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    what #1 recruit has actually gone on to be the #1 player in his draft class

    #1's are probably hard and there's diff recruiting rankings so let's just say, what top 5 or so recruits have lived up to their hype and were considered to be top 5 talent in their given draft?

  • #2
    Vince Young, Haloti Ngata, Greg Olsen, Ernie Sims, Jamarcus Russell.. Off the top of my head.


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    • #3
      Here are a few for you

      2002

      Vince Young was Rivals #1 in their top 100. He went 3rd Overall to Tennessee in 2006.

      2003
      Ernie Sims was Rivals #1 in their top 100. He went 9th Overall to Detroit in 2006.

      Reggie Bush was Rivals #2 in their top 100. He went 2nd Overall to New Orleans in 2006.

      2004
      Adrian Peterson was Rivals #1 in their top 100. He went 7th Overall to Minnesota in 2007.

      Ted Ginn Jr. was Rivals #2 in their top 100. He went 9th Overall to Miami.

      Thanks to Bone Krusher for the sig

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      • #4
        Here are the Top 10 from the 2002-2004 Classes by Rivals.

        2002
        1. Vince Young, QB, Madison HS (TX)
        College: Texas
        NFL: 2006 Draft, 3rd Overall by Titans.

        2. Haloti Ngata, DT, Highlands HS (UT)
        College: Oregon
        NFL: 2006 Draft, 12th Overall by Ravens.

        3. Lorenzo Booker, RB, St. Bonaventure HS (CA)
        College: Florida State
        NFL: 2007 Draft, 71st Overall by Dolphins.

        4. Ben Olson, QB, Thousand Oaks HS (CA)
        College: BYU/UCLA
        NFL: Still in College.

        5. Reggie McNeal, ATH, Lufkin HS (TX)
        College: Texas A&M
        NFL: 2006 NFL Draft, 193rd Overall by Bengals.

        6. Chris Davis, ATH, St. Petersburg Catholic HS (FL)
        College: Florida State
        NFL: 2007 Draft, 128th Overall by Titans.

        7. Ryan Moore, WR, Dr. Phillips HS (FL)
        College: Miami
        NFL: None

        8. Marcus Vick, QB, Warwick HS (VA)
        College: Virginia Tech
        NFL: None, UDFA with Dolphins in 2006 training camp, he was cut.

        9. Leon Washington, DB, Andrew Jackson HS (FL)
        College: Florida State
        NFL: 2006 Draft, 117th Overall by Jets.

        10. Ciatrick Fason, RB, Fletcher HS (FL)
        College: Florida
        NFL: 2005 Draft, 112th Overall by Vikings.

        2003
        1. Ernie Sims, LB, North Florida Christian HS (FL)
        College: Florida State
        NFL: 2006 Draft, 9th Overall by Lions

        2. Reggie Bush, RB, Helix HS (CA)
        College: USC
        NFL: 2006 Draft, 2nd Overall by Saints.

        3. Whitney Lewis, ATH, St. Bonaventure HS (CA)
        College: USC/Northern Iowa
        NFL: Eligible for 2008 Draft

        4. Andre Caldwell, WR, Jefferson HS (FL)
        College: Florida
        NFL: Eligible for 2008 Draft

        5. Kyle Wright, QB, Monte Vista HS (CA)
        College: Miami
        NFL: Eligible for 2008 Draft

        6. Prescott Burgess, DB, Harding HS (OH)
        College: Michigan
        NFL: 2007 Draft, 207th Overall by Ravens.

        7. Tony Hills Jr., TE, Elsik HS (TX)
        College: Texas
        NFL: Eligible for 2008 Draft

        8. Jorrie Adams, OL, Jasper HS (TX)
        College: Texas A&M (was kicked off of A&M)
        NFL: None

        9. Paul Oliver, DB, Harrison HS (GA)
        College: Georgia
        NFL: 2007 Supplemental Draft, 4th Round by Chargers

        10. Greg Olsen, TE, Wayne Hills HS (NJ)
        College: Miami
        NFL: 2007 Draft, 31st by Bears.

        2004
        1. Adrian Peterson, RB, Palestine HS (TX)
        College: Oklahoma
        NFL: 2007 Draft, 7th Overall by Vikings.

