While reading about Da'Shawn Hand last week (he apparently committed to one of those SEC schools - Missitucky?), I came across a list of Rivals' No. 1 players for every year since 2002. It's quite a list, and it got me wondering about their No. 2 players during that time, because Michigan does of course have the No. 2 player in the country per Rivals. The list is below.
2002 - Haloti Ngata, DT, Oregon
2003 - Reggie Bush, RB, USC
2004 - Ted Ginn Jr., WR, OSU
2005 - Patrick Turner, WR, USC
2006 - Andre Smith, OL, Alabama
2007 - Joe McKnight, RB, USC
2008 - DaQuan Bowers, DL, Clemson
2009 - Rueben Randle, WR, LSU
2010 - Seantrel Henderson, OL, Miami
2011 - Curtis Grant, LB, OSU
2012 - DJ Humphries, OL, Florida
2013 - Vernon Hargreaves, DB, Florida
That's not as outstanding as the list of No. 1 guys, but it nonetheless looks like being No. 2 in the country carries with it the strong likelihood of success.