National signing day is just five days away and while every college football team is putting the finishing touches on their respective recruiting classes, many of last year’s freshmen will be on the field for the first time in 2013.
At most major programs, freshmen often redshirt unless they are one of the top prospects in the country. The redshirt year gives the player time to acclimate to college, add size, learn the speed of the college game, etc.
The Virginia Tech Hokies signed 28 players in 2012. Most of the class redshirted and those who did play didn’t contribute significantly with the exception of running back J.C. Coleman.
Of the 20 players expected to sign with Virginia Tech next week, logic says only a handful will play as true freshmen. Here is a look at five players from last year’s class who could have the biggest impact in 2013.