Rob Gronkowski, Arizona- Obviously he's a superstar. Only in WPIAL for one year, but still.
Chris Jacobson, Pittsburgh- Started three seasons.
Toney Clemons, Colorado- Transferred from Michigan and started for two seasons.
Nick Sukay, Penn State- Three year starter. All-Big 10.
Gino Gradkowsi, Delaware- Transferred from WVU and became a two year starter. Currently a starter for the Baltimore Ravens.
Myles Caragein, Pittsburgh- Four year letterman and three year starter.
Chris Drager, Virginia Tech- Lettered every year and started at defensive end as a junior and tight end as a senior.
Don Barclay, West Virginia- Three year starter, two time all-Big East, All-American recognition, and now starts for the Green Bay Packers.
Max Suter, Syracuse- Four year letterman, two year starter, All-Big East. Excellent kick returner.
Derek Moye, Penn State- Three year started and left as the school's third most prolific pass catcher in their history.
Dom DeCicco, Pittsburgh- Four year letterman, three year starter, All-Big East.
Tom Keiser, Stanford- Three year letterman and two year starter that left after junior season to enter NFL draft. Had 19.5 sacks in his three seasons.
Mike Hull, Penn State- 58 tackles as a junior, 73 tackles in last 8 games of senior season after recovering from injury. Included in that was a 13 tackle game and two 10 tackle games.
Miles Dieffenbach, Penn State- Will be a three year starter next season.
Terrelle Pryor, Ohio State- Finished 2nd for Big 10 MVP as a junior and would have been one of the Heisman favorites for senior season if he had not been suspended.
Jonathan Baldwin, Pittsburgh- Averaged roughly 55 catches and 900 yards in his two starting seasons then left early to be first round draft pick.
Lucas Nix, Pittsburgh- Three year starter and current starting OG for the Oakland Raiders.
Andrew Sweat, Ohio State- Two years as a special teams ace then started two years at linebacker. Four year letterman. Second team All-Big 10 as senior.
Tino Sunseri, Pittsburgh- Yes, I went there. He threw for over 2,500 yards three times and has 49 TDs to 23 interceptions in his career.
Kaleb Ramsey, Boston College- Two year starter whose promising career was hurt by injuries. In fact, his injuries were so bad that he was given six years.
Quentin Williams, Northwestern- High school tight end that moved to defensive end where he lettered all four years and started two years.
Tyler Urban, West Virginia- Was a starter as a sophomore but a severe knee injury and Dana Holgerson's offense prevented him from huge numbers. Ended with 37 career catches.
Antwuan Reed, Pittsburgh- Four year letterman and two year starter. Second team All-Big East as a senior.
Mike Shanahan, Pittsburgh- Four year letterman and three year starter. 159 career catches for over 2,200 yards. Second team All-Big East as a senior.
Mike Farrell, Penn State- Four year letterman. Started as senior and was named Honorable Mention All-Big 10.
Ryan Turnley, Pittsburgh- Four year starter and two year starter. Second team All-Big East as a senior.
Rontez Miles, California (PA)- One of my top prospects this year but grades kept him out of major college football. Went on to be a small school All-American and is now playing for the NY Jets.
Jermaine Robinson, Toledo- Four year starter and two time All-Mac.
Dorian Bell, Duquesne- Two year letterman at Ohio State before getting tossed. Ended up being a small school All-American.
Corey Brown, Ohio State- Four year letterman and started his senior season at safety.
C.J. Brown, Maryland- Will be the starting quarterback for 2 and a half years after next season, assuming he stays healthy. Threw for over 2,000 yards this year while running for over 500 more yards.
Dan Mason, Pittsburgh- A sure star if it wasn't for a devastating leg injury. Miraculously came back but then off the field issues cost him the rest of his career.
Jordan Hall, Jeannette- Played in all five of his seasons and contributed with running, receiving, and in the return game. Has over 3,000 all purpose yards in his career.
Tyrone Ezell, Pittsburgh- Three year letterman and two year starter.
Pat Eger, West Virginia- Three year starter.
Will Clarke, West Virginia- Three year starter and two time all-conference in Big 12. Potentially high NFL draft pick.
John Wetzel, Boston College- Four year letterman and two year starter at offensive tackle. Helped Andre Williams run for over 2,000 yards this season.
Aaron Donald, Pittsburgh- probably the second best player Pitt ever had and one of the most decorated defensive players in college football history. Enough said.
Ty-Meer Brown, UConn- Three year letterman and two year starter with one more year to go.
Kevin Weatherspoon, Pittsburgh- Two year letterman with one more season of eligibility.
Manasseh Garner, Pittsburgh- Led Pitt's tight end in catches with 32 catches. Should have an excellent senior season.
