Impact freshmen, offensive coaches, and recruits making a name for themselves in college football are the focal points of the Three-Point Stance.

Title: Impactful True Freshmen, Offensive-Minded Head Coaches, and Rising High School Recruits: A Closer Look


In this edition of the Three-Point Stance, national analyst Clint Cosgrove examines the impact made by true freshmen on the field, the potential harm caused by offensive-minded head coaches who also coordinate, and three high school recruits who are showing promise. Cosgrove delves into the performances of notable true freshmen, discusses the implications of offensive-minded head coaches, and highlights the rising stars in high school football.

1. True Freshmen Making an Impact

Week Zero introduced several true freshmen who wasted no time leaving their mark on the field. Cosgrove focuses on the standout performances of four freshmen: Zachariah Branch, Jaden Greathouse, Jeremiyah Love, and Jeremiah Vessel.

– Zachariah Branch, a wide receiver from USC, showcased his potential by leading the nation in all-purpose yards in his debut game against San Jose State. With one kick return for a touchdown, four receptions for a touchdown, and one rush, Branch demonstrated why he was a highly rated recruit.

– Jaden Greathouse, a wide receiver from Notre Dame, also proved his worth with a two-touchdown performance in his first game. A highly ranked receiver in the class of 2023, Greathouse is expected to excel alongside quarterback Sam Hartman.

– Jeremiyah Love, a running back from Notre Dame, impressed with his explosive speed and ability to capitalize on limited opportunities. Despite rushing for just 40 yards on four carries, Love demonstrated his potential to be a game-changer for the Fighting Irish.

– Jeremiah Vessel, a safety from New Mexico State, showcased his defensive prowess with disruptive plays and tackles for loss. Despite being underrated as a two-star recruit, Vessel proved he could outperform his rating and make an immediate impact for his team.

2. Impact of Offensive-Minded Head Coaches

Cosgrove delves into the debate surrounding offensive-minded head coaches who also coordinate and their potential to win national championships. While offensive acumen can quickly turn a losing program into a winner, Cosgrove argues that offensive obsession alone will not lead to a championship. He cites examples of coaches like Mike Leach who have transformed teams with their offensive strategies but acknowledges that a well-rounded team is necessary to achieve championship success.

Cosgrove specifically discusses Lincoln Riley, the head coach of USC, and points out that no national champion since the beginning of the BCS era has been led by an offensive extremist. He emphasizes the importance of player development, team culture, and a balanced approach to coaching for sustainable success.

3. Rising High School Recruits

Cosgrove highlights three high school recruits who are rapidly rising in the rankings and catching the attention of college coaches.

– Francis Brewu, a defensive tackle committed to Pitt, has been deemed underrated and has proven his worth with impressive performances. With 18 tackles, eight tackles for loss, and 2.5 sacks in just two games, Brewu’s disruptive play in the trenches suggests that he deserves a higher rating.

– Jeremiah McClellan, an Ohio State commit and the nation’s No. 97 player, consistently performs at an elite level. Despite not possessing any exceptional traits, McClellan displays little weakness in his game and could be one of the most complete receivers in the class of 2024.

– Isaiah Marshall, a Kansas commit at quarterback, may not stand out physically, but his ability to dissect opposing defenses and his impressive speed make him a dynamic player. His blend of pro-style quarterbacking and remarkable athleticism sets him apart and makes him a promising prospect.


In this article, Clint Cosgrove examines the immediate impact of true freshmen, the potential drawbacks of offensive-minded head coaches who also coordinate, and the rise of notable high school recruits. The performances of freshmen like Zachariah Branch, Jaden Greathouse, Jeremiyah Love, and Jeremiah Vessel demonstrate their potential to make a difference in their respective teams. Cosgrove emphasizes the need for a balanced approach to coaching and building well-rounded teams to achieve championship success. He also highlights rising recruits Francis Brewu, Jeremiah McClellan, and Isaiah Marshall, who have caught the attention of college coaches and are expected to have bright futures in football.