The 2013 Texas A&M Aggies need to replace 12 of their 22 starters on offense and defense. If the Aggies want to have a successful second season in the Southeastern Conference, multiple members of the 2013 recruiting class are going to have to see immediate playing time.
In 2012 Aggies head coach Kevin Sumlin showed that he was not afraid to play true freshmen in significant roles. When the Ags faced Florida in the season opener, two true freshmen lined up as starters.
Julien Obioha started all 12 games of the regular season at defensive end before an injury forced him to miss the Cotton Bowl. Fellow freshman Alonzo Williams started in Obioha's place against Oklahoma.
De'Vante Harris started at cornerback against the Gators. He started seven total games in 2012. Harris will compete for the starting cornerback spot in 2013 that became available with Dustin Harris' graduation.
Some coaches claim they will play the best players no matter their experience, but Sumlin lives it. He has shown that he does not care what the player's classification is, the best man will play.
The fact that Sumlin will start true freshmen has paid off on the recruiting trail where Sumlin is expected to sign a top 10 class on Wednesday.
This is a look at five members of the 2013 class who will likely start as freshmen.