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Impact Players: 12 for 2012

Below you will find 12 for 2012- the dozen impact players from the recently-completed recruiting cycle.

These are the players that have the best chance to become names college football fans and analysts are familiar with during the 2012 season.

Cornerback Deion Belue is already enrolled at Alabama and is likely to make an impact in Tuscaloosa in 2012.

These are the guys that not only have the talent to see the field and compete at that level, but who are also walking into situations where the opportunity for playing time exists.

Deion Belue, CB, Northeast Mississippi Community College

247Sports Rating: 95

Signed With: Alabama

The Crimson Tide must replace two corners from the their national championship team and junior college transfer Belue has a great shot to compete for a starting spot. The 6-foot, 180-pounder has enrolled at Alabama and will go through spring drills. He will also be a factor in the return game, which gets him the nod over fellow mid-term junior college transfer Travell Dixon (Eastern Arizona Junior College).

Dorial Green-Beckham, WR, Springfield, Mo./Hillcrest

247Sports Rating: 100

Signed With: Missouri

This one has the feel of a Sammy Watkins-type impact, minus the return game. Green-Beckham is physically more than ready, and will provide Tigers quarterback with a deep and red zone threat. It will be a surprise if the 6-foot-6, 221-pounder isn’t on freshman All-American teams following the 2012 season.

Deontay Greenberry, WR, Fresno, Calif./Washington Union

Five-star defensive lineman Darius Hamilton should play early and often for Rutgers next season. The versatile prospect from Don Bosco Prep committed to the Scarlet Knights on the evening before national signing day, capping the nation's No. 21 overall class, which was tops in the Big East.

247Sports Rating: 98
Signed With: Houston

Greenberry shocked many by signing with Houston on Wednesday, but it will not be a shock if he makes an immediate impact and compete for freshman All-American honors. Houston is going to put the ball in the air a lot, and the 6-foot-3, 185-pounder will have the chance to shine early and often.

Darius Hamilton, DE, Ramsey, NJ/Don Bosco Prep

247Sports Rating:
Signed With: Rutgers

Rutgers scored big with the signature of top in-state and five-star prospect Darius Hamilton, and he’s expected to make an immediate impact at defensive end. While he can still add muscle mass to his frame, he is advanced from a technique standpoint and a pure and instinctive understanding of the game.

Donald Hawkins, OT, Northwest Mississippi Community College

247Sports Rating: 93
Signed With: Texas

Not many times an offensive tackle is up for this type of honor on a list, but junior college transfer Donald Hawkins has the chance to be a starter from jump street at Texas. The 6-foot-5, 310-pounder is on campus in Austin and will go through spring practice at a position that is need of the most help in the Texas program. 

Four-star linebacker Kwontie Moore has the physical ability to play for Virginia in 2012.

Tracy Howard, CB, Miramar, Fla.

247Sports Rating: 97
Signed With: Miami (Fla.)

Howard gets the nod because he is a truly elite cornerback prospect. More than the quickness, ability to change direction and the elite ball skills, Howard makes the list because he has the aptitude and mental capacity to handle everything thrown his way and he is advanced in off coverage with the athletic ability to press and stay attached.

Thomas Johnson, WR, Dallas, Texas/Skyline

247Sports Rating: 96

Signed With: Texas A&M

Texas A&M is changing schemes under new head coach Kevin Sumlin, and depth, and playmaking, at the receiver position is at a premium. In Johnson, the Aggies are getting the best slot receiver prospect in the class

Kwontie Moore, ILB, Norfolk, Va./Norfolk Christian

247Sports Rating: 97

Signed With: Virginia

The nation's top junior college prospect, Cordarrelle Patterson, should give Tennessee another weapon in the passing game next season. He picked the Vols over Auburn, Georgia, LSU and Ole Miss.

Moore is another pretty easy pick to make an immediate impact. He’s physically ready to play right now at 6-foot-2, 243-pounds and possesses elite ball skills and diagnosis ability. Add in that returning middle linebacker Steve Greer will be coming off of knee surgery, and there is little doubt Moore will be a key player for the Cavaliers in 2012.

Cordarrelle Patterson, WR, Hutchinson Community College

247Sports Rating: 99
Signed With: Tennessee

While the Volunteers have talent returning at wide receiver, Patterson is a potentially special prospect that will push for playing time and play a key role. His size and speed combination, along with his elite ball skills and being a junior college transfer, make him an easy choice to be an instant impact prospect.

Shaq Thompson, S, Sacramento, Calif./Grant

247Sports Rating: 99

Signed With: Washington

While Washington returns experience at safety, it’s tough to not see Thompson making a big splash for the Huskies. His combination of size, speed and physicality will most certainly get him on the field early and often.

Adolphus Washington, DE, Cincinnati, OH/Taft

247Sports Rating: 98

Signed With: Ohio State

Both Washington and fellow freshman end Noah Spence will have ample opportunity to make an impact for the Buckeyes as a freshman. Washington has the strength to hold his own at the point of attack early on, and the athletic ability to provide pass rush. 

Carlos Watkins, DT, Forest City (N.C.) Chase

247Sports Rating: 96
Signed With: Clemson

The jewel of the Tigers’ 2012 class will have the chance to make an instant impact with Clemson losing defensive tackles Brandon Thompson and Rennie Moore to graduation.

 How confident are the Tigers that Watkins will be in the lineup? Projected starter Tyler Shatley is moving to offensive guard this spring.

Strongly Considered

Joe Bolden, LB, Cincinnati, Ohio/Colerain – enrolled at Michigan

Gerald Bowman, S, Piece College – signed with USC

Malcom Brown, DT, Brenham, Texas – signed with Texas
Landon Collins, S, Geismar, La./Dutchtown – signed with Alabama
Travell Dixon, CB, Eastern Arizona Junior College – enrolled at Alabama
Dante Fowler, DE, Saint Petersburg, Fla./Lakewood – signed with Florida

Johnathan Gray, RB, Aledo, Texas – signed with Texas

Damien Jacobs, DT, East Mississippi Community College – enrolled at Florida

Keith Marshall, RB, Raleigh, N.C./Millbrook – enrolled at Georgia

Isaac Seumalo, OG, Corvallis, Ore. – signed with Oregon State
Noah Spence, DE, Harrisburg, Pa./Bishop Mcdevitt – signed with Ohio State

Channing Ward, DE, Aberdeen, Miss. – signed with Ole Miss
Trey Williams, RB, Spring, Texas/Dekaney – signed with Texas A&M

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