The Top 10 College Football Bust
Rivals.com was kind enough to put together the top ten college football bust of the past ten years for us so we didn’t have to… and coming in at number one they’ve got Melvin Alaeze, who the fourth ranked recruit in the class of 2005… but before he could really make an impact at Maryland he was sentenced to eight years in prison after pleading guilty to first-degree assault in 2007. Bust!
2. Willie Williams: Williams had lots of football talent but even more off-the-field problems, including multiple arrests that sidetracked his career. The former Miami Carol City five-star was the top-rated outside linebacker and No. 6 prospect in the 2004 class. Williams bounced around to different schools and was dismissed by Louisville in 2007 after being arrested for marijuana possession, felony tampering with physical evidence and driving without a license. According to reports, Williams was arrested 11 times before enrolling at Miami in 2004.
3. Fred Rouse: Rouse, from Tallahassee (Fla.) Lincoln, was the second-best wide receiver and the sixth-best player overall in 2005 – he even reportedly predicted he’d be the first player to jump directly from high school to the NFL. But he had drug and legal issues at Florida State, left for UTEP and ended up at tiny Concordia College in Selma, Ala. At one time, Rouse was compared with Randy Moss. Now he’s another example of a player gone awry and trying to get back in the game.