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Recruiting 2014 - The 2007 5-Stars, Top 10
Notre Dame QB Jimmy Clausen
Notre Dame QB Jimmy Clausen
Posted Jan 27, 2011

The 2007 recruiting season was splashy with a few big-name prospects at the top, a slew of huge gets for USC, and a precocious quarterback who failed to turnaround Notre Dame. But mostly there were a LOT of misses. Rich Cirminiello takes a look back at the Top 50 prospects from 2007 and judges whether or not they worked out.

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

- 1-10 | 11-20 | 21-30 | 31-40 | 41-50 | 2007 CFN Recruiting 
10. LB Chris Galippo, USC
Four years in, and Galippo has looked the part for just one of them. In 2007 and 2008, a back problem and too much surrounding talent limited him to just 20 tackles. After starting in the middle throughout 2009, he lost the job to Devon Kennard before last season and finished 12th on the team with only 29 stops. He has one crucial season left and a lot of personal goals, including a little redemption and getting back on the radar of pro scouts.
Worth the Hype? Not quite

9. DE Everson Griffen, USC
Sure, Griffen was talented enough to get drafted 100th overall by the Minnesota Vikings in 2010, but the Trojans got far less than they expected. An enigma from the outset, he lacked consistency and didn’t always bring it for Troy. Over the course of three seasons, he registered 18 sacks, but more than one-third came in games against Oregon State and Notre Dame. He has plenty of upside potential, but has to become less streaky and more steady.
Worth the Hype? Sort of

8. DT Marvin Austin, North Carolina
In all candor, the Tar Heels expected a lot more from Austin, who didn’t exactly go out on a high note. After surprising everyone by returning for his senior year, the study in contradictions was suspended for all of 2010 for allegedly receiving improper benefits. In his three seasons, he was a solid interior lineman, starting the final two years and getting named second team All-ACC in 2009.
Worth the Hype? Sort of

7. C Kristofer O’Dowd, USC
A precocious recruit, O’Dowd became the first true freshman to start at center for USC, the beginning of a terrific career. When healthy, he was one of the Pac-10’s best blockers, making the all-conference first team in 2008 and earning honorable mention last fall. The total package on the inside, he’ll be one of the first centers taken off the board in April’s NFL Draft.
Worth the Hype? Yes

6. OG Tray Allen, Texas
It figures. Just when it looked as if the career backup was going to become a fixture at guard, he broke a bone in his foot and had to be redshirted. The good news is that he has one additional season of eligibility to make amends in Austin. Barring a breakout, all-star finale, though, he’ll have a tough time avoiding being labeled a major bust after arriving with so much fanfare.
Worth the Hype? Nope

5. OTJosh Oglesby, Wisconsin 
While he still has another season left in Madison, but so far the story hasn't gone the way Badger fans had hoped. Four years after being the nation’s top-ranked tackle, it hasn’t quite come together for the product of Milwaukee. He’s started games in each of the last three seasons, including 10 in 2009, but knee injuries and a questionable mean streak have kept him from becoming the dominant force he was expected to be.
Worth the Hype? Not quite

4. TE Aaron Hernandez, Florida
Part tight end and part H-back, Hernandez was a great fit in the Gator offense and a favorite target of Tim Tebow. Peaking with 68 grabs in his third and final season in Gainesville, his college resume was highlighted by 111 receptions for 1,382 yards, and 12 touchdowns. An All-American and the first SEC tight end to win the John Mackey Award, he delivered an outstanding debut as a part-time starter with the New England Patriots.
Worth the Hype? Yes

3. WR Terrence Toliver, LSU
No doubt, there were moments over the last four seasons, like catching two touchdowns in October’s win over Florida and a three-touchdown Cotton Bowl. Unfortunately for Toliver, they were too infrequent. Considering all of the hype, no all-star appearances and 126 career receptions for 1,820 yards and a dozen touchdowns didn’t quite measure up to massive expectations.
Worth the Hype? Not quite

2. RB Joe McKnight, USC
The next Reggie Bush? Not even close. McKnight proved to be a weak facsimile of his predecessor, struggling with injuries and allegations of off-field improprieties. A flashy playmaker during his three years, he rushed for 2,213 yards, caught 66 passes, and scored 15 times. Drafted in the fourth round by the New York Jets after leaving school early, he played sparingly, but did finish the regular season by rushing for 158 yards.
Worth the Hype? Not quite

1. QB Jimmy Clausen , Notre Dame
Clausen enjoyed a solid three-year career in South Bend. An extension of coach Charlie Weis, he started taking off as a sophomore, throwing 53 touchdown passes over the last two seasons and showing a knack for coming through in the clutch. Although he plummeted to No. 48 overall, one of the storylines of the 2010 NFL Draft, he finally drew the interest of the Carolina Panthers and got his feet wet in a difficult pro debut.
Worth the Hype? Yes 

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