Tuesday, December 18, 2012
All-league team built on three-star players
By Kevin Gemmell
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.