- Gerry Hamilton, ESPN Staff Writer
While most recruiting attention goes to the nation's top high school prospects, mining junior colleges for elite talent can be the difference between a BCS bowl and mediocrity. Just ask Auburn, which went 11-14 in the two seasons between juco phenom QBs Cam Newton and Nick Marshall.
With the new ESPN JC 50 player rankings out, here's a look at the recruits who could be making a difference for your favorite team at this time next year.
The fight for No. 1
The No. 1 prospect in the ESPN JC 50 is uberathletic wide receiver D'haquille Williams (Reserve, La./Mississippi Gulf Coast). The vertical threat with instant-impact talent and elite ball skills was once committed to LSU but is now an Auburn pledge. It continues to be a battle between the two SEC West programs with a final decision possibly coming soon. Williams was on campus at Auburn over the weekend for the historic Iron Bowl. His Mississippi Gulf Coast teammate Derrick Moncrief is No. 14 in the JC 50 and an Auburn commit.