While watching the Orangemen over the weekend with a few friends and my cousin we started to think about if there was a better recruiting class than this years class. So, that got me thinking... I immediately thought of 01's class with Pace, Warrick, Edelin, Forth, and Mark Konecny (remember him?) Anyway, I went back through the years and looked up our classes back to 1986... really it didn't take me that long. I'd love everyone's thoughts and input.
For the record: I believe this years class is the best (on paper) but obviously unproven.
Here's the list:
1986- Derrick Coleman, Stephan Thompson, Matt Roe (can't stand him), Keith Hughes, Earl Duncan (had to sit out due to prop 48
1988- Billy Owens (#1 overall), Dave Johnson, Rich Manning, Dave Siock
1989- Micheal Edwards, McNasty McRae, Hopkins
1990- 'Red' Autry (fill in for Kenny Anderson), Scott McCorkle
1991- Poetry in Moten, Anthony Harris, Luke Jackson, Glenn Sekunda
1992- John Wallace, Z Sims, JB Reafsnyder
1993- Otis Hill, Charles Gelatt (who?)
1994- Todd Burgan, Bobby Lazor, Marius Janulis
1995- David Patrick, Elivir Ovcina ----> worst class ever, but I think we were coming off of the NCAA infractions
1996- Jason Hart, Etan Thomas, Ramel (Rock) Lloyd, LeSean Howard
1997- Allen Griffen, Eric Williams, Damone Brown
1998- Kueth Duany, Tony Bland, Billy Celuk, Preston Shumpert
1999- Mark McCarroll, Jeremy McNeil, DeShaun "Thug" Williams
2000- Greg Davis, James Thues
2001- Billy Edelin, Forth, Konecny, Pace, Warrick
2002- A guy named Carmelo, G-Mac, and Matty Gorman
2003- Louie McCrosky, D-Nichols, Terrance Roberts, Mookie Watkins
2004-Josh Wright, Dayshawn Wright (I take that back---->this is our worst class ever)
2005- 8-Mile Devendorf, Arinze, Andy Rautins
I would say that the 2007 Class is the best but two left early. Second thought is that the '01 Class or the '02 Class because they were the reason we won our only Championship. Also, the '87 Class has to be up there too with Stevie opening up the West Coast for recruiting and DC killing it as a freshman. I wish Hughes and Duncan stayed. I wanted Matt Roe gone before he transferred. I would have to say that this 2010 class (#2) overall rated has the most talent but time will tell.
I'd love to hear some of your thoughts and feedback!