College football: Which signees could have the impact of players like Calvin Barnett or Damien Williams?

Every year, there are special acquisitions that help their team right away. Which 2013 signees will make a big impact this coming fall?
by Gina Mizell Published: February 16, 2013
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photo - CELEBRATION: Oklahoma State's Cooper Bassett (80), Calvin Barnett (99) and Ryan Simmons (52) celebrate during a college football game between Oklahoma State University (OSU) and Savannah State University at Boone Pickens Stadium in Stillwater, Okla., Saturday, Sept. 1, 2012. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman
CELEBRATION: Oklahoma State's Cooper Bassett (80), Calvin Barnett (99) and Ryan Simmons (52) celebrate during a college football game between Oklahoma State University (OSU) and Savannah State University at Boone Pickens Stadium in Stillwater, Okla., Saturday, Sept. 1, 2012. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman

Signing Day is often a time for college football programs to look toward the more distant future.

But every year, there are special acquisitions that help their team right away.

At OSU, Calvin Barnett became an immediate starter at defensive tackle and the Big 12 Defensive Newcomer of the Year. Damien Williams became Oklahoma's leading rusher. TCU's Devonte Fields was arguably the best defensive player in the Big 12 as a true freshman.

Which 2013 signees will make a similar impact this coming fall?

At OU, Hatari Boyd could step into a starting safety role, while junior college transfer Quincy Russell could help on the defensive line.

At OSU, the Cowboys signed a pair of four-star playmakers at wide receiver in Marcell Ateman and Ra'Shaad Samples and have two early enrollees in Sam Wren and Naim Mustafaa who should challenge for starting spots at defensive end.

Meanwhile, Texas continued its tradition of bringing in blue chip recruits; now the task is to use them to create blue chip teams. Notre Dame, which hosts OU on Sept. 28, reeled in the nation's third-best recruiting class following its undefeated regular season and appearance in the national championship game. And Mississippi State, which opens against OSU at Reliant Stadium in Houston, created some pre-Signing Day drama when Fred Ross, who had long been committed to the Cowboys, switched late to the Bulldogs.



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