Now that the 2013 national signing day has arrived, newly signed players and coaching staffs around the nation can get down to the business of preparing for the actual football season. As funny as it might sound, that will likely be the last we hear from these youngsters until the calendar flips over to 2014.
While many of the nation's top recruits have dreams of glory, that fame may have to wait until at least 2014. The word no recruit yet every coach wants to hear—redshirt—will soon be the hot topic of discussion.
Recruits and their fans are often caught up in the bright lights and glare of ESPN's television cameras on national signing day. In reality, these 18-year-old high school seniors are unproven gambles by coaching staffs. These coaches know that the vast majority of top recruits need more than a few months to mature into first-rate college football players.
Enter the redshirt season.
These players may be on everyone's tongue right now, but with physical or mental growth—or even a free roster spot—needed, these top 2013 recruits are destined to spend their first year on campus learning the ropes without setting foot on the field come Saturdays in the fall.