Monday, February 7, 2011
Talented JUCOs head to ACC
By ESPN.com staff
Junior college transfers often have immediate impacts on their respective teams because of their maturity level, and it's an overshadowed part of recruiting. Bruce Feldman of ESPN the Magazine rated the top incoming junior college players in the class of 2011, and two of them are headed to the ACC, including No. 1 on Feldman's list, FSU defensive end Tank Carradine:
No. 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 the departed Markus White on a fierce D-line.
7. Sylvester Williams, DT, North Carolina Tar Heels
Butch Davis' D-line, which should've been the best in the country last season, was ransacked by the agent scandal that not only cost the Heels Robert Quinn and Marvin Austin, but also coach John Blake. UNC still held up surprisingly well, and now have a formidable reinforcement in Williams. The agile 6-foot-1, 305-pounder is already enrolled and has the kind of athleticism that will be a real headache for rival offenses.