By Matt Bressington
The 2023/24 college football season is not far away. I wanted to highlight some players to watch out for during the course of the season. The aim was to feature a range of positions, classes, and nations so that if you’re on the fence about which college team to support, this may give some guidance if you have no affiliation to a program already. Simple premise, so let’s get straight into it.
Brandon Coleman – Germany – Offensive Line
Coleman was a stable Offensive lineman that got TCU to the National Championship last year. As Duggan’s blind slide protector, he is one of the most successful players from Europe in the last few years. He started all 15 games at LT last season with 8 started at LG in 2021. He’s versatile (also having some time at RG in his TCU career) strong and has good feet. I expect him to continue this form and possibly find himself on an NFL roster, in the IPP or maybe find his name called in the draft.
Darren Agu – United Kingdom – Defensive Line
There are many prospects from the United Kingdom that I could include here, but one I’m particularly excited about is Agu. Now that he’s had time to settle into his role as a Defensive End and has played in 11 out of 12 games in his freshman year, I expect him to carry on his upward trajectory. In my opinion, he has one of the highest ceilings among his countrymen that reside in different programs. I think we see every number steadily increase from now until his final seasons in college and I have high hopes for his future.
Mattijs Lasore – Belgium – Running Back
Mattijs saw the increased time, predominantly on special teams, for William & Mary this past season. On offence, he had ten carries for 29 yards but I’m hopeful that in his later years, he will see more time on the offensive and allow him to flash his skills. He has excellent size and burst, I expect him to be a hot target for European League of Football teams with his experience, and hopefully more success in his 2023 college campaign.
Jairo Faverus – Holland – Linebacker
Jairo is a player I’ve followed for years since we played together in Bristol. Now as a West Virginia Safety/Linebacker, he finished his 2022 season as a Redshirt Freshman appearing in 12 games as a depth and special team player. With the clear advances in his athletic ability and a few more years of eligibility, I expect him to see increased playtime. If Holland gets a European League of Football team, he’s one of the first I’d bring in, alternatively, he could be eyed as an NFL IPP or CFL global prospect because of his high-ceiling athleticism.
There are many many more players I could include in part two of this, stay tuned for it as college football is not that far away. As many players started going over to America between 2017-2020, we are seeing many of the enter into their final years or go into their prime. It’s going to be a great year, I’m very excited and let’s hope for a strong year and more Europeans drafted!