Tide camp: 5 new faces to watch 

August, 2, 2012
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- The University of Alabama will hold its first practice of fall camp on Friday morning, and there will be plenty of new faces in attendance. Of the 26 players in the Crimson Tide’s 2012 recruiting class, 18 will be seeing their first action in camp. Here are five names to keep an eye on as it gets closer to the first game.

[+] EnlargeLandon Collins
Brady Fontenot for ESPN The MagazineFreshman Landon Collins could make an immediate impact in the Alabama secondary.
1. Landon Collins (DB): There are not many players who can come in as a true freshman and play for Alabama’s defense. Collins might be one of those. Physically, he’s ready. He has the speed to make a quick transition to the college game, and he has football instincts beyond his age. The only question is where he fits into the rotation in the secondary. Long term, I think he takes over for Mark Barron as the hard-hitting safety. But this year he will have to compete with the likes of Ha’Sean Clinton-Dix, Robert Lester and Vinnie Sunseri for playing time. He might start out playing as a nickel back, but there’s a chance he takes over one of the safety spots by the end of the year.

2. Eddie Williams (WR): Similar to Collins, Williams is a physical gifted athlete. He could play just about anywhere on the field, but he’s projected to play wide receiver, a position he’s not very familiar with. In high school, he played primarily at quarterback and safety. Still, he’s 6-foot-4, and he has the capability to give Alabama that big target on the outside that it’s lacked since Julio Jones left for the NFL. Everybody’s been talking about Amari Cooper and the early impact he will make as a freshman, but if Williams gets acclimated to the offense quickly enough, he could add yet another weapon to AJ McCarron’s arsenal.
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