In hindsight, it's always easy to identify mistakes. Head college football coaches, however, often don't have the luxury of waiting around to see a player develop. In today's cut-throat world of college football recruiting, coaches are under enormous pressure to get verbal commitments from top prospects as early as possible. That mindset inevitably leads to recruits who don't live up to the hype.
Here, we'll look back at the Big Ten football players who earned that coveted scholarship, only to see their premature "Big Man On Campus" status fizzle away seemingly overnight. To qualify, the recruit must have been considered at least a "highly touted" 3-star recruit. All 4- and 5-star recruits are eligible.
The player must also have been recruited by a Big Ten program. Since Nebraska joined the Big Ten in 2011, many members of the first Big Ten recruiting class in Lincoln are still on campus. It would be unfair to call them flops until they've exhausted their eligibility. But that still leaves us with 11 teams, each wishing it had a do-over when it comes to these recruits.
Here is our list of the biggest recruit flop from each Big Ten team during the BCS era.