Todd Thomas, Pittsburgh- Hasn't broke out with a big season yet but has had a better than average career thus far. Originally part of the 2009 class.
Delvon Simmons, USC- Two year letterman at Texas Tech before transferring to the Trojans. Has the potential to be a big time star there.
Lafayette Pitts, Pittsburgh- Two year starter with two ore years to go.
Mike Caputo, Wisconsin- Two year letterman and one year starter with two more years to go. Honorable mention All-Big 10 as a sophomore.
Devin Cook, Pittsburgh- Was sometimes a force in reserve as a redshirt freshman, then was injured this season. Remains to be seen how he ends up.
Quinton Jefferson, Maryland- Started as a redshirt sophomore this season so he could be a three year starter.
Tim Cwalina, Maryland- Was expected to letter as a redshirt freshman but a heart condition cost him the rest of his career.
Desimon Green, California (PA)- Originally committed to Pitt, then Texas Tech, but failed to get the grades. Currently the starting tight end as a redshirt freshman and he has the ability to dominate that level.
Ejuan Price, Woodland Hills- Lettered in his only year but injuries cost him his entire second season. Has three years left and has shown flashes.
Nick Kwiatkowski, West Virginia- Lettered as a redshirt freshman this season.
Robert Kugler, Purdue- Two year letterman who started at center this season as a redshirt sophomore.
Rushel Shell, West Virginia- I think we know all about this one. The truth is, he still may be an excellent college player.
Demetrious Cox, Michigan State- Played five games this year as a redshirt freshman but many think he is on the verge of stardom.
Adam Bisnowaty, Pittsburgh- Started as a redshirt freshman. Should have good career.
T.J. Neal, Illinois- Lettered as a redshirt freshman this year and had 38 tackles.
Anthony Nixon, Maryland- Two year letterman already in his first two years and has already started since midway through his freshman year. Very good player.
Perry Hills, Maryland- Started and did well as a true freshman before blowing out his knee. He's been redshirted this season to recover.
Trenton Coles, Pittsburgh- Lettered as a redshirt freshman this year and may be a starter next year as a sophomore.
Reggie Mitchell, Pittsburgh- Has yet to play after redshirting at Wisconsin and sitting out due to transfer, but he was the projected starting safety at Wisconsin and will probably be the same at Pitt.
Dakota Conwell, Arizona- Played in 10 games as a true freshman and had a bright future but multiple concussions ended his career.
J.P. Holtz, Pittsburgh- Has started both years so far.
Jesse James, Penn State- Two year letterman and started this season. Has the NFL salivating.
Ian Park, Northwestern- Started this year as a redshirt freshman.
Dorian Johnson, Pittsburgh- Lettered as a true freshman. Has the potential to be a star.
Tyler Boyd, Pittsburgh- Already a star as a true freshman.
Robert Foster, Alabama- Redshirted but many in Alabama expect him to make a major impact as soon as next year.
Patrick Kugler, Michigan- Redshirted this season but is expected to compete for the starting center job as a redshirt freshman next year.
Scott Orndoff, Pittsburgh- Lettered as true freshman. It's no secret that I think he can be a star.
Mack Leftwich, UTEP- Has already started as a true freshman and don't be surprised if he ends up a star there.
Jaymar Parrish, Pittsburgh- Has lettered as a true freshman.
Terrish Webb, Pittsburgh- Has lettered as a true freshman.
1. There are some real stars in Donald, Boyd, Pryor, Baldwin, and Gronkowski, as well some very good college players like Barclay, Moye, Keiser, Nix, DeCicco, Shanahan, and Clarke.
2. If grades, discipline problems, and injuries didn't effect some of the better talent, there would be much less consternation about the WPIAL. Pryor could have won the Heisman and Bell, Miles, Conwell, and Mason had the potential to be stars. Green may still be a star but he will do it at California (PA) so nobody will know about it, just like Bell.
3. Some younger guys have the potential to be stars, or at least very productive. Those include Garner, Simmons, Caputo, Jefferson, Shell, Cox, Bisnowaty, Neal, Nixon, Coles, Mitchell, Holtz, James, Park, Johnson, Foster, Ordnoff, Leftwich, Webb, Price, and both Kuglers. All have proven already that they will not be flops.
4. The 2010 recruiting cycle was the only one that was loaded with flops. Some of the more well known ones are Cullen Christian (Michigan, Pittsburgh), Ken Wilkins (Michigan), Luke Graham (Penn State), Tom Ricketts (Penn State), Jordan Paskorz (Michigan), Brandon Felder (North Carolina, Pittsburgh), Andrew Carswell (Pittsburgh), Chad Hagan (Ohio State), and Brandon Ifill (Pittsburgh).