The Under Armour All-America Game week gave a more accurate assessment on the skill level of several high profiled ESPN 300 prospects as well as their intangibles off the field. These mental and physical attributes are key indicators on their abilities to make an immediate impact at the next level.
Here are a few commits who can help their team make a playoff run next year:
OT Trey Smith, Tennessee: The Vols return enough components to win the SEC East, which makes them a CFP contender. They will be unproven talent at QB and protecting that player will be critical. Smith is flat out better than anyone Tennessee currently has. Expect his impact to be vital.
CB Justin Broiles, Oklahoma: The Sooners have plenty to work with on offense in 2017, but Mike Stoops knows the defense has to see significant improvement for Oklahoma to win a national title. Help is on the way in the defensive secondary with the ESPN 300 cornerback.
WR Tee Higgins, Clemson: While there are going to be some missing components, most notably QB Deshaun Watson, Higgins could not arrive at a better time as Mike Williams is also departing from the Clemson roster. The Tigers need that big presence on the outside for the jump ball and deep post. Higgins is an acrobat when it comes to the 50-50 ball.
WR Amari Rodgers, Clemson: With Artavus Scott expected to forgo his senior year for the NFL draft, The Tigers are in need of a slot receiver and return man with hybrid qualities and plenty of explosiveness. Rodgers could step in and play alongside Ray-Ray McCloud as Rodgers is physically ready to make the jump.
OT Alex Leatherwood, Alabama: With Cam Robinson going pro, it is now time for Jonah Williams to move over to the left side for the remainder of his career with the Crimson Tide. That could open up an opportunity for Leatherwood to take the role on the right side. Alabama has had tremendous success with young lineman and having an athletic QB in Jalen Hurts helps mask youth up front.
DE Luiji Vilain, Michigan: As a designated pass-rusher in a situational role, Vilain could be just what the doctor ordered for a revamped defensive front that will feature a lot of new faces. He might not be an every down guy just yet from a physical standpoint, but he can certainly do what Joe Jackson and Bryan Burns did for Miami and FSU respectively.
RB Khalan Laborn, Florida State: With the departure of Dalvin Cook, new faces will emerge for a CFP contender in the backfield. Laborn, with his blend of speed, power and quickness, could find himself in the mix immediately.
WR Trevon Grimes, Ohio State: The Buckeyes sorely missed Mike Thomas on the outside, and as a result, could not push the ball vertically, severely hampering their downfield passing game. Grimes has the size and speed to improve this immediately.
DT Tyler Shelvin, LSU: The Tigers have edge guys, but no one in the middle like Shelvin. LSU has title-level talent in the cupboard and the addition of Shelvin gives them a much-needed presence at the tackle position.
Cesar Ruiz, Michigan: The top center recruit didn’t disappoint during Under Armour week. He showed maturity and a high football IQ in taking coaching and was also very strong and athletic. Michigan center Mason Cole has announced he is returning next year but Ruiz could still contribute as a utility lineman.