4 Offensive Signees That Could Make an Impact in 2016
National Signing Day is in the books, but it's still the talk of Title-Town. Alabama yet again put together the best signing class in the nation, so that means there's a lot of new talent about to represent the Tide on the field. So which offensive newcomers could see some significant playing time in their first season?
With the departure of Heisman Trophy winner Derrick Henry and the graduation of Kenyan Drake, the running back position will be wide open next season. Bo Scarbrough and Damien Harris will most likely get the nod, but if true freshman Emmons can develop quickly enough, he could become an integral piece of the Tide offense before season's end.
Many recruiting analysts and football savvy folks have said that Williams could be one of the best overall tackle prospects to ever come out of high school. That's saying something, especially since he'll be following in the footsteps of former Tide tackles Andre Smith, Cyrus Kouandjio, and Cam Robinson (of which is returning for his junior season). If he lives up to the hype, Williams' future could be very bright while at the Capstone, and that future could begin sooner than some expected.
If Williams doesn't get some early playing time in 2016, it'll most likely be because of his incoming classmate Charles Baldwin. Baldwin is considered the #1 OT recruit in 2016, according to 247Sports, so if any newbie will earn playing time, you have to think it could be the top position player in the country. The advantage that both Williams and Baldwin have on most others is that they both are early enrollees. If they both enrolled in the fall for their first semester at The Capstone, this would be a completely different conversation.
Possibly the best way to describe Diggs' game is to say he might be the next Kenyan Drake. At 6'0" and 183 lbs, he's fully capable of getting the rock handed to him and making plays, but he can do most of his damage when he's lined up on a linebacker, safety, or cornerback. Last year in high school, he combined on offense, defense, and special teams for 1500 all-purpose yards and 21 touchdowns.