In 2012, the Atlantic Coast Conference had several true freshmen step onto the field and come up big.
Clemson needs help on the defensive line. Shaq Lawson could provide some.
In this look at ACC recruiting, 247Sports identifies the prospects currently committed to Atlantic Division programs that are most likely to make an instant impact in 2013.
IMMEDIATE IMPACT RECRUIT: Dan Monteroso, WR, St. Clairsville (Ohio)
THE SKINNY: Boston College actually threw for a lot of yards in 2012, however the receivers group as a whole wasn't considered to be that strong outside of all-conference performer Alex Amidon. With a new staff, that means there will be an open competition, and Monteroso has the type of athleticism the Eagles need. The three-star recruit is tall, runs well, goes up and gets the ball, fights for the ball and is not afraid to go over the middle of the field. With that kind of versatility and toughness, early playing time isn't just possible, it's likely.
IMMEDIATE IMPACT RECRUIT: Shaq Lawson, DE, Hargrave Military (Va.)
THE SKINNY: When you think of areas at which Clemson needs to improve moving forward, two spots come to mind: defensive line and secondary. In Lawson, they might have someone that can contribute from the day he arrives. Lawson signed with Clemson in 2012 but didn't qualify. At Hargrave Military, he impressed his coaches and produced a solid season. Lawson is a 6-feet-4 265-pounder that already has the size and ability he will need to contribute early at the strong-side defensive end position. He not only is good against the run, but might be able to provide a decent pass rush as well.
IMMEDIATE IMPACT RECRUIT: Ryan Green, APB, St. Petersburg Catholic (Fla.)
THE SKINNY: FSU has two solid running backs returning (Devonta Freeman and James Wilder) but Green has a unique skill set he can bring to the table those guys don't have. For starters, he can be a change-of-pace back for the Seminoles and give them that home run threat. Green also has the ability to line up in the slot. In space, Green is ultra-dangrous. Worth noting, it's possible running back Chris Thompson, injured in 2012, could petition for an additional NCAA-granted year. Should Thompson be back, Green's carries likely wouldn't be as great.
IMMEDIATE IMPACT RECRUIT: Derwin Gray, OT, Washington (D.C.) Friendship Academy
THE SKINNY: On the way to a 4-8 record in 2012, Maryland didn't get great play from a young offensive line. The good news for the Terrapins is that they will have a bunch of returning starters up front. However, some of those players might be replaceable if improvement isn't made. In Gray, Maryland is adding a 6-feet-5, 300-pounder that might become the team's most physically impressive offensive lineman the moment he gets to campus. Gray, the No. 45 overall prospect and No. 5 offensive tackle in the 2013 class, likely will be in the two-deep right away. If he performs well early, starting isn't out of the question.
IMMEDIATE IMPACT RECRUIT: Kyrin Priester, WR, Snellville (Ga.) Brookwod.
THE SKINNY: The Wolpack's No. 2 receiver (Tobais Palmer) is departing after a 46-catch regular season, leaving an opening for someone, possibly even a first-year player. The 6-feet-2, 185-pound Priester, the No. 52 player at his position, once was a Georgia commit. He's relatively quick off the ball for someone his size, is advanced in his route running and does a nice job consistently catching the ball. He would seem to have the frame and skills to be a possession/intermediate route type of receiver.
IMMEDIATE IMPACT RECRUIT: Cory Helms, OL, Alpharetta (Ga.).
THE SKINNY: The Deacs ranked only 116th in rushing in 2012, and desperately need to get the ground game re-started. Helms is a 6-feet-3, 300-pounder that is likely going to be a center at Wake (where depth is needed) but probably also could slide over to guard if needed. Helms' specialty is run-blocking. In high school, he anchored a line that helped produce one of the better rushing attacks in Georgia. Helms has a good frame, but might need to add more muscle between now and August. If he does that, he could contribute.