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It seems like a lot of people follow one guy and that gets them hooked to following the whole recruiting process. Mine was the class of 1997, at the birth of the internet recruiting coverage. It was the same class as my brother when he was being recruited so my family subscribed to all the magazines and newsletters. Bobby Burton used to call the house to get quick updates.
The one guy that was so interesting to me was Tyler (Texas) John Tyler defensive end David Warren. He seemed to be the consensus No. 1 prospect in the country that year and he went down to signing day before announcing for Florida State. Texas A&M and Texas both thought they might be able to sway him but he ended up going out of state. His career with the Seminoles was disappointing but that's a name I will always remember.
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Noel Devine. Dude had one of the craziest highlight reels (and stories) I've ever seen.
The Dwyer trio.
If God dwells inside us, like some people say, I sure hope He likes enchiladas, because that's what He's getting
that Michael Vick guy...the whole battle between him and Ronald Curry for the title of "the best QB in the 757"
Stephen Davis from Spartanburg (S.C.) High School- Class of 1992. Signed with Auburn and had a good NFL career.
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ha - that was mine too. gerry started a thread about it a couple of weeks ago on hookem - here's my response from that thread:
never really knew shlt about recruiting until i had class w/ a fraternity brother whose dad was a big donor and had a subscription to what i think was the original texas recruiting service - a fax every couple of days (once a week?) and a video of all the recruits right after signing day. my bud's dad would mail the fax to him after reading it, and he'd bring it to psychology class and we'd dig into it there. this was when sirr parker and ricky williams were coming from california to texas. i think the first time i realized i had the bug was when david warren picked fsu over texas - i was crushed.
Yeah that class was interesting. A lot of guys from the state of Texas went on to the NFL. Texas had a few flips both ways in that class too. Leonard Davis and Major Applewhite both flipped from Texas A&M to Texas and Cedric Cormier from Texas to Colorado.
Yeah I remember when he was supposed to transfer to a school in Texas (was it Prosper?) and we were all excited to see him play. He left before the season even started though.
Stephon Gilmore > Lattimore > Clowney
I only follow a few a year, but those guys in consecutive years got it going for me.
If you want the ultimate, you've got to be willing to pay the ultimate price. It's not tragic to die doing what you love.
No one player but Lorenzo Booker being the first live air commit will be something i always remember
I got hooked on Athlon preview mags doing little breakdowns on the incoming freshman
Then i found Warchant in the early 2000's and became hooked
I miss the days of just reading signing day reports though, the everyday back and forth with these kids is annoying and watching fans freakout over certain things is really annoying
fsufsu said... I've got about 10 great stories on Lane but all you need to know is he will never be a loser, that's for sure.
I thin I started following recruiting in or around 2003. Can't really remember a person in particular until Stanley McClover aka the Predator.
IIRC, Deion took him because he was from the same town in FL and both his parents died of AIDs. He stayed like a day, drove Deion's wife's escalade to the airport, and flew back home.
OL Blake Larsen of Atlantic, Iowa was the first recruit I really followed. The buzz around him started to get loud his junior year, but it exploded when he was named the #1 OL in his class. It was amazing that he picked Iowa because the Hawkeyes had gone 1-10 during his junior year of high school. He could have gone anywhere, but he chose to stay home. People loved him for it. We were sure he would be the top guy to lead the turn around in Iowa football. Well, Iowa football turned around, but they did it with Larsen on the bench. He never started a game for the Hawkeyes.
Mine was Ronald Curry. The shitstorm created by his flip from UVA to UNC was memorable. Just at the HS level, there was no comparison between Vick and Curry. Curry was in another league. Best HS player I've ever seen. Remember watching him is a monsoon against Patrick Henry in the state title game and he was the only kid on the field that controlled the elements more than they controlled him. Maybe the best HS team of all time too. The Crabbers won that game like 58-0 or something close to that.
Kyle Kalis. SportsCenter reported that he flipped from OSU to Michigan and they beat to death Kalis' quote that there's no longer a wall around Ohio.
His claim still stands true.
He started the trend of top recruits not signing on NSD. Since then there has been, off the top of my head, these guys do the same:
This was the first recruit I remember following as well.
You're right, Urban has gone national.
Mine was also Terrelle Pryor
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Tebow was mine, I remember watching him when he and I were in HS and he had a broken leg and still won the game
Knew he was a stud right then
That's why I couldn't stand that commercial where he says something like "they said I could never be a D1 QB".... You were one of the highest recruited players that year. He could pick any school he wanted.
Yeah I always wondered about that too. He was a five-star prospect. I believe Nease was one of the first HS games to air on ESPN. They played a team for Alabama IIRC.
I remember watching it but don't remember who they played.
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