One thing that is an always interesting subject of college football fans is recruiting rankings. But just how accurate are they? I'll take a closer look at the Rivals top 10 from 2005, and see how accurate they were in ranking these players.
1. Derrick Williams, Penn State, WR - Derrick was a huge get for Penn State out of high school. He was effective, but he never lived up to his hype of being the No. 1 overall player. He was an All Big 10 first team selection this past year and was drafted in the third round by the Lions.
2. Patrick Turner, USC, WR - Turner was another highly touted WR coming out of high school. He also didn't live up to the hype. He was second team All Pac 10 last year, which was a disappointment for Turner. He was drafted in the third round of the NFL draft by the Miami Dolphins.
3. Eugene Monroe, Virginia, OT - Eugene definitely lived up to the hype. He played all four years that he was at Virginia and was unanimously voted First Team All ACC. He also had a UVA school record of 105 knockdowns in one season. He was drafted eighth overall by Jacksonville.
4. Melvin Alaeze, Maryland, DE - Melvin was troubled from the beginning as he was kicked out of Marland before playing a game. Then he followed Ron Zook to Illinois where he played in one game, but was then kicked off that team and is now serving eight years in prison.
5. Rey Maualuga, USC, LB - Some of his college achievements include:
2008 Bednarik Award
2008 CBS Sportsline.com Defensive Player of the Year
2008 Consensus All-American
3x First Team All-Pac-10 (2006-2008)
2008 Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Year
He was then taken in the second round by the Bengals in this past NFL draft.
6. Fred Rouse, Florida State, WR - Fred wanted to be the first player to skip college all together, but we all know that didn't work out. He has since been kicked out of FSU and UTEP and is playing for the FCS Texas Southern University.
7. Mark Sanchez, USC, QB - Sanchez started one full year for the Trojans and led them to the Rose Bowl. He was an All Pac 10 first team player and was selected fifth overall by the New York Jets.
8. Martellus Bennett, Texas A&M, TE - Martellus was a 6'7" beast who never fully developed as a college player. He had the raw ability, but was only a Big 12 Second Team selection once in 2006. He was selected in the second round of the 2008 NFL draft by the Dallas Cowboys.
9. Reginald Youngblood, Miami, OL - Injured most of his career and never really took off like he should have. He was surpassed by younger players and was a bust.
10. Jonathan Stewart, Oregon, RB - Stewart immediately burst onto the scene and was voted to the Pac 10 Freshman all conference team in 2005. He later became first team All Pac 10 in 2007 and then left for the NFL. He was drafted 13th overall by the Panthers and rushed for over 800 yards and for 10 touchdowns as a rookie.
Only five of these players were selected in the top two rounds of the NFL draft. These were the top 10 out of high school and were suppose to dominate college football. Whether it be legal problems, injuries, or just being a bust, five of these 10 players didn't have the college careers they should have had. This goes to show exactly how accurate recruiting rankings can be.