Signing day has come and gone, and not surprisingly, Oregon and USC headline the Pac-12 schools with recruits that may impact the 2011 College Fantasy Football Season. Here’s a sneak peak at who should be on your radar come draft day.
WR George Farmer, USC - Farmer is a 5-star recruit who should be in the Trojans two-deep at WR. Senior Ronald Johnson has moved on with 5-star sophomore Robert Woods SC’s leading returning pass catcher. Two other 5-stars, Markeith Ambles and Kyle Prater will be Farmer’s main competition; however Prater is hobbled by a fractured foot coming off a redshirt season. Junior quarterback Matt Barkley is a lucky man.
RB DeAnthony Thomas, Oregon - The “Black Mamba” shocked the Pac-12 by switching to Oregon from hometown USC on signing day. The Ducks are absolutely loaded at running back with LaMichael James and Kenjon Barner returning. Redshirt freshman Lache Seastrunk will also debut, but Oregon will find ways to get Thomas on the field early and often.
WR Devon Blackmon, Oregon - Receivers Jeff Maehl and DJ Davis are gone and Blackmon could move right into the lineup opposite senior Lavasier Tuinei. Blackmon is a big time playmaker and will fit right in to Chip Kelly’s fast paced Quack Attack. The Ducks outlasted Alabama, Florida and USC for Blackmon.
QB Brett Hundley, UCLA - Arguably the top dual thread quarterback in the nation, Hundley settled on Westwood among twenty offers. Hundley is just what the Bruins need to take pressure off star junior running back Johnathan Franklin. While there is talk of a redshirt- Hundley has it all, a strong arm, elusiveness and leadership.
RB Ka’Deem Carey, Arizona - RB Nic Grigsby has moved on, leaving senior Keola Antolin all that stands in the way of Carey making a fantasy impact. Carey was one of the top high school running backs in the nation combining for nearly 4,500 yards and 70 touchdowns during his junior and senior seasons.
RB Harvey Langi, Utah - Joining the Pac 12 positively impacted the Utes recruiting efforts. 6’1” and 220, Langi offers versatility, potentially on both sides of the ball. With both Eddie Wide and Matt Asiata moving on, Langi was a huge “get”. Langi gives Utah a great running option to go with the passing of quarterback Jordan Wynn.
WR Devon Cajuste, Stanford - Receivers Doug Baldwin and Ryan Whalen are gone and Cajuste could be just what quarterback Andrew Luck needs. Look for Cajuste to get every opportunity to play alongside senior Chris Owusu at wide out. Stanford went across country to New York to land Cajuste who has excellent speed to go along with NFL size (6’4” 220).
QB Michael Eubank, Arizona State - 6’5” 235 with 4.8 speed, Eubank could get opportunities in wildcat situations as a true freshman. Eubank accounted for more than 4,000 yards and 40 touchdowns last season. Senior Steven Threet remains the man, but the future in Tempe lies in the hands of Eubank.
TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Washington - For those requiring a tight end, Seferian-Jenkins is a must get. Ranked by some as the top tight end in the class, Austin checks in at 6’7” 250. With Jake Locker off to the NFL, Seferian-Jenkins will be a nice safety valve for UW’s new QB and help open things up for receiver Jermaine Kearse.
WR Brandin Cooks, Oregon State - Cooks is just what Oregon State needed to take some pressure off WR Markus Wheaton. Cooks has an intriguing combination of speed and hands and is very dangerous after the catch. Cooks will battle Jordan Bishop for the starting spot opposite Wheaton and will be a welcome addition for quarterback Ryan Katz.