SDS will be taking a look around the country, as well as the SEC, at five-star prospects according to Rivals.com. Here are the wide receivers.
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There is only one five-star wide receiver in 2013 in Crete, Illinois’ Laquon Treadwell. Treadwell will be playing at Ole Miss, and we’ll keep one eye open on his career as a Rebel.
There were 36 five-star receivers in the last 10 years, and here’s a snippet of their careers:
2003 – 3 WRs
Andre Caldwell, Florida: Caldwell joined Chad Jackson as signature signees during the Ron Zook era. Caldwell caught 185 passes for 2,349 yards and 16 touchdowns, along with returning 37 kickoffs for 752 yards. He was a key cog in the Gators’ 2006 championship run. Caldwell played for the Broncos in 2012.
Chad Jackson, Florida: Jackson caught 120 passes for 1,586 yards and 16 touchdowns in his three-year career at Florida. He left Florida early for the NFL Draft and was selected in the second round. He currently plays for the Omaha Nighthawks.
Robert Meachem, Tennessee: Meachem certainly lived up to the hype in Knoxville, catching 125 passes for 2,140 yards and 17 touchdowns in three years. During his third and final season, Meachem caught 71 passes for 1,298 yards and 11 touchdowns alone. He currently plays for the Chargers.
WRs ranked lower: Dwayne Bowe, Limas Sweed, Mike Sims-Walker and Jordy Nelson
2004 – 5 WRs
Early Doucet, LSU: Doucet played four years for the Tigers, catching 160 passes for 1,943 yards and 20 touchdowns. He was drafted in the third round and currently plays for the Arizona Cardinals. Doucet helped lead the Tigers to the 2007 BCS National Championship win.
Cameron Colvin, Oregon: Colvin played four years for Oregon, and he caught only 74 passes for 892 yards and seven touchdowns. His first three years were hampered by injuries, but he became Dennis Dixon’s main target as a senior. He went undrafted and signed a free agent deal with the 49ers and was later released.
Fred Davis, USC: Davis secretly left Ohio and enrolled at USC. He played four years and caught 117 passes for 1,408 yards and 13 touchdowns. Davis converted to tight end as sophomore and currently plays for the Washington Redskins. Davis was an exceptional athlete.
Lance Leggett, Miami: Legget played four seasons at Miami, catching 85 passes for 1,375 yards and 11 touchdowns. He never became a dominant player in college and later played in the NFL with Cleveland and Baltimore.
Xavier Carter, LSU: Carter only played two seasons with LSU, but he is a world-class athlete who went pro in track and field. Carter never made the Olympic team, and he was a five-star bust as a football player.
WRs ranked lower: Calvin Johnson, Brandon Marshall, Victor Cruz, Eddie Royal, Adrian Arrington, Sydney Rice and Jordan Shipley
2005 – 3 WRs
Patrick Turner, USC: Turner left the state of Tennessee for USC where he played four years and caught 138 passes for 1,752 yards and 17 touchdowns. He was a great athlete, but he never lived up to the five-star expectation as a receiver at USC. He played for the Jets in 2012.
Fred Rouse, FSU: Rouse is one of the biggest busts on the list, as he left FSU after his freshman year for UTEP. He caught just 31 passes for 493 yards and three touchdowns during his underwhelming career. Rouse later transferred to Concordia College.
DeSean Jackson, Cal: Jackson was a budding star at Cal. He excelled at WR and as a punt returner. He caught 162 passes for 2,423 yards and 22 touchdowns, while returning 38 punts for 633 yards and six touchdowns during his three-year career. He was one of the most electrifying receivers in recent memory and still is with the Eagles.
WRs ranked lower: Mike Wallace, Mohamad Massaquoi, Mario Manningham, Darrius Heyward-Bey, David Nelson, Brandon LaFell, Louis Murphy, Brian Hartline and Kevin Ogletree
2006 – 2 WRs
Percy Harvin, Florida: Much like Jackson, Harvin was so electric with the ball in his hands. He was the top overall prospect in the 2006 class, and he lived up the hype…and more. Harvin combined for 3,781 yards and 32 touchdowns on offense in three seasons, and he never returned kicks or punts at Florida. He helped lead the Gators to two national championships. You can find him in Minneapolis on Sundays…when healthy.
