The nation’s quarterback recruiting class of 2009 was colored Lone Star blue, when any major college coach looking for a quality quarterback spent time scouting the suburbs and small towns in Texas.
There were so many can’t-miss blue chips:
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IF WE COULD DO IT ALL OVER …
Knowing what we know now, this is how we’d rank the top 10 players of the 2009 Fabulous 55:
1. Kenny Vaccaro, Brownwood Early DB: A three-year starter at safety for Texas, he was the first-round pick of the Saints in 2013. 2009 rank: 55
2. Michael Brockers, Houston Chavez DL: A late bloomer who started one year for LSU, but was the 14th overall pick of the 2012 draft. 2009 rank: 21
3. Cyril Richardson, North Crowley OL: A unanimous All-American at Baylor, he also was a 2013 Outland Award finalist and was the Big 12’s lineman of the year. 2009 rank: Not ranked
4. Ryan Swope, Austin Westlake WR: A running back in high school, he left Texas A&M with the single-season record for catches (89) and yards (1,207). 2009 rank: 50
5. Bryce Petty, Midlothian QB: Baylor’s starter won the inaugural Campbell Tyler Rose Award in 2013 as the best player from Texas. Was No. 2 in the nation in passing efficiency last fall. 2009 rank: Not ranked
6. Stepfan Taylor, Mansfield RB: Stanford’s career rushing leader (4,300 yards) also was the MVP of the 2013 Rose Bowl. 2009 rank: 30
7. Alex Okafor, Pflugerville DE: A two-time All-Big 12 selection at Texas, Okafor also was an All-American and was a fourth-round pick of the Cardinals in 2013. 2009 rank: 5
8. Cobi Hamilton, Texas High WR: The future sixth-round draft pick was an All-SEC receiver at Arkansas in 2012, when he set a league record with 303 receiving yards in one game. 2009 rank: Not ranked
9. Dustin Hopkins, Houston Clear Lake K: A four-year starter for Florida State, he set the NCAA career mark for points by a kicker. Was a sixth-round draft pick. 2009 rank: Not ranked
10. Charles Sims, Houston Westbury RB: Earned all-conference recognition at Houston, then transferred to West Virginia, where he was also All-Big 12. 2009 rank: Not ranked
— Suzanne Halliburton
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OVERLOOKED, BUT STILL FAB
Players who didn’t impress recruiting analysts much in 2009, but should have:
Bryce Petty, Baylor QB: One-time Tennessee pledge gray-shirted and didn’t join the Bears until 2010.
Cyril Richardson, Baylor OL: Only played one year of Texas high school football, because of Hurricane Rita.
Stansly Maponga, TCU DE:Didn’t even rank among the top 100 at his position nationally, but was a freshman All-American and a two-time all-conference player. The Falcons drafted him in the fifth round.
Marquise Goodwin, Texas WR:Former walk-on was an Olympian, a two-time NCAA track champion long jumper and a third-round pick of the Buffalo Bills.
Josh Gordon, Baylor WR:Suspended by Baylor in 2011, but led the NFL in receiving yards and was an All-Pro for the Cleveland Browns this season.