Just a few days removed from national signing day, and hype is already building for next year's college football season. The new season is
officially underway with programs signing recruits in hopes of being crowned national champions in the kingdom of NCAA football. As of late, underclassman have taken over the landscape of college sports, and 2015 will be no different. This incoming class has a lot of talent, and a lot more expectations to satisfy. Who should you look out for? Let's take a look at four offensive players you should remember for the next upcoming year:
Tyron Johnson- WR- LSU
Tyron Johnson has already received comparisons to former LSU wide-out and NFL sensation Odell Beckham Jr, and it's easy to see why. Johnson poses the athletic ability to go up for jump balls and is a liable source of hands for a quarterback. What makes Tyron so great, is what he does after the catch. Although he may not be the absolute fastest player on the field, Johnson has wheels on him and can create seperation from defenders in just a few steps. The assets that really make him stand out is his agility when running. Johnson can change direction, stopping on a dime and leave you change, turns defensive players backwards, and is even able to hurdle defenders when needed. Johnson has play-maker ability written all over him, and can be a great player on Saturday's for LSU.
Highlight film: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c4mGOcaUifk
When evaluating the tape of Drew Richmond, there's not much you can pinpoint in his game that a coach won't like. Richmond, listed as 6'5" and 323 pounds, sure doesn't move like his size suggests. When run blocking, Richmond powers out of his stance and drives his man clear out of the picture, while also demonstrating the ability to climb to the second level of a defense and take linebackers out of the way. Drew drives his feet and more importantly, finishes his blocks. Richmond is also a solid pass protector, providing an all around offensive tackle prospect to the Tennessee program. What sticks out for Drew on tape is his effort. On every single play. you will find Richmond either driving his man into the ground or chasing after someone, a hustle trait that simply cannot be coached.
Highlight film: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=214Jn1Rca5o
Josh Rosen-QB- UCLA
After losing a quarterback like Brett Hundley, one would thing UCLA would have a downgrade at the quarterback position. Josh Rosen has other ideas. Rosen, standing at 6'4" and weighing in at 207, reminds you of a young Aaron Rodgers. Quick and mobile, Rosen has a pass first mentality but can and will use his legs to extend plays and get extra yards. Josh has the ability to sky-rocket the football down the field, and the accuracy to fit the football into tight windows. The decision making is phenomenal, progressing beautifully through his reads and climbing the pocket while doing so. Rosen is very well deserving of his top ranking at the quarterback position on Rivals, and has the tools to make some serious noise down the road.
Highlight film: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K_47r5V0Yag
To go along with Rosen at UCLA, Soso Jamabo will provide another offensive threat for the Bruins. Jamabo, standing at 6'2" and 201 pounds, runs with reckless abandon and a "touchdown or bust" mentality. Jamabo has great ball-carrier vision, exploding through holes and slicing through cut-back lanes on his way to touchdown after touchdown. Soso, unlike other running backs in the recruiting class, is far from a one trick pony. He has the ability to power through defenders, and the ability to break ankles at the same time. In addition to running, Jamabo has also shown he can catch the ball and run routes as well. Jamabo provides the overall package in a modern day running back, and is capable of making a splash immediately at UCLA.
Highlight film: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AP0l895p8iQ