- Brian Bennett, College Football
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I'm undertaking another review of past recruiting classes to see how things actually ended up down the road. This is a fun exercise that also should provide some illumination as we march toward signing day on Wednesday.
Today, I'm looking back on the 2007 signing classes for each Big East team to see who became stars, who became contributors and who became busts. Then we'll see what the average success rate for each category is in the league. This isn't going to be an exact science; I'm classifying guys as "stars" as those who played at an all-league level. Contributors can be anyone from a starter to a reserve or special teams player -- basically if you made it onto the field in some role in some extended period of time, then you are considered a contributor here.
There will also be disputes about how many guys actually came into each class; to make things easy and uniform, I am taking all my information from ESPN.com's recruiting page; the key here is not who counts in what class, but what percentage of announced signees make it.
I'll start with the first four teams, alphabetically, and then hit the final four in a subsequent post. Feel free to offer suggestions/corrections if you feel I've misplaced a player in the wrong category.
2007 signees: 22
Contributors (11): TE Adrien Robinson, DL John Hughes, QB Chazz Anderson, S Drew Frey, OL Sam Griffin, OL Randy Martinez, WR Tomaz Hilton, WR O.J. Woodard, DL Rob Trigg, LB Alex Delisi, OL T.J. Franklin
Where are they now? (8): RB Tahree McQueen, OT Blake McCroskey, RB Scott Johnson, LB Ricardo Thompson, QB Deon Reed, QB Bryant Thomas, OL Craig Parmenter, DT Frank Becker.
2007 signees: 29
Stars (5): K Dave Teggart, CB Jasper Howard, DE Kendall Reyes, OT Mike Ryan, C Moe Petrus
Contributors (15): DB Jonathan Jean-Louis, FB Anthony Sherman, WR Kashif Moore, RB Robbie Frey, LB Greg LLoyd, S Kijuan Dabney, QB Cody Endres, S Aaron Bagsby, S Harris Agbor, DE Marcus Campbell, DT Twyon Martin, WR Isaiah Moore, CB Gary Wilburn, RB Kelmetrus Wylie, QB Tyler Lorenzen (juco)
Where are they now? (9): CB Jamie Nixon, DE Danny Russell, TE Yianni Apostolakos, OG Gary Bardzak, LB Jarrell Miller, LB C.J. Marck, TE A.J. Johnson, TE Scott Schultz, LB Corey Stringer
2007 signees: 19
Contributors (8): DE Patrick Grant, OL Greg Tomczyk, QB Matt Simms (transferred), DB Chaz Thompson (juco), CB Woodny Turenne (juco), OT Abdul Kuyateh, DB C.J. Peake, LB Willie Williams (dismissed)
Where are they now? (7) TE Sam Gardner, RB Dale Martin, QB Emmanuel Francis, TE Michael Fennerty, OT Zach Kiernan, WR Josh Miller, WR Chris Summers
2007 signees: 25
Stars (3): RB LeSean McCoy, DE Jabaal Sheard, S Dom DeCicco
Contributors (14): QB Pat Bostick, OG Chris Jacobson, DL Myles Caragein, LB Greg Williams, LB Max Gruder, FB Henry Hynosi, DE Brandon Lindsey, LB Tristan Roberts, OG Greg Gaskins, OT Jordan Gibbs, CB Buddy Jackson, WR Aundre Wright, DL Tony Tucker (left team), RB Shariff Harris (transferred).
Where are they now? (8): S Maurice Williams, CB Sherod Murdock, OT Dan Matha, TE Nick Krupa, TE Kyle Hubbard, OT John Fieger, DL Wayne Jones, DL Tommie Duhart (dismissed)