Earlier this week, Bruce Feldman of ESPN The Magazine identified eight junior college signees nationally he felt would make the biggest impact during the 2011 season.
Three SEC players made the cut. Georgia nose guard John Jenkins was No. 3 on his list, LSU quarterback Zach Mettenberger No. 4 on his list and Alabama defensive tackle Jesse Williams No. 5 on his list.
All three would certainly be on my list if I were selecting the SEC’s most impactful junior college transfers for the 2011 season.
Here are eight more to watch from this class, in alphabetical order:
OT Kaleb Broome, South Carolina: The 6-6, 314-pound Broome is already enrolled after allowing just one sack last season at Georgia Military College. With the Gamecocks losing four senior offensive linemen who started games last season, Broome will be a guy to watch at right tackle.
DT Maurice Couch, Tennessee: The Vols need all the help they can get inside on the defensive line, and the 6-2, 305-pound Couch showed great burst off the ball last season at Garden City (Kan.) Community College. He was one of the Vols’ top targets in this class and will arrive on campus this summer.
OT Aaron Douglas, Alabama: A Freshman All-American at Tennessee two years ago, the 6-6, 285-pound Douglas spent last season at Arizona Western College. He’s already enrolled in school and will get first dibs to replace James Carpenter as the Crimson Tide’s left tackle.
CB Byron Moore, Tennessee: He originally signed with Southern California out of high school and redshirted. He played both cornerback and safety last season at Los Angeles Harbor Community College, and with Janzen Jackson in limbo, Moore projects as a key cog in the Vols’ secondary next season. He won’t be on campus until this summer.
DT Gilbert Pena, Ole Miss: The 6-4, 310-pound Pena figures to step in right away with the Rebels losing four senior defensive tackles. Pena worked for three years out of high school to help support his sick mother before enrolling in ASA College. He’s already enrolled and will go through spring practice.
CB Wesley Pendleton, Ole Miss: The Rebels were in dire need of secondary help, which made Pendleton a huge pick-up out of Copiah-Lincoln Community College. He has great speed and can play both cornerback and safety. Like Pena, he’s already in school and will participate in spring practice.
QB Zack Stoudt, Ole Miss: After starting his career at Louisville, Stoudt transferred to Iowa Western Community College after Steve Kragthorpe was fired as Louisville’s head coach. The 6-5, 220-pound Stoudt will compete for the Rebels’ starting quarterback job this spring along with Nathan Stanley and Randall Mackey.
OT Joey Trapp, Mississippi State: The Bulldogs are going to take a look at the 6-5, 285-pound Trapp this spring at both guard and tackle. He played tackle at Los Angeles Harbor Community College and will be one of the candidates to replace the Bulldogs’ All-SEC performer, Derek Sherrod, at left tackle.