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5-Star Recruits Who Were Disappointments at Miami

Miami has had great luck with 5-star recruits, but also some disappointing results with some of them.

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Every National Signing Day, college football fans gather around the tv and are glued to Twitter, patiently waiting to see what recruits are signing their letter of intents.

Its no surprise that 5-star recruits is the goal for every program, and what ultimately changes the course of a team.

Miami, throughout its history has signed more than 20 5-star recruits, and some have gone on to change the program. Some of those players include Devin Hester, D.J. Williams and Duke Johnson.

Also, did you know LeSean McCoy originally signed to play in Miami?

However, there are those who couldn't quite live up to the hype at Miami.

DajLeon Farr (tight end)

We start off this Farr, a tight end from the class of 2005, someone who was supposed to carry on the “Tight End U” tradition.

Farr came, and was thought of as someone who was going to compliment fellow tight-end Greg Olsen, and enhance Kyle Wright’s passing game.

2007 was supposed to be THE year for Farr, after Olsen bolted to the NFL. However, it was a trainwreck, as Farr started just four games all year. In his Miami career before transferring to Memphis, Farr had 10 catches for 134 yards and three touchdowns.

Aldarius Johnson (WR)

Ah the great class of 2008. Oh, wait, they weren’t so great you say? No, they weren’t. Johnson was a part of that, the next Andre Johnson they said.

His freshman season had people thinking he was going to play on Sundays, after leading Miami in receptions and yards.

After that however, is the reason why he’s on this list. His sophomore and junior season, Johnson totaled just 31 catches, equaling his entire total his freshman year.

He was even kicked off the team for violating team rules, and new head coach Al Golden never reinstated him.

Bobby Washington (RB)

Remember this guy? Most guys won't, because Washington was from the way-back class of 2004, the number three ranked running back in the country.

Man, wish he played like it.

Washington didn’t even suit up for Miami, after he was released from his scholarship.

Reggie Youngblood (OL)

Straight from the class of 2005, also the year that the program started to go down the toilet. Coincidence? I think not.

While injuries probably slowed down his level of play during his four years at Miami, his false-starts and holding penalties are still fresh in our minds. When he was healthy, Youngblood just didn't perform, simple as that.

Also, Nevin Shapiro listed Youngblood as one of the players he gave impermissible benefits to.

Lance Leggett (WR)

Another so-called future star of the 2004 class, someone who was supposed to replace Andre Johnson who had left two years prior. His career was remembered more for drops, and pathetic UM teams.

His most productive season was in 2006, where he actually hauled in more than 500 yards, scoring four touchdowns. However, when you’re a 5-star recruit, and expected to be the next big-time guy at Miami, thats not going to cut it.

You can blame Leggett’s inconsistency on the subpar quarterback play, poor coaching, but you can’t blame anyone else when its you dropping the passes.

Kyle Wright (QB)

You had to of known this man would make an appearance on this list. Just thinking of his name rises my blood pressure.

Has there been a more disappointing player at UM in the last 20 years? Remember that time he threw a duck into the end zone against Georgia Tech in 2005, that got intercepted? Or how about the time where he lost us the game against Virginia Tech in 2006? Didn’t he start the game against Virginia in 2007? Oh right, 48-0.

The best Pro Style quarterback in the country coming out of high school, the future was as bright as the sun over Miami on a July day.

If there was one player who represents the futility that the Miami Hurricanes portrayed from 2005 to 2015, its Kyle Wright.