Remembering the Last 10 Heisman Trophy Winners as Recruits

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Remembering the Last 10 Heisman Trophy Winners as Recruits
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By the time the likes of Johnny Manziel, Cam Newton and Tim Tebow won the highest individual honor in college football, they were known as much by their Heisman Trophy wins as the careers that preceded those awards.

But before they ever threw their first collegiate pass, scored their first touchdown or gave their first postgame interview, each of them was just an unproven recruit with varying levels of hype and potential.

As we creep ever so close to the latest national signing day, when the possible Heisman winners of 2014 and beyond fax in their binding letters of intent, it's time to look back at how we saw some of college football's most famous stars as high school and junior college standouts.

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