Below is an article from the Austin American Statesman that looks back on the college football careers of what its sports writers considered to be the top 55 high school football prospects in the state of Texas for 2009. It's an interesting read and demonstrates how difficult it is to predict the trajectory of high school students' football careers.Revisiting our 2009 Fabulous 55 recruiting class: How fab did they turn out?
BY SUZANNE HALLIBURTON - AMERICAN-STATESMAN STAFF
THE 2009 FABULOUS 55: HOW FAB WERE THEY?
Suzanne Halliburton’s look back at the American-Statesman’s Fabulous 55 list of the state’s top recruits of 2009 — and how their college careers panned out:
Rnk., Player;Pos.;High school;College
1. Garrett Gilbert;QB;Lake Travis;Texas
Quit UT in 2011, transferred; started 23 games for SMU — No. 2 on school’s career passing yards list.
2. Jamarkus McFarland;DT;Lufkin;Oklahoma
Started 22 games in four seasons, but was overlooked in 2013 draft.
3. Russell Shepard;QB;Hou. Cypress Ridge;LSU
Some felt he was the best QB in this class. But he started only 14 games, playing WR, QB and RB.
4. Mason Walters;OL;Wolfforth Frenship;Texas
Started 51 straight games at right guard. Will be eligible for this year’s draft.
5. Alex Okafor;DE;Pflugerville;Texas
All-American as a junior, All-Big 12 twice. Drafted in the fourth round of 2013 draft (Cardinals).
6. Kevin Brent;DB;South Oak Cliff;Oklahoma
Injured coming into his freshman season. Left the team in spring 2011.
7. Craig Loston;DB;Aldine Eisenhower;LSU
Was a two-year starter, a two-time All-SEC second-teamer, 2014 Senior Bowl invitee.
8. Chris Whaley;RB;Madisonville;Texas
Played in 47 games, 19 at defensive tackle. Midseason knee injury last fall ruined a potential all-star year.
9. Marcus Davis;DB;Hou. Clear Creek;Texas
Ran into legal problems at UT as a freshman, transferred to Oregon. Left the Ducks program in spring 2011.
10. Tom Wort;LB;New Braunfels;Oklahoma
Three-year starter skipped his senior year, but went undrafted last April.
11. Christine Michael;RBl;Beaumont West Brook;Texas A&M
Started 18 games, was the Big 12 freshman of the year. Seattle’s second-round pick in 2013.
12. Cody Green;QB;Dayton;Nebraska
Was a reserve with the Huskers. Transferred to Tulsa, where he started 20 games.
13. Tyrik Rollison;QB;Sulphur Springs;Auburn
Left in 2010, when Cam Newton was signed, for Sam Houston St., then Tyler JC. Now A&M-Commerce.
14. Shavodrick Beaver;QB;Wichita Falls Rider;Tulsa
Played 14 games at Tulsa, then transferred to Midwestern State, where he’s played in six.
15. Dexter Pratt;ATH;Navasota;Oklahoma State
Running back quit after one semester. Legal problems ended his career.
16. Thomas Ashcraft;OL;Cedar Hill;Texas
Graduated from UT, but never started a game. Signed with SMU, started one game last fall.
17. Emory Blake;WR;Austin High;Auburn
Led team in TD catches in 2010 BCS title year; his 94-yard TD is UA’s longest play from scrimmage.
18. Garrett Porter;OL;Odessa Permian;Texas
Reserve and special teams player was a four-time all-conference, all-academic selection.
19. Calvin Howell;DT;San Antonio Warren;Texas
Started seven games. Quit team in spring 2012. Transferred to Illinois State.
20. Greg Timmons;WR;Aldine Eisenhower;Texas
Played in only six games. Quit the team in June 2011.
21. Mike Brockers;DE;Hou. Chavez;LSU
The 14th overall player of the 2012 draft. Turned pro after his redshirt sophomore year.
22. Tevin Mims;DE;Stony Point;Texas
Played 4 games at UT, transferred to Navarro, then South Florida. Two-year starter with Bulls.
23. Chris Williams;LB;Abilene;Nebraska
Left the Cornhuskers after one semester. Transferred to McMurry for 2011 season.
24. Marcus Trice;DB;Mesquite;Oklahoma
Reserve for two years. Transferred to North Texas, where he was All-Conference USA in 2013.
