NCAAF Futures: Immediate Impact NCAAF Freshman to Watch for 2022
by: Travis Gillmore
August 20, 2021
There are some new faces around the country that will make an impact from day one. We break down a few of these players here. There isn't too much Heisman value but it's good to think about how these teams are constructed and what to look for early in the year.
College Football Freshman to Watch
TreVeyon Henderson, RB, Ohio State
TreVeyon Henderson has jumped to a third-string spot but has a favorable outlook at Ohio State. Master Teague III is a two-year contributor, but he basically missed all of spring practice and seems best suited for a complementary role anyway. Henderson is largely chasing Miyan Williams, who enters 2021 with only 10 career carries. Henderson also contributes on special teams. Dan Hope and Colin Hass-Hill of Eleven Warriors noted Henderson has been lining up as the first-string kick returner. If Henderson, the No. 23 prospect in the 2021 class, has a consistently strong fall camp, it's clear he can swing this depth chart considerably.
Will Shipley, RB, Clemson
Will Shipley is soaring up Clemson's depth chart in two places. Lyn-J Dixon and Kobe Pace are currently the top running backs but Shipley appears to be the best option. "He's not like a typical freshman," Clemson coach Dabo Swinney said, per Sam Neumann of the Clemson Insider. "It's pretty easy to see. First of all, he came in, in January; he's going to be ahead anyway. Just how he carries himself. He's locked in all the time, everything." Shipley is also working as the punt returner, it's fair to expect the No. 32 prospect in 2021 to hold a major role.
Tommy Brockermeyer/JC Latham, OL, Alabama
New Alabama line coach Doug Marrone has plenty of talent to work with this offseason, but with three full-time starters gone, the best offensive line from the 2020 season has to be rebuilt. Brockermeyer and Latham ranked as five-star prospects by the 247Sports Composite and it wouldn’t be a surprise to see either take the field for the first snap in ’21.
Troy Franklin, WR, Oregon
Franklin was the No. 41 overall prospect in 2021. He has fluid, smooth, and seemingly effortless speed. He is 6'2" but has long arms and if his hands can be decent he'll have an immediate impact. When he gets the ball in his hands in space watch out. According to Zachary Neel of Ducks Wire, Oregon coach Mario Cristobal recently said Franklin and fellow WR Thornton "look like veterans. They look like they belong." The freshmen seems headed for regular snaps and looks explosive on tape.
Donovan Edwards, RB, Michigan
Hassan Haskins is back after pacing the Michigan offense in rushing yards (375) and touchdowns (six) last season. However, coordinator Josh Gattis and coach Jim Harbaugh want to rotate multiple players here, so Edwards should have a chance to push for snaps this offseason. The Michigan native comes to Ann Arbor after posting huge rushing totals at West Bloomfield High School and ranked as the No. 41 overall prospect for 2021.
Korey Foreman, DL, USC
Keeping the No. 1 overall prospect in the state of California was a huge recruiting win for coach Clay Helton. Foreman should chip in off the edge right away for the Trojans after recording 32 tackles and five sacks at Centennial High School in 2019. He's got ideal size at 6'4" 265 and shows elite strength, he should pop right away and will be a player coaches will have to think about from the first snap. If he can add to his pass rush repertoire a little bit he can be really special.