Even with the microscope on recruiting these days, it’s still almost impossible to accurately predict which players will make an immediate impact in college. The five-stars who look like obvious breakout players don’t always break out, and inevitably, someone comes out of nowhere.
Consider last year’s crop of Big 12 freshmen. Colorado tailback Darrell Scott seemed the clear preseason choice to become an instant star. Scott was the top-rated tailback in the class of 2008, and Colorado’s backfield needed a playmaker.