In most places, spring football is almost upon is. In others, it already is. Either way, it's beginning to feel a lot like football—and that is always a spectacular thing.
The start of spring camp is important for the older guys on each team, but not nearly as much as it is for the early enrollees who are experiencing the rigors of high-level college football and learning an FBS playbook for the first time in their lives.
This process is extra important for the blue-chip recruits: The guys who are being counted on to contribute and maybe even start as true freshman. For them, the month of practice in March or April is a chance to validate their high school tape, impress the coaches and hopefully get a chance to run with the first-team offense or defense.
Focusing only on the top 50 players in the class of 2014, per the 247Sports composite, which players stand the best chance of doing just that? Of stepping into camp a wide-eyed freshman but leaving with starting experience?
Please make note that this list only counts true freshmen. Talented JUCO recruits like D'haquille Williams and Derrick Moncrief at Auburn, for example, are expected to make a quick impact and run with the starters as well, but for the purposes of this list, that is not what we're looking for.
We're looking for straight-out-of-high-school talents who are ready to make an impact, right from the first day, at some of the best programs in the country.
Guys who will pay their dues quickly.