Recruits of this generation are more physically mature and have received better coaching. Therefore, many prospects can make an early impact on a college team. Quarterbacks receive year-round coaching and prep passers are better at reading coverages and defensive fronts than players in years past.
This trend resonates with all other positions, however not all recruits are ready to play college football as true freshmen. Redshirting today is seen as a negative thing by young players, whereas in years past recruits gladly welcomed sitting out a season to hone their skills or add size. While many recruits from the 2014 class will go on to play as true freshmen, some will need to redshirt.
A quarterback who is committed to an SEC program may be better off taking things slow as a freshman. A terrific offensive guard may need to spend a year working on his body and conditioning, while a lean defensive end needs to use his initial college season by spending countless hours in the weight room.