View Full Version : ESPN 2007 Recruiting class Top 25 revisited.

01-31-2011, 04:00 PM
2007 ESPNU 150 - Where Are They Now?

1. Joe McKnight, RB (River Ridge, La./John Curtis Christian)
USCAs the headliner of the Trojans' No. 1-ranked recruiting class, McKnight became a key component in USC's tailback rotation and was expected to be the next Reggie Bush. He finished his career at USC with more than 2,200 yards rushing and 13 touchdowns. In 2010, the New York Jets drafted him in the fourth round. McKnight

2. Chris Galippo, ILB (Anaheim, Calif./Servite)
USCHis freshman season was cut short due to a herniated disk and he was allowed to redshirt. In 2009, he was a semifinalist for the Butkus Award. He played in only 10 games and finished with 29 tackles in 2010. Galippo

3. Marc Tyler, RB (Westlake Village, Calif./Oaks Christian)
USCA second member of USC's tailback rotation from this class, Tyler redshirted as a freshman as he recovered from a broken ankle he suffered during his senior season of high school. His college career has been injury-riddled, but he led the Trojans in rushing last year with 171 carries for 913 yards and nine touchdowns. Tyler

4. Eric Berry, CB (Fairburn, Ga./Creekside)
TennesseeThe former Vol earned SEC Defensive Freshman of the Year and was named a team captain as a sophomore. Berry was a dominant safety in college who finished with 14 career interceptions and the second most interception return yards ever, 494. He also won the Jim Thorpe Award as a junior and was drafted No. 5 overall in 2010 by the Kansas City Chiefs. Berry

5. Martez Wilson, DE (Chicago, Ill./Simeon)
IllinoisAfter recording 73 tackles as a sophomore for the Fighting Illini, Wilson's junior season was cut short due to a herniated disc and he was granted a medical hardship. In 2010, he had 104 tackles, four sacks and two forced fumbles. Wilson

6. Noel Devine, RB (North Fort Myers, Fla./North Fort Myers)
West VirginiaHe rushed for 8.6 yards per carry and eclipsed 1,000 yards rushing as a sophomore (1,289) and junior (1,465). After deciding to come back for one more year, Devine averaged 4.4 yards per carry and totaled 886 yards rushing. He is expected to be drafted in the third round of the 2011 NFL draft. Devine

7. Terrance Toliver, WR (Hempstead, Texas/Hempstead)
LSUHe earned All-SEC honors as a freshman, played a key role as a sophomore and had his best year as a junior with 53 catches and 735 yards. Last year, his production dropped with 36 catches and 467 yards. He is still expected to be drafted somewhere in the middle rounds. Toliver

8. Jimmy Clausen, QB (Westlake Village, Calif./Oaks Christian)
Notre DameHe enrolled with the Irish early and was named the starter after a Week 1 loss his freshman year. The following season, he established records for every major passing category by a sophomore ND quarterback. He followed that up with a monster season and was named as a second-team All-American. He was drafted by the Carolina Panthers in the second round of the 2010 NFL draft. Clausen

9. Michael McNeil, S (Mobile, Ala./Davidson)
AuburnAs a freshman, McNeil led the Tigers in special teams tackles and the following year he started every game at safety, finishing second on the team in total tackles with 65. After missing all of 2009 with a leg injury, McNeil bounced back to start 12 games for the Tigers. McNeil

10. Marvin Austin, DT (Washington, D.C./Ballou Senior)
North CarolinaAustin played in every game as a freshman, started 11 as a sophomore and was named second-team All-ACC selection as a junior. After deciding to come back for one more year, Austin was ruled ineligible for violating rules regarding agent benefits, preferential treatment and ethical conduct. He is still expected to be drafted in the second or third round of the 2011 draft. Austin

11. Golden Tate, WR (Hendersonville, Tenn./Pope John Paul II)
Notre DameTate started all 12 games as a freshman, led the Irish in all-purpose yardage as a sophomore and broke Notre Dame's single-season records for receptions and receiving yards as a junior. He also won the Biletnikoff Award and was named as a first-team All-American in 2009. He was drafted in the second round of the 2010 NFL draft by the Seattle Seahawks. Tate

12. Ryan Mallett, QB (Texarkana, Texas/Texas)
MichiganAs a true freshman, he played in 11 games for Michigan before transferring to
Arkansas. After sitting out a year due to transfer rules, Mallett started all 13 games in 2009 and threw for more than 3,600 yards and 30 touchdowns. He completed an Arkansas single-season record 242 passes in 2010 and is expected to be drafted in the first round of the 2011 NFL draft. Mallett

