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Which newcomer can make a quick impact for OSU football?

BY BRANDON CHATMON Modified: May 8, 2011 at 9:35 pm •  Published: May 8, 2011

*Linebacker Alex Elkins: Elkins, a junior college transfer, didn't play high school football, yet picked up the game quickly at Blinn Community College. He caught the eye of OSU linebacker coach Glenn Spencer. At 6-4, 233 pounds, Elkins has good size and speed. His impact rides on how quickly he adapts to Division I football.

Elkins' opportunity: The Cowboys spent a good portion of the spring searching for a “Will” linebacker. Kris Catlin, Joe Mitchell, Chris Dinkins and LeRon Furr lined up at the position, but nobody really seized the starting spot. If Elkins comes in and takes advantage of the opportunity, he could earn the starting nod.

*Receiver David Glidden: Having played in a similar offense at Mustang, Glidden will arrive on campus with an advantage over the other receiver signees. He could be the ideal player to provide depth at inside receiver during his freshman year.

Glidden's opportunity: Josh Cooper is a mainstay on the Cowboys offense, but Glidden could battle the other inside receivers — Colton Chelf, Tracy Moore and others — for playing time. Last season, it was Bo Bowling who stepped up and played a complementary role alongside Cooper. Bowling is gone now, so that spot is open for the taking.

*Cornerbacks Jonovan Griffin or Miketavius Jones: Jones becomes the third Houston North Shore cornerback on the roster this fall and might be the best of the bunch. Griffin has been likened to Justin Gilbert by cornerbacks coach Jason Jones, thanks to his raw talent and exploits as a high school quarterback. How quickly he adapts to playing cornerback could decide his redshirt status.

Their opportunity: In this era of spread offenses, you can never have too many cornerbacks. OSU entered the spring looking for cornerbacks to fill its rotation — and it's still looking. Outside of Gilbert and Hedgepeth, nobody really stepped up to secure a spot this spring. If Jones or Griffin arrive this fall and impress early, they could become members of the cornerback rotation.