Gwaltney was an explosive high school player in New York who caught the attention of several top college programs across the country, including USC and Ohio State. Gwaltney elected to go to West Virginia to play in then-coach Rich Rodriguez's high-octane offense. But he would appear in just six games with the Mountaineers as a true freshman in 2005, rushing for just 186 yards and three touchdowns. Injuries, academics and other off-the-field issues led to disappointment at WVU. He finished his college career at Division III Kean University. Gwaltney was arrested in January 2013 for his alleged role in a home invasion.
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Demetrice Morley | CB 2005 | Tennessee
Morley was the top-rated cornerback in 2005 and one of the prize jewels of Tennessee's No. 1 ranked recruiting class. He made an impact his sophomore year with 51 tackles. Following the 2006 season, he was dismissed from the team for academic reasons. Morley re-joined the Vols in 2008 and recorded 42 tackles and two interceptions. But prior to the 2009 season, he was kicked off the team again. Morley has since spent his professional career in the Canadian Football League, currently with the Toronto Argonauts.
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Dayne Crist | QB 2008 | Notre Dame
Crist was the No. 3 rated quarterback in 2008 behind Terrelle Pryor and E.J. Manuel. His career with the Fighting Irish was plagued by injuries. Before suffering a ruptured left patella tendon in his left knee against Tulsa in 2010, Crist has passed for 2,033 yards and 15 touchdowns in nine games. He entered the 2011 season as the starter, but lost the job after the season opener to Tommy Rees. Crist then decided to rejoin former Notre Dame coach Charlie Weis at Kansas in 2012. But not even Crist could turn around the Jayhawks in the Big 12. They finished 1-11 in his only season as a starter. Crist went undrafted in 2013.
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Marc Tyler | RB 2007 | USC
The nation's top two running backs coming out of high school in 2007, Tyler and Joe McKnight, both committed to USC. Tyler was still recovering from a broken leg he suffered his senior season in high school. He didn't make an impact with the Trojans until 2010 when he rushed for 913 yards and nine touchdowns. But it was his off-the-field issues that were making national news. Tyler was suspended for the 2011 season opener after he was caught by TMZ cameras making inappropriate comments about USC. He was also accused of spitting on a student while intoxicated in a seperate incident. Following his senior season, Tyler failed to get picked up in the 2012 NFL Draft.
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Bryce Brown | RB 2009 | Tennessee
Brown was the nation's top high school running back in 2008 with more than 1,400 rushing yards each season as the starter. He initially made a verbal commitment to Miami, but he ended up going to Tennessee. As a true freshman with the Vols in 2009, Brown rushed for 460 yards and three touchdowns. After coach Lane Kiffin decided to take the USC job in 2010, Brown transferred to Kansas State. But following a 2011 season in which he carried the ball just three times for 16 yards, Brown withdrew from K-State and entered the NFL Draft. He was a seventh round pick by the Philadelphia Eagles.
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Xavier Lee | QB 2005 | Florida State
Lee was supposed to do what Jameis Winston did for Florida State. Lee was the nation's top-rated dual-threat quarterback coming out of high school in 2004 as Florida's career leader in passing yards with 9,082 and 98 touchdowns. After redshirting his freshman season with the Seminoles, Lee battled with Drew Weatherford for the starting job. Despite a lackluster junior year in 2007, Lee decided to skip his senior season and head to the NFL, but his named was never called on draft day. The Baltimore Ravens gave him a chance, but they released him before the 2008 season. Lee has since spent his days in the Arena Football League.
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Mitch Mustain | QB 2006 | Arkansas
Mustain was a high school legend in Arkansas, but he wouldn't become one at the college level. As a senior at Springdale in 2006, Mustain threw a single-season record 47 touchdowns in leading his team to a 5A state championship. He made his debut with the Razorbacks as a true freshman in the 2006 season opener against USC. But Mustain lost the starting job in early November to Casey Dick. Following the season, Mustain decided to transfer to USC where he was buried on the depth chart. During his senior year in 2010 as Matt Barkley's backup, Mustain passed for just 348 yards and one touchdown. He's spent most of his professional career in the Arena Football League.
Gilbert was a decorated high school quarterback at Texas powerhouse Lake Travis. He was 39-4 as a starter and broke the state high school career passing record with 12,534 yards. But when Gilbert stepped in for an injured Colt McCoy in the first quarter of the 2010 BCS Championship Game as a true freshman, it was the beginning of the end of the Mack Brown era at Texas. Gilbert showed promise in the loss to Alabama, but he was a turnover machine as the Longhorns' starting quarterback. After two disappointing seasons, Gilbert transferred to SMU. Texas still hasn't found a reliable quarterback since.
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Rhett Bomar | QB 2004 | Oklahoma
The top two prospects in 2004 were Bomar and running back Adrian Peterson, and both committed to Oklahoma. Bomar was the No. 1 recruit nationally, but he didn't last long with the Sooners. Following a disappointing 2005 season as a freshman, Bomar was dismissed from the team for off-the-field issues. He finished his college career at FCS Sam Houston State where he put up big numbers, but the Bearkats went 4-6 his senior season. He was a fifth round pick by the New York Giants in the 2009 NFL Draft.
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Ryan Perrilloux | QB 2005 | LSU
The summer before Vince Young's breakout season at Texas in 2004, Perrilloux verbally committed to the Longhorns. The future in Austin was bright with Young, but Perrilloux didn't come along for the ride. Instead, he decided to stay closer to home at LSU with new Tigers head coach Les Miles. After getting dismissed from LSU in 2008, Perrilloux finished his college career at Jacksonville State. Texas wasn't left wondering 'what if' as Colt McCoy blossomed into a Longhorn legend.