Mark Pszonak contributed to this report.
Spring football is in the books and many players across Power Five conferences took the next step forward or in some cases their first step towards stardom. This week we look at some of those standouts and we continue with the SEC.
JASHAUN CORBIN - Texas A&M
The skinny: Corbin initially committed to Florida State, but after the coaching change in Tallahassee, he reopened his recruitment. While USC and Arkansas became serious players, and the Seminoles remained in the picture with new coach Willie Taggart, Corbin surprised some by following coach Jimbo Fisher to College Station.
With a deep stable of running backs looking to make their mark this spring, Corbin’s performance helped establish himself as the clear leader at the position. A hamstring tweak caused him to sit out the spring game, but that did not damper Aggies’ fans excitement about his potential this fall.
Farrell’s take: Trayveon Williams is gone and Corbin could be the best replacement possible. He has good size but he can also catch the ball out of the backfield and he’s dynamic when he has the ball in his hands. A big Florida pickup for Texas A&M, Fisher will know how to use him and he could be the next star running back for the Aggies.
CAMERON LATU - Alabama
The skinny: Latu trimmed his list of top programs down to Alabama, USC, Nebraska, Utah and Washington before committing to the Tide in early August. With Irv Smith making the move to the NFL, tight end was one of the few positions at Alabama where there were a few question marks coming into the spring. Latu, who may also be used as an H-Back, emerged as an extremely pleasant surprise, who should give the Tide an explosive pass catching weapon. Making the move from linebacker, he is still learning the position, and may start the season behind Miller Forristall, but look for him to see increased playing time as he picks up the offense.
Farrell’s take: Latu was a very athletic defensive end coming out of high school who could also play linebacker or move to offense if needed. Now he’s a key offensive player for Alabama and could be the downfield threat to replace Smith for Nick Saban. We had him as a four-star and No. 113 in the country for a reason because he’s a very good athlete and there’s no reason for us to think he won’t be successful at tight end.