Now that spring football is over in the SEC, every coach has a better idea of what their roster will look like once the season gets here. The only problem is they won't have a full roster to work with until fall camp. That's because the rest of the 2015 recruiting class, the ones that did not enroll early, will arrive this summer.
And if last year was any indication, there will be a handful of summer enrollees that will impact the conference landscape in 2015. Just ask Nick Chubb, Leonard Fournette and Derek Barnett. Not one arrived on campus until last summer.
Over the next two days, we'll take a team-by-team look at which summer enrollee will make the biggest impact in Year 1. Today, we begin with the SEC East.
Florida: OT Martez Ivey
All six incoming offensive linemen might be asked to contribute in some form or fashion this season -- that's how thin Florida is up front -- but none have higher expectations than Ivey, a five-star offensive tackle ranked No. 5 overall in the ESPN 300. There was talk he could start from Day 1 when he signed back in February, but now that Rod Johnson's career is over, you can go ahead and write in Ivey's name with the first-team offense. The only question is whether he starts out at left tackle or right tackle.
Georgia: DT Trent Thompson
Mark Richt quietly signed another top-10 class in 2015, and the headliner of that class is Thompson, the nation's No. 3 overall prospect. At 6-foot-4, 311 pounds, Thompson already has the size and the strength to make an immediate impact. In fact, he becomes the team's second biggest defensive lineman the minute he steps on campus. With Mike Thornton and Toby Johnson both graduated, there's an opportunity for Thompson at defensive tackle if he can learn the defense in time.
Kentucky: DT Courtney Miggins
Head coach Mark Stoops was high on both Miggins and fellow junior college defensive lineman Alvonte Bell at his signing day press conference, calling both players “difference-makers.” That doesn't necessarily mean they're the next Alvin Dupree-Za'Darius Smith combo, but a coach can dream. Miggins is a bigger than Bell which means he's more likely to play inside. But he's also versatile enough to fill the void left by Smith at defensive end. Either way, he's expected to contribute early and often.
Missouri: DL Terry Beckner Jr.
It should come as no surprise that “D-Line Zou” landed the nation's No. 1 defensive tackle and No. 2 player overall, but Beckner is only the second ESPN 300 defensive lineman to sign with Missouri since Sheldon Richardson in 2009. The coaching staff is hoping he can make a similar impact to Richardson his first year on campus. They don't necessarily need Beckner to start right away, but they are expecting him to play early. He's simply too good not to keep off the field.
South Carolina: QB Lorenzo Nunez
There's a reason that Nunez's name keeps coming up when Steve Spurrier talks about the quarterback competition. The Head Ball Coach is excited about the incoming freshman. It will be difficult to unseat Connor Mitch, the favorite to win the job right now, but the fact that Mitch hasn't already been named the starter says a lot about Nunez and what he brings to the conversation. Even if Mitch is the starter, don't be surprised if Spurrier works in a package for Nunez at some point.
Tennessee: DT Kahlil McKenzie
There's big and then there's McKenzie. The ESPN 300 star has dropped weight and still reportedly weighs a smidge more than 340 pounds. He's not too big, though. He can still move and make plays, which is exactly why the Tennessee staff is anxious to get him on campus. They expect him to compete with fellow freshman Shy Tuttle for playing time at defensive tackle. Tuttle has a leg up after going through spring practice, but you can't teach size. And McKenzie has plenty of that.
Vanderbilt: CB Donovan Sheffield
The good is news is that Vanderbilt returns all five starters in the secondary. The bad news is that the Commodores' secondary wasn't so great last season. What's that mean for Sheffield? It means that despite the returning depth and experience, there's an opportunity for the four-star cornerback to come in and play right away. And you know Derek Mason, a former cornerback himself, is excited to get Sheffield on campus. If nothing else, he should provide an immediate boost to the return game.