Sabelhaus' case a reminder that recruiting projections are far from perfect

McDonogh quarterback was one of the 'can't miss' kids who ended up missing

January 30, 2012|By David Selig

For better or worse, high school football will get more national attention this week than at any other point in the year.

Of course there won’t be any games played, but with National Signing Day coming up Wednesday, you’ll hear all about the five-stars recruits, the can’t miss talent and the colleges that were the biggest winners and losers in scarfing up 18-year-old prospects.

But as history has proven time and again, there’s no such thing as “can’t miss” in the world of recruiting prognostications.

Perhaps the greatest local example is Bobby Sabelhaus, a McDonogh quarterback who in 1994 was projected to be the best at his position in the entire country.

Some guy named Tom Brady was also being recruited in that class, and he’ll be starting in his fifth Super Bowl on Sunday.

Meanwhile, Sabelhaus never even took a snap at Florida.

There were extenuating circumstances in Sabelhaus’ case, but in most instances the player gets labeled a bust. As if he were the one who wrote all of those recruiting stories that somehow compare how a player in Maryland stacks up against another playing 3,000 miles away on another coast.

The good news is that there is always life beyond football, and Sabelhaus has found success.

In a story posted today,’s Andy Staples writes about Sabelhaus’ career as an up-and-coming movie producer.

Our Sandra McKee caught up with Sabelhaus in November of 2009.

Both are good reads – especially during a week when heavy expectations will officially be placed on the shoulders of high school seniors across the country.

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