The Top 50 Freshmen in College Football in 2018

These freshman were the best of the best in the country

WR Rondale Moore was one of the most impressive freshman this past season.

Here are the Top 50 true Freshmen in college football in 2018. Some of them were highly sought after recruits. Some came out of nowhere. Many were somewhere in between. But they all can ball.

We’ll tell you how many stars they had as a recruit & where they were ranked coming out of high school. And we’ll show you how they produced on the gridiron. They may have been true Freshman, but these players had the skill and heart to compete at the highest level. They are superstars in the making.

1. WR Rondale Moore – Purdue

4🌟 Recruit
#41 ranked WR

2018 Stats: 103 rec 1,194 rec yards 12 TDs, 203 rushing yards 1 TD πŸ”₯

Moore was extremely impressive this season, his athleticism and quickness is unmatched.

2. RB Jermar Jefferson – Oregon State

3🌟 Recruit
#42 Ranked RB

2018 Stats: 1,300 rushing yards 12 TDs πŸ”₯

Oregon State had a rough season, but Jefferson gives them a glimmer of hope for the future. He was only a 3🌟 Recruit but played like a 5🌟.

Clemson QB Trevor Lawrence has the Tigers poised for a potential dynasty.
3. QB Trevor Lawrence – Clemson

5🌟 Recruit
#1 Pro Style QB

2018 Stats: 2,606 Passing yards 24 TDs, 151 rushing yards 1 TD.

Enjoy Lawrence the next 2 years Clemson fans. The way he’s progressing he will no doubt be a 1st Round Pick in 2021.

4. QB Adrian Martinez – Nebraska

4🌟 Recruit
#7 DT QB in 2018

2018 Stats: 2,617 passing yards 17 TDs, 629 rushing yards 8 TDs.

The future is bright for Nebraska & Adrian Martinez, for a true FR he really played well & gives NEB fans hope for the future.

5. Safety Andre Cisco – Syracuse

3🌟 Recruit
74th Ranked Safety

2018 Stats: 51 Tackles 7 INTs 1 FF

ASU LB Merlin Robertson was a big time playmaker for head coach Herm Edwards.
6. LB Merlin Robertson – Arizona State

4🌟 Recruit
8th ranked OLB

2018 Stats: 77 Tackles 5 Sacks 1 INT 1 FF πŸ”₯

Robertson was fantastic this season for Herm Edwards & the Sun Devils. He was all over the field making plays & he’s already a leader on the field.

7. DE Ronnie Perkins – Oklahoma

4🌟 DE
#5 WDE in 2018

2018 Stats: 35 Tackles, 8 TFL, 5 Sacks πŸ”₯

The Sooners weren’t known for their Defense in 2018, but Ronnie Perkins was a bright spot. He can rush the passer exceptionally well for a true FR.

8. Safety Caden Sterns – Texas

5🌟 Recruit
#1 ranked Safety

2018 Stats: 62 Tackles, 1 Sack, 4 INTs πŸ”₯

Sterns showed why he was the #1 ranked Safety in 2018. He was exceptional making tackles and even picked off 4 passes.

9. CB Bryce Thompson – Tennessee

4🌟 Recruit
#12 ATH

2018 Stats: 32 Tackles, 4 TFL, 1 Sack, 3 INTs, 1 FF, 4 PBUs πŸ”₯

Thompson was recruited by many teams as an ATH/WR, but the Vols turned him into one of the best young CBs in CFB.

Indiana RB Stevie Scott has Hoosiers coaches & fans alike excited about the future.
10. RB Stevie Scott – Indiana

3🌟 Recruit
80th ranked RB

2018 Stats: 1,137 rushing yards 10 TDs, 1 rec TD.

Scott had a remarkable season for the Hoosiers. He was ranked as the 80th best RB in 2018 coming out of high school. He rushed for 1,137 yards as a true FR. Remarkable!

11. RB Pooka Williams – Kansas

4🌟 Recruit
9th ranked APB

2018 Stats: 1,125 rushing yards 7 TDs, 289 rec yards 2 TDs.

Pooka Williams was a huge pickup for Kansas in 2018. And he lived up to the hype. Unfortunately, because of off the field issues, he might not be back next season.

12. OT Penei Sewell – Oregon

4🌟 Recruit
#2 Ranked OG

Sewell lived up to his Recruiting Ranking, as he was dominant on the O-Line for the Ducks. At 6’4″ 320 lbs, he used his size to dominate in Run & Pass blocking.

13. WR Jaylen Waddle – Alabama

4🌟 Recruit
5th ranked WR in 2018

2018 Stats: 41 rec 803 yards 7 TDs πŸ”₯πŸ”₯πŸ”₯

Waddle was spectacular this season. He became a reliable target for Tide QB Tua Tagovailoa, and will play a big role for the Crimson Tide the next 2 years.

