Ranking the top 10 early-enrollee recruits
Relieved that signing day is finally here? I can't blame you. After all, by the end of the day Wednesday almost all of this year's blue-chip recruits will have signed with their schools of choice.
But the top signing-day prizes like Jadeveon Clowney (who may or may not sign a letter of intent Wednesday) and Isaiah Crowell are only part of the recruiting picture. A bunch of blue-chippers, the early enrollees, have been officially on board for weeks. Reeling in an early enrollee doesn't just reduce some of the anxiety of waiting out signing day, it also gives the freshman a chance to go through spring football and get a head start on winning playing time.
So with that in mind, we present this week's top-10 list: the early enrollees with the best chance to make a major impact in 2011.
The nation's No. 9 quarterback is a wiry triggerman with a great knack for making big plays -- both with his arms and his legs. He was a huge recruiting coup for Charlie Strong and fills a big need, because the Cardinals lost their top two QBs, Adam Froman and Justin Burke, from last year, leaving 5-foot-10 former walk-on Will Stein as the top challenger for the vacant starting quarterback job. "Teddy has a great shot to be the starter," said Cardinals recruiting coordinator Clint Hurtt. "Everybody up here is really excited about him."
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