Most recruits of this generation look for a school that offers them the best chance to play as a true freshman. Players do not want to redshirt, as their competitiveness leads them to believe they deserve to play right away in college.
However, sometimes recruits can overlook a program's incumbents at their position. Other times, recruits simply fall into situations where a veteran player blossoms and forces them to wait their turn. Many prospects who are in in the spotlight during this recruiting cycle will not be heard from for several seasons.
A versatile offensive player is committed to an SEC program that is loaded at his main position. A trio of quarterbacks are headed to situations where the starter will still be an underclassman when they arrive. And another pair of excellent running backs could see a season or two pass before they become "The Man" in their respective college backfields.