Friday, May 6, 2011
SEC West early enrollees this spring
By Edward Aschoff
Today, we look at some of the SEC West early enrollees who decided to skip their senior proms to compete in spring practice:
Dee Hart, RB -- Hart was one of the top prospects from the state of Florida and one of the most exciting running backs to watch in high school a year ago. He made an instant impact once he arrived on campus. Hart might not be the biggest player, but he's a tough runner. Hart can be a speedy, shifty runner, but could also be a tough, in-between-the-tackles runner. In two scrimmages, Hart had 66 yards on 24 carries, but finished Alabama's spring game with just 10 rushing yards and a touchdown.
Trey DePriest, LB -- DePriest really seemed to impress his coaches this spring. Alabama's linebackers really turned the corner this spring and DePriest was a part of that. He struggled at times, but that's to be expected from someone who just graduated from high school. But DePriest earned fall playing time this spring and had five tackles in the spring game.
Brey Cook, OL -- The Razorbacks are breaking in a pair of offensive tackles and Cook is one of them. He's a pretty athletic tackle, but he's young, so it will take him some time to get adjusted. Getting on campus early has helped him tremendously. It also helped that he arrived as one of the more mature early enrollees. He started at tackle for the Red team in Arkansas' spring game.
Marquel Wade, WR -- Wade was supposed to enroll last fall, but ended up attending Milford (N.J.) Academy after going through August workouts. Before he left, players were raving about his athleticism. He put that all on display this spring. And while the Razorbacks have a ton of returning talent at receiver, it wouldn't be a surprise at all if he got time in Arkansas' offense this fall. He caught four passes for 48 yards in the spring game.
Jonathan Rose, CB -- Rose was a top cornerback and receiver prospect from the state of Alabama last fall, and with the departures in Auburn’s secondary, Rose came in this spring with a chance to break the Tigers' lineup. He shined at times this spring. Rose not only garnered respect from his teammates with his play, but he became more vocal on the field as spring went on. He had two tackles in Auburn's spring game.
Reese Dismukes, C -- Dismukes entered spring vying for a shot at the starting spot at center and exits spring with a chance to nab that spot come fall. He split time on the first team with walk-on Blake Burgess this spring. Dismukes arrived with the ideal frame to compete in the SEC, now he just needs to get the physical and mental side down. He split reps with Burgess during the spring game.
Anthony Johnson, DT -- When you look at Johnson, it's hard to believe he's a true freshman. And with the way he played this spring, it was hard for his coaches and teammates to believe that as well. The coaches were really impressed with how dominant Johnson was at times during practice. He already has an SEC-ready body and will definitely see the field this fall. He had two tackles, including a sack in LSU's spring game.
Kenny Hilliard, RB -- He came into spring behind a few bodies at running back, but showed some flashes during practice. When he was on, the coaches liked what they saw. However, Hilliard missed LSU's spring game. He has a chance to get some action, but is still seems to be in the back of LSU's stable of running backs.
Dak Prescott, QB -- Prescott won't be the starter for the Bulldogs this fall, but he had a productive spring. He got more comfortable with the offense and showed flashes of having the talent to really being dangerous in this offense during practices. The dual-threat quarterback was 2-of-4 passing for 21 yards in the Bulldogs' spring game.
John Harris, DE -- The Bulldogs are still looking for someone to replace defensive end Pernell McPhee at defensive end. Harris hopes to be that guy down the line, but he's still got a ways to go. Getting on campus early was a great benefit for him, but he still has a lot to learn before he'll make a big impact for the Bulldogs.
Ole Miss had no freshmen early enrollees this spring.