Miami Football: The 5 Biggest Canes' Recruiting Busts Since 2005

David MayerCorrespondent IFebruary 1, 2013

Miami Football: The 5 Biggest Canes' Recruiting Busts Since 2005

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    The most annoying part of the college football recruiting season is going to recruiting sites and see scouts rating players with little stars by their name. Although for the most part, those stars have been fairly accurate, it definitely isn't something I would bet money on.

    Over the years, the Hurricanes have had several highly rated players come to Miami, only to sit on the bench or be practice squad players. In return, the Hurricanes have a had a 2-star rated player, Orlando Franklin, become a starter in the NFL.

    So I decided to write a list of 4-and 5-star recruits since 2005 that never met expectations.

Dajleon Farr, TE

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    Recruiting year: 2005 ranking: 5-star (No. 3 TE)

    Note: Dajleon Farr was supposed to be the next great tight end to come out of Miami. He had great size (6'4", 240 pounds), could catch anything and was a well-known blocker. The problem was Farr wasn't as good as they said he was.

    It also didn't help that Buck Ortega and Greg Olsen were above him on the depth chart. In Farr's junior season he had a chance to become the premier tight end but injuries and talent around him limited him to playing 11 games—starting just four.

    The very next year Farr transferred to Memphis. In his career at Miami, Farr played in 29 games catching 10 passes for 134 yards and three touchdowns.

    He would eventually get shots on several NFL teams, but never saw the field.

Reggie Youngblood, OL

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    Recruiting year: 2005 ranking: 5-star (No. 3 OL)

    Note: Many of you may not remember Reggie Youngblood but I can not forget about him. I remember hearing about how this kid was the next NFL superstar.

    I will save you the suspense—he wasn't good at all. Granted, injuries limited him throughout his career at Miami but when he eventually had his chances he squandered them with false-start and holding penalties.

    Youngblood played four years at Miami playing limited backup roles by his senior year.

Robert Marve, QB

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    Recruiting year: 2007 ranking: 4-star (No. 10 QB)

    Note: Robert Marve signed with Miami in hopes to be part of "Quarterback U". It lasted exactly two years before it was determined that it wasn't meant to be.

    Marve missed his true freshman season after injuries he sustained in an automobile accident. The very next season he was named the starter but shared snaps with Jacory Harris the entire season.

    That apparently didn't sit well with Marve as he decided to get released from his scholarship and transfer to Purdue the very next season.

Vaughn Telemaque, S

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    Recruiting year: 2008 ranking: 4-star (No. 6 S)

    Note: I remember hearing how Vaughn Telemaque was going to be the next Sean Taylor. He had great size and could hit like a truck.

    He did have some good hits while at Miami, but was so inconsistent at coverage that he was virtually useless in his four years as a Cane. Although he finished his career with 50 games played (38 starts), he never lived up to the hype he received coming out of high school.

    For some odd reason Telemaque made the 2012 All-ACC Honorable Mention list (coaches) but only made two starts totaling 20 tackles and forcing one fumble.

    Coaches might have been high on him, but the main reason I was not was because he sat behind a freshman most of last season.

Aldarius Johnson, WR

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    Recruiting year: 2008 ranking: 5-star (No. 7 WR)

    Note: When Aldarius Johnson committed to Miami I honestly thought he was going to be playing on Sundays after a couple years at with the Hurricanes. Heck, he even started his Hurricanes career as the team leader in receptions (31) and yards (332) in his true freshman season.

    Too bad that was Johnson's only good season with Miami. His sophomore year he finished with just 16 catches and recorded 15 in his junior season.

    To make matters worse, Johnson was suspended indefinitely for breaking team rules by Miami. New head coach Al Golden, never reinstated him.

    Johnson participated in the Miami Pro Day last March but never found an NFL suitor.