        2. Ted Ginn Jr., DB, Glenville HS (OH)
        College: Ohio State
        NFL: 2007 Draft, 9th Overall by Dolphins.

        3. Early Doucet, WR, St. Martinville HS (LA)
        College: LSU
        NFL: Eligible for 2008 Draft

        4. Rhett Bomar, QB, Grand Prairie HS (TX)
        College: Oklahoma/Sam Houston State
        NFL: Still in College

        5. Keith Rivers, LB, Lake Mary HS (FL)
        College: USC
        NFL: Eligible for 2008 Draft

        6. Willie Williams, LB, Carol City HS (FL)
        College: Miami/West Los Angeles Community College/Louisville
        NFL: None

        7. Brandon Miller, DE, Miller County HS (GA)
        College: Georgia
        NFL: Eligible for 2008 Draft

        8. Derrick Harvey, DE, Eleanor Roosevelt HS (MD)
        College: Florida
        NFL: Eligible for 2008 Draft

        9. Jeff Schweiger Jr., DE, Valley Christian HS (CA)
        College: USC/San Jose State
        NFL: Still in College

        10. Xavier Lee, QB, Seabreeze HS (FL)
        College: Florida State
        NFL: Eligible for 2008 Draft

        Thanks to Bone Krusher for the sig

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        • #5
          And of those Peterson went on to be a pro-bowl caliber player.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by 504 to ATL View Post
            And of those Peterson went on to be a pro-bowl caliber player.
            Ernie Sims and Haloti Ngata...
            I'm a state.

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            • #7
              They both made the pro bowl their first year?

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              • #8
                All of those guys had so much talent coming outof HS. But only 9 of 30 are first rounders (incl. Rivers and Harvey). That is a 33% chance. Why isn`t HS scouting more accurate?

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                • #9
                  because so much can happen in 4 years

                  sig by me.. first in ages, pm with requests

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                  • #10
                    Tim Couch was the top recruit in his HS class I believe (at least by some publications) and was the #1 overall pick. But in terms of being the best player in his draft so far Adrian Peterson looks like he might be the best player from the 07 draft and he was the clearcut #1 player in his HS class.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by JLIS24 View Post
                      All of those guys had so much talent coming outof HS. But only 9 of 30 are first rounders (incl. Rivers and Harvey). That is a 33% chance. Why isn`t HS scouting more accurate?
                      Well, firstly think of how many more players there are that play high school ball. The sheer number is staggering. Now, consider that every single player that is being recruited to a college team absolutely dominates their level of competition. It's tough to separate which players are actually leaps and bounds better than the others on anything than measurables. That's why you see the kids that go to the camps and but up good numbers get HUGE amounts of publicity, even though said players might not be as good as some kid getting no exposure.

                      Also, you have to consider that some players' skillset or size makes them better suited for the college game than for the pros.

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                      • #12
                        i think joe mauer was #1 or near the top

                        its easier to tell a top kid in bball than in fball

                        cred 2 BoneKrusher

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by 504 to ATL View Post
                          They both made the pro bowl their first year?
                          No. But does that take away from there talent and ability? Both Sims and Ngata are some of the best young players at there respective positions, with long careers in front of them. Not everyone is a freak of nature like AD.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by 504 to ATL View Post
                            And of those Peterson went on to be a pro-bowl caliber player.
                            VY went to the pro-bowl his rookie season as well.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by devinhester=R.O.Y 2006 View Post
                              Here are the Top 10 from the 2002-2004 Classes by Rivals.

                              2002


                              4. Ben Olson, QB, Thousand Oaks HS (CA)
                              College: BYU/UCLA
                              NFL: Still in College.
                              Ben Olson: the Mormon Van Wilder

                              Big 12 North Champions: Mizzou
                              Originally posted by JCshutEmDown
                              The only thing that will stop LJ is the endzone.

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