National Signing Day this past Wednesday closed the door on another unreal signing class across college football. But, as we look toward next season, which stars will be ready to make an immediate impact? In this article, we take a look at seven players who will be ready to rock and roll come next fall and won't be using a redshirt.
7. Alabama RB Trey Sanders
Alabama is known for grooming elite running backs, and you better believe the team has high hopes for running back Trey Sanders. Out of national powerhouse IMG Academy, Trey Sanders is the No. 1 ranked running back in the country for 2019. He chose Bama over a boatload of offers. At 6-0, 215 pounds, he's a beast with the ball in his hands. Look for him to make an early impact in Tuscaloosa.
6. Oklahoma WR Jadon Haselwood
At 6-2.5, 195 pounds, Jadon Haselwood has superstar receiver written all over him. And he'll be ready to showcase his stuff at Oklahoma next season. Haselwood had a hectic recruitment process, but ultimately signed with the Sooners. Another elite option for Lincoln Riley? Yessir. Haselwood is the No. 1 ranked WR for 2019.
5. LSU CB Derek Stingley
A Baton Rouge native, 5-star cornerback Derek Stingley had the choice to go to any school he wanted to in the country. However, he decided there's no place like home, as he signed with LSU. This was a MAJOR win for Ed Orgeron and his staff. The 6-0, 190-pounder has incredible cover skills, which will give SEC quarterbacks nightmares for the next 3-4 years.
4. Georgia DE Nolan Smith
Ranked the No. 1 overall player for 2019, come on, there's ZERO chance defensive end Nolan Smith isn't going to see the field next fall. Already enrolled at Georgia, Smith will go through spring camp starting next month and get fans AMPED to see his potential in the near future. At 6-3, 227 pounds, the man is going to be a monster in the trenches.
3. Oregon DE Kayvon Thibodeaux
Speaking of stud defensive ends, the Pac-12 just landed a PLAYER in Oregon's Kayvon Thibodeaux. The 5-star DE had 27 offers this recruiting cycle, but chose to sign with Mario Cristobal and Oregon. Defensive line coach Joe Salave'a is one of the top assistant coaches in the conference. Him and Kayvon working together has magic written all over it.
2. LSU RB John Emery Jr.
Trey Sanders may be the No. 1 running back in the country for 2019, but not far behind at No. 2 is LSU signee John Emery Jr. The 6-0, 190-pounder has blazing speed and isn't easy to bring down. For the Tigers, he'll be an electric running back for years to come.
1. South Carolina DT Zacch Pickens
Imagine being an offensive lineman and your task is to try and stop defensive tackle Zacch Pickens from getting to the quarterback. Standing at 6.5-5 and 285 pounds, umm, good luck with that. The 5-star Pickens will need to be double-teamed quite a bit at the next level. Imagine him in a college weight room/nutrition program too. This kid is only going to get bigger. Goodness me.