It is often difficult for true freshmen to make an immediate impact. However, in his short time at the University of Florida, head coach Will Muschamp has found success when he has had to rely on contributions from freshmen. Linebacker Antonio Morrison, defensive end Jonathan Bullard, Buck linebacker Dante Fowler Jr., running back Matt Jones and offensive tackle D.J. Humphries all had success as true freshmen in 2012. Given that the Gators had a consensus top 3 recruiting class for 2013, this season should be no different.
So which members of the 2013 recruiting class could emerge this fall? Here are five true freshmen that could play a big role in the Gators success this season:
1. Demarcus Robinson, wide receiver — Looking for some playmakers to help out quarterback Jeff Driskel, the Gators added five wide receivers in its 2013 recruiting class and Robinson looks primed to make the biggest impact out of all of them. An early enrollee, Robinson proved in the spring that he is capable of having an immediate impact this season. He will likely open the season as the starter opposite redshirt junior Quinton Dunbar.
2. Vernon Hargreaves III, cornerback — As the highest-rated member of the recruiting class, and one of the most sought after recruits in the entire country, Hargreaves should get a chance to contribute in some fashion in the Florida secondary this season. The Gators already have plenty of depth at cornerback with Marcus Roberson, Loucheiz Purifoy and Brian Poole, but Hargreaves is simply too talented to sit on the bench.
3. Caleb Brantley, defensive tackle — Similar to the cornerback position, the Gators will have plenty of depth at defensive tackle this season. Senior Dominique Easley will be playing inside this fall after switching between tackle and end for most of his career. The Gators also signed four defensive tackles in this recruiting class, and Brantley may just be the most talented one of the entire group. At 6-3, 304 pounds, Brantley should provide immediate dividends as a space-filler and run-stopper.
4. Daniel McMillian, linebacker — With Jon Bostic and Jelani Jenkins moving on to the NFL, depth is a serious issue for the Gators linebacking corps. An early enrollee, McMillian impressed the coaches in the spring and will get a chance to compete for a starting job this fall.
5. Kelvin Taylor, running back — The son of former Gator great Fred Taylor, the younger Taylor showed in the spring why he will get a chance at plenty of playing time this season. He will start the season as the No. 3 running back behind Matt Jones and Mack Brown. However, he is a complete back with speed and power. Once he gets a better grasp of the offense he will certainly get the opportunity to contribute in some fashion.