Top 10 future college stars

Watson, Hargreaves among players set to break out in the next three years

Updated: July 9, 2014, 1:16 PM ET
By Tom Luginbill | ESPN Insider

Deshaun WatsonAP Photo/Anderson Independent-Mail/Mark CrammerQB DeShaun Watson has the talent to start as a true freshman at Clemson in 2014.

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It's always fun to pull out our crystal ball and project who is going to be the next star or make the biggest splash in college football over the next few years. More than half of the players on our list from a year ago made an impact on the gridiron in 2013, and some on the list hadn't even entered college yet, so their fate is still undetermined.

In conjunction with the release of our College Football Future Power Rankings, we will once again sprinkle in a few high school seniors who we think could be premier players over time in conjunction with current college players who are on the verge of breaking out.

Here are the top 10 players set to become college football stars over the next three years.


1. DeShaun Watson, QB, Clemson Tigers

Don't be surprised if Watson is the starting quarterback as a true freshman at Clemson by midseason of this year. Although he was injured in spring football, he made great strides and a fantastic impression on both the coaching staff and his teammates. Cole Stoudt may be the senior, but he does not have Watson's talent. Plus, Stoudt lacks the high-level athleticism that offensive coordinator Chad Morris seeks. Watson has a chance to be special, and from a maturity standpoint he is capable of handling the jump from high school to college with very few growing pains. He's the quarterback of the future of this program and will be charged with continuing its run of double-digit-win seasons and competing for championships.