Wednesday, January 18, 2012
Re-ranking the 2008 recruiting classes
By ESPN.com staff
We can all agree that Oregon and Stanford have done pretty well the past two seasons, yes? Both went 1-1 in BCS bowls, which is pretty darn good.
Yet neither was ranked in the 2008 recruiting rankings top 25, upon which the 2010 and 2011 seasons heavily relied. UCLA was there at No. 14. Arizona State was there at No. 17. And there was Colorado at No. 24.
But no Oregon or Stanford.
So it makes sense that when ESPN Recruiting re-ranked the 2008 recruiting class, Oregon's and Stanford's classes did much better with take two.
In fact, Oregon finished second in the re-ranking behind Alabama and Stanford, with a class that likely will produce three NFL first round draft picks, was No. 3.
Here's take two on Oregon:
The foundation for the success that Oregon now enjoys was unmistakably set with this class. In 2008, the Ducks signed key players like running back LaMichael James, who developed into one of the premier backs in college football, and quarterback Darron Thomas. The class also featured some important contributors like Kenjon Barner and John Boyett.
And here's take two on Stanford:
What was said about Oregon can be said about the Cardinal as well. The biggest pickup for Stanford in this class was quarterback Andrew Luck, who was considered by many to be the best quarterback in college football and is all but assured of being the No. 1 pick in the NFL draft in April. Stanford also landed high-motor LB Chase Thomas and a pair of offensive lineman likely to be taken in the first round of the draft in OG Jonathan Martin and All-American OT David DeCastro. One other asset in this class was receiver Chris Owusu.
On the plus side, ESPN Recruiting nailed USC. The re-ranking was the same -- seventh -- as where the Trojans hit in 2008.