December 5, 2007

Some go boom and other go bust

When looking back at past recruiting rankings, everyone likes to see which players went boom and which ones went bust. In the ten years that I've been putting together recruiting rankings in the Lone Star State, I've had a lot of prospects that I was 100% right about, but there are others that I couldn't have missed more on if I had tried.

Here's a look at my all-time, all-bust offensive team; ranging from 1997-2007.

QB - Rhett Bomar (2004) - Grand Prairie

Signed with: Oklahoma

Ranking: No.4 overall in the LSR Top 100.

Why was he ranked so high? - Back in 2004 when the state of Texas first started to see a surge in the volume of elite quarterback prospects, Bomar was considered to be the dream prospect. Tall, strong, athletic and a golden arm to boot, Bomar was the can't-miss guy at the position in this class.

Why he was a bust? - Bomar might have been a Heisman Trophy candidate this year had he not gotten caught up in an illegal job while he was on the Sooners. The NCAA ripped his of his eligibility and he eventually transferred to Sam Houston State and played his first season there this fall.

Who should have been ranked in his place? - Ennis' Graham Harrell (No.18) - Signed with Texas Tech

RB - Ben Gay (2008) - Spring

Signed with: Baylor

Ranking: No.2 overall in the LSR Top 100.

Why was he ranked so high?
Why he was a bust? - Gay was not a great student and he had a hard time with the academics and structure of a major university. Although he never made an impact at Baylor in his short stint there, his talent eventually took him to the NFL, after a brief stop in the CFL. However, the same issues that plagued him at Baylor were issues in the NFL and his stay there was short.

Who should have been ranked in his place? - Nobody.

RB - Tyson Thompson (2000) - Irving High

Signed with: TCU

Ranking: No.6 overall in the LSR Top 100.

Why was he ranked so high? - A very productive runner at Irving that took the state by storm during his junior and senior seasons. In fact, his 500+ yard game is still the stuff of legends in the Metroplex. With his speed and natural running instincts, he seemed like a can't-miss guy.

Why he was a bust? - Well, it wasn't talent. Thompson, who is currently a member of the Dallas Cowboys, had grade issues coming out of high school and when he got into some off-field problems in the year following his senior season, he kind of fell off the radar. Eventually, he enjoyed a solid career at San Jose State before making it in the NFL as an undrafted free agent.

Who should have been ranked in his place? - DeSoto's Tatum Bell (No.21) - Signed with Texas Tech


WR - Cedric Cormier (1997) - Galena Park North Shore

Ranking: No.5 overall in the LSR Top 100.

Why was he ranked so high? - Lightening in a bottle that had elite post-catch abilities coming out of high school. With some people drawing comparisons to Rocket Ismail, Cormier was involved in one of the most legendary recruitments of all-time, as it included everything from involved mothers to rumors of coaches hiding behind furniture during a UT in-home visit.

Why he was a bust? - Injuries really cut his career short from almost day one. He ended up being a solid role player, but not much more.

Who should have been ranked in his place? - Dallas Carter's Darryl Jones (No.11) -Signed with Miami

WR- Artie Ellis (1999) - Spring Westfield

Signed with: Texas

Ranking: No.4 overall in the Lone Star Recruiting Top 100 list.

Why was he ranked so high? - Ellis was a dominating high school receiver at Westfield that posted huge numbers against very good competition. His size and athleticism made him one of the first "new-age" receivers that started to become the craze during this period of time.

Why he was a bust? - Ellis had a lot of size, but he proved not to be an elite athlete and his inability to create separation from Division I cornerbacks was his undoing at wide receiver. After getting a brief look at tight end, Ellis left the program and joined the marines.

Who should have been ranked in his place? - Austin Lanier's Derrick Strait - (No.22) - Signed with Oklahoma

WR - Montrell Flowers (1998) - Dallas Skyline

Signed with: Texas

Ranking: No.1 overall in the LSR Top 100.

