- Matt Fortuna, ESPN Staff Writer
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Scouts Inc.'s Todd McShay, Steve Muench and Kevin Weidl released their rankings and scouting reports of the nation's 25 best freshmen this season, and a familiar face comes in at No. 3: Aaron Lynch.
Analysis: Lynch's first step, power, hands and range all stand out on film. He is explosive for his size and can apply pressure off the edge when he lines up at defensive end. He plays with above-average pad level and has enough lower-body strength to make him tough to move off the ball when lined up inside. That's impressive considering Lynch is listed at 265 pounds. He's also an effective hand fighter with good upper-body strength who can get off blocks and track down the ball carrier whether he's defending the run or rushing the passer.
Looking ahead, ESPN RecruitingNation's Tom Luginbill names Notre Dame commit Ronald Darby as one of seven incoming recruits who can make an immediate impact on his team next season.
Darby could fill a need both at cornerback and safety, so his position versatility makes him very valuable. Add in the fact that the Irish have some upperclassmen departing from the secondary, and Darby, one of the nation's fastest prospects, could step in right away at safety, corner or nickel back because of that versatility.
Darby is ESPNU's No. 69 overall player and the No. 3 player from the state of Maryland, where he attends Potomac High School in Oxon Hill.
Scouts Inc.'s Todd McShay, Steve Muench and Kevin Weidl released their rankings and scouting reports of the nation's 25 best freshmen this season, and a familiar face comes in at No.