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February 2, 2011
Five super sleepers in 2011
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Rivals.com recruiting analyst Barry Every breaks down five freshmen the 2011 class that were passed over by some of the bigger programs but should have an impact at the next level.
DT Demetris Anderson, Fort Pierce (Fla.) Westwood (UCF)
Anderson may not have the ideal height but he possesses a very good motor with superior strength. On top of that, he has grades at a position that college coaches struggle to find quality bodies. Look for Anderson to immediately add quality depth to the Golden Knights defensive line and don't be surprised if he is in the two-deep at the start of the season.
OG Matt Frazier, Kankakee (Ill.) Bishop McNamara (Northwestern)
Offensive linemen usually redshirt because defenses at the next level tend to be bigger, faster and more complex. He could be cross-trained at more than one position along the offensive line, increasing the chances of early playing time.
WR Quentin Gardener, Denton (Texas) Guyer (Minnesota)
Then an injury caused Gardener to miss several games. He came back just in time to help Guyer make a deep playoff run while his position changed. Gardener did not complain but relished the fact that he could also impress college coaches as a physical corner. This versatile athlete will be adding serious ball skills and a mental toughness that the Gophers will surely take advantage of.
OT Ryan Mack, Memphis (Tenn.) Wooddale (Louisville)
Mack has the size and athletic ability to play right offensive tackle and either guard positions for the Cardinals. Look for him to make an immediate impact because he is physically big enough to compete right now, while having the mental toughness to take any abuse thrown his way.
ATH Ronnell Sims, Abilene (Texas) (SMU)
Sims has excellent speed and superior change of direction, making him hard to tackle in the open field. He may lack the size of more coveted receivers but he does not lack the athletic ability or the home-run speed to make a difference for the Mustangs. Look for him to get early chances as a return man and a slot receiver in the wide-open SMU offense. You can't tackle what you can't catch and that is what he brings to the table in C-USA.