Most Overhyped College Football Recruiting Classes of the Last Decade

Edwin WeathersbyAnalyst IApril 7, 2013

Most Overhyped College Football Recruiting Classes of the Last Decade

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    This past February, we see Ole Miss bring in a recruiting class for the ages. With players like Robert Nkemdiche, Laquon Treadwell, Laremy Tunsil and Antonio Conner, much is expected from the Rebels' 2013 haul. Only time will tell if the class is as good as advertised, but it does have a lot of hype coming to Oxford.

    Hype is something that comes with a lot of recruiting classes and it is not always a good thing. We tend to forget on NSD that these are still just young 17- to 18-year-old players—they are merely kids who still have a lot of physical and mental maturation to achieve. 

    So there are times when recruiting classes don't pan out, as the hype is too much and the top players from the class just don't perform to expectations. For the following piece, we're going to look at look at some of the most overhyped recruiting classes in the past decade (2004-2013 recruiting).

Florida State 2005

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    Scout.com Rank: 3rd

    No. of Commits: 22

    No. 5-star Commits: 3

    No. of 4-star Commits: 13 

    Headliner: Fred Rouse, WR

    Look, I know Everette Brown, Geno Hayes and Derek Nicholson were in this class, but Rouse was the headliner and main engine of the hype bus for this class; and we all know what a bust he was.

    Rouse is was one of the biggest flame outs in recruiting history and his hype alone, coupled with his disappointing performance at FSU, makes this class one of the most overhyped of the decade. 

Tennessee 2005

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    Scout.com Rank: 1st

    No. of Commits: 27

    No. 5-star Commits: 3

    No. of 4-star Commits: 13 

    Headliner: Demetrice Morley, CB

    This class had QB Jonathan Crompton and RB Montario Hardesty in it, but the rest of the so-called "studs" only produced one SEC East Division title in their tenure in Knoxville. No SEC title, no BCS bowl, no nothing.

    When you sign the top-ranked class in the country, you expect more production than that—even in the SEC.


Ohio State 2009

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    Scout.com Rank: 1st

    No. of Commits: 25

    No. 5-star Commits: 3

    No. of 4-star Commits: 14 

    Headliner: Dorian Bell, LB

    The best player out of this class was obviously DL John Simon, who became, what I call, a "pillar player" for the Buckeyes. There were solid production players like Reid Fragel, who signed as a TE but became an OT, LB Storm Klein and others, but the production was not of a No. 1 class.


USC 2006

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    Scout.com Rank: 1st

    No. of Commits: 24

    No. 5-star Commits: 8

    No. of 4-star Commits: 12

    Headliner: Taylor Mays, S

    This class had a lot of players who either were overrated or just didn't pan out. Mays made some big hits, but he was really a myth more than substance. Stafon Johnson was an elite RB prospect, but he never performed up to expectations and WR Vidal Hazelton eventually transferred.

    S Antwine Perez never played a game for USC after bolting before the summer of his frosh season started. WR Jamere Holland had academic issues and never did much, RB Emmanuel Moody left after a solid freshman campaign and Josh Tatum bounced around.

    FB Stanley Havili, CB Shareece Wright, RB Allen Bradford and K David Buehler are the only players who really made lasting impacts.


Auburn 2011

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    Scout.com Rank: 2nd

    No. of Commits: 25

    No. 5-star Commits: 2

    No. of 4-star Commits: 15

    Headliner: Kiehl Frazier, QB

    Too soon? Maybe, but hear me out.

    Frazier struggled last year and some Auburn fans aren't too high on him as the starting QB. RB Mike Blakely and S Erique Florence aren't even on the team anymore and Auburn isn't expected to compete for the SEC title this year.

    Wasn't this class considered tops in the country by some? Most of these players will be juniors—with Auburn being "down" right now, that's a clear sign this class hasn't lived up to its billing.


Miami 2008

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    ESPNU Rank: 1st

    No. of Commits: 32

    No. of ESPNU 150 Commits: 12

    Headliner: Arthur Brown, LB

    Overrated and overhyped, clearly in hindsight, ESPNU ranked this class tops in 2008. However, it's full of busts at the top of the group.

    Brown was supposed to be an immediate impact guy, but really couldn't grasp the playbook and bolted early in his career. Jacory Harris started hot as the starting QB, but he struggled at the close of his career. 

    Harris never played like a consistent 5-star CB prospect and S Vaughn Telemaque was a disappointment. This group never went to a BCS bowl and lost all three lower-tier bowl games it played in.

    Edwin Weathersby is the College Football Recruiting Analyst for Bleacher Report. He 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 (formerly 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.