13. Gary Gray, CB (Columbia, S.C./Richland Northeast)
Notre DameGray did not play as a freshman while recovering from preseason shoulder surgery, but played in nine games during the 2008 season before leaving the team for personal reasons. He finished 2009 with 28 tackles and in 2010 had 59 tackles. Gray

14. Brian Maddox, RB (Anderson, S.C./T.L. Hanna)
South CarolinaMaddox played in 10 games as a freshman and ranked fourth on the team in rushing as a sophomore. As a junior, he was second on the team in rushing and led the team with eight touchdowns. His production took a big hit in 2010 due to Marcus Lattimore's productive freshman season. Maddox

15. Carlos Dunlap, DE (North Charleston, S.C./Fort Dorchester)
FloridaDunlap played in 13 games as a freshman, and was named Defensive MVP in the 2009 BCS National Championship as a sophomore. He played in all of his games as a junior, except the SEC Championship due to suspension. Dunlap was drafted in the 2010 draft by the Cincinnati Bengals in the second round. Dunlap

16. Tyrod Taylor, QB (Hampton, Va./Hampton)
Virginia TechAfter sharing time with junior Sean Glennon through his freshman and sophomore seasons, Taylor led his team to a Chick-fil-A Bowl victory as a junior. He was named ACC Player of the Year as a senior after throwing 25 touchdowns to only four interceptions and rushing for five more. Taylor

17. Arrelious Benn, WR (Washington, D.C./Dunbar)
IllinoisHe was named Big Ten Freshman of the Year and followed that up in 2008 by earning first-team All-Big Ten honors, as well as being named team MVP. He was given honorable mention All-Big Ten as a junior and drafted in the second round of the 2010 NFL draft by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He is currently the team's No. 2 WR. Benn

18. Marshall Jones, S (Westlake Village, Calif./Oaks Christian)
USCJones saw brief time as a backup safety and cornerback during his freshman and sophomore seasons, as well as playing on special teams. He redshirted in 2009 due to a sprained neck and struggled to get back to form in 2010 after reinjuring it. He finished the 2010 season with 34 tackles, one forced fumble and one interception. Jones

19. Junior Hemingway, WR (Conway, S.C./Conway)
MichiganHemingway played in 10 games as a freshman and redshirted in 2008 due to mononucleosis. Hemingway was the Wolverine's fourth-leading receiver in 2009 and third-leading receiver in 2010. He has started 18 contests at wideout in his career. Hemingway

20. Allen Bailey, DE (Darien, Ga./McIntosh County Academy)
MiamiBailey played in all 12 games as a freshman, mostly on special teams. He switched between defensive end and defensive tackle in 2008 and led the team in sacks with eight. Bailey led Miami in sacks again in 2009 and was named to the All-ACC first team. He was second-team All-ACC in 2010 and is expected to be drafted in the first round of the 2011 NFL draft. Bailey

21. Tray Allen, OT (Grand Prairie, Texas/South Grand Prairie)
TexasAllen played in 22 games as a freshman and sophomore at offensive tackle and on special teams. He switched to guard in 2009 and continued to play on special teams. He broke a bone in April and reaggravated it during preseason and fall camp. He was redshirted for 2010. Allen

22. Greg Little, WR (Durham, N.C./Hillside)
North CarolinaLittle played running back and receiver as a freshman and sophomore, before leading the team in catches with 62 in 2009. Little came back for another year but was ruled ineligible by the NCAA before he stepped on the field for improper contact with agents. He is expected to be drafted in the third-round of the 2011 NFL draft. Little

23. Antwain Easterling, RB (Miami, Fla./Miami Northwestern)
Southern Miss.Easterling ran for 85 yards in two games as a freshman before being suspended indefinitely in 2008 for violating team rules. He never returned to the program. Easterling

24. Christian Scott, S (Dallas, Texas/Skyline)
TexasAfter redshirting in 2007, Scott recorded 14 tackles and a forced fumble in 2008. He missed all of the regular season in 2009 due to unresolved NCAA academic eligibility issues, but restored his eligibility in time to play in the BCS Championship Game. He played in 11 games in 2010 and finished with 54 tackles and one interception. Scott

25. John Brantley, QB (Ocala, Fla./Trinity Catholic)
FloridaBrantley redshirted as a freshman and then acted as Tim Tebow's backup for the 2008 and 2009 season. Brantley got his chance to start in 2010 and threw for 2,020 yards, nine touchdowns and nine interceptions.