2015 Alabama Signing Class: 5 Impact Players on Offense
After seeing what offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin was able to do with the talent Alabama had in 2014, Tide fans are plenty excited about how he can mold the stars of Bama’s 2015 recruiting class. Here’s a look at five newcomers who could become impact players on offense.
Blake Barnett, QB
If Lane Kiffin stays at Alabama for a considerable amount of time, his major project will be molding Blake Barnett into the next great quarterback at Alabama. Barnett has the tools and is already on campus. He is more mobile than traditional Tide QBs, but after seeing what Kiifin did with Blake Sims, Bama fans should be okay with that. Barnett likely won’t play much if at all next season, but watch for him to challenge for playing time by 2016.
Calvin Ridley, WR
Calvin Ridley isn’t your Julio Jones-type big reciever, but his speed and quickness plays well into an offensive system that is more uptempo. Ridley’s academics may be an issue, but if he can qualify expect him to be an immediate contributor at a position that lost a lot to graduation and Amari Cooper’s early exit.
Damien Harris, RB
Damien Harris will have to work hard to crack Alabama’s deep running back rotation. However, his low center of gravity is a change from the much taller backs like Derrick Henry. Harris might only see situational duty in 2015, but he is a playmaker and can be a force in the Tide’s future.
Lester Cotton, OL
At 6-4, 321 Lester Cotton was born to play SEC football. The Tuscaloosa native and pride of Central High School has the tools to immediately challenge for a starting spot at one of the guard positions.
Brandon Kennedy, OL
Brandon Kennedy comes to Alabama as the third overall center in the country. Injuries hampered the Tide’s depth at center last season, so Kennedy could be called to action earlier than expected.