|ESPN's #1 HS Recruits: Class of 1984-2013|
Written by: ESPN The Magazine & Prospect-Central
When Jay Berwanger, the first Heisman winner, was a high school star in Dubuque, Iowa, in the 1930s, all the college football powers wanted him. But Berwanger picked the University of Chicago based on its business program. The business of recruiting has come a long way since then. Starting in the mid-1980s, with the advent of influential recruiting publications, prep stars from across the country have gone from local heroes to national celebrities whose games are dissected down to the smallest detail. Ultimately, one senior is named the best of the blue chips each year.
ESPN The Magazine wanted to know what it truly means to be the top recruit. So we tracked down every No. 1 player of the past 28-years, based on SuperPrep magazine rankings from 1986 to 2005 (provided by publisher Allen Wallace) and ESPN's Scouts Inc. ratings afterward. Prospect-Central added recruits from 1984-85. For some, the honor led to stardom and Super Bowl rings. For others, it brought massive pressure and football flameouts. But as more than one No. 1 recruit told us, it's a title that can never be taken away. Original Article.