14. DE Jamal Hines – Toledo

3🌟 Recruit
88th ranked WDE in 2018

2018 Stats: 45 Tackles, 2 INTs, 2 Sacks πŸ”₯

Hines showed a ton of potential in his true Freshman season. He not only wreaked havoc on QBs, but he also did a good job vs the run.

15. QB Alan Bowman – Texas Tech

3🌟 Recruit
37th Ranked QB

2018 Stats: 2,638 Passing yards 17 TDs, 1 rushing TD.

Bowman was fantastic as a true Freshman. Now, with head coach Kliff Kingsbury gone, we’ll be interested to see how his development progresses.

Iowa St caught lightning in a bottle when they found QB Brock Purdy.
16. QB Brock Purdy – Iowa State

3🌟 Recruit
#36 Pro Style QB

2018 Stats: 1,935 Passing yards 16 TDs, 3 Rushing TDs.

Iowa St found a diamond in the rough with Purdy. Matt Campbell did a great job developing Purdy & he will continue to get better.

17. QB Sam Hartman – Wake Forest

3🌟 Recruit
32nd ranked Pro Style QB

2018 Stats: 1,984 Passing yards 16 TDs, 275 rushing yards 2 TDs.

Hartman was a Dual Threat QB for WF. The future looks promising for the Demon Deacons with him leading the way.

18. WR Jayden Reed – WMU

3🌟 Recruit
263rd ranked WR in 2018

2018 Stats: 55 rec 792 yards 8 TDs πŸ”₯πŸ”₯πŸ”₯

Reed has that “It” Factor. Watching him you just know he’s going to be a special player.

19. DB Prudy Calderon – Rice

3🌟 Recruit
143rd ranked ATH in 2018

2018 Stats: 38 Tackles, 1 TFL, 1 FF, 1 FR, 4 INTs πŸ”’πŸ”₯

Calderon was overlooked as a Recruit & contemplated walking on at Texas. Luckily for the Owls, he decided not to.

20. Safety Jaiden Woodbey – FSU

4🌟 Recruit
4th ranked Safety

2018 Stats: 59 Tackles, 4.5 TFL, 1 Sack

Woodbey was a bright spot for the Noles this year. His tackling ability was great, and he found his way in the backfield often.

Arkansas St RB Marcel Murray put up some big time numbers for the Red Wolves
21. RB Marcel Murray – Arkansas State

2🌟 Recruit
167th ranked RB

2018 Stats: 793 rushing yards 7 TDs, 16 rec 141 yards 2 TDs πŸ”₯

The Red Wolves found their RB of the future with Murray. He was an underrated 2🌟 Recruit. But he has good size and athleticism, and he’s a big time playmaker.

22. DE Michael Austin Lewis – Liberty

3🌟 Recruit
121st ranked WDE in 2018

2018 Stats: 24 Tackles, 6.5 TFL, 3.5 Sacks

Lewis is a big, strong DE who stayed in the backfield this season. A lot of teams will end up regretting passing on him.

23. LB Dax Hollifield – Virginia Tech

4🌟 Recruit
8th ranked ILB

2018 Stats: 59 Tackles, 8 TFL, 2 Sacks

Once Hollifield got into the starting rotation he never looked back. He became a leader for the Hokies and he’s a tackling machine.

24. WR Amon-Ra St. Brown – USC

5🌟 Recruit
2nd ranked WR

2018 Stats: 60 rec 750 yards 3 TDs

St. Brown lived up to the hype. He’s explosive and makes defenders miss.

25. WR Rashod Bateman – Minnesota

4🌟 Recruit
61st ranked WR

2018 Stats: 49 rec 670 yards 6 TDs πŸ”₯

When he committed to the Gophers, they possibly got the biggest steal in the 2018 cycle. Bateman definitely didn’t disappoint.

Penn St LB Micah Parsons is a superstar in the making.
26. LB Micah Parsons – Penn State

5🌟 Recruit
#2 ranked WDE

2018 Stats: 69 Tackles, 1.5 Sacks, 1 FF

Parsons was a tackling machine this year. We expect him to continue to make great strides in his development & exceed 80+ tackles next season.

27. Safety Jevon Holland – Oregon

4🌟 Recruit
13th ranked Safety

2018 Stats: 38 Tackles 4 INTs πŸ”’πŸ”₯

Holland proved he was a ball hawk. He was a force in the secondary for Oregon. Holland also proved he can make some big hits and tackles.

UNC DB Trey Morrison was a bright spot this season for the Tar Heels.
28. CB Trey Morrison – UNC

3🌟 Recruit
69th ranked ATH

2018 Stats: 46 Tackles, 5.5 TFL, 2 Sacks

Morrison proved this season he was one of the best young tackling DBs in CFB. He should continue to improve in coverage & be one of the best in the ACC.

