Recruiting rankings are not a science, except when they are. Some high school prospects just seem too gifted not to be college stars. That's what makes the case of Ohio State junior linebacker Curtis Grant so interesting.
As you may have heard, the former five-star prospect is getting a — final? — chance to prove himself as a starter this spring. And, at least in one respect, the odds are in favor.
Rivals.com ranked the 6-foot-3, 241-pound Parade All-American the No. 2 overall recruit in the country. Here's how the eight players with the same ranking from the 2002 to 2009 classes fared:
2002 — Haloti Ngata, DT, Oregon: Left early for the NFL, drafted 13th overall in NFL Draft.
2003 — Reggie Bush, RB, Southern California: Left early, drafted second.
2004 — Ted Ginn Jr., WR, Ohio State: Left early, drafted ninth.
2005 — Patrick Turner, WR, Southern California: Played four years for the Trojans, drafted 87th (Third round).
2006 — Andre Smith, OT, Alabama: Left early, drafted sixth.
2007 — Joe McKnight, RB, Southern California: Left early, drafted 112th (Fourth round).
2008 — DaQuan Bowers, DE, Clemson: Left early, picked 51st (Second round).
2009 — Reuben Randle, WR, LSU: Left early, picked 63rd (Second round).