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Recruiting 2010 - 2006's 5-Star Guys, Part 2
Former Texas A&M RB Mike Goodson
Former Texas A&M RB Mike Goodson
CollegeFootballNews.com
Posted Jan 23, 2010


How did the Five-Star recruits of 2006 end up doing? Richard Cirminiello takes a look at all the top prospects from four years ago.

Recruiting 2010 - 2006 Lookback

Did The 5-Star Recruits Work Out?


By Richard Cirminiello

- 2010 Recruiting - The 5 Star Prospects of 2006, Part 2
- 2009 Recruiting - The 2005 Booms
- 2009 Recruiting - The 2005 Busts  
 
The five-star recruit. The Holy Grail for any coaching staff, University, and rabid fan base. There are talented high school players, and then there are the five-star athletes, the top 1% of available candidates and the caliber of players that programs and recruiting classes are built around. However, the glow of landing one of these rare gems can sometimes fade even before the following February’s signing day arrives.

The stark reality each year is that even the highest-rated recruits can be hits-or-misses, an inexact science that’s part exhilarating and part unbelievably maddening. To illustrate this point, all you’ve got to do is take a revisionist look at the 55 blue-chippers from four years ago to see who lived up to expectations and who was living a lie. Only a fraction, about one-third, went on to perform like the best of the best, which ought to somewhat temper your enthusiasm for next month’s signing day.

* Historical rankings from 2006 are courtesy of Scout.com

55. DE Clifton Geathers, South Carolina – After his first hint of decent production in Columbia, Geathers has up and left for the NFL. And probably a year too early. He posted career-highs in tackles, tackles for loss, and sacks in 2009, but took three years to become a full-timer and wasn’t even the Gamecocks’ best pass rusher last fall.
Worth the Hype? Nope

54. LB Darius Dewberry, Georgia – In four seasons in Athens, Dewberry started just a handful of games for the Dawgs, doing most of his hitting on special teams. He had just 23 tackles last fall, just one short of his career high, and will go down as a major disappointment from this class.
Worth the Hype? Nope

53. OT J’Marcus Webb, Texas – Webb is still playing football and still dreaming of an NFL career, but just not in Austin. Instead, the 6-8, 325-pound tackle spent the past two seasons in Canyon, Tex., reviving his career for Division II West Texas A&M. While he played some for the ‘Horns, actually earning a letter as a freshman, grades and a lack of playing time eventually forced him out of UT.
Worth the Hype? Nope

52. RB DeMarco Murray, Oklahoma – Although nagging injuries and a crowded backfield have kept Murray from having that one defining season, he’s still been plenty good for the Sooners. Over the last three seasons, he’s accounted for 3,448 yards and 43 touchdowns, earning All-Big 12 honors in 2008 and 2009. He’ll be back in 2010 to add another chapter to his OU resume.
Worth the Hype? Yes

51. LB Josh Tatum, USC – More than anything else, injuries have been the downfall of Tatum since he left Oakland, Calif. as a can’t-miss prospect. He redshirted his first season with the Trojans, rehabbing a knee injury, and then transferred to City College of San Francisco. After a successful JUCO stint, he landed at Missouri, but was limited after back surgery and didn’t play a down in 2009.
Worth the Hype? Nope

50. OL Bart Eddins, Auburn – A career reserve up to this point, Eddins has failed to live up to expectations. Injuries have been a factor over the last four seasons. A versatile and smart blocker, he’ll be no worse than a second-teamer in 2010, though cracking the lineup will be difficult on a unit that loses just a single starter to graduation.
Worth the Hype? Nope

49. OG Justin Boren, Michigan – The rare Wolverine to finish his career in Columbus, of all places, Boren has earned All-Big Ten honors for both Michigan and Ohio State. That has to be a first. He could be an all-time fan favorite Buckeye, parting with the enemy and bad-mouthing it on the way out. He’s also a pretty ferocious blocker, who’ll play on Sundays following the 2010 season.
Worth the Hype? Yes

