Football is an extremely physical sport, and players who play the game have to relish contact. Toughness is a key characteristic of all football players at any position on the field. Being physically developed is also another key aspect to being a good player, which is why a heavy emphasis is always put on strength and conditioning programs in football.
In recruiting, some players develop physically faster than their peers, and this helps them get on field quicker in college. Other recruits may need a year to redshirt to add more bulk, body mass and strength to help their bodies prepare for wear and tear of college football.
The recruits that are physically ready are impressive on the hoof, but out of that group the recruits who also show they are mentally ready for college football really separate themselves from the pack.
This piece will look at a few recruits in 2014 who could be ready for college ball right off the bat.