Baylor wide receiver Kendall Wright spent 4 years in Waco making opposing defenses miss. Looking back at it now, it looks like Kendall Wright made the experts miss too. Wright was the 20th overall selection in the NFL Draft.
Coming out of Pittsburg High School (Texas), Wright was only ranked a 3-star prospect at wide receiver. While Baylor Head Coach Art Briles out-recruited the Oklahoma Sooners for his services, Wright seemingly did not warrant enough consideration from the experts to be ranked higher than a 3-star athlete. Wright finished Baylor holding nearly every receiving record and recorded 302 receptions for 4,004 yards and 30 touchdowns. Let's take a look at the other wide receivers ranked ahead of Wright in the 2008 signing class out of the state of Texas.
Dan Buckner was the highest ranked wide receiver out of the class as he signed with the Texas Longhorns. Buckner was ranked a 5-star can't miss prospect out of Allen High School. At 6-4 205, Buckner's size and athleticism wowed the experts, but he ended up moving to tight end and then fizzled out at the University of Texas. Buckner never lived up to the lofty 5-star rating he was given. Buckner is now getting his second chance at Arizona for his final season in 2012, after recording 42 catches for 606 yards and 2 touchdowns last season for the Wildcats.
Also ahead of Wright in the Class of 2008 was 4-star wide receiver DeSean Hales. Also a Texas Longhorn signee, Hales came out of Spring Klein Oak High School as another can't miss prospect. At 5'11", Hales ran a 4.41 40 time and brought versatility to the field with his ability to get involved in the return game. Entering his final season as a Texas Longhorn in 2012, Hales has recorded 13 receptions for 87 yards in his collegiate career. As a junior last season, Hales snagged 2 passes for 10 yards and no scores.
Another name ahead of Baylor's Kendall Wright from the state of Texas from the class of 2008 is Daryl Stonum. The Sugar Land Dulles High School prospect was ranked a 4-star prospect that signed with the Michigan Wolverines. While Stonum showed flashes in the Big 10, he caught 76 passes for 1,008 yards and 6 touchdowns before being dismissed from the Wolverines football program.
Jeff Fuller, a 4-star wide receiver from McKinney Boyd High School, also ranked ahead of Wright in the Class of 2008. The 6'4", 200 pound Fuller came out of high school with a lot of hype. While Fuller had a successful 4-year career with the Texas A&M Aggies, it seems Fuller never lived up to the lofty expectations that he had coming in. Fuller ended his collegiate career with 233 receptions, 3,092 yards and 34 touchdowns. Fuller went un-drafted in the NFL Draft and signed a free agent contract with the NFL Miami Dolphins.
Continuing in our look at the state of Texas wide receiver prospects ranked ahead of Kendall Wright in the Class of 2008, we find another Texas Longhorn signee D.J. Grant. Grant, a 4-star prospect out of Austin Johnson High School, came into the Longhorn program at 6-2 191 and speed to burn. Entering his senior season in 2012, Grant has been converted to tight end and has recorded 16 receptions for 180 yards and 3 touchdowns in his career. Grant has had to overcome two significant knee injuries during his redshirt freshman and sophomore seasons at Texas.
Listed at wide receiver in the Class of 2008 was phenom Derrick Hall out of Beaumont Central High School. The 5-11, 180-pound prospect was another 4-star athlete headed to Texas A&M. Hall never saw the field with the Aggies, yet had two solid seasons at running back for Navarro Junior College. Hall later headed to Tulsa and was deemed ineligible to play. It was last thought that Hall may be headed back to his hometown in Beaumont to try and play for Lamar University.
Also ahead on the list was Corsicana High School standout Omarius Hines. Coming out of high school, Hines was a 4-star prospect at 6'3" and 205 pounds. He signed with the Florida Gators. Heading into his senior season at Florida, Hines has been converted to tight end. He has started 8 games in 37 career games, and the central Texas product has recorded 41 receptions for 559 yards and two touchdowns.
Another wide receiver ranked ahead of Kendall Wright coming out of high school in the state of Texas in 2008 was Sedrick Johnson, an Arp High School prospect who signed with Iowa State. The 6-3 210 pound wide receiver ended up transferring out of the Iowa State program after three disappointing seasons in Ames, Iowa. Johnson recorded 41 receptions for 326 yards and 3 touchdowns before leaving the program.
Arlington Timberview High School product, Antoine Hicks, also was ranked ahead of Baylor's Kendall Wright coming out of high school. Hicks originally pledged to the Texas Longhorns, but later ended up playing his collegiate football for the TCU Horned Frogs. Hicks showed constant flashed of athleticism for TCU but never seemed to live up to the hype surrounding his high school recruitment. Hicks' recorded 76 career receptions for 1,069 yards and 9 total touchdowns.
Although there are a few players listed above who have their senior season remaining, it seems like a safe bet to say Kendall Wright, the 5-11 196 pound Baylor Bears wide receiver, out-performed all the players ranked ahead of him coming out of high school. Wright was the 20th overall selection to the Tennessee Titans in the 1st round of the NFL draft.