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December 25, 2010
Junior college players were able to sign with the college of their choice earlier this month, and every coach who signed a JC transfer is hoping his guy can make as big an impact as a certain quarterback at Auburn.
Cam Newton was the nation's No. 1 junior college player last season, and everyone knows how important he has been this season in becoming just the fourth JC transfer to win the Heisman.
This season, the nation's No. 1 JC player also is headed to college in Alabama; DT Jesse Williams, a native of Australia, has signed to play with the Crimson Tide. Alabama also signed the nation's No. 14 JC player in DE Quinton Dial.
But before Tide fans start getting giddy thinking about what Williams could do next season, they need to remember these three guys: James Aiono, Simi Kuli and Louis Holmes. Who are they? Each was the nation's No. 1 JC transfer (Aiono in 2009, Kuli in 2008 and Holmes in 2006).
Most JC transfers miss rather than hit. Still, there were a lot of high-caliber players in college ball this season who began as JC transfers.
Here's the Rivals.com 2010 All-JC Transfer team.