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College football recruiting: Breaking down five-star freshmen's impact

Korey Foreman, the third-ranked prospect in the Class of 2021, has started to see more playing time with USC. Brian Rothmuller/Icon Sportswire

For each college football recruiting class, we bestow the coveted five-star ranking on a select group of prospects. These are players who demonstrate the rare abilities to dominate their competition at the high school level.

More importantly, these are high school seniors we project to make an immediate impact as college freshmen despite the adjustment to the big stage.

There were 14 five-star prospects in the Class of 2021, and we break down how they have performed through the first four weeks of the college football season.

DE Jack Sawyer
Ohio State
2021 ESPN 300 ranking: 1

Sawyer sat out his senior high school season, so this is the first time he has returned to game action since November 2019. His contributions to the Buckeyes' defense have been limited. He made the most of his opportunities this past weekend, though, recording three tackles and his first sack in a win against Akron.

OT Tommy Brockermeyer
Alabama
2021 ESPN 300 ranking: 2