Hugh Freeze didn’t sign a top 10 recruiting class just for looks.
With lack of depth a constant theme around spring drills Freeze has spoken several times about the freshmen he expects to get on the field.
End Robert Nkemdiche, the nation’s No. 1 recruit, is often the first name mentioned when the class is discussed, but Freeze is expecting a lot of help on the offensive side of the ball.
Laquon Treadwell and Quincy Adeboyejo are among the first mentioned when Freeze talks about developing depth at wide receiver.
“We add to it LaQuon and Quincy. We’ll add some needed depth, and those young kids are going to have to play,” he said.
Adeboyejo was rated a four-star recruit. Freeze also signed receiver Trey Bledsoe of Grenada, Derrick Jones of Eupora and junior college transfer Quadarias Mireless, a mid-year signee who has been going through spring drills.
Once everyone gets to campus it’s possible some of those could end up in other positions if Freeze is satisfied with depth.
It’s possible all four freshman offensive linemen could play, and Freeze isn’t going into August with a plan to redshirt either of four-star quarterbacks Ryan Buchanan and Devante Kincade.
Starting quarterback Bo Wallace has missed spring after shoulder surgery but expects to be ready for August. An experience senior backup in Barry Brunetti and sophomore Maikhail Miller have divided most of the snaps.
“I hope they can compete. We can’t be with them but they can get here in June and start watching all our cut-ups. They both are now, I think,” Freeze said.