All-Americans and Rivals' rankings
In 2006, at least, it wasn't the five-star recruit. It was the four- and three-stars.
Poster iHEARTucf on the college football board, brought to our attention that only five of this year's AP first-team All-Americans were five-star recruits.
Matt Spaeth beat the odds and went from two-star prospect to All-American.
The first-team All-Americans were more likely to come from the four- or three-star ranks. Eleven first-team All-Americans were four-stars followed by seven three stars.
That said, it was also mentioned by several posters to the board that there are only about 25 players that receive 5-star ratings each year. Because of the increased numbers of four-star players, etc., the odds of them making All-America teams are obviously greater.
Two two-stars, Minnesota tight end Matt Spaeth and West Virginia center Dan Mozes, ended their college careers as first-team All-Americans.
Here is the complete list of first-team All-Americans and their star rankings:
Five stars: Arkansas RB Darren McFadden, Texas OG Justin Blalock, Cal AP DeSean Jackson, Michigan DE LaMarr Woodley.
Four stars: Ohio State QB Troy Smith, Georgia Tech WR Calvin Johnson, USC WR Dwayne Jarrett, Michigan OT Jake Long, Wisconsin OT Joe Thomas, Boston College OG Josh Beekman, LSU DT Glenn Dorsey, Ohio State DT Quinn Pitcock, Michigan CB Leon Hall, LSU S LaRon Landry, Florida S Reggie Nelson.
Three stars: West Virginia RB Steve Slaton, UCLA K Justin Medlock, Clemson DE Gaines Adams, Penn State LB Paul Posluszny, Ole Miss LB Patrick Willis, Ohio State LB James Laurinaitis, Cal CB Daymeion Hughes.
Two stars: Minnesota TE Matt Spaeth, West Virginia center Dan Mozes.
ND has a couple of returning seniors in 2007 that started at 3 stars and could end up All-Americans.
John Carlson Who will probably be a candidate for the best tight end in the nation and likey first team All-American.