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2008 Recruiting Class
A retrospective look at the 2008 recruiting class from the Houston Chronicle:
Five years ago this week, college football programs across the country thought they were bringing in the next crop of stars.
Some did - Stanford found its quarterback in Stratford's Andrew Luck, while Copperas Cove's Robert Griffin III, who went second in the 2012 NFL draft behind Luck, signed with Baylor.
Others didn't - Jermie Calhoun was Texas' No. 2-ranked recruit and signed with Oklahoma, where he saw limited time before transferring to Division II Angelo State.
With national signing day Wednesday, here is a look back at the Class of 2008:
Terrelle Pryor was the nation's top recruit, according to Rivals.com, drawing comparisons to Vince Young, who led Texas to a national championship in 2005. The ESPN 150 gave its top spot to dynamic defensive end Da'Quan Bowers. Both reached the NFL in 2011 - Bowers as a second-round pick and Pryor in the supplemental draft after a scandal at Ohio State.
Everyone who saw Luck in high school knew he was special. Rivals.com ranked him as the sixth-best quarterback in the country. One recruit the 2012 NFL draft's No. 1 pick trailed was Dayne Crist, who transferred to Kansas after losing his starting job at Notre Dame. Julio Jones and A.J. Green were the top two recruits at wide receiver. Both excelled in college and are doing the same as pros.
Arthur Brown, No. 6 in the ESPN 150, signed with Miami and was thought to be the next great Hurricanes linebacker. Two disappointing seasons later, he transferred to Kansas State. Closer to home, Sam McGuffie became a YouTube sensation while staring at Cy-Fair but never lived up to the hype. After playing as a freshman at Michigan, he transferred to Rice.
The state of Texas produced three five-star recruits, according to Rivals.com, and 42 more with four stars. But those who received "only" three stars included Emmanuel Acho, Seth Doege, Trent Hunter, Jacquizz Rodgers and Kendall Wright. Hunter quickly became a mainstay in Texas A&M's secondary, while Wright teamed with RG3 in leading Baylor to a 10-win season in 2011.
Darron Thomas didn't follow Luck and Griffin's success in the NFL, but the former Aldine star started two seasons at Oregon, helping lead the Ducks to the 2011 BCS title game and 2012 Rose Bowl. Darryl Stonum starred at Dulles before signing with Michigan. Two seasons after setting a program record for most kickoff return yards in a season (2009), he was suspended and eventually ended up at Baylor.
26 W. Campbell
35 JT Turner
151 J. Gallon
156 C. Roh
164 T. Forcier
194 T. Lewan
215 A. Lalota
221 M. Schofield
233 C. Gordon
239 F. Toussaint
52 M. Hall
104 J. Stokes
110 S. Montgomery
139 J. Hosley
155 B. Mingo
188 D. Robinson
213 Q. Washington
230 W. Haulstead
Who is James Jackson and why is he going to Ohio State?
Thanks for the info!
The Freep isn't exactly the best spot for "M" (that's for you, Brian) coverage, but this was a pretty good refresher for those like me who like BIG SHINY PICTURES in our evaluations.
I recommend going through the list backwards -- gets the transfer/academic attrition out of the way early.
Also note that for the definitive image of Cissoko, they chose one of a Purdue defender beating him on an out route. I'd say that's more a definitive image of the Purdue game than Boubi himself. He had a lot of freshman learning to do, but I still think he'll end up becoming a solid defensive back for Michigan (never doubt a man from Cass).