48. RB James Aldridge, Notre Dame – Although there have been some highlights over the last four seasons, they didn’t even approach the bar associated with a five-star prospect. A pre-existing knee injury forever hindered his burst and effectiveness, limiting him to 255 career carries for 979 yards and three touchdowns. He was a non-factor a year ago, playing some fullback and getting just six touches.
Worth the Hype? Nope

47. LB Jonas Mouton, Michigan – Although the accolades and individual honors haven’t poured in, Mouton has been a solid two-year starter in Ann Arbor. He’ll have a third year as a regular to further boost his reputation. He’s made 142 tackles since becoming the starter at weakside, playing with the coverage skills of a former safety.
Worth the Hype? Sort of

46. LB Brandon Spikes, Florida – The face of the Gator defense over the last three seasons, Spikes actually exceeded expectations since he wasn’t even rated the best linebacker of this class. A two-time All-American, who leaves Gainesville with more than 300 tackles, he was to the defense what Tim Tebow was to the offense, and goes down as one of the best defenders to ever play at Florida.
Worth the Hype? Yes

45. DT Melvin Alaeze, Maryland – Possibly the biggest bust from this class, Alaeze was the classic million-dollar athlete with the ten-cent head. A year after signing with Maryland, the university withdrew his scholarship for drug-related charges. He then transferred to Illinois, but never played a down, and is serving an eight-year prison sentence for his role in a shooting and robbery.
Worth the Hype? Nope

44. OG Carl Johnson, Florida – No, Johnson hasn’t blossomed into an Outland Trophy contender quite yet, but he’s been one of the pillars for the Gator offense over the past couple of seasons. And the best may be yet to come for No. 57. The 6-5, 340-pounder is wisely remaining in Gainesville for one more season, which could end up being the launching point for some individual honors and a gaudy draft grade.
Worth the Hype? Yes

43. WR David Ausberry, USC – At 6-4 and 235 pounds, Ausberry sure looks the part, but looks can often be deceiving. With one season of eligibility remaining, he’s yet to elevate beyond average, catching 44 career passes for 448 yards and three touchdowns. He missed half of his junior year with a calf injury, the latest in a long line of impediments to greatness.
Worth the Hype? Nope

42. RB Mike Goodson, Texas A&M – Sure, Goodson was talented enough to be taken in the fourth round by the Carolina Panthers last year, but Aggie fans had an empty feeling when he left school early. He peaked as a freshman, rushing for 847 yards and four scores, and ended his thee-year stay in College Station with just 1,964 yards and 13 touchdowns on the ground.
Worth the Hype? Not quite

41. S Antwine Perez, USC – Perez has actually been a rare two-program bust, leaving Troy after playing in seven games as a freshman and failing to stand out following a transfer to Maryland. Even in a brutal Terrapin secondary, he’s been unable to crack the lineup, starting just three games over the last two seasons and making 45 stops in 2009. He’s running out of time to justify all of the attention coming out of high school.
Worth the Hype? Nope

40. LB Akeem Hebron, Georgia – After four years, Hebron has played in just nine games, a tell-tale indication of how his career has progressed in Athens. In 2006, he redshirted. In 2007, he spent a year at Georgia Military College after violating team rules. Over the last two seasons, he had trouble getting on the field, suffering through ankle problems. He has one year left to improve the epitaph on his Bulldog headstone.
Worth the Hype? Nope

39. DT Jerrell Powe, Ole Miss – A study in academic perseverance, Powe took more than three years before being able to qualify and suit up for the Rebels. While he failed to have a major impact on the 2008 squad, he took advantage of an opening last fall and was named All-SEC second team. With another season left in Oxford, he could position himself for a shot at the NFL.
Worth the Hype? Sort of

38. OL Antonio Logan-El, Penn State – Logan-El wound up never playing for the Nittany Lions, transferring to Towson after one season in Happy Valley. He was dealing with some personal problems and wanted to move closer to home. Being back in Maryland, however, did little to resuscitate an athletic career that fizzled. He left the Tigers about as quickly as he left the Lions, never getting out of the starting blocks after so much promise.
Worth the Hype? Nope

