The world of college football recruiting is cutthroat. Programs across the country battle with one another for top recruits, hoping to beat out other programs for the services of star players.
Sometimes, however, it isn't the highly sought-after recruits who wind up becoming college football stars. Sometimes, it is the recruit who only one or two programs saw any potential in, who turns out to be a playmaker.
Let's take a look at five current college football standouts who made the most of their limited options and rewarded the teams who had faith in them.
Note: This article covers only players who had scholarship offers, not those who began their career as walk-ons.