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Recruiting 2011 - The 2007 5-Stars No. 41-50
Auburn QB/WR Kodi Burns
Auburn QB/WR Kodi Burns
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Posted Jan 27, 2011


Rich Cirminiello takes a look back at the Top 50 prospects from 2007 and judges whether or not they worked out. ... No. 41 to 50.


Recruiting 2011 - 2007 Lookback

The 5-Star Recruits ... 41-50


By Richard Cirminiello

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- 2011 Recruiting - The 2007 Two-Stars to All-Star Defense 

The 2007 5-Star Prospects. Were They Worth It?

- 1-10 | 11-20 | 21-30 | 31-40 | 41-50 | 2007 CFN Recruiting

CFN Top Prospects for 2011
- No. 1 to 50 | No. 51 to 100 | No. 101 to 150
- No. 151 to 200No. 201 to 250 | No. 251 to 300
- Quarterbacks | Running Backs | Receivers
- Tight Ends | Off. Tackles | Guards & Centers 
- Def. Ends | Def. Tackles | Linebackers | Corners | Safeties 
- 2009 CFN Top 150 | 2010 CFN Top 200
 
The five-star recruit. The Holy Grail for any coaching staff, University, and ardent fan base. There are talented high school players, and then there are the five-star athletes, the top 1% of available candidates and the caliber of players that programs and recruiting classes are built upon. However, the glow of landing one of these rare gems can sometimes fade even before the next February’s signing day arrives.

The stark reality each year is that even the highest-rated recruits can be hits-or-misses, an inexact science that’s part intoxicating and part unbelievably maddening. To illustrate the point, all you’ve got to do is take a revisionist peek at the 50 blue-chippers from four years ago to see who lived up to expectations and who was living a lie. Only a fraction, about one-third, have gone on to perform like the best of the best, which ought to somewhat temper your enthusiasm for next month’s signing day.

*Historical rankings from 2007 are courtesy of Scout.com

50. DE Allen Bailey , Miami
Although the production didn’t always match the raw talent, Bailey was one of the nation’s better—and more versatile—defensive linemen over the last two years. Named All-ACC both seasons, he had the strength to go inside and the pass rushing skills to play defensive end. An all-around physical phenom, he’s well-positioned to have a long and successful career in the NFL.
Worth the Hype? Yes

49. DT Brian Price, UCLA
After three tremendous years in Westwood, Price left school early and was chosen 35th overall by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2010. In his final season on campus, he was named All-American, routinely busting through the middle of the line and toying with opposing Pac-10 blockers. He was injured for much of last fall, but should become an asset to the Bucs’ D once he gets healthy.
Worth the Hype? Yes

48. DE Cliff Matthews, South Carolina
A solid Gamecock over the past four seasons, Matthews never quite reached spectacular in Columbia. While he earned All-SEC second team over the last two years, the 2010 honor was based as much on reputation and name recognition than anything else. He was just third on the team with 5.5 sacks, and his actual production didn’t always match his upside and physical ability.
Worth the Hype? Sort of

47. DT DaJohn Harris , USC
Harris has one more season of eligibility left, and he’s running out of time. He broke into the regular rotation in 2010, making 35 tackles, 5.5 stops for loss, and 3.5 sacks. Few around Troy doubt that he can use the upcoming season as a launching point to all-star honors and the NFL. At 6-4 and 305 pounds, he has the get-off and athleticism that make interior linemen a lot of money at the next level.
Worth the Hype? Not Yet

46. QB Pat Bostick, Pittsburgh
One of the colossal quarterback busts of 2007, Bostick showed early on that he didn’t have the arm to compete at this level. He looked the part, but has never been more than a veteran off the bench. After being pressed into action as a rookie, he couldn’t beat out Bill Stull or Tino Sunseri, and redshirted in 2009. Strictly a reserve, he threw 11 passes last year and isn’t expected to compete for the job in 2011.
Worth the Hype? Nope

45. DE Carlos Dunlap, Florida
Forever tantalizing with his blend of quickness in a 6-6, 290-pound frame, Dunlap always left Gator fans wanting more. Yeah, he was the Defensive MVP of the 2008 National Championship Game and had 19.5 career sacks, but lacked sustained excellence and was an unpolished pass rusher. The second round choice of the Cincinnati Bengals in 2010, the enigma still set a franchise rookie record with 9.5 sacks last year.
Worth the Hype? Sort of

44. DT John Brown , Florida
Brown actually struck out at a pair of SEC schools, flunking out of Florida and never qualifying to play at Tennessee. He ended up spending more time at Northeast Mississippi Community College, hardly the plan when he left Lakeland (Fla.) High School as one of the country’s most coveted interior linemen.
Worth the Hype? Nope

43. RB Chris Rainey , Florida
One of the fastest men in America, Rainey has always been a threat to take a pitch, find a seam, and turn it into an explosion through the defense. However, those kinds of plays have been a little too infrequent, with the junior gaining 2,017 yards from scrimmage and scoring 16 times in three years. He’ll always be a dangerous weapon, including on special teams, and has one season of eligibility left in Gainesville.
Worth the Hype? Not quite

42. QB Kodi Burns, Auburn
After Gene and Gus Malzahn took over at Auburn two years ago, it quickly became clear that Burns wasn’t going to be the right fit at quarterback. To his credit, he became one of the unsung heroes of the Tigers’ success, playing some wildcat and switching full-time to wide receiver. He finished his career with seven touchdown passes, 14 touchdown runs, and a pair of touchdown catches.
Worth the Hype? Not quite

41. CB Donovan Warren, Michigan
While Warren had a nice career in Ann Arbor, it wasn’t quite up to five-star caliber. He started all three seasons before turning pro early, earning Big Ten Defensive Freshman of the Year in 2007 and getting all-league honors two years later. The decision to forego his final year of eligibility, however, was a mistake. He went undrafted in 2010, and is still trying to latch on as a free agent with the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Worth the Hype? Sort of 

The 2007 5-Star Prospects. Were They Worth It?

- 1-10 | 11-20 | 21-30 | 31-40 | 41-50 | 2007 CFN Recruiting

CFN Top Prospects for 2011
- No. 1 to 50 | No. 51 to 100 | No. 101 to 150
- No. 151 to 200No. 201 to 250 | No. 251 to 300
- Quarterbacks | Running Backs | Receivers
- Tight Ends | Off. Tackles | Guards & Centers 
- Def. Ends | Def. Tackles | Linebackers | Corners | Safeties 
- 2009 CFN Top 150 | 2010 CFN Top 200