Nowhere to somewhere in the ACC

May, 20, 2009
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Posted by ESPN.com's Heather Dinich

We've talked about players who will be names to remember this fall, but there were also a few who came out of absolutely nowhere this spring, players we had no idea about who weren't necessarily heralded recruits.

Here are five players who caught coaches' attention this spring:

Charles Brown, UNC cornerback: Brown is going to be a junior this year, and was limited last season because of a sprained ankle. Coming out of the spring, he is listed as co-starter with Jordan Hemby and that's impressive considering Hemby started every game last year. Brown, from Ohio, was recruited mostly by schools from the MAC.

Dalton Freeman, center, Clemson: Freeman, a redshirt freshman, has a legitimate chance to challenge Mason Cloy at center. Freeman, of Pelion, S.C., was a top recruit at guard.

Chris Givens, wide receiver, Wake Forest : Givens tore his ACL in his right knee as a junior, then tore it in his left knee and recruiters dropped the speedy Texas recruit. Wake Forest didn't. At the last track meet he ran in high school, Givens ran a 10.09 hand held and 10.22 electronic. Wake's coaches knew he was good, but this spring they realized the redshirt freshman is very good.

Steve Greer, linebacker, Virginia: He traveled with the team to every game as a true freshman, but always sat next to veteran Jon Copper. Coach Al Groh said Greer "almost tried to clone himself" into the same kind of player as Copper.

Travis Ivey, defensive tackle, Maryland: Ivey is a James Franklin recruit who was signed out of Prince George's County in Maryland and was a basketball player. He was a stellar athlete, but not the greatest football player. This spring, it all finally started to come together for him. Ivey, who is about 6-foot-3 and weighs between 320 and 335 pounds, has the body type, can run and is physical.

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