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Recruiting 2012 - 2008 5-Star Recruits, 41-50
Stanford QB Andrew Luck
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Posted Jan 25, 2012


Did it work out? Did the superstar prospects fulfill their promise? Scout.com prospects 41 to 50.


Recruiting 2012 - 2008 Lookback

The 5-Star Recruits ... 41-50


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

50. WR Dan Buckner, Texas
There’s still time for Buckner, though his Longhorns career ended two years ago. The 6-4, 220-pound mismatch decided to transfer out of Austin shortly after being arrested on charges of criminal trespassing and resisting arrest, eventually landing at Arizona. He’s shown flashes with the ‘Horns and the Wildcats, finishing fourth on last year’s team with 42 receptions for 606 yards and two touchdowns. With four of ‘Zona’s top receivers graduating, Buckner has a chance to use his finale in Tucson as an audition for NFL scouts.
Worth the Hype? No for Texas, and not yet overall

49. DE Ethan Johnson, Notre Dame
Solid? Yes. Stud. Hasn’t happened. Johnson has been in the rotation for the last four years, displaying the versatility to contribute both on the inside and the outside. However, after raising expectations with an impressive debut in 2008, he’s been an all-too anonymous cog in the Irish machine. Slated to break through in 2011, after collecting five sacks a year ago, he was hampered by a nagging ankle injury throughout the season. Although Johnson didn’t deliver a five-star career in South Bend, it won’t stop him from pursuing his dream of playing on Sundays.
Worth the Hype? Not quite

48. CB Boubacar Cissoko, Michigan
Unable to get his act together away from the field, Cissoko was booted from the Wolverines squad by Rich Rodriguez in October of 2009. Less than a year later, he was sentenced to prison for his role in multiple robberies in Ann Arbor. His playing days derailed by poor decisions, the former can’t-miss defensive back has served his time, took classes at Washtenaw (Mich.) Community College last semester and is hoping for another opportunity to play football again.
Worth the Hype? Nope

47. QB Andrew Luck, Stanford
Luck is the rare five-star recruit who actually exceeded all expectations. Ranked behind the likes of Dayne Crist and E.J. Manuel at quarterback four years ago, he’s blossomed into an All-American, a two-time Heisman runner-up and a future star at the next level. A complete player at the position by just about every imaginable measurement, he’s been the face of Stanford’s ascension into national prominence over the past couple of seasons. The Cardinal received an unexpected bonus year out of Luck in 2011, when he opted to put off the NFL in order to return to the Farm.
Worth the Hype? Yes

46. S Mark Barron, Alabama
Barron wasted little time repaying Nick Saban and the ‘Bama staff for working so hard to get his signature. After cutting his teeth as a rookie in 2008, he picked off seven passes in a First Team All-SEC sophomore campaign. Barron would go on to earn All-American nods in each of the next two seasons, giving one of the country’s fiercest defenses punch and versatility from the secondary. Although it’s a fluid process at this time of the year, the senior is one of the top draft-eligible safeties, and a possible first round pick in April.
Worth the Hype? Yes

45. QB Dayne Crist, Notre Dame
Injuries and an inability to gain Brian Kelly’s confidence prevented Crist from even approaching his potential in South Bend. The Sherman Oaks, Calif. product had his 2009 and 2010 seasons cut short by knee injuries. The year that just ended never got off the ground, with his starting gig being rescinded at halftime of the opener with South Florida. Alas, there’s still hope for a storybook ending to this career. Crist has opted to spend his final year of eligibility at Kansas, where he’ll reunite with former Irish head coach Charlie Weis and will immediately be available to play this fall.
Worth the Hype? Sort of

44. DT DeAngelo Tyson, Georgia
Tyson was your basic five-star recruit, who crafted a three-star college career. A team leader and a great guy to have in the locker room, he was a two-year starter up front for coordinator Todd Grantham. He even played the nose in the 3-4 a year ago, an unselfish act for a player lacking ideal size at the position. However, save for occasional outbursts, such as a 16-tackle effort in the 2010 Georgia Tech game, he rarely made a lot of noise, and was never honored on the All-SEC Team.
Worth the Hype? Not quite

43. CB Brandon Harris, Miami
Harris required only three years as a ‘Cane in order to make a successful jump to the pros. The starter since midway through his debut season would go on to become one of the standouts on an otherwise mediocre Miami defense, earning All-ACC First Team in 2009 and Second Team in 2010. The Houston Texans took notice of his speed, fundamentals in coverage and ball skills, nabbing him with the 60th overall pick in last April’s NFL Draft. After doing an apprenticeship, he’ll be bucking for a starting job in 2012.
Worth the Hype? Yes

42. OG Josh Jenkins, West Virginia
This past year was supposed to be the one that Jenkins exploded into an all-star, reprising the role of a road grader that he played at the prior level. Instead, he never played a down, missing the entire season following surgery on his left MCL. The two-year starter in Morgantown has been on the fringe of All-Big East contention, but has yet to fully break through. He’ll use 2011 as a medical hardship year, hoping to return back to full strength in time for the 2012 campaign.
Worth the Hype? Not yet

41. RB D.J. Shoemate, USC
Shoemate just may have been a case of a player who was overrated from the get go. Never able to crack the lineup as a backup at USC, he sought greener pastures at Connecticut prior to the 2010 season. After playing caddy to Jordan Todman, the Big East Offensive Player of the Year, he was in the hunt to be the feature back before ankle and shoulder injuries shut him down. Shoemate is expected to apply for—and receive—a medical redshirt from the NCAA so that he can return for one final season in Storrs.
Worth the Hype? Not yet 

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