Prospect fans know the guys the college football recruiting services expect to be the next big things.
But who will shine right away?
It's not easy going from high school to the FBS, but every year some players see that freshman wall and blow right through it.
Kids are more developed than ever thanks to advanced youth and high school programs, strength and conditioning, and strong playbooks, that we're seeing these mature freshman more and more.
Last year, guys such as LSU's Derek Stingley Jr., USC's Kedon Slovis, North Carolina's Sam Howell, Arizona State's Jayden Daniels, Iowa State's Breece Hall, Purdue's David Bell and more transitioned seamlessly.
Part of it is opportunity. Most of it is ability. So, who'll be the first-year players who take college football by storm in 2020? Let's take a look at the top candidates leading up to Feb. 5's national signing day.
Bryan Bresee, Clemson Defensive Tackle
Maryland-based defensive tackle Bryan Bresee shoulders as much hype as any player has in a while. He's the top-rated prospect in the 247Sports Composite rankings, holding the top spot at 247 and Rivals, and the No. 3 slot at ESPN.
The 6'5", 290-pounder can do it all. He's big, strong and thick enough to play on the interior, and he has the explosion to make it on the outside.
This Clemson class is loaded all over the field for head coach Dabo Swinney, and getting a player like Bresee to team with Tyler Davis, who's coming off a massive freshman season with 10.5 tackles for loss and 6.5 sacks, will be exciting. But Clemson also got 5-star defensive tackle Demonte Capehart, so Bresee's versatility will serve him well.
He's the best run-stopping line prospect in several years, and no matter the position he sticks with, he'll see the field immediately as one of the country's most college-ready players.
That's why most major programs—including Penn State, Ohio State, Michigan, Alabama and Georgia—wanted him.
He's not the quickest edge-rusher, so he's likely to bump inside. But Bresee is the type of player who'll thrive under defensive coordinator Brent Venables: a tenacious, talented worker who can perfect his craft and be a high draft pick. Look for him to make a Davis-like impact right away.
Jordan Burch, South Carolina Defensive End
One of the recruiting cycle's biggest surprises came when defensive line prospect Jordan Burch shrugged off all the concerns about head coach Will Muschamp's future with the school, spurned the nation's top programs and committed to the South Carolina Gamecocks on Dec. 18.
The in-state prospect's decision could have major ramifications for the Gamecocks and the Muschamp era. Burch is that good.
The 6'5", 275-pound prospect could stay outside or play defensive tackle, and that versatility is why programs such as Clemson, Georgia and Alabama wanted him.
Burch probably should stay on the interior and could slide into Javon Kinlaw's role now that explosive playmaker is expected to go in the first or early second round of the NFL draft.
Though Burch didn't sign with South Carolina, he hasn't indicated he's wavering. That's big news for a Gamecocks program victimized by a difficult schedule and ravaged by injuries in 2019.
If Muschamp can turn it around, it will happen because of prospects such as Burch, who headlines a strong class. If Muschamp can't, the next head coach will have a terrific lineman who looks ticketed for an early-round selection in three or four years.
Burch has the all-around game to get after quarterbacks from the interior and plug running gaps. He'll be a high-visibility prospect because of his ranking, but he'll also stay that way thanks to his production.
Justin Flowe, Oregon Linebacker
Oregon's Justin Flowe already looks like an upperclassman, and his football acumen will allow him to star right away as the most college-ready linebacker in this class.
Remember the impact Ducks edge-rusher Kayvon Thibodeaux had as a freshman this past season (14 tackles for loss, nine sacks)? Flowe will be "that dude" for head coach Mario Cristobal later this year.