29. LB Mike Rose – Iowa State

3🌟 Recruit
57th ranked OLB

2018 Stats: 68 Tackles, 1.5 Sacks

At 6’4″ 225 lbs, Rose has good size and he proved he can tackle. He has great awareness to read what the offense will do. Bright future ahead for Rose.

30. WR Justyn Ross – Clemson

4🌟 Recruit
7th ranked WR

2018 Stats: 34 rec 699 yards 6 TDs

Ross showed off his explosiveness this season and that he could be a deep threat for Trevor Lawrence. Look for an even bigger season from Ross in 2019.

31. TE Pat Freiermuth – Penn State

4🌟 Recruit
9th ranked TE in 2018

2018 Stats: 24 rec 330 yards 7 TDs πŸ”₯

Freiermuth was extremely impressive this season & proved to be a BIG red zone threat. Next season we’d expect 10+ TDs.

32. RB Isaiah Bowser – Northwestern

3🌟 Recruit
37th ranked RB

2018 Stats: 796 rushing yards 6 TDs

Bowser came on late in the season and made the most of his opportunity. Now, he looks to be the RB of the future for Northwestern.

33. DE Thomas Booker – Stanford

4🌟 Recruit
11th ranked SDE

2018 Stats: 24 Tackles, 3.5 Sacks 1 INT

Booker can rush the passer. He’s got a quick first move and has the strength to go along with the quickness.

34. CB Corione Harris – Kansas

4🌟 Recruit
27th ranked CB

2018 Stats: 44 Tackles, 1 INT, 1 FF

Harris was a huge pickup for Kansas in the 2018 class and wasted no time making a big impact. Les Miles will love having him on his defense.

ECU QB Holton Ahlers is a star in the making for the Pirates.
35. QB Holton Ahlers – ECU

3🌟 Recruit
17th ranked DT QB

2018 Stats: 1,785 passing yards, 592 rushing yards 6 TDs πŸ”₯.

Ahlers proved that he’s the QB of the future for ECU. He’s a threat through the air & on the ground.

36. RB Johnny Ford – USF

3🌟 Recruit
32nd Ranked APB

2018 Stats: 737 rushing yards 8 TDs, 78 rec yards 1 TD.

Ford was a great find for USF on the recruiting trail and immediately stepped in and made an impact.

37. CB Jaycee Horn – South Carolina

4🌟 Recruit
22nd ranked CB

2018 Stats: 39 Tackles, 3 TFL, 1 Sack

Horn stepped in and proved to be an excellent cover corner. He’s still developing, but we love the potential for him going forward.

38. DT Alim McNeil – NC State

4🌟 Recruit
18th ranked DT

2018 Stats: 24 Tackles, 3.5 Sacks, 1 FF

McNeil was a force on the D-Line for the Wolfpack this year. For a DT, he’s extremely athletic and quick.

39. OT Cade Mays – Georgia

5🌟 Recruit
3rd ranked OT

Mays stepped in as a true Freshman this year and played wherever he was needed on the O-Line. He will be one of the best OTs in CFB the next few years.

Every time he stepped on the field, Virginia Tech WR Tre Turner was a playmaker.
40. WR Tre Turner – Virginia Tech

4🌟 Recruit
34th ranked WR

2018 Stats: 25 rec 495 yards 4 TDs, 78 rushing yards 1 TD, 1 blocked Punt.

Turner really came on late in the season & proved to be an explosive playmaker for the Hokies.

41. TE Brevin Jordan – Miami

4🌟 Recruit
#1 ranked TE in 2018

2018 Stats: 30 rec 275 yards 4 TDs in 8 games

Jordan stepped in as TE1 for the Canes and proved to be a threat in the passing attack. We expect him to have an even bigger year in 2019.

42. RB Maurice Washington – Nebraska

4🌟 Recruit
10th ranked RB

2018 Stats: 455 rushing yards 3 TDs, 24 rec 201 yards 1 TD.

Washington has a ton of upside. We’ve seen a few flashes of greatness this season & we expect to see a lot more opportunities next year.

43. RB Dameon Pierce – Florida

4🌟 RB
8th ranked RB

2018 Stats: 425 rushing yards 2 TDs, 5 rec 20 yards 1 TD.

Pierce just got his feet wet this season, but was impressive doing so. With a bigger role, he could be one of the best RBs in the SEC.

Add Alabama DB Patrick Surtain II to the list of the next great Tide defender that will make it to the next level.
44. CB Patrick Surtain II – Alabama

5🌟 Recruit
#1 ranked CB

2018 Stats: 33 Tackles, 1 INT, 1 FF

Surtain has excellent coverage skills and lived up to the 5🌟 Ranking. Opposing QBs will start avoiding Surtain’s side of the field.

