Running back Joseph Randle has already gained the trust of offensive coordinator Dana Holgorsen and appears to have played his way out of a redshirt season.
But those freshmen are just the headliners. What makes this class unique is the overall depth from top to bottom.
Lewis, Gilbert and Randle were expected to be quality players as three of OSU's most highly sought after signees.
But overlooked newcomers like safeties Deion Imade and Zack Craig are competing among the veterans and are expected to help immediately. Safeties coach Joe DeForest has already said Imade, Craig and fellow freshman safety Lavocheya Cooper will play on special teams and provide depth at safety.
And thanks in large part to this year's class, the overall speed on the roster has increased, especially on defense.
"We have awfully good athletes," defensive coordinator Bill Young said. "Speed is much better on our football team than it used to be."
Not only are they talented, they've come in ready to work and compete.
"All of them have surprised me, coming in with the maturity that they have," senior linebacker Orie Lemon said. "They look like they already had a year under their belt."
Said senior defensive end Ugo Chinasa: "They remind me of my class. We had a lot of freshmen come in and play right away. We will have a lot freshman play the first game this year, so it reminds me of the 06 class."