All-Pac-10: Checking the recruiting grades?

February, 1, 2011
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So are you pumped or despairing heading into signing day? Perhaps you shouldn't be too much of either.

We went back and looked at our 2010 All-Pac-10 team, and you might be surprised at the recruiting rankings of many of the 22 position players on the team.

Click on the name to see what ESPN Recruiting wrote about each when he was a prospect.

We have some quick notes after the list, too.

Offense
QB Andrew Luck, So., Stanford: Grade: 82. Ranked 7th among QBs.
RB LaMichael James, So., Oregon: Grade: 80. Ranked 24th among RBs.
RB Jacquizz Rodgers, Jr., Oregon State: Grade: 75. Ranked 104th among RBs.
WR Juron Criner, Jr., Arizona: Grade: 73. Ranked 155th among WRs.
WR Jeff Maehl, Sr., Oregon: Grade: 40. Unranked among CBs.
WR Jermaine Kearse, Jr., Washington: Grade: 74. Ranked 126th among WRs.
OL Chase Beeler, Sr., Stanford: Grade: 75. Ranked 42nd among OTs. (Signed with Oklahoma).
OL Colin Baxter, Sr., Arizona: Grade: 40. Unranked among OLs.
OL Tyron Smith, Jr., USC: Grade: 81. Ranked 14th among OTs.
OL Bo Thran, Sr., Oregon: Grade: 40. Unranked among OLs.
OL Jonathan Martin, Jr., Stanford: Grade: 78. Ranked 33rd among OTs.

Defense
DL Brandon Bair, Sr., Oregon : Grade: 40. Unranked among TEs.
DL Cameron Jordan, Sr., California: Grade: 40. Unranked among OTs.
DL Stephen Paea, Sr., Oregon State: An ungraded, unranked JC transfer.
DL Jurrell Casey, Jr., USC: Grade: 80. Ranked 11th among DTs.
LB Chase Thomas, So., Stanford: Grade: 79. Ranked 18th among DEs.
LB Mason Foster, Sr., Washington: Grade: 67. Ranked 101 among ILBs.
LB Casey Matthews, Sr., Oregon: Grade: 78. Ranked 14th among ILB.
DB Talmadge Jackson, Sr., Oregon: Grade: 74. Ranked 92nd among RBs.
DB Omar Bolden, Jr., Arizona State: Grade: 40. Unranked among DBs.
DB Delano Howell, Jr., Stanford: Grade: 74. Ranked 89th among ATH.
DB John Boyett, So., Oregon: Grade: 72. Ranked 85th among Ss.

Some notes:
  • Nine of 22 earned grades of three stars or above. Four players were four-star players. None were five stars. (See grading scale here).
  • The highest ranked players were: Luck (82), Smith (81), James (80) and Casey (80).
  • Seven players were unranked. Seven players were ranked 85th or worse at their position.

In other words, sometimes recruiting evaluations hit the mark. And sometimes they do not.

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