BTN Names the Top 'Recruiting Bust' in the Last 10 Years for Each Big Ten School

By DJ Byrnes on February 4, 2014 at 2:12p
Dorian Bell

On the eve of National Signing Day, BTN has released a top 10 list of "recruiting busts" over the last decade. Former five-star recruit Dorian Bell collects the dubious honor on Ohio State's behalf:

Ohio State: Dorian Bell, LB, Monroeville, Pa. (Monroeville), 2009.
According to reports in May 2011, Bell was suspended for the season because of what was believed to be a third violation of the athletic department’s drug and alcohol abuse policy. As a redshirt freshman in 2010, Bell dealt with injury and made little impact when he played. rated him a five-star recruit, the No. 3 outside linebacker in the nation and No. 33 overall prospect. He barely created a ripple on the field in Columbus.

Dorian redshirted the year Ohio State won the Rose Bowl, and eventually transferred to Duquesne, where he was a standout


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hit_the_couch's picture

I wouldn't call him a bust; he had some off the field issues and is now tearing it for Duquesne.

And then I told her...i'm no weatherman, but tonight's forecast is calling for several inches!

KingKosar's picture

While it's disappointing that he wasn't able to be successful at Ohio State, it is great to see him do well at Duquesne.  

droessl's picture

Holy crap Harrison Beck. Never realized he was hyped, but when he played at NCSU, he was like Jared Lorenzen without the football skill. 

Killer nuts's picture

Honorable mention to Jamal Berry

buckeyedude's picture

2nd runner-up to Rod Smith. (too early?)



UFest57's picture

When I saw Von bell in the #11 jersey, itmade  me cringe just a little...

otrain2416's picture

Add in

  • Ray Small
  • Rob Rose
  • Curtis Grant
  • Mike D'Andrea
  • Corey Brown
  • Jamal Berry
  • Etienne Sabino

to the list 

We were born to love Ohio State and hate that team up north.

shaggybuckeye's picture

Sabino ended up having a decent impact, it just took him 3 years to bloom.
Grant still has a year to show if he's a total bust or not. I for one think he will end up as one, but let's not put the cart before the hourse.

buckifishr's picture

Looks like a who's who of off field issues and injuries.

USMC11917's picture

I don't think Berry's potential was bust worthy. He ran for 8+ ypc on minimal carries in mop up duty. He was a decent return man too. His off field antics and racist (Accused) remarks were what I would qualify as disappointing. He too is doing well at w/e school he got picked up at.

redfox's picture

Mike D'Andrea was injured most of his years at OSU so never had a chanch to show his skill.

CowCat's picture

This article is a bit much IMO.
Some kids make mistakes.   The consequences of those mistakes should be enough.   Having the BTN call them out afterwards seems mean-spirited.

"We get paid to score touchdowns, not kick field goals"
-- Urban Meyer

Maestro's picture

I think it's downright sad.  These kids don't rank themselves. Because some middle aged "expert" put a tag on them as 17 year olds they are busts? Come on BTN, you have better thing to do.

vacuuming sucks

bigbadbuck's picture

The media jumps on peoples mistakes and makes stories out of them. They don't really care if its teenagers or not.

Gentlemen, you can't fight in here, its a war room

741's picture

Dumbest, meanest, least helpful premise for a story I can recall in recent memory. Nice job, BTN.

Moses Cleveland's picture

Shameful of BTN to not even mention Bell’s eventual success at Duquesne. To not tell that part of the story, leaves the me skeptical of the other rankings, too.

iball's picture

Umm?Justin Zwick anyone?

“There’s one thing I have learned through all my adventures and conquests - it’s that some people are just wired for success. I had no choice when it came to being great - I just am great.” – Kenny Powers