True high school sports phenoms only come around once every few years.But in some cases, the deafening hype is all for nothing.
We assembled a list of eight of the biggest flops of the last 30 years, and found out where they landed after their once-promising careers fizzled out.
THEN: He was perhaps the best high school running back ever while at Philadelphia High School in Mississippi. But due to injuries and various post-high school culture clashes, he ran for just 251 yards in his brief NFL career.
Just watch Jon Hock's awesome documentary, The Best That Never Was, for all you need to know about Marcus Dupree.
NOW: He recently started Mid-South Wrestling -- a professional wrestling company that stages events in rural Southern towns.
THEN: Marinovich was the subject of a Sports Illustrated feature entitled 'Bred To Be A Superstar' before he even graduated Capistrano Valley High School in California in 1988.
He played quarterback at USC, but was caught with drugs and bolted to the NFL in 1991. He has struggled with addiction ever sense, being arrested nine times in Orange County alone.
NOW: He's a contemporary artist, selling his original pieces online.
THEN: Van Poppel was tipped by Sports Illustrated as 'the next Nolan Ryan' after his senior season at James R. Martin High School in Texas.
Van Poppel was rushed to the majors after being drafted out of high school, and ultimately he bounced around the league for his 10 years before retiring in 2003.
NOW: He owns a pest control company and a ranch in Texas.
THEN: Felipe Lopez won High School Player of the Year as a senior at New York's Rice High School, and went on to St. John's.
He was drafted in 1998, but lasted just four years in the NBA, averaging 5.8 points per game.
The New York Times described his career as a 'potholed trail of expectation he never promised to meet and didn't.'
NOW: He works with the NBA as part of its 'ene-be-a' Hispanic outreach campaign.
THEN: When he graduated from Leslie County High School in Kentucky in 1996, he had national records for TDs, passing yards, and completions.
ESPN declared Couch the sixth-best high school athlete ever in 2003.
He flopped in the NFL, with a 75.1 QB rating in five seasons.
NOW: He works as an analyst for Fox Sports South.
THEN: At New Jersey's Camden High School, Wagner was the National Player of the Year as a senior and graduated as the state's all-time leading scorer.
He attended college for just one year before jumping to the pros. But his NBA career was cut short by a long battle with colitis.
NOW: He is back in Camden, working toward one last NBA comeback and raising a son.
THEN: Clarett was the 2002 USA Today Offensive Player of the Year at Warren Harding High School in Ohio.
He dominated in his freshman year at Ohio State, scoring 18 touchdowns and leading the team to a national championship.
But a string of legal and personal problems torpedoed his career.
NOW: He plays for the Omaha Nighthawks of the UFL.
THEN: Devine we was undoubtedly the most buzzed about running back in 2007. With grainy YouTube videos of his days at North Fort Myers High School that made him look like the second coming Barry Sanders.
But he got injured during his senior season at West Virginia, and wasn't taken in 2011 NFL Draft. Just four days after being signed off the street by the Eagles last month, he was waived on August 1.
NOW: He is trying to land an NFL contract, and get off this list in the process.
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