Redshirting also plays a very GT-specific role: it gives them time to acclimate academically. This is a non-issue at the factories where they major in "African Studies" or even at Stanford where they take "General Studies" for 4 years before declaring a major.Wow. So much to disagree with 91 on this thread.
Every team redshirts. Gives the player an extra year to learn systems and physically mature. If a guy coming in can contribute to a need we DO pull his shirt and play him.
You complain about our lack of success recruiting but propose telling kids...you have a 3 year scholarship but will have to prove yourself for a 4th year. Good luck with that, it would just close the door on a very large number of potential recruits for us. (The competition certainly won't do the same but you can bet your *** they would point it out to kids we compete for.)