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Impact freshmen: ACC

Impact freshmen: Big Ten
"James may start from day one at Florida State, which is no easy task. Then again, there's a reason he earned five-star status as a high school senior. James has the size and the speed to shine in the ACC and has spent the start of fall camp proving that to the FSU coaches. James' long arms are window dressing for a player with quickness to spare." -- Rob Cassidy, Southeast analyst
Christian Wilkins
"Wilkins was a beast coming out of high school in New England at 6-foot-5 and over 300 pounds. After dominating at the Under Armour All-America Game, he proved he was college-ready and earned his fifth star. It isn't surprising that Wilkins is playing very well as a freshman at Clemson and now, with the departure of D.J. Reader, the Tigers will need Wilkins to step in and help pick up the slack." -- Adam Friedman, Mid-Atlantic analyst
Ray-Ray McCloud III
"Early returns on McCloud at Clemson are off the charts. Nobody knows exactly how he'll fit into things or how big his role will be in Year No. 1, but he's going to see the field. And when you place an electric player like McCloud in a favorable situation like the one he's walked into at Clemson, exciting things are likely to happen." -- Cassidy
Jacques Patrick
Florida State
"Patrick has the burst and power to make a difference with the offense from the jump. He is the rare back that can run with devastating power but also show a quick burst through the hole. There's plenty of reason to think he'll see touches in a Florida State offense that may lean on its tailbacks a bit at certain junctures." -- Cassidy
Jordan Whitehead
"Whitehead was a big-name prospect from Pittsburgh and is poised to have a special career at his hometown school. If he doesn't start from day one, Whitehead will get tons of playing time this season. In high school, Whitehead was very good at anticipating the play and was very physical. He was bigger and stronger than opponents thought. Making the transition from cornerback to safety should allow Whitehead to see the field better and help him make plays while the ball is in the air. The Panthers are desperate for some help in the secondary and Whitehead should make a positive impact early." -- Friedman
Josh Sweat
Florida State
"Sweat was close to being ranked as the nation's top prospect during his senior year, but a major knee injury early in the season ended his high school career. After a freakish recovery, Sweat will be ready to play in the first game this season and the Seminoles desperately need him to pan out. Florida State was among the nation's worst at getting sacks a year ago and Sweat should be able to help in that department." -- Friedman
Impact freshmen: Big Ten
Rob Cassidy
Southeast Recruiting Analyst
Adam Friedman
Mid-Atlantic Recruiting Analyst
Woody Wommack
Southeast Recruiting Analyst
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