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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):

Four-star players
Three-star players
Two-star player

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.