The freshest freshman for 2008

Posted: April 2, 2008 in college football, Drew Howard, Fresh Faces, Preview
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Terrelle Pryor, then of Jeanette (PA) now of Columbus (OH)Looking for freshman to bolster your 2008 roster? Drew Howard from the College Gridiron Boss scanned the nation for new faces with impact fantasy potential.

1. Terrelle Pryor (Ohio State)

What is there to say that has not been said already about the 6’6” standout QB from Jeannette, PA. He’s drawn many comparisons to Vince Young and is just a pure specimen of an athlete.

Not only is he the nation’s #1 prospect according to rivals.com, but he is also the #28 ranked basketball prospect.

Pryor should share time with Todd Boeckman behind center much like the 1-2 punch of Chris Leak and Tim Tebow at Florida in 2006.

Julio Jones, Alabama Freshman WR2. Julio Jones (Alabama):

The jewel of the Nick Saban recruiting class is WR Julio Jones (left, Icon SMI) from Foley, AL.

Alabama has a lot of talent at the wide receiver position but Jones is too good of a prospect to not see significant playing time for the Tide. With the graduation of Keith Brown and DJ Hall there is an opportunity to get some balls from underrated QB  John Parker Wilson.

Jones doesn’t have freakish size or speed, but his route running, catching ability, and overall athleticism made him the nation’s #4 prospect and #1 receiver.


Darrell Scott RB Colorado Buffaloes3. Darrell Scott (Colorado)

The nation’s #1 running back prospect from Ventura, CA (right, Icon SMI) chose to go to a team where he will be a standout from day one.

This will more than likely be the name that people will associate with Colorado football this season.

Between him and QB Cody Hawkins, the Buffs appear to be headed up in the offensive ranks for years to come.

Scott chose Colorado out of offers from USC, Florida, Michigan, Miami, and Texas amongst several others.

4. Will Hill (Florida): Will Hill is the top athlete in Florida’s 2008 recruiting class. Urban Meyer has shown he’s not afraid to plug in freshmen to play critical roles on the team. Whether he competes with USC transfer Emmanuel Moody at running back or takes on a defensive back role in the fall remains to be seen. However you can bank on the nation’s #1 athlete from Jersey City, NJ to make an instant impact for the Gators this season.

5. Jermie Calhoun (Oklahoma): The nation’s #2 running back from Van, TX will be a front runner to start the season as the Sooner’s starting RB. Calhoun joins the ranks of Adrian Peterson, and Demarco Murray as top tier running backs to commit to the Sooners in recent years.

The departure of Allen Patrick and the fact that Demarco Murray is still in recovery mode from his knee injury from last season opens up a window for Calhoun to come in and star. He will be another top ranked running back to come to Oklahoma and shine. I’d expect many comparisons to be made between him and Scott (Colorado) this season as the Big 12’s top two freshmen.

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