Top freshman on every SEC football team heading into 2022 season

Aaron Anderson – WR, Alabama

The tide always keeps talented receivers, but Aaron Anderson is the one you should buy early. Arriving on campus in this recent class, the five-star, 5-foot-9, 184-pound receiver brings incredible speed, contact balance, vision, quickness, and explosive playability. With his talent and athleticism, he has a major debut opportunity in the fall.

Luther’s Burden: WR, Missouri

The East Saint Louis native signed to the Tigers as a five-star prospect. According to 247sports composite rankings, he was ranked No. 1 WR and No. 3 overall in his category. Burden brings much-needed big-play ability into the receiving body for a par for 12 offenseand in completions over 20 yards in 2021.

Shemar James: LB, Florida

Opting with Florida over the University of Georgia and his home state of Alabama, James is a big contributor to the Gator defense. Standing at 6-foot-2 and 212 pounds, he brings solid size and exceptional athleticism and has the versatility to rush the quarterback from the edge. Over three college seasons, the linebacker posted 114 tackles, 13 sacks, 20 tackles for loss, and two interceptions over three college seasons.

Tire West: DL, Tennessee

A highly recruited defensive lineman has turned down his long commitment to UGA to play for the Volunteers. Hailing from Tifton, Georgia, the four-star is a powerhouse with a quick first step and remarkable passing ability. West is 6-foot-3, 280 pounds and was ranked No. 7 DL and No. 9 in Georgia State and ranked No. 74 overall for ESPN300. He plays aggressively and boasts a 4.5-second shuttle time, which helps him shoot through passing gaps and pressure the quarterback. West is definitely one to watch if you’re on the attacking side of the ball.

Kiyaunta Goodwin: OL, Kentucky

The 6-foot-8, 340-pound five-star is a massive force on the line. He plays with physicality, intensity, is explosive and has quick mobility for his size. He’s coordinated enough on his feet to drive defenders and stay balanced. Goodwin has all the qualities necessary to be a true blindside protector for feral cats. According to 247Sports, he already has the potential to become a future second-round draft pick.

Will Campbell: OL, LSU

The five-star from Monroe, Louisiana is 6-foot-6, 300 pounds and is a huge addition to LSU’s lineup. For a player his size, Campbell does a great job of keeping his pads at a consistent level. He doesn’t play too high, but doesn’t overcompensate to knock players out of games. His athleticism and run blocking speak for themselves. According to LSU’s roster this year, Campbell certainly has the potential to see a bit of the field.

Walter Nolan: DL, Texas A&M

At 6-foot-4 and well over 300 pounds, TAMU stands out in this class and doesn’t expect to wait long to get playing time in the SEC. Nolan has exceptional lateral movement and balance and is one of the strongest linemen in the country, both inside and outside the weight room. Acting like a missile out of position, he showed that he wasn’t washing but he wasn’t chasing either. This freshman is definitely one of many deeper DL Aggies the second he steps onto the court.

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Malaki Starks: ATH, Georgia

As the No. 2 player at Georgia State and No. 14 overall, the 6-foot-1, 205-pound athlete will most likely start his college career playing high school for the Bulldogs. With that, Starks has the athleticism to play anywhere on the court. Being one of only 5 five-star prospects (all defensive) signed in the 2022 recruiting round, his on-play skills, quickness and overall versatility are just what the Georgian defense needs after losing key players at the portal of transfer and the NFL Draft.

Micah Riley-Ducker: TE, Auburn

The Nebraska native comes in auburn bringing major size and athleticism to the Tiger offense. At 6-foot-5 and 236 pounds, the solid receiver and pass blocker is perfect to fill the spot of JJ Pegues, who recently traded to Ole Miss. Riley-Ducker’s frame and skills are impressive enough that he can definitely have it. in the mix for playtime this fall.

Marquez Dortch: WR, Mississippi State

A four-star prospect from Lucedale, MS who opted out of Ole Miss to sign with the Bulldogs. Standing at 6 feet tall, 175 pounds, Dortch has the potential to bring major talent to Mike Leach’s air raid offense. He is a complete athlete who has experience playing on both sides of the ball. His speed, agility and quick hands give him the potential to see the field at Davis Wade this season.

Jaron Willis: ATH, Ole Miss

Ole Miss definitely needs to improve his defense this season and Jaron Willis is exactly the type of player he needs to make an impact. A native of Leesburg, Georgia, he’s the highest-rated linebacker for the Rebels since Breon Dixon in 2017. Drafted heavily as a linebacker, Willis is ranked No. 185 overall rookie and 19th top rusher in the 2022 class. definitely has the size and talent of the kind of player who could come in and be a freshman All-American at Ole Miss.

E’Marion Harris: LB, Arkansas

Son of former Razorback DL Elliot Harris, E’Marion Harris has the size and strength to be a Game 1 starter as a true freshman next September, especially with the departure of left tackle Myron Cunningham. . The 6-foot-7, 360-pound four-star obviously has the size, but also the athleticism to take fans back to the days of Denver Kirkland, Sebastian Tretola and Dan Skipper.

Ja’Dais Richard: S, Vanderbilt

Once committed to TCU, the 6-foot-2, 205-pound safety opted out after the coaching change. A tri-sport athlete in high school, Richard is adding another high school option. Upgraded to four stars after signing, Richard has seen a rapid rise and you can expect great things from him at Vanderbilt.

Keenan Nelson Jr.: DB, South Carolina

Nelson, a native of Philadelphia, is considered a four-star prospect by all three major recruiting sites, reaching No. 168 on ESPN’s Top 300 Players list. What makes his commitment even more important is the depth (or lack thereof) in the South Carolina secondary. With his athleticism, it is very possible for him to help gamecocks at the back and more. He could project himself more as a safety, playing as the last line of defense in this South Carolina secondary, or he could slip inside to play nickelback. Nelson is definitely a player who has all the characteristics needed to see the pitch every four years.

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