Every year, we’re seeing freshmen have more and more of an immediate impact at the college level. Look no further than the last two national champions.
Without Tua Tagovailoa in 2017, Alabama doesn’t win the national title. The same could probably be said for Clemson with Trevor Lawrence last year.
It goes beyond the quarterback position as well. All over the field, newcomers are having affecting their teams from the time they arrive on campus.
Recently, 247Sports’ Brad Crawford released his ranking of “most impactful” true freshmen in college football for 2019. Crawford projected the top 10, though there are dozens more who will make their presence felt.
His choice for No. 1? LSU five-star freshman cornerback Derek Stingley:
The Baton Rouge native was a must-get this cycle for nearby LSU, a program that always churns out quality corners. As his laser-timed 4.30 indicates, Stingley is blessed with elite-level speed and will be an instant contributor for the Tigers in the secondary as a true freshman. [Barton] Simmons predicts Stingley will fill the void at corner left by Greedy Williams and says he’s one of the few “no-bust” guys in this class. The son of a coach, Stingley is one of the smartest players this cycle and could be an instant star in the SEC West at DBU. If his play during spring practice is any indication, the transition to the college game will be smooth.
Stingley was the No. 1 player in the state of Louisiana and the No. 1 cornerback in the 2019 class, according to 247Sports’ Composite Rankings.
He was also the No. 3 overall recruit in the country.