A continuing trend in college football is heightened expectations for freshmen, as early enrollment for recruits has become commonplace.
Enrolling in college for the spring semester, these future stars leave the comfort of being a well-known high school athlete behind and enter a world of constant competition and pressure.
A select few, such as Clemson wide receiver Sammy Watkins, meet and even exceed expectations. Last season, Watkins had 82 receptions for 1,219 yards and 12 touchdowns, broke 11 school freshman records and was named an AP first-team All-American.
And he did not leave high school early. All of which makes identifying the true freshmen who will make a major impact that much more difficult.
Having said that, here are statistical predictions for 10 true freshmen who should be difference-makers this fall.