Ranking the top JC transfers for 2011
If it's possible for there to be an "underrated" aspect of recruiting coverage these days, it's the impact of the junior college player. Take a look at the past two national champs. The anchors of the defenses for the Alabama Crimson Tide and the Auburn Tigers were products of junior college, Terrance Cody and Nick Fairley. Oh, and the Tigers' quarterback, who also came via the junior college route, Cameron Newton, also played a pretty significant role in the 2010 season.
All of this begs the question: Which junior college imports this year could have the biggest impact on the 2011 season? Here are eight JC transfers you need to know:
1. Tank Carradine, DE, Florida State Seminoles
Remember the dynamic, big-play rush ends on the great FSU teams of the 1990s? That's what this guy looks like. And, as loaded as the Seminoles' recruiting class was, this is my pick for the newcomer who will be the biggest breakout star. The 6-foot-5, 255-pound Cincinnati native, by way of Butler Community College in Kansas, picked FSU over the Ohio State Buckeyes and Georgia Bulldogs. Coaches say he is a "werewolf" off the edge and is expected to come in and replace departed Markus White on a fierce D-line.
As a 6-foot-5, 205-pound high schooler, Carradine who once committed to the Illinois Fighting Illini, was the No. 21 DE in the high school class of 2009. He clearly has blossomed since then. He is one reason I think the Noles are legit dark-horse BCS title contenders.
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