Back in 2009 when I worked at Scout.com all analysts were asked to put together their Top 25 and when I was looking through my football notes tonight for something; I stumbled across it. I opened it up remembering the year, the players and just how long I sat there watching some of the nation’s best and it’s hilarious to look back now that some of these kids will be in this year’s draft class.
This isn’t a high school recruiting site, so I know many or most of you don’t follow it. Football and basketball are a bit different if you’re looking for reference. You can always look back at a “Top 10” high school list for basketball and 9 times out of 10; those guys are in the NBA.
It’s much different with high school football, so don’t expect that type of accuracy no matter if it’s yours truly or super scouts like Randy Rodgers in Texas that schools flock to for information. There are even recruiting sites out there that have great experts like Brandon Huffman who can’t get it right all the time. The point is; if you’re a basketball person, understand LeBron James is kind of easy to project.
Onto the list and some big misses that make me laugh.
I can remember thinking that there was no way Aaron Murray would amount to anything at Georgia. Good call on that one idiot. Murray has been outstanding for the Dawgs. I loved his arm, but he looked like he was about 5-foot-10 at best.
You’re probably wondering who the heck Logan Heastie is and what he’s doing above Rueben Randle who will be picked this year. Well, Logan changed his name to Justin Blackmon! Ha! I promise the kid was an absolute stud in high school. Any Mountaineer fan will get my back here.
Dre Kirkpatrick is my saving grace thankfully. I stuck to my guns there. Unfortunately I stuck to my guns on those two other opinions, so maybe that’s not so good. Anyway, even with Dre driving around with enough cheebah for Snoop to party with recently I thought it would be funny just to share.
I have no idea how some of these other kids have fair. I added their colleges next to the names – or at least their original colleges. Some have transferred by now I’m sure. The top 100’s are probably still searchable on sites like Rivals, Scout, ESPN and 247 (not sure if they were around yet).
1. Xavier Nixon, OT – Florida
2. Matt Barkley, QB – USC
3. Bryce Brown, RB – Tennessee
4. Manti Te’o, LB – Notre Dame
5. JaMarkus McFarland, DT – Oklahoma
6. Jacobbi McDaniel, DT – Florida State
7. Eric Shrive, OT – Penn State
8. Jelani Jenkins, LB – Florida
9. Trent Richardson, RB – Alabama
10. Dre Kirkpatrick, CB – Alabama
11. Russell Shepard, QB – LSU
12. Craig Loston, S – LSU
13. Gary Brown, DT – Florida
14. Sheldon Richardson, DT – Missouri
15. Donte Paige-Moss, DE – North Carolina
16. Dorian Bell, LB – Ohio State
17. Vontaze Burfict, LB – Arizona State
18. Tajh Boyd, QB – Clemson
19. Alex Okafor, DE – Texas
20. Logan Heastie, WR – WVU
21. Tavon Austin, RB – WVU
22. Rueben Randle, WR – LSU
23. Gabe Lynn, CB – Oklahoma
24. TJ McDonald, S – USC
25. Melvin Fellows, DE – Ohio State