Some freshmen take awhile to get acclimated to college football while others have smoother transitions. And there are sure to be some who make an impact as soon as they get to campus this summer.
CBS Sports’ Barton Simmons listed 10 summer enrollees who are likely to make an instant impact on their new schools, including a trio of soon-to-be SEC players — cornerback Patrick Surtain Jr. (Alabama), defensive lineman Emmit Gooden (Tennessee) and cornerback Tyson Campbell (Georgia).
Surtain and Campbell were teammates at American Heritage School in Plantation, Fla. They were the Nos. 1 and 2 ranked cornerbacks in the Class of 2018, per the 247Sports composite. Now they’ll be SEC rivals playing for the two schools that appeared in last season’s College Football Playoff National Championship Game.
The Crimson Tide and Bulldogs don’t have many holes on their rosters, but both teams could use a boost in the secondary, which is why Surtain and Campbell are likely to get on the field and earn playing time.
Gooden joins a Tennessee team that is looking to be more physical under first-year coach Jeremy Pruitt, a former Alabama defensive coordinator. Gooden is listed at 6-foot-4, 305 pounds, and he could quickly earn playing time on the defensive line with Jonathan Kongbo transitioning to outside linebacker.
All three of these soon-to-be college football players could quickly make impacts, and you can likely expect to see them continue to do so over the next few seasons.