To make it to the national championship game last year, both Alabama and Notre Dame relied on key contributions from true freshmen. For the Tide it was wide receiver Amari Cooper and running back T.J. Yeldon, two of A.J. McCarron’s best weapons all season who dominated in the title game. For the Irish it was cornerback KeiVarae Russell, who started the entire season, and defensive lineman Sheldon Day, who contributed to one of the best defensive line rotations in the country.
As we look forward to the season, which schools have a youth movement capable of making an impact on the BCS title hunt?
Mike Mitchell and Vonn Bell, Ohio State – Urban Meyer continues to recruit nationally from his post in central Ohio, getting two prized defenders out of Texas and Georgia. Mitchell, an inside linebacker, is the best recruit out of the Lone Star State and is capable of stepping into the Buckeyes’ rotation. Bell is a freak safety who could find himself starting in the nickel sooner rather than later, perhaps finding himself entrenched at the “star” (linebacker/safety combo) position. Also receiving strong consideration? Jalin Marshall and Dontre Wilson, who are both being buzzed about as potential Percy Harvin clones.
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