By David Selig
The Baltimore Sun
12:33 PM EST, February 6, 2014
There's no question Maryland's signing of five-star offensive tackle Damian Prince was a positive sign for the program as the Terps transition into the Big Ten.
But as the excitment from Wednesday's announcement dies down a bit, it's worth noting that a player's star rating isn't always the best indicator of future results.
Matt Vensel wrote yesterday about the Rivals.com rankings of several current members of the Ravens (some were highly touted, others not).
Here's a glance at the five previous five-star prospects (according to Rivals) who picked Maryland. You'll see that the top rating for prep stars doesn't always translate to All-American -- or even All-Conference -- honors at the college level.
Deon Long (WR) Iowa Western Community College — Long caught 100 passes for 1,625 yards and 25 touchdowns in leading Iowa Western to a National Junior College Athletic Association championship before enrolling at Maryland in 2013. He made 32 receptions for 489 yards with one touchdown in seven games this past season before fracturing the tibia and fibula in his right leg Oct. 19.
Stefon Diggs (WR) Good Counsel — The No. 2 receiver in his class according to Rivals, Diggs gave Randy Edsall's program a boost when he announced his commitment in February 2012. Thus far, he's lived up to the hype, catching 88 passes for 1,435 yards and nine touchdowns in his first 18 games. A broken fibula in his right leg ended his sophomore season on Oct. 19.
Bruce Campbell (OL) Hargrave Military Academy (Va.) — Campbell was a physical specimen whose strong showing at the NFL scouting combine resulted in his being selected in the fourth round of the 2010 draft by the Oakland Raiders. But he started only 17 games over three seasons at Maryland and didn't get a vote for the all-Atlantic Coast Conference first team in his final year with the Terps. He missed this season with a torn rotator cuff.
Melvin Alaeze (DE) Randallstown — The 2004 All-Metro Defensive Player of the Year and the nation's top defensive lineman recruit never played a snap for Maryland. He went to Hargrave for a prep year and had his scholarship rescinded after being charged with marijuana-related offenses. In 2007 he was sentenced to eight years in prison for his role in a shooting and robbery in Randallstown.
Wesley Jefferson (LB) Gwynn Park — The top prep linebacker in the country in 2002 was productive for Maryland, ranking second on the team with 110 tackles his junior year. But he decided to graduate early and leave a year of eligibility on the table to pursue a career as a state trooper.
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