National Signing Day 2011: 10 Recruits Who Won't Live Up To The Hype
With National Signing Day over, teams and their fanbases are starting to get excited about who they have brought to their respective schools.
While most of these players will pan out, there will always be a few duds.
This sideshow features a list of 10 top recruits won't live up to the hype they are receiving right now.
Feel free to comment below with your own choices or to disagree with mine.
Jadeveon Clowney: Undecided
Considered by almost all recruit ranking guides to be the top high school player in the nation, Clowney has a lot of hype to live up to.
There is little doubt in my mind that Clowney will be a special player in college and in the NFL, but there is a lot of pressure on the kid to produce and to do it fast.
Clowney is the most hyped player in the league, and many people have him at a level that seems very unlikely he will ever reach.
Jay Rome: Georgia
Many consider Jay Rome to be the best tight end in this years recruiting class, and ESPN has him as the 18th overall prospect.
What worries me about Rome is that pass rushers in college and the NFL are a lot faster than the guys in high school that Rome has been going against.
He is great at catching the ball, but unless he improves his blocking he will turn out to be nothing more than a wide receiver playing tight end.
Aaron Green: Nebraska
The third-best running back and 11th overall prospect according to ESPN is Aaron Green. Green is relatively small, standing at only 5'11" and weighing in at 180 pounds.
The biggest problem that is going to keep Green from excelling at the next level is that he goes down too easy. The biggest complaint that people have about Green is that he can't run through tackles and really only has an outside game.
If Green can add some bulk at the weight room and add that aspect to his game than he will be a complete player, but if not then he won't live up to the hype.
La'El Collins: LSU
La'El Collins has great size and will be a force when LSU runs the ball. The problem that I have with Collins is that he is not able to get his big frame out to block quicker rushers.
When teams either stand up a defensive end or put a blitzing linebacker on a passing situation, Collins is going to struggle to get out there and slow the guy down.
Collins has the tools to be successful, he just needs to take the time to focus on his quickness if he wants to live up to the hype.
Kiehl Frazier: Auburn
Kiehl Frazier is considered the second best quarterback in the class by ESPN, and there are reasons why they put him that high. He can move in the pocket, and he can throw the ball far.
What may hold Frazier back at the next level is two very important characteristics a quarterback must have: decision-making and accuracy.
It doesn't matter how far you throw the ball if you can not put it where you want it, and none of this matters if you can't find the open player. Frazier is going to struggle to live up to the hype unless he improves on both of these characteristics.
Stephone Anthony: Clemson
Anthony is considered to be the best outside linebacker of the class, but he lacks one important skill that all great outside linebackers have: good tackling technique.
In general, he will make the tackle at the high school level, but when he starts to go against some better running backs in college, he may aim too high and miss the play.
If Anthony can improve on the fundamentals of tackling, he will live up the hype.
Lawrence Thomas: Michigan State
Lawrence Thomas was recruited as a linebacker, and that may actually be what holds him back.
Standing at 6'4" and weighing 230, Thomas may be a bit too big to be a quick enough linebacker at the next level. If Michigan State does not put him as a defensive end (which would be a smart move, in my opinion), then he has great potential to not live up to the hype.
Angelo Mangiro: Penn State
The second best guard prospect according to ESPN, Mangiro will be a beast when his team is running the ball. He has great size and can pull very well.
Mangiro also has a very limited amount of experience in the pass game, and that could show up when he gets beaten by defensive linemen.
It's very hard for an interior lineman to live up the the hype, and I don't think that Mangiro will be able to.
Travis Hughes: North Carolina
Travis Hughes is similar to Stephone Anthony; he is a great player, but plays linebacker and is not a great tackler.
The 139th ranked prospect according to ESPN, Hughes also played running back in high school when he probably should have focused more on the fundamentals of his defensive game.
George Farmer: USC
Farmer is considered by ESPN to be the best receiver in the class, whereas Scout.com has him as the third best.
The main reason that Farmer may not live up to this hype is that although he will make a spectacular play here and there, he will also drop some balls that most people at home will be saying they could have caught.
Farmer will also be caught out there not playing his heart out, something that could really bother his coaches and fans.