45. DE Xavier Thomas – Clemson

5🌟 Recruit
#1 ranked SDE

2018 Stats: 28 Tackles, 3 Sacks, 1 FF

With the Clemson front four all coming back, Thomas played sparingly. However, he made a huge impact when given the opportunity. Watch out for him in 2019.

46. Kicker Evan McPherson – Florida

2018 Stats: 15-17 FG 45-45 XP

McPherson was excellent this year kicking FGs and one of his “misses” he appeared to make. The Gators will have one of the best Kickers in CFB the next few years.

47. DT Will Choloh – Troy

3🌟 Recruit
95th ranked DT

2018 Stats: 19 Tackles, 4.5 TFL, 3 Sacks πŸ”₯

Choloh is not only a run stopper, but he can rush the passer and gets into the backfield often. He is a really good looking player for Troy.

48. LB Chris Oats – Kentucky

4🌟 Recruit
22nd ranked OLB

2018 Stats: 24 Tackles, 3 TFL, 2 Sacks

Kentucky might have their next Josh Allen at LB with Chris Oats. While that’s a lot of hype to live up to, Oats definitely has a ton of potential.

Florida DB Trey Dean has Gators fans feeling great about the future.
49. CB Trey Dean – Florida

4🌟 Recruit
17th ranked CB

2018 Stats: 22 Tackles 1 INT

Dean continues to get better each week. While his stats won’t blow you away, he made a huge impact for the Gators in the secondary.

50. DB Alontae Taylor – Tennessee

4🌟 Recruit
21st ranked CB

2018 Stats: 40 Tackles, 1 TFL

The secondary for the Vols looks bright with Taylor & Thompson shining as true Freshmen. Taylor’s vision allows him to diagnose the offense & make a play.

Honorable Mention
  • Β WR Jeshaun Jones – Maryland

3🌟 Recruit
118th ranked WR

2018 Stats: 22 rec 288 yards 5 TDs, 173 rushing yards 2 TDs. 1 Pass TD

Jones was spectacular vs Texas, scoring a TD three different ways. With consistent QB play he will continue to develop.

  • Punter Ryan Wright – Tulane

Let’s show some love to one of the best young punters in CFB. WrightΒ was a 3🌟 Recruit & averaged 44.07 yards per punt as a true Freshman. His accuracy is one of his best attributes.

  • OT Christian Darrisaw – Virginia Tech

3🌟 Recruit
171th ranked OT

Darrisaw excelled this season, earning himself many freshman accolades. He should be a quality starter for the Hokies for many years to come.

West Virginia’s Dante Stills wreaks havoc on that Mountaineers defense.
  • DT Dante Stills – West Virginia

4🌟 Recruit
7th ranked SDE

2018 Stats: 13 Tackles 3 Sacks 5.5 Tackles for Loss

Stills is a freak of nature. He’s extraordinary at getting to the QB and lives in the backfield.

  • CB Julius Brents – Iowa

3🌟 Recruit
30th ranked Safety

2018 Stats: 13 Tackles 1 INT in 5 games.

Brents was good in coverage in his limited time playing. He can play CB or Safety. So he’s a versatile player with a bright future.

  • LB Rocky Jacques Louis – FIU

2🌟 Recruit
127th ranked WDE

2018 Stats: 15 Tackles, 1 TFL, 1 sack, 2 INTs.

Jacques Louis is an athletic player who can play DE/LB. When given a chance, he excelled, and his role should expand next season.

  • LB Brenton Cox – Georgia

5🌟 LB
2nd ranked OLB

2018 Stats: 14 Tackles, 1.5 TFL 1 Sack

Cox should see a much more significant role next season. However, in limited time this season, he showed flashes of the potential he has.

Ohio St WR Chris Olave could be the next big star for the Buckeyes.
  • WR Chris Olave – Ohio State

3🌟 Recruit
68th ranked WR

2018 Stats: 12 rec 197 yards 3 TDs

Olave only appeared in 7 games, but he really made a big impact late in the season. He showed a knack for making big plays and high pointing the ball.

  • DT Jordan Redmond – UVA

3🌟 Recruit
79th ranked DT

2018 Stats: In limited time in 7 games Redmond recorded 10 tackles. While the stats won’t blow you away, Redmond showed he was a run stuffer & impacted the game more than the stats show.

  • OT Dylan Wonnum – South Carolina

4🌟 Recruit
12th ranked OT

One of the most impressive true Freshman Offensive Linemen in CFB this season was Dylan Wonnum. At 6’5″ 330 lbs, he has good size & utilized it well this season. Bright, bright future.

  • WR Anthony Schwartz – Auburn

4🌟 Recruit
30th ranked WR

2018 Stats: 199 rushing yards 4 TDs, 19 rec 307 yards 2 TDs