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Top Five: Five-star NCAA football recruit busts

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Cheers and Jeers,Sports,Kevin Dunleavy

On national signing day, a parade of five-star football prospects will appear on ESPN to declare where they will take their talents. Having five stars attached to a prospect's name, however, is no guarantee of success. Consider the following busts:

5. Antonio Logan-El, offensive tackle, 2006 » He verbally committed to Maryland, but on signing day at the ESPN Zone in Baltimore, he opted for Penn State. Logan-El lasted less than a year in Happy Valley, then spent a season as a backup at Towson before quitting football.

4. Fred Rouse, receiver, 2005 » At 6-foot-3 and with 4.4 speed, Rouse was hyped as the next Randy Moss. But he lasted only a year at Florida State before stints at UTEP, Texas Southern, prison and Concordia College. He now plays in the CFL.

3. Melvin Alaeze, defensive tackle, 2005 » He signed with Maryland, but never played there as he failed to qualify academically and incurred a marijuana arrest in prep school. Alaeze moved on to Illinois but quit after playing one game. By 2007 was in prison.

2. Ryan Perrilloux, quarterback, 2005 » In three years at LSU, the Louisiana high school legend started two games, but brushes with the law and multiple violations of team rules forced his departure. He finished his college career with Jacksonville State.

1. Willie Williams, linebacker, 2004 » Miami signed the nation's No. 1 linebacker even though he had been arrested 11 times. He bounced from Miami to community college, to Louisville, to Union College, and ended up in prison for burglary.

- Kevin Dunleavy

kdunleavy@washingtonexaminer.com

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