Looking back at 2007 recruiting

Recruiting is an inexact science -- just ask any coach. Recruiting rankings are the same.

ESPN Recruiting went back and reviewed its 2007 rankings and found it had plenty of hits and plenty of misses.

Right USC?

Recall that the Trojans had the nation's No. 1 class, featuring four top-20 players and eight in the top-50. Some of the names will inspire a "who?" from those who don't follow recruiting closely.

Oregon and Stanford, which earned the Pac-10's two BCS bowl berths this season, only had one player on the 2007 ESPNU 150: Oregon's Kenny Rowe. Rowe was also the only member of the ESPNU 150 from 2007 to earn first- or second-team All-Pac-10 honors this year, though a couple, such as Arizona TE Rob Gronkowski, are already in the NFL.

You can start your review of the ESPNU 150 from 2007 here.

Here's a re-ranking of the top-10 of the recruiting rankings.

And here's a "best of" from the ESPNU 150.

For quick reference, here are the Pac-12 players who made the list.

Top 25

1. Joe McKnight, RB, USC

2. Chris Galippo, LB, USC

3. Marc Tyler, RB, USC

18. Marshall Jones, S, USC


31. Everson Griffen, DE, USC

33. Aaron Corp, QB, USC

43. Dominique Herald, S, USC

47. Ronald Johnson, WR, USC


68. Martin Coleman, OT, USC

70. Apaiata Tuihalamaka, DE, Arizona

71. Ryan Miller, OT, Colorado




104. Conrad Obi, DE, Colorado

107. DaJohn Harris, DT, USC

111. Kenny Rowe, DE, Oregon

116. Rob Gronkowski, TE, Arizona

122. Kristofer O'Dowd, C, USC


133. Chris Forcier, QB, UCLA

135. Raymond Carter, RB, UCLA