By: Wells Dusenbury
After the seemingly endless year-round recruiting cycle, National Signing Day 2013 is finally in the books. With Letters of Intent signed, the next step for the signees is getting ready for the 2013 season with their respective teams.
As we've seen in the past, athletes are getting playing time a much younger age and making a significant impact early on at their respective schools. Take Jaime Wilson for example. This past season, the former Glades Central standout wide receiver hauled in 67 catches for 792 yards and 6 touchdowns in a phenomenal freshman campaign.
So who could be the next Jaime Wilson? Here are five guys I think could make a big-time impact as freshmen next season.
Kelvin Taylor- RB (Florida)
After a record-breaking career at Glades Day, Taylor has his sights set on repeating that success in Gainesville. At 5-11 and 216 lbs, Taylor already looks like an SEC running back. With leading rusher Mike Gillislee graduating, the former Glades Day standout will have a chance from Day 1 to compete for the starting job.
Taylor already has a leg up to as he enrolled early at Florida and will be in camp for spring practice.
Greg Bryant - RB (Notre Dame)
Bryant is another player who looked like a man amongst boys during his career at American Heritage. Much like Florida, Notre Dame has a sudden hole atop its depth chart at running back. With the team's top two rushers in Theo Riddick and Cierre Wood moving on, Bryant has a golden opportunity to see early action for the Fighting Irish.
Brisly Estime- KR (Syracuse)
While Estime can play either wide receiver or defensive back at the next level, his biggest impact will be made on special teams.
During his career at Atlantic, the speedster was a home-run threat overtime he touched the ball in the return game. Not since Devin Hester was suiting up at Suncoast, has the area seen such an electric player.
He should have a chance to make his mark early on either as a kick or punt returner.
Mario Lambert- WR (Louisiana Tech)
Last season, Louisiana Tech had one of the nation's most potent passing attacks, with quarterback Colby Cameron throwing for 4147 yards and 31 touchdowns. This year the Bulldogs have to replace their top two wideouts in Quinton Patton and Myles White, who accounted for 2,110 yards and 19 touchdowns between the two of them.
Louisiana Tech isn't changing it's high velocity aerial attack anytime soon, so that means Lambert will have a great chance at stepping in early.
D.J. Juste- QB (FAU)
With Graham Wilbert graduating, the Owls suddenly have a hole at the QB position. Enter: Port St. Lucie's D.J. Juste. The former Jaguar standout was one of the area's most electric players during his high school career and fits in perfectly to FAU's spread offense.
With his great running ability, Juste could be the answer to the Owl's quarterback needs.
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