With national signing day now in the rear-view mirror, it is time to start looking ahead to the 2013 college football season. The majority of those who signed letters of intent with their chosen school on Wednesday will likely be redshirting their first season on campus. However, that outlook has begun to change in recent years with so many players leaving campus after only three years to enter the NFL draft.
Many college coaches, especially those at larger and more successful programs, realize that a redshirt season can be wasted if the player is extremely talented. Why sit the player one season and only have him for two if you can play him as a true freshman and have him for three years?
The Virginia Tech Hokies signed 19 players this week, although five were enrolled in January. Of those 19, only a few have a realistic opportunity to play in 2013. Cornerback Kendall Fuller is the first to come to mind. Fuller—the younger brother of current Hokies cornerback Kyle—certainly has the ability to be on the field in the season opener versus defending national champion Alabama.
Here are three freshmen who could not only play in 2013, but possibly start depending on the circumstances.