We’re another day closer to the start of the college football season, and with that in mind, we turn our attention to the highly touted recruits that will be looking to make an immediate impact in their first season at the Division I level.
Here is a list of the top 10 incoming freshmen in college football who can help their teams right away:
10: Asa Martin (Auburn)
Only ranked as the 202 overall prospect by 247Sports, Martin was unstoppable in high school. The Auburn back is coming off a senior season in which he racked up 2,228 yards and 33 scores on the ground, and has all of the potential to replace Kerryon Johnson as Auburn’s new lead rusher.
9: Caden Sterns (Texas)
With openings in the secondary, Texas managed to land four defensive backs in the top 60 of their recruiting class, and none may be more ready to start seeing playing time sooner than Caden Sterns. The 5-star homegrown Texas native had a high school career that consisted of 235 tackles and 11 INTs.
8: Eyabi Anoma (Alabama)
Anoma is the latest in the long line of monstrous Alabama defensive ends and has the talent to make an impact right away. The Maryland native and former basketball star went from unranked to the number 8 overall prospect in his class after posting 24 sacks and over 60 tackles his senior year.
7: Justin Fields (Georgia)
The second-ranked prospect in the 2018 class behind fellow quarterback Trevor Lawrence, Justin Fields will be an interesting watch this season as he will be battling with Jake Fromm, the freshman that led the Bulldogs to the National Championship game last year. Fields in an undeniable talent, but with Fromm’s proven success it will be interesting to see how many chances Fields gets out of the gate.
6: Amon-Ra St. Brown (USC)
Brother of former Notre Dame receiver Equanimeous St. Brown, Amon-Ra checks in at just under 6’0 190 lbs. The Trojans are hoping that by pairing St. Brown along with touted running back Stephen Carr, they will be able to fill the void left by quarterback Sam Darnold, Deontay Burnett and Ronald Jones who all left early for the NFL. Amon-Ra is ranked as the 11th overall prospect for the class of 2018.
5: Justin Shorter (Penn State)
With the loss of practically the entire starting receiving core along with star running back Saquon Barkley, the Nittany Lions and quarterback Trace McSorley will need someone to step up on the offensive side of the ball this season and establish themselves as a serious playmaker. Who better to do that than 5-star recruit and a top 10 overall prospect in the country Justin Shorter? The 6-4 215 lb kid from Jersey hauled in over 20 touchdowns in his high school career and will likely be seeing plenty of game action this Fall.
4: Zamir White (Georgia)
Another big signing for Georgia, Zamir White is a 5-star recruit and falls under the top 15 for the recruiting class of 2018. With the loss of Nick Chubb and Sony Michel, the Bulldogs will be looking to add some depth in their backfield to help sophomore D’Andre Swift carry the workload this season.
3: Terrace Marshall (LSU)
The number 2 wide receiver in the 2018 recruiting class, Terrace Marshall is an absolute stud coming out of LA with a 4.53 40 time and a 35″ vertical, Marshall has shown superior playmaking ability and after missing out on his senior season due to injury enrolled early to be able to participate in spring games with the Tigers.
2: Lorenzo Lingard (Miami)
The 5-star Orange County running back will be heading the Miami to help bolster a running game that was disappointing, to say the least, last year. After a season-ending injury to Mark Walton, the Hurricanes finished 10th in the ACC in rushing yards per game, but Lingard should play a big role in improving that this season. The Florida Gatorade Player of the Year rushed for 1,701 yards and 26 TDs during his senior season.
1: Trevor Lawrence (Clemson)
While Kelly Bryant was solid for Clemson last season, it appears that Trevor Lawrence’s time is now. The number one overall prospect in the 2018 class, Lawrence is the more gifted passer, and will likely be pushing for playing time out of the gate. Already receiving high praise from coach Dabo Swinney, don’t be surprised to see those long locks flowing in the backfield on Saturdays.