Recruiting 2013 - 2009 5-Star Recruits, 31-40
Texas/SMU QB Garrett Gilbert
Texas/SMU QB Garrett Gilbert
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Posted Jan 25, 2013


Did it work out? Did the superstar prospects fulfill their promise?

Recruiting 2013 - 2009 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
- 2008 Class | 2007 Class | 2006 Class | 2005 Class | 2004 Class

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. 

40. LB Shayne Skov, Stanford
There sure have been flashes of brilliance, such as the MVP performance in the 2011 Orange Bowl, and undeniable signs of greatness. But Skov’s career on the Farm detoured when he suffered a season-ending knee injury in Week 3 of his junior year. He was rugged and hard-hitting this past season, leading one of the country’s top run defenses in tackles to earn honorable mention All-Pac-12. Still, there’s a feeling that Skov has yet to fulfill all of his potential, which the Cardinal hopes will occur now that he’s returning to school in 2013.
Worth the Hype? Yes

39. QB Logan Thomas, Virginia Tech
How does one label the junior at this stage of his career? Thomas arrived in Blacksburg as a tight end, and looked like a sure-fire first-round NFL Draft choice in 2011, but regressed along with his team this past fall. There’s absolutely no doubt he possesses an immense amount of talent. He’s an athletic 6-6, 260-pounder, with all of the physical ability to someday take the pros by storm. But Thomas is also raw with his mechanics and decision-making, looking very much like a converted tight end in 2012. He has one more year of eligibility, which will be watched and closely scrutinized by pro scouts.
Worth the Hype? Sort of

38. DE Devon Kennard, USC
This was going to be Kennard’s breakout season at Troy, a launching pad to the NFL. However, a torn pectoral muscle in late July ended his final year before it ever started. Having played as a true freshman in 2009, he’ll use 2012 as a redshirt year, and look for a do-over in 2013. Kennard has been a starter at two positions for the Trojans, middle linebacker and defensive end. As an end, though, he had just two sacks in his last full season of action, a level of production he’s too talented not to surpass when he’s healthy next season.
Worth the Hype? Not yet

37. QB Garrett Gilbert, Texas
The unstable quarterback situation in Austin can be traced directly to Gilbert who flopped after exiting high school as one of the nation’s blue-chip hurlers. He might have peaked in the 2010 BCS National Championship Game, nearly rallying the ‘Horns from behind against Alabama after Colt McCoy was injured. Since then, he’s been a wreck, throwing 11 touchdown passes and 18 interceptions at Texas, and showing no indications in 2012 that his career could be salvaged with June Jones at SMU. Gilbert has had shoulder woes, but they’re no excuse for his lack of accuracy and sound decisions. He does have another season on the Hilltop to try and recapture the high school magic.
Worth the Hype? Nope

36. RB Christine Michael, Texas A&M
Talent has never been the issue for Michael, a big and quick runner who’s liable to save his best for Sundays. He’s a legitimate feature back, but struggled to remain healthy while in College Station. Although he wound up rushing for 2,791 yards and 34 career touchdowns, his output would have been much higher had he not missed a chunk of his sophomore and junior years to injuries. Plus, he never got on track as a senior, taking a backseat to junior Ben Malena. Michael, though, will be one to watch in the months ahead as he begins his pursuit of an NFL career.
Worth the Hype? Sort of

35. DT Will Campbell, Michigan
While Campbell played a ton of football in Ann Arbor, earning a letter in each of his four seasons, it was only this past year that he earned a starting nod. He actually played rather well as a run-stuffer in the middle of the Wolverines line, earning honorable mention All-Big Ten from the media. Plus, he capped the regular season with a career-high 10 tackles versus Ohio State. Was it a salary run for Campbell? Either way, he still fell well short of the bar that was set extremely high when he arrived from Detroit four years ago.
Worth the Hype? Not quite

34. DE Nick Kasa, Colorado
As a defensive end, his recruited position, Kasa never panned out in Boulder. In fact, he admits he lost his fire and passion early in his career. However, as a tight end, which he began playing in 2011, the senior has found a new lease on life. In fact, his blend of 4.6 speed and athleticism in a 6-6, 260-pound just might be enough to continue playing beyond Colorado. Kasa flattened his learning curve, with help from former TE Jon Embree, catching 25 balls for 391 yards and three touchdowns this past year.
Worth the Hype? Not quite

33. TE Morrell Presley, UCLA
When Presley rebuffed USC for UCLA, he was considered the nation’s premier tight end, a top-flight athlete in the passing game. What could possibly go wrong? Unfortunately for the Bruins, their plum recruit never had his head screwed on properly. He got into all kinds of problems, ranging from academic woes to failed drug tests. When Presley decided to transfer prior to the 2011 season, he’d caught 11 career passes for 63 yards. Fittingly, he was arrested a few months later and charged with burglary and criminal trespassing.
Worth the Hype? Nope

32. RB Michael Ford, LSU
At a program like LSU, it’s easy to get a little lost in the crowd of blue-chippers. Ford has suffered such a fate over the last four years. Since arriving, he’s been surrounded by the likes of Charles Scott, Stevan Ridley, Spencer Ware, Alfred Blue and Jeremy Hill, making touches difficult to come by. Ford did lead the Tigers with 756 yards and seven touchdowns in 2011, but drifted back into the shadows this past year. He remains a powerful and capable back, with a year of eligibility remaining, but don’t expect many 100-yard games in his future in Baton Rouge.
Worth the Hype? Not yet

31. OG Chris Watt, Notre Dame
Watt has been a regular up front for the Irish for the last two seasons. And he’ll be back in 2013 for a crack at becoming a three-year starter. While hardly the highest profile member of Notre Dame’s magical 2012 season, he is one of the toughest players on the roster, bringing a level of grit and nastiness that rubs off on the players surrounding him. Watt is physical at the point of attack, yet athletic enough to pull and pass protect with light feet, a skill set that’s likely to get him drafted in 2014.
Worth the Hype? Yes

The 2008 5-Star Prospects. Were They Worth It?
- 1-10 | 11-20 | 21-30 | 31-40 | 41-50
- 2008 Class | 2007 Class | 2006 Class | 2005 Class | 2004 Class