7 College Football Recruits Who Picked the Wrong School

Randy ChambersAnalyst IAugust 11, 2012

7 College Football Recruits Who Picked the Wrong School

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    He went where?

    Coming out of high school, some of the nation's top recruits have the ability to go to any school of their choice. And yet we are still often amazed by some of these recruits’ choices to play football.

    While no choice is ever wrong, again, at the end of the day, these players are the ones that are going to have to play at that school for the next few years. Some commitments just seem better than others.

    These could be poor decisions for many reasons such as lack of playing time, the school isn't as prestigious as others that had offered, or the program is going through a tough time and there is no sign of improvement any time soon.

    With several commitments already made, here are seven top recruits that could have made a better decision with their choice of school.

Brice Ramsey, Georgia

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    Brice Ramsey is a top five quarterback in this class, as he has great arm strength and size at 6'3", 200 pounds. I see him being a quarterback that can compete in no time for the starting job, but that is if he ended up picking the right school.

    Instead of picking a Clemson or Alabama, Ramsey decided to go with the home school, which is the Georgia Bulldogs. While current starter Aaron Murray is likely leaving for the NFL after this season, Georgia has his replacement set in Hutson Mason, who they plan to redshirt this season if everything goes well.

    This move means that Ramsey will likely have to sit and wait at least two years before even competing for the starting job.

Altee Tenpenny, Alabama

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    Picking Alabama when you have the chance is never a bad decision, unless you play the running back position, of course. Seriously, how many running backs is this team going to have heading into the 2013 season?

    Eddie Lacy could return for another season, Dee Hart has huge potential, T.J. Yeldon is already a young star, and the Tide have landed another 4-star back in Tyren Jones. Those are enough reasons to look elsewhere, which is something Tenpenny is currently doing. (Via Jamie Newberg of Scout.com)

    “I am 100% committed to Alabama but I do want to see some other places,” Tenpenny said. “I want to make official visits to Arkansas, Oklahoma State, Georgia and possibly Notre Dame."

    All schools that he would have a much better chance of contributing to right away.

Robbie Rhodes, Baylor

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    At 6'1", 190 pounds and with great speed, Robbie Rhodes is one of the best wide receiver prospects in this year's class. Although he doesn't have as many offers from top-notch programs as you would expect, he does have one from the Texas Longhorns, a team that could certainly use some help at the receiver position.

    Look, it is nice that Baylor is recruiting better after such a great season last year, but somebody must tell Rhodes that Robert Griffin III is no longer the quarterback for the Bears.

Kevin Olsen, Miami

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    Kevin Olsen is one of the better quarterbacks this class has to offer and he just wants to follow in his brother Greg Olsen's footsteps.

    And I get that, but Greg was playing for Hurricane teams that included Frank Gore, Roscoe Parrish and Devin Hester. Can we name any game changers on the current Miami teams?

    These days it seems like the Miami Hurricanes have lost a little bit of that swagger and don't have the same reputation that it had just a few years ago.

    Not to mention the program is likely going to receive very harsh sanctions sooner than later, which will make things very difficult for the Hurricanes.

Adam Breneman, Penn State

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    Adam Breneman is one of the best tight ends in the 2012 class and will certainly see the field soon due to his athleticism and great hands. However, I am not sure Penn State is the school that a top recruit wants to spend a few years at.

    With the NCAA sanctions recently handed down, Penn State is not eligible to participate in a bowl game for four years. Is that really something Breneman wants to put up with, especially when he has offers from schools such as Florida State, Michigan, Notre Dame and Ohio State?

    Apparently so.

Reuben Foster, Auburn

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    Reuben Foster was originally committed to the Alabama Crimson Tide before switching his commitment to the Auburn Tigers.

    Foster is considered by many to be the top linebacker of the 2012 class and seemed to have the right school in mind from the beginning due to Nick Saban's great success on the defensive side of the ball.

    I truly believed that he would eventually switch his pick once again before signing his letter of intent, but then he went ahead and got a tattoo of the Auburn Tigers logo on his arm. I would think that makes this commitment as official as it can get, but it certainly does not make it the right choice.

Robert Nkemdiche, Clemson

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    Robert Nkemdiche is considered by many to be the top recruit of the 2012 class. He had offers from every school imaginable, but ended up picking the Clemson Tigers. Now Clemson is a school that is quickly on the rise under head coach Dabo Swinney, but they are in no way the caliber team that Alabama, Auburn or LSU is.

    We then found out that Clemson was offering many of his high school teammates scholarships to seal the deal for the 5-star player. Is this truly the school that Nkemdiche wants to play for, or is this the only school that was willing to throw away scholarships to land one big fish?

    Either way, it was the wrong decision by both parties.