Having had some discussions with some fellow colleagues and fans recently about how quickly and accurately those rankings transfer from the high school to the college level I decided to post some information about some previous classes here in South Carolina.
I figure why not get things start it with the most recent class, the class of 2011. So we'll look at some of the guys who are having some impact on the college level as true freshmen this season. Freshmen aren't expected to have a huge impact most times but below you'll see some of the guys who found themselves in a good situation and worked hard to get on the field early have found some success as freshmen.
(All statistics were taken from each school's official website.)
- DE Jadeveon Clowney (South Carolina)- Clowney was not only the state's #1 overall prospect but the entire nation's top prospect as well. He was obviously a 5-star prospect in being so. Clowney is already wreaking havoc and should continue to be a headache for offensive lineman over the next few seasons.
STATS: Clowney has 23 tackles, 7 tackles for loss, 5 sacks, 5 quarterback hurries, 1 pass break up, and 1 pass deflection.
- WR Charone Peake (Clemson)- Peake was the state's top wide receiver prospect and rated 4-stars by Scout.com. Fellow freshman WR Sammy Watkins has enjoyed most of the success but expect Peake to be a major player for Dabo Swinney's team before long.
STATS: Peake has 3 receptions for 54 yards and 1 carry for -13 yards rushing.
- S Robert Smith (Clemson)- Smith played quarterback and safety in high school but has made a quick transition to safety on the college level for the Tigers. He has been impressive thus far and will be a staple to their defense over the next three seasons due to his vast knowledge, early playing experience, and .
STATS: 9 tackles and has started 1 game.
- RB Brandon Wilds (South Carolina)- Wilds was a 3-star prospect and competed with fellow freshman Shon Carson who suffered a torn ACL. Then sophomore sensation Marcus Lattimore suffered a knee injury and Wilds made his first SEC start last week and had a strong showing.
STATS: 41 carries for 212 yards rushing. 6 receptions for 52 yards.
- QB Justin Worley (Tennessee)- Worley was rated 3-stars and won the Gatorade National Player of The Year last season. The former Northwestern star got his first collegiate start last week against South Carolina. He struggled but most freshmen quarterbacks are going to take their lumps in the SEC.
STATS: 10-26 for 105 yards passing.
- WR Adam Humphries (Clemson)- Humphries was rated 3-stars by Scout and was projected as a cornerback. Humphries was always a great athlete in my book but he has gone above and beyond my expectations that I figured he'd achieve to see the field as a true freshman. It's a testament to his hard work and skills.
STATS: 6 receptions for 46 yards and 2 carries for 7 yards.
- LB Ralph Cooper (Illinois)- Cooper was rated 3-stars. Has seen some limited action as a true freshman.
STATS: 3 games played, 3 tackles, and .5 tackles for loss.
- RB Dawan Scott (Miami OH)- Scott was rated 2-stars by Scout. Slowly but surely worked his way on the field but primarily as a wide receiver. Numbers are impressive considering it's a new position for him. Larger schools missed out on a good one in Scott in my opinion.
STATS: 5 carries for 24 yards, 16 receptions for 370 yards and 2 touchdowns. 9 kickoff returns for 208 yards, 23.1 yards per return.
- WR David Frazier (Miami OH)- Frazier was rated 2-stars by Scout. Got on the field early and has had some success as a freshman. Smooth athlete who will be a key playmaker for the Redhawks over the next three seasons. Once again larger schools missed out on Frazier.
STATS: 21 receptions for 204 yards.
- LB Carson Smith (Citadel)- Smith was rated 2-stars by Scout.com. Smith didn't get on the field immediately for the Bulldogs but he's been a staple for them once he did. Another prospect that some of the larger schools definitely overlooked and missed out on.
STATS: 21 tackles. 1 pass deflection, 1 pass break up, 1 blocked kick.
- QB/ATH Bo Patterson (Dartmouth)- Patterson was rated 2-stars by Scout. One of the best all around athletes in the state for 2011. He's done well so far and will be a player that should excel in the Ivy League.
STATS: 12 catches for 154 yards and 1 touchdown. 8 rushing yards.
- WR Kintrell Disher (Youngstown State)- Disher was rated 2-stars by Scout. Has enjoyed a solid freshman season so far but should see his role increase over the next 3 seasons.
STATS: 6 receptions for 71 yards and 1 touchdown.