Vidal Hazelton, USC: Hazelton never lived up to the expectations as a Trojan, and he later transferred to Cincinnati. He had a great sophomore year at USC, catching 50 passes for 540 yards and four touchdowns, but that’s all he did in his career. He just signed a deal with the Jets, after spending last season with the Titans.
WRs ranked lower: Michael Crabtree, Kenny Britt, Jeremy Maclin, Hakeem Nicks, Kris Durham, Demaryius Thomas and Antonio Brown
2007 – 5 WRs
Ronald Johnson, USC: Johnson was a big-time athlete out of high school, and most thought he would become a defensive back. But he stuck with receiver and had a strong career, catching 138 passes for 1,750 yards and 20 touchdowns in four years. He also returned kicks for 1,351 yards, too. Johnson was a sixth-round pick and plays for the Eagles.
Terrance Toliver, LSU: Toliver had a solid career at LSU, but he left a year earlier than he needed to. He caught 85 passes for 1,241 yards and seven touchdowns, and he went undrafted in 2011. He bounced around the league in the last two years and played with the Lions in ‘12.
Chris Culliver, South Carolina: Culliver entered South Carolina as a receiver according to Rivals, but he quickly swapped over to defensive back after his freshman season. He recorded 106 tackles, 10 tackles for loss, three interceptions and four sacks in three years. He now stars with the 49ers, and you can watch him in the Super Bowl.
Dwight Jones, UNC: Jones was a late bloomer for the Heels, as he recorded only five catches as a freshman and sophomore. But he blew up his junior and senior year for 147 catches for 2,158 yards and 16 touchdowns. Jones went undrafted in 2012 and plays with the Houston Texans.
Arrelious Benn, Illinois: The Illini All-American had a good – not great – career in Champaign. He caught 159 passes for 2,221 yards and seven touchdowns in three years. Ben was a second-round pick with the Bucs, where he still plays.
WRs ranked lower: Jeremy Kerley, Denarius Moore, Torrey Smith, Dez Bryant, Golden Tate and Martell Webb
2008 – 6 WRs
Julio Jones, Alabama: Jones was arguably the most physically gifted of any receiver exiting high school. He caught 179 passes for 2,653 yards and 15 touchdowns in three seasons, and Jones also returned 12 punts for 130 yards during his career. He has developed into one of the best NFL receivers.
AJ Green, Georgia: Green was a stud as soon as he set foot on Georgia’s campus. He never had a 1,000-yard season, but he never had under an 800-yard season either. Green caught 166 passes in three years for 2,619 yards and 23 touchdowns. He became a first-rounder and is a star in the NFL with the Bengals.
DeVier Posey, Ohio State: Posey had a strong three years before getting suspended for five games as a senior for selling his game jersey, pants and shoes. Posey caught 136 passes for 1,955 yards and 18 touchdowns in four seasons. He was drafted in the third round with the Texans and is starting to come on in the NFL.
DeAndre Brown, Southern Miss: Brown was one of the brightest stars in high school and was a big-time physical specimen entering college. But his devastating leg injury marred the latter half of his career, and he only played three years at Southern Miss. He caught 134 passes for 2,207 yards and 24 touchdowns. He left school early and went undrafted. Brown was on the Eagles’ practice squad in 2011.
Jonathan Baldwin, Pitt: The first team All-Big East performer had a great career at Pitt and headed to the NFL after his junior season. He caught 128 passes for 2,337 yards and 16 touchdowns, and he currently plays for the Kansas City Chiefs.
Michael Floyd, Notre Dame: Floyd was a total stud at Notre Dame for four seasons. He caught a total of 271 passes for 3,686 yards and 37 touchdowns. Floyd became a first-round pick with the Cardinals, where he lines up alongside Larry Fitzgerald.
WRs ranked lower: Randall Cobb, Tommy Streeter, Tavarres King, Jarius Wright, Travis Benjamin and Roy Roundtree
2009 – 2 WRs
Rueben Randle, LSU: Randle developed into a star at LSU in his third and final season, and he caught 97 passes for 1,634 yards and 13 touchdowns for his career. Randle was the SEC’s biggest deep threat in 2011. He left school early and became a second-round pick with the New York Giants.
