A five-star recruit becomes a zero-star the moment he straps on pads and takes the practice field with his college teammates. In preseason camp, a sterling evaluation from Rivals.com or Scout.com means nothing.
Today, we'll look at 10 freshmen who have lived up to the recruiting hype. These players, many of whom also took part in spring practice, have impressed coaches and teammates since their arrivals on their respective campuses. When the season begins next week, they'll be poised to make an immediate impact.
Baxter is suspended for USC's opener against Hawaii. Trojans coach
Dyer didn't have to do much blocking while ringing up 2,502 rushing yards and 31 touchdowns as a senior at Little Rock (Ark.) Christian, but he'll need to pick up Auburn's blocking schemes before offensive coordinator
The 6-foot-3, 200-pounder from Goodyear, Ariz., is already challenging for a starting job. Coach
The 6-7, 260-pound Gholston spent the first two weeks of Spartans camp playing linebacker, but he asked coach
The Seminoles have two potential superstars at cornerback in redshirt freshman
Heaps stood a chance to become the first true freshman in BYU history to open the season as the starting quarterback, but his quest for sole possession of the title fell just short. Coach
The 6-foot, 210-pound Lattimore looked like a workhorse back when he starred for Byrnes High in Duncan, S.C. While he probably isn't ready for 25 carries a game right away, it shouldn't be long before he is. If the Gamecocks' line can open holes for him, Lattimore can ease the strain on South Carolina's quarterback (be it
The San Diego native was the breakout star of Oklahoma's spring game, and he already is listed as a starter on the Sooners' depth chart. While Oklahoma coach
Unlike Heaps, Thomas has already locked down the starting job. Rams coach