In college football, there is no free agency. There are no trades between schools that drastically change rosters from year to year or even week to week.
Instead, the college game offers an evolution of sorts—a constant transition of high school athletes becoming ex-college football players and, hopefully, college graduates.
Each year at every school across the country, players move on, leaving room for new players to grow and blossom on the field.
Recruiting is essentially the stockpiling of talent as insurance against this natural evolution.
While Allen Robinson and DaQuan Jones have moved on to the NFL, Penn State has been preparing each year by recruiting new athletes who will eventually fill those voids.
Their time is now.
Which former high school standouts will shine in blue and white this fall?
Let's take a look at five former blue-chip recruits who are primed for a breakout season in 2014.
All star ratings and position rankings are courtesy of 247Sports Composite ratings.
All stats courtesy of CFBStats.com.