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Rise of blueshirts

Updated: February 10, 2014, 11:13 AM ET
By Jeremy Crabtree | ESPN RecruitingNation

Everybody who follows college football knows what a redshirt is. And grayshirts are becoming a common part of recruiting lexicon. But what the heck is a blueshirt? It's a term starting to be used more and more by coaches, fans and even recruits themselves.

A blueshirt is a player who arrived on campus as a "preferred" or "recruited" walk-on and goes on to earn a football scholarship. The NCAA doesn't allow for schools to produce written promises of scholarships to walk-ons, but that doesn't ...

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