All The Hype?: Breaking Down The Five-Star Quarterback Recruits Of 2007
In the game of football, the quarterback position is rewarded and scrutinized more then any other in the game. With the exception of redshirts, and transfers, the 2007 prep quarterback class should now have made their mark at the collegiate level.
Here is a breakdown of the prep quarterbacks given a five-star rating from either Rivals or Scout recruiting services nearly four years ago.
Aaron Corp, Richmond
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A duel-threat prospect from California, Corp chose USC after being given a five-star rating from Scout, and four-star mark from Rivals.
The 6-4', 185 pound quarterback redshirted in 2007, only to sit behind Mark Sanchez and Matt Barkley the following two seasons. Corp transferred from Los Angeles in 2010 to play for the Richmond Spiders of FCS fame.
After being named the starter in fall camp, Corp suffered a season-ending knee injury against New Hampshire in early October.
Kodi Burns, Auburn
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A prep star from Fort Smith, Arkansas, Burns chose Auburn after receiving a five-star grade from Scout and a four-star rating from Rivals.
In four seasons with the Tigers, the former blue-chip prospect has made a minimal impact for the team. He contributed to a 2007 run to the Chick-fil-A bowl, and started 13 of 23 games from 2008 until 2009.
Burns was moved to wide receiver with the arrival of Cameron Newton prior to the 2010 season. He has made little impact at his new position and will suit up one final time for the Tigers in the BCS Championship game this January.
Pat Bostick, Pittsburgh
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Hailing from Pennsylvania, Bostick was given a five-star rating from Scout, and four-stars grade from Rivals.
In the four years since, it looks as both services may have been a little too generous. The Panther quarterback started eight unspectacular games as a true freshman in 2007. Bostick has found rare opportunities to prove his potential since his freshman year.
After a year of redshirt, and backing up both Tino Sunseri and Bill Stull, he will have one final chance to compete in 2011.
Ryan Mallett, Arkansas
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A current superstar for the Razorbacks, Mallett left Texarkana, Texas and signed with Michigan in 2007. The 6-6', 220 pound quarterback was given a five-star rating from both Scout and Rivals recruiting services.
After a semi-successful freshman year in Ann Arbor, Mallett transferred to Fayetteville with the arrival of Rich Rodriguez. After sitting out 2008, he has returned by throwing for nearly 7,000 yards and 60 touchdowns through the air.
If he returns in 2011, he will be a preseason candidate for the Heisman trophy.
Tyrod Taylor, Virginia Tech
A highly recruited duel-threat quarterback, Taylor signed with the Hokies after being given a five-star rating from both Scout and Rivals.
As a true freshman he split time with Sean Glennon in 2007. Taylor has a career record of 34-7 with the Hokies, and he will be making his second Orange Bowl appearance this January.
As a senior in 2010, he was named the ACC Player of the Year.
Jimmy Clausen, Notre Dame
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Given five-stars by both Rivals and Scout, the Oaks Christian prep was the number one quarterback prospect of the 2007 recruiting class.
After a dismal freshman campaign that included 34 sacks, Clausen fought back with big passing numbers in 2008 and 2009.
The former Irish quarterback left after his junior year, and was drafted by the Carolina Panthers in the second round of the 2010 NFL draft.
Cameron Newton, Auburn
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Newton originally signed with Florida out of high school in 2007. Rivals gave the Georgia prep five-stars, and Scout touted the quarterback with a four-star rating.
The current Heisman favorite, the road to stardom hasn't been easy. Newton backed-up Tim Tebow as a freshman, took a medical redshirt in 2008, and left the Gator program following legal issues in 2009.
The 6-6', 250 pound athlete led Blinn College to a JUCO title last season, and will get another title opportunity with Auburn this January.
Quarterbacks That Beat The Recruiting Rankings
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Kellen Moore, Boise State - The Washington native was give a three-star rating by both Scout and Rivals. Moore is now a finalist for the 2010 Heisman trophy.
Kirk Cousins, Michigan State - The Spartan quarterback was given two-stars from Scout, and three-stars from Rivals. He led his team to a share of the Big Ten title in 2010.
Nick Foles, Arizona - Putting up big passing number for nearly three years, Foles was given a three-star rating from both Scout and Rivals in 2007. He originally signed with Michigan State.