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Pac-12 Freshmen Who Could Make An Instant Impact

USC is loaded with freshmen who could help them right away in 2013.

Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

National Signing Day 2013, was a joyous day for a number of Pac-12 schools, particularly UCLA, USC, Oregon and Washington, who signed classes that were regarded by recruiting sites as being among the best in the country. As the season now approaches, we will soon get the chance to see a number of those guys who made fans around the Pac-12 so excited in February get their chance to fulfill the high expectations placed upon them.

It will be a couple of years until most of the Class of 2013 signees hit the field, but here are 12 that could make huge impacts in their very first seasons.

Devon Allen WR Oregon

The only weakness of the Ducks' offense the past couple of seasons has been their lack of consistent, good receivers, but Allen may be able to help fix that. Allen is a track star who should fit in perfectly with Oregon's team speed from day one, but it may be his good size at 6'1 195 that gets him on the field, as the Ducks rely on blocking from their receivers more than any other program in the conference.

Kenny Bigelow DT USC

The Trojans went all the way to Maryland to get the ultra-athletic Bigelow who already has the physical tools to play at the college level and should immediately bolster an already strong USC defensive line. Bigelow was one of the top defensive line recruits in the nation in the Class of 2013 and showed why when he enrolled early for spring practice and started pushing for a starting spot.

Max Browne QB USC

Browne immediately jumped right into the fight to be Matt Barkley's successor by enrolling early and taking part in spring practice, and even though he didn't put himself in the lead for the job, he is still in the fight with Cody Kessler and Max Wittek. Even if Browne doesn't win the job in fall camp, I could easily see him grabbing the Trojan reigns at some point during the season.

Su'a Cravens S USC

The Trojans desperately need help at the safety position with the graduation of T.J. McDonald and Jawanza Starling, so getting the nation's top safety recruit to sign and enroll early was a huge score for Kiffin and his staff. Cravens was fighting for the starting safety spot opposite Dion Bailey before being sidelined with a torn meniscus, but is expected to be back for fall camp and fight for that starting job.

Justin Davis RB USC

Yet another five-star recruit who enrolled early for spring practice and instantly started fighting for a starting spot. Davis is huge, fast and could even jump past senior Silas Redd if the veteran is banged up , or Davis simply emerges as the more dynamic option.

Sefo Liufau QB Colorado

Liufau wasn't one of the top-rated quarterbacks in the Class of 2013, but the Buffs are really hurting at quarterback with Liufau and junior Connor Woods being the only healthy options after spring. Liufau is big and athletic, so he could be the best long term option in Mike McIntyre's offense and grab hold of the starting spot in fall camp or sometime during the season.

Anu Solomon QB Arizona

Senior B.J. Denker looked to grab the slightest of leads over junior Jesse Scroggins for Arizona's starting quarterback spot, but with his speed, size and Bishop Gorman pedigree, Solomon might be a better choice than both of them in the long run for Rich Rodriguez. Solomon didn't take part in spring practice, but don't be surprised if he emerges from fall practice as the starter if he can adjust to the college game quickly enough.

Damore'ea Stringfellow WR Washington

The Huskies desperately need a solid receiving option other than Kasen Williams and the good news is that they signed three top flight receivers in the Class of 2013, with Stringfellow being the highest-rated. Stringfellow is big and strong with great balance in the mold of Williams, and could easily step into the number two receiver slot for the Huskies.

Greg Taboada TE Stanford

With the loss of Zach Ertz and Levine Toilolo the Cardinal have two massive holes at the tight end that is so important to them and they looked to address their future at the position in the Class of 2013 by signing three tight ends, and Taboada was probably the most well-regarded of the group. He already has good blocking skills and size, so he could slide in right away if needed, and the fact that the Cardinal pulled him away from Alabama is a testament to his overall talent.

Thomas Tyner RB Oregon

The big, track star who was one of the top-rated recruits overall in the Class of 2013 already has a ton of buzz around him and the potential damage he could do to opposing Pac-12 defenses in the Oregon offense. If the six foot, 200 pound-plus back can immediately adjust to college football, and Oregon's offense, it could in fact be very scary for the rest of the conference's defenses in 2013.

Eddie Vanderdoes DT UCLA

The Bruins already sweet Class of 2013 crop got even more sugary when they got a massive score with five-star defensive line prospect, Vanderdoes backing out of his pledge to Notre Dame and heading to Westwood instead. Vanderdoes is one of the best defensive tackle prospects to come from the West Coast in a long time and recently found out that he will be eligible in 2013. Good news for the Bruins as he could start from day one.

Priest Willis DB UCLA

Another five-star prospect signed by the Bruins, Willis was a particularly huge get for UCLA due to their vastly depleted secondary and Willis' versatility, as he could play either cornerback or safety at the college level. Willis could emerge with a starting spot in the secondary for the Bruins after fall practice.