Instant Impacts
DeAnthony Thomas
DeAnthony Thomas
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Posted Feb 4, 2011


Scout.com analysts have ten signees from around the country who could be instant impacts for their respective teams next year.

Malcolm Brown | Cibolo (Tx.) Steele
| Scout300: 9 | #2 RB | Watch Video
Scout's Take: It’s hard to believe but Texas has never signed a running back rated 5-Stars by Scout, until now. Texas’ leading rusher last year was Cody Johnson (5’11/250) with 600 yards and a 4.4 average per carry. Brown immediately becomes the most talented running back on the Longhorn roster, and he will be the best back Texas has had since Cedric Benson. - Scott Kennedy
Isaiah Crowell | Columbus (Ga.) Carver
| Scout300: 5 | #1 RB | Watch Video
Scout's Take: Running back Isaiah Crowell stands a good chance of immediately elevating Georgia's running game. The Bulldogs finished 73rd in the running game last season and Crowell brings the quickness, speed and power to Mark Richt's club has been lacking since the departure of Knowshon Moreno.

Crowell's low-to-the-ground running style makes him very difficult to bring down. He's excellent in traffic or in space and capable of getting what looks like impossible yards. A true playmaker who also catches well out of the backfield, Crowell has the burst to get though seams quickly and explodes out of cuts to the left or the right with equal power.

He's the rare back who combines instincts, vision and balance with amazing raw physical ability and a desire to finish off every run strong. Look for Crowell to make an immediate mark in Athens. Herschel Walker anyone? - Allen Wallace
Savon Huggins | Jersey City (N.J.) St. Peters Prep
| Scout300: 23 | 4 RB | Watch Video
Scout's Take: Rutgers leading rusher last year didn’t crack 500 yards. There’s playing time aplenty for a talented running back like 5-Star Savon Huggins. Huggins has good hands coming out of the backfield and runs with the strength of a bigger back while retaining his quickness. - Scott Kennedy
Brett Hundley | Chandler (Ariz.)
| Scout300: 39 | #3 QB | Watch Video
Scout's Take: The highest rated quarterback UCLA has ever gotten, Hundley is already enrolled in Westwood and an offense that sputtered last season with serious quarterback issues needs a spark. Enter Hundley, the West's top passer, and he and new Bruins offensive coordinator Mike Johnson could get off to a strong start, with Hundley set for spring practice. UCLA needs an infusion of talent at quarterback and Hundley will provide that. If he can mature as a quarterback and lead the offense, Rick Neuheisel will have no hesitation playing him as a true freshman. - Brandon Huffman
Anthony Johnson | New Orleans (La.) O.P. Walker
| Scout300: 4 | #1 DT | Watch Video
Scout's Take: Johnson showed how dominant he can be at the Under Armour Game and the fact that he is already enrolled at LSU combined with the Tigers' need at defensive tackle spells early playing time for the nation's top D-tackle. - Sonny Shipp
Braxton Miller | Huber Heights (Ohio) Wayne
| Scout300: 36 | #2 QB | Watch Video
Scout's Take: With Terrelle Pryor back at Ohio State, I’d normally say that there’s no way Miller makes an impact in his freshman season, but with Pryor shelved to start the season, Miller will be the most talented available quarterback on Ohio State’s roster. He’s smart, has great feet, a lightning fast release, and four years of starting experience in high school. It might be too early to throw a freshman quarterback into the mix, but Miller has the talent to make it work until Pryor returns. - Scott Kennedy
DeAnthony Thomas | Los Angeles (Calif.) Crenshaw
| Scout300: 3 | #1 CB | Watch Video
Scout's Take: I’ve said it before but it’s worth repeating, Thomas is a legit 5-Star talent at four positions: running back, receiver, corner, and safety. His size makes him project best as a cornerback, but with his talent, it will be nearly impossible to keep him off the field, even if it’s spelling Heisman trophy contender LaMichael James at running back. He could help form the nation’s best backfield with James, the best corner tandem with All-American Cliff Harris, or best return tandem with Harris. The Ducks have All-Americans at both of Thomas’ best positions, but Thomas is too good to keep off the field. - Scott Kennedy
Christian Westerman | Chandler (Ariz.) Hamilton
| Scout300: 17 | #1 OG | Watch Video
Scout's Take: Westerman is the most college ready prospect from the Grand Canyon State in many years. Is versatile enough to play either guard spot or right tackle, giving him a better chance to play early. Has the size at 6-4, 290 pounds to hold up to the college game, tremedendous strength (400+ bench) and already has great technique. - Jason Jewell
Karlos Williams | Davenport (Fla.) Ridge
| Scout300: 8 | #2 S | Watch Video
Scout's Take: Williams brings plus size, speed, and strength to the Seminole secondary right away. He has outside linebacker size, but covers ground as well as any defensive back in the nation. He’s a weapon with the ball in his hand as he’s a threat for a big return after an interception. - Scott Kennedy
Kasen Williams | Sammamish (Wash.) Skyline
| Scout300: 22 | #2 WR | Watch Video
Scout's Take: Williams has the size, strength and skill to dominate smaller defensive backs the minute he walks on campus. He won’t have Jake Locker throwing the ball to him at Washington, but the new quarterback will have the luxury of throwing to Williams. Williams is an acrobatic receiver capable of adjusting his body to the ball in the air. He’s a power forward playing wide receiver. - Scott Kennedy

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