Freshmen rarely make a significant impact outside of Special Teams. There are times when a young gun is just too good to keep off the field.
Meyer already mentioned that Jeffrey Okuduh will play. Depth in the secondary might force him into action, but the No. 1 rated cornerback prospect has the speed and playmaking ability to earn a spot outright.
It is possible that Trevon Grimes or Jaylen Harris see some action at receiver. Grimes is 6-foot-3, 202-pounds and was a top 5 wide receiver. Harris at 6-foot-5, 210-pounds is bigger than any receiver on the team right now.
The 2017 season hinges in part on getting better production at receiver so I expect both to get a little playing time.
Beyond these three, I can’t see any other player becoming a full-time starter. A few will play, but the rest will spend the year getting stronger and faster.
SB Nation’s Alex Kirschner analyzed the data found by 247Sports Composite Rankings over the last five recruiting cycles finding that the top five states for high school football talent are Texas, Florida, California, Georgia and Ohio.
Meyer followed that formula perfectly to build this class landing six from Ohio, five from Texas and four from Florida.
More impressively, he signed the Nos. 1, 2, 8 and 10 rated players in Ohio, the Nos. 3, 4 and 7 players out of Texas and the Nos. 5 and 8 out of Florida.
He also managed to snag Wyatt Davis, the No. 3 rated player out California.
In the end, I think the boys from Texas end up contributing the most from this class.
Which player will make the most impact over the next three seasons?
I am going to go with J.K Dobbins. The 5-foot-10, 195-pound running back out of La Grange, Texas missed his senior year due to injury and still finished his career with 2429 yards rushing and 30 touchdowns.