Alford was Georgia's state champion in the 100 meter as a junior in high school.
We take a look at the top candidatesin the 2013 recruiting class at each Pac-12 program to be impact players the second they step on campus next season.
Immediate impact recruit: Mario Alford, ATH, Georgia Military College
The Skinny: In Rich Rodriguez’s wide open spread offense, athletes that can make plays in space are in high demand and Alford has the speed to be beastly in that setting. A track guy that can coast to 10.7 100 meter times, Alford can line up at cornerback, running back or receiver but his speed and playmaking ability will almost certainly direct him towards offense for Arizona.
Immediate impact recruit: Chans Cox, ILB, Lakeside (Ariz.) Blue Ridge
The Skinny: An in-state prospect with plenty of size and movement skills, Cox should arrive at the Arizona State program with the toughness to compete early on. Additionally, Cox has the versatility to be both a linebacker and an H-back type of player in college so he should be able to find a role in some capacity.
Immediate impact recruit: Cameron Walker, CB, Loyola, Calif.
The Skinny: Cal graduates plenty of experience in the secondary and under new head coach Sonny Dykes, fresh meat will have plenty of opportunity to vie for the jobs that come open. Cameron Walker is our pick for the best shot at landing one of those jobs due to his nice size and big-play capability at cornerback.
Immediate impact recruit: George Frazier, LB, Monrovia, Calif.
The Skinny: With the arrival of defensive-minded head coach Mike MacIntyre, there will be a demand for new faces to step up on a defense that was not very resistant in 2012. Frazier is rated by 247Sports as the No. 81 player in the state of California and his 6-3, 240-pound frame is college-ready and plenty of athleticism as well.
Impact recruit: Thomas Tyner, Beaverton (Oreg.) Aloha
The Skinny: Oregon has several options of players that could step in early on but Tyner’s pairing of elite track speed (10.3 in the 100 meters) and physicality (6-0/200+) is the type of talent with which Chip Kelly could do wonders. Tyree Robinson and Dontre Wilson are also players that could add to Oregon’s potent offensive attack.
Immediate impact recruit: Brandon Arnold, S, Encino (Calif.) Crespi
The Skinny: Arnold will not lack for physicality when he walks on campus as a freshman. He’s a muscular, thick defensive back that has the ability to cross train some at safety and at cornerback. That versatility and physical maturity should give Arnold the opportunity to prove early on that Oregon State landed a steal out of southern California.
Immediate impact recruit: Francis Owusu, WR, Thousand Oaks (Calif.) Oaks Christian
The Skinny: Owusu is the wide receiver that Stanford has been missing. While the tight end position has been incredibly productive under David Shaw, the offense has been missing on a true big play threat on the outside and that is what Owusu provides. The younger brother of former Stanford standout and current Tampa Bay Buccaneer wide receiver Chris Owusu, Francis is the brother with the most upside.
Jalen Ramsey was a state champion in the decathalon as a junior in his first year to ever compete.
Immediate impact recruit: Caleb Benenoch, OG, Katy (Texas) Seven Lakes
The Skinny: The immediate pressing need that the new UCLA staff identified when it arrived on campus under Jim Mora Jr. was offensive line. The staff has attacked that position under offensive line coach Adrian Klemm and with eight committed players, depth is arriving in Westwood. While there are other prospects that are higher rated among those eight commits, Benenoch – UCLA’s most recent OL commit – may be the most physically ready to contribute from the first day he steps on campus.
Immediate impact recruit: Jalen Ramsey, CB, Brentwood (Tenn.) Brentwood Academy
The Skinny: Physically, high school corners don’t come much better than Ramsey. He’s over 6-0 with extremely long arms and a frame that a lot of safeties would love to have. Ramsey is also elite athletically and he’s a fierce competitor that will welcome the challenge of earning playing time from day one. After a year in which USC’s defense had well-documented struggles, the 247Composite five-star could compete for a starting gig.
Immediate impact recruit: Andre Lewis, WR, Pleasant Hills (Calif.) Diablo Valley College
The Skinny: For an offense that had trouble moving the ball through the air at times in 2012, Lewis will be a welcomed addition. The 6-3, 218-pound JUCO product will be an immediate safety net for Travis Wilson as he continues to build on his true freshman season that saw him thrown into the fire at quarterback.
Immediate impact recruit: Demorea Stringfellow, WR, Moreno Valley (Calif.) Rancho Verde
The Skinny: Washington has some good young receivers returning in Kasen Williams and Jaydon Mickens but Stringfellow’s size gives the Husies something that not many teams have. He’s a 6-3, football vacuum with strong hands and a college frame already. With Stringfellow added to the group of Williams, Austin Sefarian-Jenkins and Mickens, the Husky passing game will create some major matchup problems.
Immediate impact recruit: Vince Mayle, WR, Rocklin (Calif.) Sierra College
The Skinny: Year one of the Mike Leach era did not produce the kind of offensive results that have become synonymous with Leach in years past. Vince Mayle hopes to help change that and the Cougar coaching staff is hoping for the same. A former basketball player, 2012 was the first year Mayle had played football since high school but the 6-3, 220-pounder had 81 receptions for 984 yards and 16 touchdowns. He could be a steal that we see on the field early on for Wazzu.