Why was he ranked so high? - There's fast and then there's really fast. When talking about Flowers, there's no question that Flowers represented the latter, as he was one of the nation's elite sprinters. A big-play specialist at Skyline, Flowers was a guy that could make big things happen in all three phases of the game.

Why he was a bust? - Flowers simply had a hard time tapping into his wealth of talent and making it translate into success at the high Division I-A level. Unlike some of the players on this list, Flowers was enjoying a solid career and seemed destined for a great senior season, but a kidney injury ended his career after the first game.

Who should have been ranked in his place? - Houston Spring Woods' Robert Ferguson (No.28) - Signed with Texas A&M

TE - Brock Edwards (2000) - Forth Worth Christian

Signed with: Texas

Ranking: No.8 overall in the LSR Top 100

Why was he ranked so high? - A big, physical, athletic prospect coming out of high school, Edwards was courted coast-to-coast because of his outstanding combination of receiving/blocking skills.

Why he was a bust? - Edwards battled injuries throughout his career at Texas and he did enjoy a very solid career, but he was never the difference maker that he was projected to become.

Who should have been ranked in his place? - Queen City's Jason Peters (No.18) - Signed with Arkansas

OL - Jorrie Adams (2003) - Jasper

Signed with: Texas A&M

Ranking: No.3 overall in the LSR Top 100

Why was he ranked so high? - The picture perfect left tackle prospect, Adams possessed amazing athleticism and rare footwork. Physically, Adams was as ideal as they come.

Why he was a bust? - In the end, college life and the jump in competition were just more than Adams could handle and he eventually left the program.

Who should have been ranked in his place? - Houston Clear Creek's Bruce Davis Jr. (No.37) - Signed with UCLA

OL - Ofa Mohetau (2003) - Euless Trinity

Signed with: BYU

Ranking: No.2 overall in the LSR Top 100.

Why was he ranked so high? - A punishing drive run blocker that was as physical at the point of attack as any linemen that's come out of this state in the last decade.

Why he was a bust? - Mohetau just never had the drive and commitment needed to be a great player. The coaches at BYU felt like he would be a dominating force, but he just couldn't put it all together. Eventually went to a JUCO and then ended up at Texas Tech, but he never made it.

Who should have been ranked in his place? - Cuero's Cody Wallace (No.39) - Signed with Texas A&M

OL - Jami Hightower (2001) - Jacksonville

Signed with: Texas A&M

Ranking: No.5 overall in the LSR Top 100.

Why was he ranked so high? - Hightower was an athletic big man that dominated defenders at the point of attack, while also showing flashes of being an elite pass blocker.

Why he was a bust? - Hightower had al of the ability in the world and there were times when he really flashed his ability, but he had a hard time controlling his weight and he just never seemed to find his way while at Texas A&M.

Who should have been ranked in his place? - Houston Cy Falls' Will Allen (No.51) - Signed with Texas

OL - Chris Boggas (2000) - Signed with Kansas State

Signed with: Kansas State

Ranking: No.9 overall in the LSR Top 100

Why was he ranked so high? - Another very big, very powerful, very athletic offensive line prospect. Boggas was a "wow" player because he would seemingly make several highlight reel blocks in each game.

Why he was a bust? - Boggas was a bit of a flake in the recruiting process and he battled maturity issues in college. He ended up being a contributor for the Wildcats, but he was never an above-average player.

Who should have been ranked in his place? - Angleton's Ray Willis (No.41) - Signed with Florida State

OL - Alfio Randall (1999) - Houston Yates
Signed with: Texas

Ranking: No.10 overall in the LSR Top 100.

Why was he ranked so high? - An elite-level athlete that had tremendous feet and as much upside as any lineman that's come out of Texas in the last ten years. Because he played at Yates, most viewed Randall as a player that had more raw and untapped ability than most.

Why he was a bust? - After not qualifying academically, Randall spent two years at a junior college and eventually made it to Texas, but he had a hard time handling the Longhorn offense and his consistency issues kept him off the field.

Who should have been ranked in his place? - Garland Lakeview's Derrick Dockery (No.28) - Signed with Texas


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