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Recruiting 2012 - 2008 5-Star Recruits, 31-40
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Posted Jan 25, 2012


Did it work out? Did the superstar prospects fulfill their promise? Scout.com prospects 31 to 40.

Recruiting 2012 - 2008 Lookback

The 5-Star Recruits ... 31-40


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
 
40. LB Lynn Katoa, Colorado
The ultimate disappointment for a school, Katoa never played a single down with the Buffaloes. His off-field problems ranged from academic issues to assault charges. He was on probation and attending a junior college in Arizona when he was arrested in February of 2010 for head-butting a former Colorado teammate outside a Boulder bar. In an effort to get his life turned around, Katoa took anger management and goal-setting classes during a brief prison stint related to his felony conviction.
Worth the Hype? Nope

39. LB Etienne Sabino, Ohio State
The upcoming season will be a crucial one for Sabino if he has any hope of playing beyond Columbus. His first three years were library quiet, appearing on special teams coverage in 2008 and 2009 before redshirting in 2010. The 6-3, 242-pounder from South Florida finally cracked the lineup with five starts at strongside last fall, peaking with eight tackles on three separate occasions, including the Nov. 26 loss to Michigan. Sabino hopes to use 2012 as a last-ditch audition for NFL scouts.
Worth the Hype? Not yet

38. DE Shayne Hale, Pittsburgh
While Hale still has a year of eligibility remaining at Pitt, there’s been no indication that his final season will be much different than the last three. The one-time can’t-miss local prospect has tried his hand at linebacker and defensive end, with neither resulting in much playing time. Hale was unable to succeed in impressing head coaches Dave Wannstedt or Todd Graham. Maybe the third staff, Paul Chryst’s, will be the charm for the rising senior.
Worth the Hype? Nope

37. CB Robert Golden, Arizona
Although Golden never rose to the level of an all-conference performer, the Wildcats were thrilled to have him on hand over the past four seasons. The three-year starter was a versatile defender in Tucson, standing out as a cornerback and a safety. He delivered a career-best 69 tackles last season, laying the foundation for what should be a career on Sundays. Scouts are impressed with Golden’s ability to cover as well as his penchant for stepping forward to defend the run.
Worth the Hype? Not quite

36. DT Baker Steinkuhler, Nebraska
Steinkuhler is getting close to reaching his considerable ceiling, copping All-Big 12 honorable mention recognition in each of the last two seasons. The good news is that the junior redshirted in 2008, meaning he still has one more season of eligibility remaining. At 6-6 and 290 pounds, the son of Huskers legend Dean Steinkuhler has the frame, quick feet and pedigree to take his game to an entirely new level in 2012. The lure of a fat NFL paycheck ought to be enough for Steinkuhler to put it all together, and become the next Nebraska tackle to explode as a senior.
Worth the Hype? Sort of

35. RB Jamie Harper, Clemson
While Harper was talented enough to get chosen in the fourth round of the 2011 NFL Draft, he was never more than a solid compliment out of the backfield for the Tigers. His early departure after three seasons was a surprise, considering he only had 10 career starts for Clemson, rushing for 1,311 yards, catching 50 passes and scoring 15 times. The Tennessee Titans have high hopes for the 233-pound power back, who also has soft hands out as a pass-catcher, and the second gear to perforate a secondary.
Worth the Hype? Not quite

34. OT J.B. Shugarts, Ohio State
Shugarts has been more steady and dependable rather than spectacular during his four years a Buckeye. At 6-7 and 300 pounds, he sure looked the part coming out of Texas, and was a fixture for three seasons at right tackle, but never rose to the level of being an All-Big Ten selection. In order to boost his chances of playing beyond Columbus, he must improve as a pass protector, and eliminate the costly penalties that have put his discipline in question.
Worth the Hype? Not quite

33. S Rahim Moore, UCLA
During a three-year stop in Westwood, Moore was one of the country’s premier safeties, leading the nation with 10 picks as a sophomore, and attracting All-American honors in each of his last two seasons. Feeling as if he’d peaked as a Bruin, he relinquished his final year of eligibility, and was chosen by Denver in the second round of the 2011 NFL Draft. He’s endured a predictably up-and-down rookie year with the Broncos, struggling for reps after beginning the season as the starting free safety.
Worth the Hype? Yes

32. OT Tyler Love, Alabama
Love has been a classic bust, proof positive of how difficult it can be to evaluate high school talent. He jumped off the paper like a future all-star. On grass, however, he simply never harbored the drive, toughness or physicality to survive in the SEC trenches. A perennial backup, with just a smattering of snaps on the resume, he’s carved out the kind of career you’d anticipate from a walk-on journeyman, not a former Parade All-American.
Worth the Hype? Nope

31. CB Aaron Williams, Texas
Did ‘Horns fans get their money’s worth from Williams? Not quite, but he still wound up being a terrific cornerback, with a bright future ahead as a member of the Buffalo Bills. The two-year starter in Austin peaked as a junior in 2010, turning 46 stops, five tackles for loss, 13 pass breakups and three forced fumbles into a spot on the All-Big 12 Second Team. Chosen No. 34 overall last April, he’s backed up that pick by cracking the lineup, and flashing the cover skills of a budding fixture in the Bills secondary.
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