College football is great because each player is given a limited 3-5-year window to be with a program and achieve all of their goals. While it is bittersweet when our favorite players graduate or advance to the NFL, each fall brings the excitement of approximately 25 new faces to cheer for.
It is much harder to make a big impact as a freshman in football than it is in basketball, but that doesn’t mean it cannot be done. Think of this past college football season without the exploits of Sammy Watkins, Braxton Miller, Marqise Lee and Giovanni Bernard, and you’ll realize that freshmen can have a major impact.
Which incoming freshmen will be most likely to make an immediate impact next season?
First, a few caveats to consider.
This is a list of only incoming freshmen (i.e. no redshirt freshmen).
Second, it isn’t necessarily a list of the best recruits, but the ones most likely to make an immediate impact. Immediate impact is based on position and which school they have declared to. It’s inexact since many haven’t declared a school yet, so if that is the case, I will list the school where they would have the most immediate impact.