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February 1, 2011
Wednesday is National Signing Day, and while it can seem like Christmas Day to some fans, the flashy gift isn't necessarily the best gift.
In other words, don't overlook the players who don't make an immediate impact; sometimes they turn out to be the best players in the class.
Of the 22 players on the 2010 Rivals.com Freshman All-America team, eight of them redshirted as freshmen, and 14 of the 22 on the second team were redshirted.
So go ahead and revel in the big names your team signs Wednesday, but make sure you pay attention during spring practice in March and April. That's when the players on this list will start to make a name for themselves.
Here's an early look at redshirt freshmen who could have featured roles in the 2011 season. The players are listed alphabetically by school.