by Braden Gall (@AthlonBraden on Twitter)
Every year, millions of dollars and man hours are spent trying to acquire talent by college football programs across this great country. Attempting to rank these players has become as big a part of the college football machine as tailgating on Saturdays. Each cycle, recruiting experts evaluate the best our nation's prep ranks have to offer, and every year, the rankings offer future stars as well as total busts.
In the 2011 College Football preview magazine, Athlon Sports looked back on how the Top 40 propects from the Class of 2006 fared on the college gridiron:
1. Chris Wells, RB, Akron, OH, Ohio State
There was little doubt as to where Wells would end up playing college football, as his famous quote indicated: “I think I came out of my mom’s womb wanting to go to Ohio State.” Wells, the MVP of the U.S. Army All-American Bowl, made an immediate impact as a freshman. His 52-yard, game-changing run against Michigan helped the Buckeyes clinch a spot in the national title game. The next season, on the legs of the first team All-Big Ten running back, the Buckeyes made their second straight national title game appearance. Despite battling nagging injuries throughout his career, Wells finished with 3,382 yards and 30 touchdowns in 36 games. He left school early and was selected with the 31st pick in the first round of the 2009 NFL Draft by the Arizona Cardinals.