37. WR Chris Bell, Penn State – In and out of trouble during his Penn State career, Bell eventually got kicked off the team in the spring of 2008. The 6-3, 210-pounder clearly has physical talent, but his run-ins with the law kept Nittany Lion fans from ever enjoying it. In his only season at Norfolk State, he was a force, catching 51 balls for 958 yards and 13 touchdowns, prompting a quick departure to this year’s NFL Draft.
Worth the Hype? Nope

36. RB LeSean McCoy, Pittsburgh – Although the Panthers only had McCoy for two years, the program and the fans were grateful for the time they had him. An All-Big East first teamer following both seasons, he rushed for 2,816 yards and scored 36 touchdowns over that time. From Western Pennsylvania to Eastern PA, he’s now a member of the Philadelphia Eagles after being chosen in last year’s second round.
Worth the Hype? Yes

35. RB C.J. Gable, USC – Gable became the first freshman back to ever start an opener for the Trojans. It’s been all downhill since then. After raising expectations right out of the chute, he’s failed to build on a solid debut. Over four seasons, including one that was marred by a major injury, he’s rushed for just 1,296 yards and a dozen touchdowns. After flirting with leaving the school, he’ll be back in 2010 with a chance to finally get more touches.
Worth the Hype? Not quite

34. RB Allen Bradford, USC – Hey, the numbers on Bradford aren’t very impressive, but don’t write the obit on his Trojan career just yet. He’s coming on strong, with one season remaining as the possible workhorse out of the backfield. After rushing for just 123 yards in his first three years, he went for 668 yards and eight touchdowns last season in a decent LenDale White impersonation. With Joe McKnight and Stafon Johnson gone, he should power past those numbers in 2010.
Worth the Hype? Not quite

33. DL Brandon Wood, Georgia – An anonymous cog in the Bulldog machine, Wood has never become more than a body in the rotation up front. In fact, his next start will also be his first. Although he’s a good guy to have on a defense, a five-star recruit is expected to be so much than a valuable reserve and a veteran insurance policy in the event someone goes down.
Worth the Hype? Nope

32. DT Marques Slocum, Michigan – Slocum played just one forgettable season with the Wolverines, never approaching his potential as an interior lineman. His three-year soap opera in Ann Arbor had a fitting end when Rich Rodriguez gave him the boot, citing academic and football-related issues. As of last year, he was trying to revive his career, going the JUCO route while seeking a home in the FCS.
Worth the Hype? Nope

31. OG Connor Smith, Ohio State – Ohio State has had its share of success stories in the past with heralded offensive linemen. Smith, unfortunately, is not one of them. He’s always been a step behind the other Buckeyes, failing to ever earn a spot in the starting lineup. Even as a fifth-year senior, he’ll be no more than a backup to Justin Boren and Bryant Browning in 2010.
Worth the Hype? Nope

30. TE Dorin Dickerson, Pittsburgh – One of the strangest members of this five-star class, Dickerson had two polar opposite careers with the Panthers. In the first one, he spent three years bouncing between wide receiver, linebacker, and tight end without making any noise. In the second one, however, he erupted for a monster season at tight end, catching 49 balls for 529 yards and 10 touchdowns in 2009. Now a hot NFL prospect, Pitt fans only wish they could have benefited from his unique athletic ability for more than one season.
Worth the Hype? Sort of

29. RB C.J. Spiller, Clemson - One of the great all-purpose backs in college history, Spiller rushed for 3,547 yards, caught 123 passes, and produced touchdowns in five different ways during a brilliant career. His seven kickoff returns for scores are an NCAA record. After sharing the spotlight with James Davis for three seasons, he had his finest year in 2009, accounting for 21 scores and vying for the Heisman.
Worth the Hype?
Yes

- 2010 Recruiting - The 5 Star Prospects of 2006, Part 1