One blog reader didn’t like idea of NFL scouts drafting players as a gauge of a recruiting class from one of my previous blogs. There’s a belief that college stats or honors should be valued higher than athletic ability.
From Oregon State history, QB Jonathan Smith, WR Mike Hass and PK Alexis Serna are examples of great success with little fanfare coming into college. The problem is they were walk-ons at first and never stuck in the NFL. They are the big exceptions.
However, even looking at postseason honors, the 2004 recruiting class that Rivals.com said was OSU’s best going into college and the NFL scouts said was the best coming out, wins out in the All-American test.
There were four All-Americans in the 2004 class: OL Andy Levitre, CB Keenan Lewis, WR Sammie Stroughter and OL Jeremy Perry. All made the NFL, except for Perry, whose career was cut short due to injury.
The 2011 class produced two freshmen All-Americans: DE Scott Crichton and DE Dylan Wynn. QB Sean Mannion was a freshman All-American that year, too, but he’s from the 2010 class.
Other strong classes were 2008, recruited by coach Mike Riley, and 2003, recruited by Dennis Erickson. Both had two All-Americans. 2008 had DT Stephen Paea and RB Jacquizz Rodgers, while 2003 had OL Roy Scheuning and Serna.
The bottom line continues to be if you have the best athletes available and coach them up, you have a chance to win games, earn postseason awards and make the next level.