Bears 2007 recruiting class - 6 picks in the top 3 rounds
Jahvid Best and Cameron Jordan in round 1.
Shane Vereen and Mitchell Schwartz in round 2.
Chris Conte and Bryan Anger in round 3.
DJ Campbell was also in that class and was just taken in the 7th round.
That's pretty impressive for almost any school. Too bad that class never really had a great season here. They were followed by a mediocre class in 2008 and a poor one in 2009 so we never quite had the depth of talent you need to put around a great class. I won't go into the QB struggles and the marshall hiring (or the tree sitters for that matter....)
Also, Jordan and Conte didn't really become great players until their senior years, and of course Best and Vereen played the same position. I'm torn between being very happy for our guys and disappointed that a great group never had a great season.
I think you hit on a key recruiting component-Cal gets guys that develop, but not enough all league performances as sophomores?
The class before that one didn't help.
Stars: Mohamed, Gibson (but a JuCo, only here two years)
Starters/contributors: Hill, Riley, Ross, Hagan, Guarnero, Davis, Browner
Busts: Everyone else.