A retrospective look at the 2008 recruiting class

Submitted by m1817 on February 4th, 2013 at 10:00 AM

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:

 

National perspective

 

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.

 

Hits

 

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.

 

Misses

 

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.

 

Surprises

 

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.

 

Local

 

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.

 

Read more: http://www.houstonchronicle.com/sports/article/Luck-RG3-made-class-of-2…

 

Comments

TexanGOBLUE

February 4th, 2013 at 10:26 AM ^

I am from the Houston area and Aldine ISD has always been a powerhouse. The only Houston area guys that I can remember that went to Michigan were McGuffy, Ryan Beard, and Evan Coleman. I'm not sure Hopkins was from the Houston area.

turd ferguson

February 4th, 2013 at 10:43 AM ^

For those interested, here's the Michigan class according to Rivals.  I sorted it by Rivals ratings.

NAME / POSITION / HEIGHT / WEIGHT /
FAKE 40 TIME / STAR RATING / RIVALS RATING

Boubacar Cissoko

DB

5'9"

171

 

4 stars

6.0

Dann O'Neill

OL

6'8"

291

 

4 stars

6.0

Darryl Stonum

WR

6'2"

180

4.4

4 stars

6.0

J.B. Fitzgerald

LB

6'4"

225

4.7

4 stars

5.9

Kevin Koger

TE

6'4"

235

4.7

4 stars

5.9

Michael Shaw

RB

6'0"

185

4.4

4 stars

5.9

Brandon Smith

DB

6'3"

210

4.5

4 stars

5.9

Ricky Barnum

OL

6'2"

246

5.4

4 stars

5.8

Kenny Demens

LB

6'1"

224

4.6

4 stars

5.8

Taylor Hill

LB

6'2"

205

4.5

4 stars

5.8

Mike Martin

DT

6'2"

278

4.9

4 stars

5.8

Sam McGuffie

RB

6'1"

188

4.3

4 stars

5.8

Elliott Mealer

OL

6'6"

280

5.2

4 stars

5.8

Brandon Moore

TE

6'6"

243

4.7

4 stars

5.8

Terrence Robinson

RB

5'9"

170

4.4

4 stars

5.8

Roy Roundtree

WR

6'1"

154

4.4

4 stars

5.8

Marcus Witherspoon

LB

6'2"

215

4.5

4 stars

5.8

Mike Cox

RB

6'1"

203

4.5

3 stars

5.7

Justin Feagin

ATH

6'0"

190

 

3 stars

5.7

Rocko Khoury

OL

6'6"

280

5.0

3 stars

5.7

Martavious Odoms

WR

5'8"

164

4.6

3 stars

5.7

Kurt Wermers

OL

6'3"

278

5.1

3 stars

5.6

J.T. Floyd

ATH

6'0"

179

4.7

3 stars

5.5

Patrick Omameh

DE

6'4"

236

4.8

2 stars

5.1

 

MJ14

February 4th, 2013 at 12:38 PM ^

One thing I noticed is that Odoms lists a 4.6 40 time and he's a guy who had Denard like speed. As evidenced by the fact that they raced, correct? Then you've got a guy like Roy, who lists a 4.4 time, and really probably runs a 4.6 or so. I wonder how many players list a 4.6, when they actually might be able to legitimately run a 4.4? I know we see a lot of FAKES, but some people do have legit speed. 

MichiganMan_24_

February 4th, 2013 at 10:47 AM ^

All i can say about the 2008 class is as a whole it set us back..It gave us Mike Martin who i loved watching but it was not a bright spot in recruiting for UM..i feel much better about Hoke and company on the way they recruit and the evaluating of talent and character.

True Blue Grit

February 4th, 2013 at 11:03 AM ^

There were a few stars in there, but most of them either had so-so, poor, or non-existent careers.  Even many of the eventual starters were OK, but again, not stars.  The good news is that those who stayed are champions and Michigan Men.