Florida State signee Mario Edwards was the top-player on the 2012 Austin American-Statesman’s Fab 55. Five years later, we’re reevaluating again.
If we could do it over, here’s how we’d list the best prospects.
1. Corey Coleman, WR, Richardson Pearce (Baylor)
Coleman was troubled by injuries for part of his Bears career. Still, he caught 173 passes for 3,009 yards and 33 touchdowns. Was No. 15 in 2012.
2. Malcom Brown, DT, Brenham (Texas)
All-American in 2014. He left school a year early and was a first-round pick of New England in 2015. Was No. 2 that year.
3. Emmanuel Ogbah, DE, Richmond Bush (Oklahoma State)
A two-time defensive lineman of year in the Big 12. He was the first pick of the NFL draft’s second round in 2016. Was unranked on the Fab 55.
4. Mario Edwards, DE, Denton Ryan (Florida State)
First-team All-ACC and a second-round draft pick in 2015. Was No. 1 on the Fab 55.
5. Devonte Fields, DE, Arlington Martin (TCU/Louisville)
Fields starred for two teams. He was All-Big 12 for TCU, then was dismissed. He then became a two-time All-ACC at Louisville. Was No. 20 on the Fab 55.
6. Danielle Hunter, DE, Katy Morton Ranch (LSU)
Was a two-year starter and
and a third-round draft pick. No. 31 on the Fab 55.
7. Shock Linwood, RB, Linden Kildaire (Baylor)
The two-time all-conference selection rushed for 4,213 career yards, a school record. Was unranked on the Fab 55.
8. Germain Ifedi, OL, Spring Westside (Texas A&M)
Three-year starter and a first-round NFL draft pick in 2016. No. 34 on the Fab 55.
9. Jaden Oberkrom, K, Arlington Martin (TCU)
All-American, set the Big 12 record for most field goals in a career. Unranked on the Fab 55.
10. Zack Sanchez, CB, Fort Worth Central (Oklahoma)
Three-year starter, second-team All-American. Unranked on the Fab 55.
And, to show how imperfect recruiting really is, here are some more names who didn’t make the Fab 55.
- Seth Russell, QB, Garland: Signed with Baylor and became a top Heisman contender in 2015 before suffering a neck injury.
- Halapoulivaati Vaitai, OL, Haltom: Signed with TCU. Was a two-time All-Big 12 selection and a fifth-round draft pick.
- Kyle Fuller, OL, Wylie: Signed with Baylor. Was a two-time All-Big 12 pick and a three-year starter for the Bears.
- Josh Carraway, DE, Flower Mound Marcus: Signed with TCU. Was a two-time All-Big 12 pick.
Here’s how the national top 10 from the 247sports.com composite fared after five years.
THE NATION’S TOP 10
How the top 10 overall recruits in the country in 2012
panned out. All but one became NFL draft picks:
1. Dorial Green-Beckham, WR: Signed with Missouri. Was dismissed by the Tigers in 2014 and transferred to, but never played for, Oklahoma. Was a second-round draft pick in 2015 by the Tennessee Titans, but is now with the Philadelphia Eagles.
2. Mario Edwards, DE: Signed with Florida State. Earned all-conference honors in 2014 and was the 35th overall pick of the 2015 draft by the Oakland Raiders.
3. D.J. Humphries, OL: Signed with Florida. Was the 24th overall pick of the 2015 draft by the Arizona Cardinals.
4. Shaq Thompson, S: Signed with Washington. Was an All-American in 2014 and a first-round pick in 2015 by the Carolina Panthers.
5. Noah Spence, DE: Signed with Ohio State. Was suspended in 2014 after two failed drug tests and transferred to Eastern Kentucky. Was
picked 39th overall by Tampa Bay in last year’s draft.
6. Johnathan Gray, RB: Signed with Texas. His career was limited by injuries and sharing carries. Posted six 100-yard games; left UT as the school’s 12th-leading all-time rusher.
7. Landon Collins, S: Signed with Alabama. Was a unanimous All-American in 2014 and the 33rd overall pick of the 2015 draft by the New York Giants.
8. Stefon Diggs, WR: Signed with Maryland. The Minnesota Vikings drafted him in the fifth round of the 2015 draft.
9. Malcom Brown, DE: Signed with Texas. Was an All-American in 2014 and the New England Patriots’ first-round pick of the 2015 draft.
10. Eddie Goldman, DT: Signed with Florida State. Was an All-American in 2014 and the 39th overall pick of the 2015 draft by the Chicago Bears.
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