Recruiting 2012 - 2008 5-Star Recruits, 11-20
Pitt WR Jonathan Baldwin
Pitt WR Jonathan Baldwin
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Posted Jan 25, 2012


Did it work out? Did the superstar prospects fulfill their promise? Scout.com prospects 11 to 20.


Recruiting 2011 - 2008 Lookback

The 5-Star Recruits ... 11-20


By Richard Cirminiello 
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The 2008 5-Star Prospects. Were They Worth It?

- 1-10 | 11-20 | 21-30 | 31-40 | 41-50
- 2007 Class | 2006 Class | 2005 Class | 2004 Class

CFN Top Prospects for 2012
- 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 
  
The five-star recruit, the ultimate symbol of success any coaching staff, University and fervent fan base. There are talented high school players, and then there are the five-star thoroughbreds, the crème de la crème of available candidates, and the caliber of players that programs and recruiting classes are built upon. However, the luster of landing one of these rare gems can sometimes fade even before the next February’s signing day arrives on campus.

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 frustrating. To illustrate the point, all that’s required is a revisionist’s peek at the 50 blue-chippers from four years ago to see who was a beast and who wound up being a bust. Only a fraction, about one-third, has gone on to consistently perform at the top of their class, which ought to somewhat temper enthusiasm for this February’s Signing Day.

*Historical rankings from 2008 are courtesy of Scout.com
 
20. WR Jon Baldwin, Pittsburgh
Playing in a necrotic Panthers passing game couldn’t keep Baldwin from using Pittsburgh as a launching pad to a huge signing bonus after just three seasons. An instant big-play guy on the outside, he wound up catching 128 career passes for 2,337 yards and 16 touchdowns to earn All-Big East honors in consecutive years. The Kansas City Chiefs were particularly moved by his long frame and ability to snare the ball at its highest point, plucking him in the first round of last April’s NFL Draft.
Worth the Hype? Yes

19. RB Jermie Calhoun, Oklahoma
Calhoun received his first scholarship as a sophomore, one of many offers that would be sent to his Ben Wheeler, Tex. home. It turns out that a lot of college coaches misread the back’s potential. His production in high school just never translated to the college level, with OU teammates perennially passing him on the depth chart. Calhoun peaked as a redshirt freshman in 2009, rushing for 220 yards and a score on 45 carries. He ended his injury-riddled stay in Norman by transferring, with hopes of reviving his career at Division II Angelo State University.
Worth the Hype? Nope

18. DT Marcus Forston, Miami
Forston was going to be the next Warren Sapp in Coral Gables. If that comes to fruition, it’ll have to happen in the NFL, where the tackle is headed next. Seemingly always on the fringe of greatness, he was eventually held back by an ankle injury that limited him to three games in 2009, and a knee injury that shut him down in September of last year. Forston peaked as a sophomore in 2010, making 37 tackles, a dozen stops for loss and three sacks. If he can stay healthy, there’s still enough raw ability for him to make an impact at the next level.
Worth the Hype? Not quite

17. LB Nigel Bradham, Florida State
For three straight years, Bradham has been one of the top tackles in Tallahassee, patrolling the field from his weakside position. No, he’s never become the kind of complete defender that fans expected, but he has been one of the most productive Seminoles since cracking the lineup in 2009. From a purely physical standpoint, he has few peers among the linebackers in this class. In order to boost his stock for the next level, though, he’ll need to play with more consistency, and show he can cover as well as he thumps.
Worth the Hype? Sort of

16. WR Michael Floyd, Notre Dame
From the moment he arrived in South Bend, Floyd has been consistently prolific in the Irish passing game. A long and physical receiver, who was a four-year starter, began this postseason with 266 career catches for 3,645 yards and 36 touchdowns, all records at Notre Dame. Built for the next level, Floyd figures to be one of the first wide receivers selected in April, taking a backseat to only a few peers, such as Oklahoma State’s Justin Blackmon and South Carolina’s Alshon Jeffery.
Worth the Hype? Yes

15. WR DeVier Posey, Ohio State
The Buckeyes basically got just a pair of full years out of Posey, who played sparingly as a rookie, and missed most of the 2011 regular season because of a complicated 10-game suspension. In between, though, he was one of the Big Ten’s better young pass-catchers, pulling down 111 receptions for 1,676 yards and 15 touchdowns in his sophomore and junior years combined. Although he won’t be in the first wave of wide receivers selected in April, he’ll have an opportunity to connect with far better passers at the NFL level than he saw in Columbus.
Worth the Hype? Sort of

14. OT Matt Patchan, Florida
Patchan has arguably been the most snakebit five-star member of the 2008 class, suffering maladies ranging from a bullet wound to knee and wrist injuries. Still just a redshirt sophomore, with two years of eligibility remaining, he barely saw the field in 2009 and 2010. The defensive tackle when he arrived has now settled in at offensive tackle, where he’ll spend the next couple of seasons attempting to recapture the magic he had while prepping in Tampa.
Worth the Hype? Not yet

13. WR DeAndre Brown, Southern Miss
A lack of durability was the undoing of Brown, the former uber-recruit, who eschewed the SEC in order to play in Hattiesburg. When at full strength, he was a thoroughbred on the outside, a gamebreaker who caught 67 passes for 1,117 yards and a dozen touchdowns in his debut out of high school. However, a horrifying leg fracture in the 2008 New Orleans Bowl was the first of a spate of injuries that limited his effectiveness with the Golden Eagles. Brown left the program following the 2010 season, went undrafted and was cut loose by the Philadelphia Eagles last August.
Worth the Hype? Not quite

12. OT Matt Kalil, USC
Kalil announced in mid-December that he’ll be entering the 2012 NFL Draft, where he’ll be one of the first players taken off the board. The prototype at left tackle took flight during his junior year, anchoring an offensive line that yielded just eight sacks all season. An All-American in 2011, he did a terrific job of keeping Matt Barkley clean, but is at his most dominant when firing off the line, and creating huge openings for his running backs.
Worth the Hype? Yes

11. OT Mike Adams, Ohio State
Yeah, Adams took a hit after missing the first five games of 2011 because of a suspension, but he still stood out as one of the nation’s elite left tackles of the past two seasons. As a junior, the 6-8, 320-pound brick wall finished his second year as a starter by landing on the All-Big Ten First Team. The only reason why he failed to duplicate that feat in 2011 is because of those games he sat out in September and early October. He has the frame and footwork to be picked in one of the first two rounds of April’s NFL Draft.
Worth the Hype? Yes 

The 2008 5-Star Prospects. Were They Worth It?

- 1-10 | 11-20 | 21-30 | 31-40 | 41-50
- 2007 Class | 2006 Class | 2005 Class | 2004 Class

CFN Top Prospects for 2012
- 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