at not posting the rest
WR, Humble High School (Texas)
College: Notre Dame
NFL Draft: No. 253 pick (New England Patriots) in 2002
Now: NFL analyst for NESN
"A few days after I verbaled to Notre Dame over Texas, I went on a local sports radio show. Earl Campbell was on the show that day, and he and the hosts said they wanted me to stay in Texas. I told them that Notre Dame was my favorite team growing up. And when I got to South Bend, I knew I'd made the right decision."
Photo by Mark Humphrey/AP Photo
Athlete, Pahokee High School (Fla.)
College: Florida State
NFL Draft: No. 54 pick (Arizona Cardinals) in 2003
Now: Ravens WR, Fastest to 600 receptions in NFL history
"I found out I was No. 1 when someone told me. Nowadays, kids look themselves up on a weekly basis, and if they don't think they're ranked high enough, they're pissed. High school football is supposed to be football in its purest form, where kids really love the game. But you have these kids putting pressure on themselves because they want to be No. 1, or ranked in the top five. I'm glad I grew up when I did."
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LB, De La Salle High School (Calif.)
NFL Draft: No. 17 pick (Denver Broncos) in 2004
Now: 2009 Pro Bowl alternate; owns four 100-tackle seasons
"I didn't like the whole recruiting process. I'd get embarrassed when people would interview me or talk about me. I'll never forget when John Madden, who was from the area and had seen me play, spoke at our team banquet. During his speech, he said I was probably the only high schooler he'd ever seen who could have gone right to the pros. That was the worst thing anyone could've said, because then that was on me."
RB, Cardinal O'Hara High School (Pa.)
College: Virginia Tech
NFL Draft: No. 30 pick (Detroit Lions) in 2004
Now: Free agent; returned to Virginia Tech to study industrial design
"If you're a blue-chipper from Pennsylvania, you go to Penn State. But I've always been a little contrary. On the day of my press conference, I still hadn't decided between Virginia Tech and PSU. As I sat down in front of everybody, I had both jerseys with me. I pulled the Penn State jersey out of a bag and said, "I will & not be attending Penn State." Then I ripped off my sweater and had a Mike Vick jersey on underneath. The entire room was flabbergasted. Afterward, I got plenty of hate mail, lots of it racial. People weren't afraid to use the N-word."
QB, Madison High School (Texas)
NFL Draft: No. 3 pick (Tennessee Titans) in 2006
Now: Two-time Pro Bowler, 30-17 as NFL starter
"I was scared. I didn't know how to handle it and didn't have a father figure around. I was always quiet, so when my high school coach, Ray Seals, realized I could be an elite athlete, he put me in a speech class. He knew I was going to be in front of cameras. I just wanted to be able to talk to this one girl, Candice Johnson. Guess what? I'm still with her."
QB, Montey Vista High School (Calif.)
NFL Draft: Undrafted
Now: Works for a medical company that sells spinal implants
"It's definitely something I can tell my kids about someday: 'Once upon a time, I was a pretty decent football player.' But in the end, football didn't work out for me. I'd worn down the cartilage in my knees to the point where it couldn't be replaced. So I had to make the transition to the real world."
Ted Ginn Jr.
DB, Glenville High School (Ohio)
College: Ohio State
NFL Draft: No. 9 pick (Miami Dolphins) in 2007
Now: WR/return specialist for the San Francisco 49ers
"I remember playing in the high school U.S. Army All-American Bowl in San Antonio, and me and Adrian Peterson did an interview afterward. We were both up for MVP, and we both felt like the No. 1 guy. I cherished all of that stuff -- the games, traveling all over the place. It's something most kids don't ever get to experience."
OT, Plainfield High School (N.J.)
NFL Draft: No. 8 pick (Jacksonville Jaguars) in 2009
Now: Starting LT for the Jags
"Being ranked No. 1 didn't mean a thing to me, but it did to my mother and the rest of my family and friends. You should have heard the way they said it, with such pride. My brother, Scott, walked around town telling everyone his brother was No. 1 in the nation. Seeing my family and friends enjoy it -- that was the best part."
DB, The Hun School of Princeton (N.J.)
College: Florida State
NFL Draft: No. 207 pick (Tennessee Titans) in 2010
Now: Titans practice squad member
"When I first heard, I was in my dorm room at boarding school. My roommate burst through the door and said, 'Myron, you are the No. 1 player in the country!' I immediately called my parents. I remember my father saying, 'At this point, Myron, you are a known individual, so every time you step onto the field you have to perform at a premium. There can never be a day where you are less than your best.' I took that to heart, but I will admit, that night we celebrated and I didn't have to do any homework."
RB, John Curtis Christian High School (La.)
NFL Draft: No. 112 pick (New York Jets) in 2010
Now: Backup RB with the Jets
"Huh? I thought I was No. 2, behind Jimmy Clausen. Wow, I always thought of myself as No. 2, and that bothered me coming out of high school. I'm so excited right now. You made my day. I can't wait to read this."
DE, Bamberg-Ehrhardt High School (S.C.)
Now: Projected top-five pick in 2011 draft
"I'm going through this for the second time now, with all the NFL draft hype. But this time is totally different. As the No. 1 in high school, I was in charge. I got to choose where I would go. Now I have no control. And the hype is so much bigger. Now it's not some guy writing about me on his website. It's Mel Kiper talking about me on SportsCenter."
QB, Mater Dei High School (Calif.)
Now: USC Junior, 17-7 as starter
"Being No. 1 really didn't have any impact on me until this June, when we were hit with the NCAA sanctions. Before, we were thinking national championship. Suddenly, it sank in: We're not going to a bowl, and a bunch of guys might transfer. I noticed pretty quickly that people were wondering what I was going to do. They were looking to me because I was No. 1. I immediately let everybody know where my home is. Then I started telling that to our recruits. I won't know the ripple effects of my actions until later on, but I'm sure there was an effect. Because every recruit who has visited USC knew, the No. 1 guy is a Trojan."
Athlete, Rancho Verde High School (Calif.)
Now: Freshman All-SEC pick at linebacker
"I definitely didn't handle the hype as well as I should have. Right off the bat in high school, I had people saying I was going to the NFL someday. I started getting c*cky. Plus, my parents had split up, and I was going back and forth between them and I was just mad all the time. I stopped caring what other people thought of me, as a player or a person. I started talking back and cussing at my teachers, getting into f!ghts. That's when all the talk about being No. 1 went away. Word had gotten out: I had an attitude and I would be too hard to deal with. But I had a group of people who decided they weren't going to let me blow it. Teachers, coaches and the players ahead of me in school all started calling me out, reminding me about the chance I was wasting. They got me into counseling and taught me that just having talent isn't enough. You still have to work hard in class, at practice and in the weight room. And you have to treat others with respect. You don't get to be a jerk just because you can play football."
Wow why isn't Rolle on a gameday roster?