Aside from the three pass rushers and three receivers, the other three junior college recruits fill specific needs, too. Stone Underwood is a 6-4, 285-pound center who will try to replace four-year starter Joe Madsen, 6-5 punter Nick O'Toole will compete where both the team's punters from last season were lost, and running back Dreamius Smith will add depth to a running back corps that has been talented the last two seasons but also hit hard by injuries.
Wendell Smallwood is another running back added from the high school ranks, while Spring Valley's Elijah Wellman - the only state native in the class - is projected as a fullback.
"It's going to give us a tremendous amount of depth at the position,'' Holgorsen said.
There was also an emphasis on offensive linemen with four signed, including Underwood. Most offensive linemen out of high school need a redshirt year, but Holgorsen said that 6-3, 280-pound Tyler Tezeno from Texas might be an exception.
"He's a big, thick guy,'' Holgorsen said.
The players with the biggest advantage as far as early playing time is concerned, though, are the seven already enrolled. The group includes two of the junior college players - receiver White and running back Smith - along with Smallwood, Shorts, Greaves, quarterback Chavas Rawlins and linebacker Hodari Christian.
The recruiting class includes players from 15 states, which is quite unusual, and only two from Florida, which usually supplies at least eight to 12 recruits a year. Holgorsen said he isn't shying away from Florida or targeting any otter specific area, but he wants to both broaden the recruiting base and also concentrate more on surrounding states like Ohio and Pennsylvania.
"And the number of junior college players also had something to do with [recruiting from 15 states],' Holgorsen said.
Holgorsen said there were some players in the class who still have work to do academically in order to qualify.
"There's a high percentage that are already qualified,'' he said. "But it's not a hundred percent.''
There is also the possibility of more players signing later. While the NCAA limits recruiting classes to 25 per year, at least three of the early enrollees can be counted in vacancies from last year's class. Holgorsen also said he lost two scholarship players recently when freshman defensive lineman Imarjaye Albury decided to transfer and sophomore linebacker Troy Gloster decided not to play.
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