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August 2, 2007
The freshmen who will make an impact
If you're reading this story, you almost certainly have heard of Jimmy Clausen.
Rivals.com's No. 1 player in the 2007 recruiting class has received an avalanche of publicity before taking a regular-season snap for Notre Dame.
If you haven't seen the photos of Clausen taking a limousine to the College Football Hall of Fame to announce his college choice, then you've seen the highlights of him throwing one of his 146 career touchdown passes during a high school career in which he never lost a game.
And you've undoubtedly heard all the whispers about how much Clausen will be able to play this fall as he recovers from an offseason medical procedure.
But who are some of the other true freshmen who could make an immediate impact?
As we continue our Countdown to Kickoff coverage at Rivals.com, we decided to provide a list of 10 other true freshmen who could step into major roles with their new teams.
Not all of these players came directly from high school. In fact, three of the guys on this list spent the last year at prep schools or military academies.
Steve Megargee is a national writer for Rivals.com. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.