Scouting services often miss best recruits

Rashad Johnson is the no-star All-American, the player overlooked by every scouting service in America, and most college coaches, too.

Johnson walked on at Alabama in 2004. Now after 30 starts and 11 career interceptions, the safety is likely bound for the NFL. He wouldn’t trade his path for all the attention lavished on blue-chip recruits.
“That’s something, when I get older and get my kids and grandkids, that’s something I can talk with them about and use it to help them with anything they have in their lives,” Johnson said. “If they want to do something or be something in their lives and get disappointed and say they can’t do it, I can always relate this story here.”
In football-crazy America, more attention than ever gets paid to the annual pursuit of the perfect recruit — a chase that culminates Wednesday with national signing day, when players officially accept scholarships.

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2/3/09