ray Armstrong.
Personally, I think he could have easily added Tech’s Hill or Georgia’s Brown or Branden Smith to that list. But what do I know? (don’t answer that)
Are there some other freshmen of impact we’re all overlooking? Tell me the single freshman at Tech and Georgia you expect to make the most significant contribution this season.
Now for some links (I’ll add more as they come in over the next few days):
Good story in the Gwinnett Daily Post on North Gwinnett offensive lineman Austin Shepherd and his relationship with Lake Lanier neighbor Morten Anderson. The Alabama commitment apparently has dropped considerable weight heading into his senior season. . . .
Some bad news for the Bulldogs. Carver-Columbus DT Gabriel Wright, one of their top targets for 2011, has Auburn on the top of his list, according to AuburnUnderCover.com (registration required). . . .
Georgia’s freshman quarterbacks appear to be a little overwhelmed early on, reports the Macon Telegraph. . . .
A former LSU defensive lineman is transfering to Troy, according to the Dothan Eagle. . . .
Tennessee picks up another commitment from a Florida player, according to the Knoxville News-Sentinel.