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These former JC standouts ended up making huge impacts in the SEC

Signing junior college players doesn’t lead to much National Signing Day excitement, but it’s extremely likely that a handful of JC transfers who sign with SEC schools – and elsewhere – this recruiting cycle will end up as notable college and NFL players.

As such, here’s a look at an “Elite Eight” of former JC players who starred in the SEC (listed alphabetically), along with a list of some other notable transfers who made an impact in the SEC.

By the way, four JC transfers eventually became No. 1 overall picks in the NFL draft: Keyshawn Johnson, O.J. Simpson, Ron Yary and … one notable former SEC star that you will read about in a minute. And numerous other former junior college stars have made their NFL mark, including Larry Allen, Cortez Kennedy, Dick “Night Train” Lane, Warren Moon, Aaron Rodgers and Roger Staubach.

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Tennessee CB Dale Carter

The skinny: Carter played his high school ball at Covington (Ga.) Newton in the Atlanta suburbs and attended Ellsworth CC (Iowa) for two seasons. In his two seasons with the Vols, Carter made a huge impact. He was a two-time first-team All-SEC selection and also earned All-America acclaim in each season. In addition to his stellar work at cornerback, Carter was a big-time kick returner. In 1990, he led the nation in kickoff returns at 29.8 yards per attempt. His career punt-return average was 13.1 yards. He was a first-round pick in the 1992 draft and was the NFL’s defensive rookie of the year that fall.

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