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February 6, 2007
Impact Redshirt Freshmen: SEC
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The Southeastern Conference has established itself as a place where recruiting victories soon translate to on-field victories.
Fourteen players from SEC schools – more than any other conference – earned Rivals.com freshman All-America honors last season.
One year earlier, South Carolina wide receiver Sidney Rice was named the Rivals.com National Freshman of the Year.
Many SEC schools already have reaped the benefits of their 2006 recruiting classes.
Florida wide receiver Percy Harvin was the most valuable player of the SEC championship game. Gators quarterback Tim Tebow played a vital role in the Gators' national championship season while backing up Chris Leak. Georgia quarterback Matthew Stafford led the Bulldogs on a three-game winning streak to end the season.
Those guys established themselves as true freshmen, but many other 2006 signees are poised to make an impact as redshirt freshmen next fall. We've put together a list of the five redshirt freshmen in the SEC who could have the greatest contributions on their respective teams next year.
* In the original posting of this story we said that Jacob Hester would be lost to graduation. He in fact has one more year of eligibility. Rivals.com regrets the error.