Not All Top High School Recruits Pan Out

Who of this year's class won't meet expectations?

Not everyone can be Graham Harrell.

And every school can't get a Hugh Charles.

Brandon George of The Dallas Morning News ran a story on Tuesday addressing the high school class of 2004, which finished up their college careers this season and last season.

It's fun to look at some of the names on the Area Top 50 list and see some of the hits, such as Harrell, who was the No. 7 player on the board and left Texas Tech as the NCAA's all-time leader in touchdown passes and second all-time in passing yardage.

It's also downright hilarious to look at the top player, Rhett Bomar.

The Grand Prairie QB went to Oklahoma as a highly-touted kid with a golden arm, which happened to be true. But the Sooners didn't count on him taking money illegally from a car dealership in Norman and being dismissed from the program, only to finish his career at Sam Houston State.

Then there's Charles, who was 29th-ranked player coming out of Keller. He went on to Colorado, where all he did was lead the Buffs in rushing for three seasons and left the school No. 6 on the all-time rushing list.

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Now, which of this year's Area Top 50, according to, will be hits, and which will be misses?

It's impossible to say right now, but let's make some educated guesses.

The top player this year is also going to Oklahoma. Bob Stoops is hoping South Oak Cliff DB Kevin Brent won't end up working at Big Red Sports/Imports.

Quarterback Ryan Mossakowski led a painfully average Frisco Centennial team throughout his high school career, but the kid has special talent and will show it at Kentucky.

A bust? I'll probably be mobbed for this, but Plano all-purpose back Rex Burkhead likely won't be living up to his unrealistic expectations.

For the past two seasons, Burkhead has been annointed as the next big thing in football. He was a transcendent high school football player, but I'm not sure how his game will translate to Nebraska and Big 12 football.

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