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Football: Who's going to be an impact freshman in college?

August 8, 2012 |  7:46 am

From the class of 2012, who's going to be an impact player in college from Southern California in his first year?

My early top choice is quarterback Travis Wilson from San Clemente. He's going to compete for lots of playing time at Utah. He graduated early, got to participate in spring ball and seems to have made a smooth transition to college.

Receiver Bryce Treggs from Bellflower St. John Bosco worked extremely hard over the summer to prepare to play immediately at California.

Receiver Jordan Payton and cornerback Ishmael Adams from Westlake Village Oaks Christian will have the chance to contribute immediately at UCLA because they are playing positions the Bruins lack quality depth in. Ditto for linebacker Aaron Porter from La Habra.

Sean Wale from La Habra could be the starting punter for Boise State.

Linebackers Salamo Fiso from Long Beach Poly and Carlos Mendoza from Oaks Christian are ready to contribute at Arizona State.

Offensive lineman Kyle Murphy from San Clemente will get a long look at Stanford, which needs to replace some graduated linemen. Receiver Kodi Whitfield from Loyola also could get some attention.

Tackle Max Tuerk from Santa Margarita could get playing time at USC if there are any injuries. And Jabari Ruffin has a chance to play for the Trojans at linebacker.

-- Eric Sondheimer