Wednesday, January 29, 2014
Ultimate ESPN 300: The underachievers
The Ultimate ESPN 300 is RecruitingNation's ranking of the best prospects since we began evaluating high school athletes in 2006. Here's a look at five players who underachieved:
Injuries derailed Ronald Powell's career at Florida.
OT Seantrel Henderson (Miami): Henderson looked like a future NFL first-round draft pick in high school but never developed into one with the Hurricanes. Injuries, suspensions and complacency plagued him throughout his career, and he never played at a dominant level, at least consistently, that many thought was destined for the massive former No. 8-overall player in the 2010 class.
RB Joe McKnight (USC): With elite speed and elusiveness, the top-rated player in the 2007 class was supposed to be the next Reggie Bush at USC. After a slow start to his freshman season, including a fumbling problem, McKight showed some flashes but was never a difference-maker on a consistent level throughout his career.
LB Chris Galippo (USC): The top-rated linebacker in the 2007 class never played up to the dominant style he displayed in high school. Galippo, who was a physical specimen, had one solid year with the Trojans as a sophomore. But collectively, his career was plagued by injuries and underachievement. Galippo ended up losing his starting job to Devon Kennard.
ATH Ronald Powell (Florida): The No. 1 overall prospect in the 2010 class headlined a No. 1-rated Gators class that had its share of disappointments. While a difference-maker when healthy, Powell suffered through knee injuries and a coaching change, and the California native just never seemed to gain any traction in Gainesville.
DE Maurice Evans (Penn State): In his 2006 evaluation, we stated “Evans is able to take over games and yet his best football is still ahead of him.” Unfortunately, his best football was not ahead of him in Happy Valley. While his early years were promising, he never met his full expectations and underachieved due to off-field issues. After a tumultuous junior season, he declared early for the NFL draft but was not selected.