25. Brandon Mahoney;LB;Keller Fossil Ridge;Texas Tech
Quit football after one season.
26. Stavion Lowe;OL;Brownwood;LSU
Redshirted in 2009, then quit the team, transferred to Tyler JC, then SMU.
27. Ivory Wade;OL;Dickinson;Baylor
Started 46 straight games at center, tackle and guard.
28. Steve Williams;DB;Dallas Skyline;California
Cal’s defensive MVP in 2012, drafted in the fifth round by San Diego in 2013.
29. Drew Allen;QB;Alamo Heights;Oklahoma
Career backup. Graduated, transferred to Syracuse. Started first two games of 2013, then lost his job.
30. Stepfan Taylor;RB;Mansfield;Stanford
Stanford’s career rushing leader (4,300 yards), 2013 Rose Bowl MVP. Drafted in fifth round (Arizona).
31. Knile Davis;RB;Marshall;Arkansas
All-SEC in 2010, missed 2011 (injury), third-round pick by Kansas City in 2013.
32. Kyle Clark;OL;Denton Guyer;Texas Tech
Played in two career games, graduated early and quit football.
33. Terdema Ussery;WR;Dallas St. Mark’s;Colorado
Played in one career game, then left the team.
34. Eryon Barnett;S;Euless Trinity;Texas
Played in seven games, then transferred to Montana St.; started 4 games in 2013.
35. Clinton Naron;OL;Klein Oak;Texas A&M
Was forced to quit football because of an injury.
36. Eric Stephens;RB;Mansfield Timberview;Texas Tech
Set Tech record for kick return yards. Suffered a severe knee injury in 2011.
37. Stephen Barrera;DT;Hou. Clear Lake;Texas A&M
Was a reserve his freshman year, then quit football because of injuries.
38. Prinz Kande;DB;Euless Trinity;Kansas
Played in 35 games for the Jayhawks, with one start.
39. Barrett Matthews;TE;Galena Park N. Shore;Texas
Started 10 career games with 13 receptions.
40. Jacob Karam;QB;Friendswood;Texas Tech
Career backup, magna cum laude grad. Transferred to Memphis, where he played 15 games.
41. Rhontae Scales;OL;Killeen;Texas A&M
Switched from offense to defense, where he was a career reserve.
42. Hasan Lipscomb;RB;Hou. Cypress Ridge;Minnesota
Was an academic casualty. Enrolled at Blinn College.
43. Rex Burkhead;WR;Plano;Nebraska
All-Big Ten in 2011. A sixth-round pick of Cincinnati in 2013.
44. Casey Pachall;QB;Brownwood;TCU
TCU’s most accurate passer ever, but career marred by 2012 suspension and 2013 injury.
45. Darius Jones;WR;Marshall;Baylor
Spent his career as a kick returner and backup safety.
46. Waymon James;RB;Sherman;TCU
Led Horned Frogs in rushing in 2011. Part-time starter in 2013.
47. Tariq Allen;LB;Irving MacArthur;Texas
Quit team after 2010, then tried to rejoin as a walk-on. Out of football.
48. Ryan Mossakowski;QB;Frisco Centennial;Kentucky
Never threw a pass for UK. Transferred, ended up at Lamar, where he started 6 games.
49. Aaron Fisher;WR;Keller Fossil Ridge;Texas Tech
Caught six passes as a reserve in 32 career games.
50. Ryan Swope;ATH;Westlake;Texas A&M
Left as A&M’s leader in single-season catches, yards. Drafted in ‘13, but quit football (concussions).
51. Jurell Thompson;ATH;Wichita Falls Rider;TCU
Legal problems cut his football career short.
52. Paden Kelley;OL;Lake Travis;Texas
Made one start in 20 games, then quit football in 2012.
53. Eric Ward;WR;Wichita Falls Rider;Texas Tech
Caught 255 career passes, third-most in Red Raiders history.
54. Tanner Brock;LB;Copperas Cove;TCU
Kicked off team after 2012 arrest. Transferred, led Sam Houston State in tackles last season.
55. Kenny Vaccaro;DB;Brownwood;Texas
All-American, two-time all-conference, New Orleans’ first-round pick in 2013.