Andre Debose, Florida: Debose hasn’t turned out to be the player everyone thought he would entering Florida. He’s only caught 29 passes for 543 yards in three years, but he has made an impact on special teams returning kickoffs. He’s returned 58 for 1,592 yards and four touchdowns. Florida hopes he buds as a senior.
WRs ranked lower: Tavon Austin, Jheranie Boyd, Orson Charles, Alshon Jeffery, Emory Blake, Stedman Bailey and Cobi Hamilton
2010 – 3 WRs
Kyle Prater, USC: Prater redshirted at USC and transferred to Northwestern to be closer to home. He caught 10 passes for 54 yards and no touchdowns in 2012.
Da’Rick Rogers, Tennessee: Rogers was a very talented star at Tennessee who was suspended, kicked off the team and later landed at Tennessee Tech. At Tennessee, Rogers caught 78 passes for 1,207 yards and 19 touchdowns in two seasons. He’s entering the NFL Draft this year, and he should be a star.
Markeith Ambles, USC: Ambles went to USC as a freshman and couldn’t cut it. He only caught one pass for three yards before transferring to Arizona Western Community College. He has tons of potential but hasn’t developed yet and likely won’t.
WRs ranked lower: Mike Davis, Justin Hunter, Kenny Stills and Ace Sanders
2011 – 4 WRs
George Farmer, USC: Farmer has all the makings of a bust, having only caught five passes for 49 yards in two seasons. He hasn’t even recorded a touchdown yet.
Trey Metoyer, Oklahoma: Metoyer went to prep school in ‘11 and wound up at OU in ‘12. He caught only 17 passes for 148 yards and one touchdown this season.
Sammy Watkins, Clemson: Watkins became one of the most explosive players in the country as a freshman in ‘11, and he’s caught 139 passes for 1,927 yards and 15 touchdowns. He’s combined for 3,341 yards (receiving, rushing and returns) for 17 touchdowns in two seasons. Watkins is a stud.
Jarvis Landry, LSU: Landry arguably made the catch of the year in ‘12 with his one-handed whirlybird against Arkansas. He’s caught 60 passes for 616 yards and five touchdowns in two seasons.
WRs ranked lower: Donte Moncrief, Odell Beckham, Mike Evans and Rashad Greene
2012 – 3 WRs
Dorial Green-Beckham, Missouri: DGB caught 28 passes for 395 yards and five touchdowns a freshman this season. He started to come on later in the year.
Stefon Diggs, Maryland: Diggs was electric for the Terps, as he combined for 962 yards and six touchdowns on offense. He also returned 25 kickoffs and 22 punts for a combined 934 yards and two touchdowns. He’s quite the player.
Nelson Agholor, USC: Agholor caught 18 passes for 341 yards and two touchdowns in 2012, and he showed great flashes for the future.
WRs ranked lower: Thomas Johnson, Amari Cooper and Davante Adams
Lived up the hype
- Andre Caldwell, Florida
- Robert Meachem, Tennessee
- Early Doucet, LSU
- DeSean Jackson, Cal
- Percy Harvin, Florida
- Ronald Johnson, USC
- Dwight Jones, UNC
- Julio Jones, Alabama
- AJ Green, Georgia
- Jonathan Baldwin, Pitt
- Michael Floyd, Notre Dame
- Sammy Watkins, Clemson
- Stefon Diggs, Maryland
Switched positions and still lived up to the hype
- Fred Davis, TE, USC
- Chris Culliver, DB, South Carolina
Good careers but mixed reviews
- Chad Jackson, Florida
- Lance Leggett, Miami
- Patrick Turner, USC
- Terrance Toliver, LSU
- Arrelious Benn, Illinois
- DeVier Posey, Ohio State
- DeAndre Brown, Southern Miss
- Rueben Randle, LSU
- Da’Rick Rogers, Tennessee
- Cameron Colvin, Oregon
- Xavier Carter, LSU
- Fred Rouse, FSU
- Vidal Hazelton, USC
- Markeith Ambles, USC
- Andre Debose, Florida
- Kyle Prater, Northwestern
- George Farmer, USC
- Trey Metoyer, Oklahoma
- Jarvis Landry, LSU
- Dorial Green-Beckham, Missouri
- Nelson Agholor, USC
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