Look back: Non-AQs in 2007 recruiting class

January, 31, 2011
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The folks over at ESPN Recruiting have been working hard not only putting together all the latest news as we head toward Signing Day on Wednesday, but also taking a look back through the years at hits and misses.

Generally the ESPN rankings for teams and players feature mostly automatic qualifying conference teams. But in the class of 2007, there were several notable non-AQ players highlighted.

In its feature on hit and miss players from the class of 2007, ESPN Recruiting mentioned running back Antwain Easterling of Southern Miss as a bust:

Easterling rushed for more than 2,800 yards and scored 33 touchdowns as a senior for Miami Northwestern. He was ranked No. 23 overall and as the fifth best running back in the country, but played in only two games for the Golden Eagles before being suspended indefinitely in 2008 for violating team rules and never returning to the program.


Several others were a part of the ESPNU Top 150 players of that signing class, aside from Easterling. Here is an update on them. A few ended up transferring in to non-AQ schools, so I included them here as well.

64. D'Angelo McCray, DT (Jacksonville, Fla./Andrew Jackson)

McCray redshirted at Illinois in 2007, before transferring to Eastern Illinois. After playing in 2008 for Eastern Illinois, he transferred to Coffeyville Community College in 2009 and then transferred to Memphis in 2010, totaling six tackles.

No. 110 Kamar Aiken, WR (Hollywood, Fla./Chaminade-Madonna)

In 2007, he set UCF freshman receiving records for catches, yards and touchdowns. As a sophomore, he was second on the team in catches and yards. In 2009, he lead the Knights in receiving yards, average yards per catch and receiving touchdowns. Aiken caught 32 passes for 486 yards and two touchdowns in 2010. For his career, he has 121 catches, 1,924 yards and 17 touchdowns.

132. Sidell Corley Jr., DE (Mobile, Ala./McGill Toolen)

After redshirting in 2007, he played in two games in 2008 and transferred to Troy in 2009. He recorded 22 tackles combined in 2009 and 2010 while playing with a benign tumor on the pituitary gland at the base of his brain.

143. Derrius Bell, CB (Arlington, Texas/Hillcrest)

After playing in nine games as a true freshman at SMU, he started 11 game in 2008 and recorded 53 tackles. In 2009, he saw action in only two games. After multiple concussions, he followed his doctor's orders and quit football in 2010.

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