- Kevin Gemmell, ESPN Staff Writer
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Who says you can't build a championship team out of mostly three-star recruits? Heck, you could build an all-star team.
The three-star guys carried the torch for this year's All-Pac-12 team. Braden Gall from Athlon Sports broke down this year's all-conference squad by their star rating and the results are fairly interesting.
Of the 23 players on the first team, 14 were three-star recruits, eight were four-star guys and one was a two star. You get one guess on who the two-star recruit was ... we'll wait...
That's right, it was Oregon State cornerback Jordan Poyer -- a consensus All-American who was tied for the second most interceptions in the country with seven.
From Gall's article:
The Beavers' defensive back and return man was one of the biggest steals of the ’09 class. The Astoria (Ore.) High prospect was a wildly underrated two-star recruit with two FBS offers. Portland State, Eastern Washington, Idaho and Oregon State were the only programs who showed any serious interest in the two-star prospect. Rivals rated him as the No. 8 player in the state of Oregon.
Here's the breakdown of the players (note, stars are based on Rivals.com rankings):
Ka'Deem Carey, RB, Arizona
Marqise Lee, WR, USC
Khaled Holmes, OL, USC
Reggie Dunn, KR, Utah
Dion Jordan, DL, Oregon
Ifo Ekpre-Olomu, DB, Oregon
Xavier Su'a-Filo, OL, UCLA
Anthony Barr, LB, UCLA
Marcus Mariota, QB, Oregon
Kenjon Barner, RB, Oregon
Markus Wheaton, WR, Oregon State
Zach Ertz, TE, Stanford
Hroniss Grasu, OL, Oregon
Brian Schwenke, OL, California
David Yankey, OL, Stanford
Scott Crichton, DL, Oregon State
Will Sutton, DL, Arizona State
Trent Murphy, LB, Stanford
Chase Thomas, LB, Stanford
Ed Reynolds, S, Stanford
Desmond Trufant, DB, Washington
Star Lotulelei, DL, Utah
Jordan Poyer, DB, Oregon State
So with signing day on the horizon, don't be too down if your team only has two- and three-star recruits. All it means is you could have an all-star team waiting in the wings.