In past generations, high school recruits would sign with schools and typically redshirt. However, today's prospects are all looking for a chance to play right away as freshmen.
Recruits are both competitive and a bit egotistical today, which is why getting immediate playing time is a big factor in their decisions. However, they're also bigger, faster, stronger and more skilled.
Many recruits in the 2014 class appear to be locks to play significant snaps next fall, as Virginia has two prospects who could be starting before the end of next year. North Carolina State has a pledge from a defensive end who is ready to play now, plus Florida's starting quarterback next year may be in its current class.