- Jeremy Crabtree, RecruitingNation
Successful junior college football recruits aren't a new phenomenon. Teams have been mining the junior college ranks for years for players who can make an instant impact, and a number of those talented prospects have gone on to great college and NFL careers. RecruitingNation takes a look at 10 of the most impactful juco players from the past (listed in alphabetical order).
Junior college: Brenham (Texas) Blinn College
College: Kansas State
After failing to qualify out of high school, Bishop landed at Blinn, where he led the Buccaneers to two junior college national championships. Coming out of Blinn, the quarterback was heavily recruited but selected Kansas State, where he went on to start 25 games and finish with a 22-3 record. In 1998, Bishop propelled the Wildcats into the national championship race by breaking school records with 2,844 yards passing and 748 yards rushing. Bishop finished second in Heisman Trophy voting behind Ricky Williams that year. After a brief stint in the NFL with the New England Patriots, Bishop went on to a solid career in the CFL.
Digging through the junior college ranks to find untapped talent is not a new tactic in college football recruiting. The 10 guys on this list prove that a second chance at the big time can really pay off.