football Edit

Instant Impact: Freshmen contributors

Physical ability, scheme fit and readiness are just three of the factors that determine whether a player goes from highly coveted in high school to an instant contributor at the college level. Here is a look at four prospects from different Power Five conferences we see playing big roles as freshmen next year.

ACC - Miami


WR Sam Bruce, Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) St. Thomas Aquinas

Sam Bruce
Sam Bruce

Recruitment overview: Bruce has been a 7-on-7 sensation in South Florida and it earned him a long list of prestigious offers. He committed to Miami in July 2014 but he was by no means considered a solid commit. He took a number of visits but only took official visits to Miami, South Carolina and Ohio State. Just the other day Bruce reaffirmed his commitment to the Hurricanes despite a strong push from Ohio State.

Impact potential: He might be a little smaller than Duke Johnson and play a different position but Bruce could have an impact of that magnitude. Bruce is almost unstoppable when playing as a slot receiver and his moves in the open field are exceptional. Even on handoffs, he does a good job of seeing his cutback lanes and finding the end zone. Bruce is also a major factor as a return man. Expect him to immediately provide a spark as a kick or punt returner.

Big Ten - Michigan State

WR Donnie Corley, Detroit (Mich.) Martin Luther King

Donnie Corley
Donnie Corley ()

Recruitment overview: For a long time Corley was rumored to be favoring Michigan State, but Tennessee and Ohio State got him to take official visits. Michigan was always in the picture but Corley ended up picking the Spartans.

Impact potential: Corley is in the mold of those big Michigan State receivers of the past but he also has the skills of a smaller wideout. He runs great routes and has no problem creating separation. He is the crown jewel of Michigan State's highly touted 2016 wide receiver class and he will be expected to hit the ground running. Corley is already enrolled and is in good shape to start turning heads come the spring.

Big 12 - TCU

ATH Sewo Olonilua, Kingwood, Texas

Sewo Olonilua
Sewo Olonilua ()

Recruitment overview: It might be difficult to find a recruit that had been committed to a school for as long as Olonilua was before he enrolled early at TCU. The four-star athlete announced for the Horned Frogs late in 2014 and, despite advances from the likes of Texas A&M, hardly wavered throughout the process.

Impact Potential: Olonilua is already on campus and should benefit from participating in the upcoming spring practice. He would like to play a hybrid safety position in college, alternating between defensive back and linebacker, but Olonilua looked more than capable with the ball in his hands as an offensive player throughout the U.S. Army All-American Bowl week in San Antonio. He's a power back with good mobility and the 6-foot-2, 215-pound prospect has proven his worth as a physical defender as well.

Pac-12 - California

APB Melquise Stovall, Lancaster (Calif.) Paraclete

Melquise Stovall
Melquise Stovall ()

Recruitment overview: Stovall was committed to USC earlier in the process but re-opened his recruitment before choosing Cal over Utah. There were some whispers that he could be once again be thinking about the Trojans, but he enrolled early in Berkeley.

Impact Potential: The Golden Bears lost star quarterback Jared Goff to the NFL Draft and their offensive coordinator, too, but odds are that head coach Sonny Dykes will continue to rely on an air-raid scheme to power his attack. Stovall has the potential to be a very productive player in that system, particularly as a pass catcher out of the backfield. The shifty 5-foot-8, 180-pound prospect could also be a serviceable slot receiver given that he would be a matchup nightmare for linebackers and safeties in open space, and he is remarkably effective in tight coverage