Signing Day is often a time for college football programs to look toward the more distant future.
But every year, there are special acquisitions that help their team right away.
At OSU, Calvin Barnett became an immediate starter at defensive tackle and the Big 12 Defensive Newcomer of the Year. Damien Williams became Oklahoma's leading rusher. TCU's Devonte Fields was arguably the best defensive player in the Big 12 as a true freshman.
Which 2013 signees will make a similar impact this coming fall?
At OU, Hatari Boyd could step into a starting safety role, while junior college transfer Quincy Russell could help on the defensive line.
At OSU, the Cowboys signed a pair of four-star playmakers at wide receiver in Marcell Ateman and Ra'Shaad Samples and have two early enrollees in Sam Wren and Naim Mustafaa who should challenge for starting spots at defensive end.
Meanwhile, Texas continued its tradition of bringing in blue chip recruits; now the task is to use them to create blue chip teams. Notre Dame, which hosts OU on Sept. 28, reeled in the nation's third-best recruiting class following its undefeated regular season and appearance in the national championship game. And Mississippi State, which opens against OSU at Reliant Stadium in Houston, created some pre-Signing Day drama when Fred Ross, who had long been committed to the Cowboys, switched late to the Bulldogs.
There are always unheralded recruits — Austin Hays, anyone? — who make an unexpected impact early in their careers. But with Signing Day just more than a week old, it's a good time to examine which members of the 2012 class have already made themselves known, and which ones could do the same in 2013.