Sunday, January 25, 2009

One of Vanderbilt's football recruits makes Parade All-American

Quick, guess which Vanderbilt football recruit was named to the latest Parade All-American High School Football Team.

Nope, you're wrong. It wasn't Eric Samuels or Darrius McMullin or Wes Johnson or Eddie Foster or Thad McHaney or any of the other players you picked.

It was Charlie Goro of Maine South High School in Park Ridge, Ill. Goro was one of only seven quarterbacks to make the Parade team. According to ESPN, he ranks last among Vanderbilt's 17 verbal commitments, with a rating of 64. All those Vanderbilt recruits listed above were rated in the mid-to-high 70s.

Goro — who received offers from Illinois, Eastern Illinois, Central Michigan, Air Force and Ohio — was ranked No. 171 among quarterbacks by ESPN and was unranked by, though he did rate three stars from them.

The other quarterbacks who made the Parade team were:

• Russell Shepard (LSU): 5 stars, No. 1 Dual QB in nation (rivals); No. 1 athlete (ESPN)
• Aaron Murray (Georgia): 4 stars, No. 3 Pro QB (rivals); No. 3 QB (ESPN)
• Tyrik Rollison (Auburn leads): 4 stars, No. 2 Dual QB (rivals); No. 27 QB (ESPN)
• Eugene Smith (WV): 4 stars, No. 3 Dual (rivals); No. 8 QB (ESPN)
• Garrett Gilbert (Texas): 5 stars, No. 2 Pro (rivals); No. 2 QB (ESPN)
• Tyler Russell (Miss State): 4 stars, No. 12 Pro (rivals); No. 38 QB (ESPN)

Interesting, huh?

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