Playing major college football is the dream of every high school football player in the nation. Competing on the biggest stages at the biggest universities with the biggest fan bases are all appealing draws to major college football.
However in recruiting you have to do what's best for yourself in the long term, and that always isn't going to a major college football program. Here in this read we are set to put the focus on the top five prospects who bypassed major programs.
These prospects had offers from various schools that other recruits would drool over, but bypassed them for a smaller program. Don't bypass this read though, because this is major.
From Louisiana, Taylor is a 6'2", 315-pound guard prospect that is ranked at No. 163 in the ESPNU 300. He has a wide frame that is built to hold up well in the interior of the line.
Taylor is strong at the point of attack, showing raw power as a run blocker. He'd quick to pull and trap, showing the ability to adjust at hitting moving targets. Taylor has a strong punch as a pass blocker and is excellent at short setting.
He's committed to Tulane.
Mizzell is from Virginia and had offers from schools that included Ohio State and Miami. In the end, he decided that the upstart program of Virginia is best for him.
A 5'10" and 185 pounds, Mizzell is a quick scat back with deceptive power. He's decisive with the ball and can skate through holes with great burst.
He projects best as a situational third down back, but don't be shocked if Mike London develops him into an every down runner.
Woulard walked into the Elite 11 Finals and walked out as the MVP of the camp. With quarterbacks like Max Browne and Christian Hackenberg present, being named the top QB there is a huge accomplishment.
Big-time schools have begun to come after Woulard more and more, but he remains committed to South Florida. At 6'3" and 205 pounds, Woulard has great arm strength, athletic ability and his field vision has improved exponentially.
Look for him to remain solid to USF and not give the latecomers too much attention.
Zwahlen is ranked No. 153 in the ESPNU 300 and is a quarterback prospect that I really like. He stands 6'3", weighs just about 190 pounds and is from California.
With his arm strength, quick release and ability to get the football out via various arm slots, Zwahlen has great tools.
His talent caught the eye of one Norm Chow, and Hawaii is where Zwahlen is headed, even though Scout.com reports Washington State and Northwestern were among several other BCS schools that were interested in him.
Scout.com reported in August that both TCU and Baylor had kicked the tires on Gunter and were starting to show him interest. Yet the 6'3", 190-pound Texan is still solid with his pledge to Texas State.
A big and long possession receiver, Gunter has strong hands and catches everything. He has a large strike zone and is very athletic in the intermediate passing game. Gunter also has pretty good build up speed.
Texas State is crossing it's fingers until February comes, because they know they hit the lotto when Gunter committed earlier this year.
Edwin Weathersby has worked in scouting/player personnel departments for three professional football teams, including the New York Giants, Cleveland Browns and the Las Vegas Gladiators of the Arena League. He spent a year evaluating prep prospects and writing specific recruiting and scouting content articles for Student Sports Football (now ESPN Rise-HS). A syndicated scout and writer, he's also contributed to WeAreSC.com, GatorBait.net and Diamonds in the Rough Inc., a College Football and NFL Draft magazine.