Richardson was highly recruited out of high school...and now college
Readers of my blog know that three stories will incite me to write:
1). NFL Draft
2). My distaste for LeBron James
3). The sham known as the NCAA
This one would fall under No. 3.
National Signing Day is my annual reminder of what I detest about the NCAA. It serves as a yearly reminder of the hypocrisy that governs college football. I promise, I will get to the 2012 NFL Draft class but first I must stand on my soapbox. As wall to wall coverage of “amateur” athletes fills the programming schedule of ESPN, I’m reminded of the big business that is NCAA sports.
These “amateur” athletes that will make the NCAA billions of dollars and the TV networks even more stand before us and announce their intentions to become student-athletes on national TV. They will be lauded for their gifts (God forbid they take any) over the course of the next three to five years before the NFL sinks their meat hooks into them. As a sat and listened to Dorial Green-Beckham announce his decision to enroll at the University of Missouri, I thought about this year’s NFL crop and what kind of prospects they were coming out of high school.
That said here’s a look at our top 10 prospects for the 2012 NFL Draft and what they brought to the table in 2008-09.
Andrew Luck, QB, Stratford HS (Texas)
Andrew Luck was the sixth rated quarterback in the class of 2008 behind Terrelle Pryor, Blaine Gabbert, Dayne Crist, E.J. Manuel, and Mike Glennon. He was the 68th overall recruit according to Rivals.com and a four star prospect. Luck was the gem of the Stanford recruiting class and was rated as the 4th best pro-style passer. Luck received a four-star ranking from all major recruiting services.
Matt Kalil, OT, Servite HS (California)
Matt Kalil was a highly recruited tackle as he was the eleventh rated prospect in the 2008 recruiting class. He was the third rated offensive tackle behind Mike Adams and Baker Steinkuhler. Kalil was the top rated player in USC’s 2008 recruiting class that included ten players in the Rivals 100. Kalil would be joined by Dallas Cowboys tackle Tyron Smith in this haul of lineman. He was a five-star rated player. Read the rest of this entry » «A retrospective look at the 2012 NFL Draft class on National Signing Day»