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50 SEC players who excelled as three-star recruits

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Three-star recruits are more or less disregarded as being an instant-impact player. Some are diamonds in the rough; some don’t fully develop until they hit the training table and weight room in college; and some players explode and were notably a huge miss in the rankings.

The most notable three stars in 2012 were Johnny Manziel, Damontre Moore, Chance Warmack, Shawn Williams, Bacarri Rambo and Johnthan Banks. These guys excelled and really developed into the player none ever thought they could be.

Here are 50 notable players who were three-star recruits out of high school:


  • Damion Square, DE
  • Anthony Steen, OG
  • Vinnie Sunseri, S
  • Chance Warmack, OG


  • Cobi Hamilton, WR
  • Alvin Bailey, OG
  • Chris Smith, DE


  • Dee Ford, DE
  • Demetruce McNeal, DB


  • Jon Halapio, OL
  • Trey Burton, ATH


  • Michael Bennett, WR
  • Sanders Commings, CB
  • Kenarious Gates, OL
  • Kwame Geathers, DT
  • Bacarri Rambo, S
  • Shawn Williams, DB


  • Larry Warford, OL


  • Lamin, Barrow, LB
  • Alfred Blue, RB
  • Lavar Edwards, DE
  • Alex Hurst, OL
  • Benne Logan, DT
  • PJ Lonergan, C
  • Brad Wing, P

Mississippi State

  • Johnthan Banks, CB
  • Gabe Jackson, OL
  • Cam Lawrence, LB


  • Kendial Lawrence, RB
  • EJ Gaines, CB
  • Zaviar Gooden, LB
  • Brad Madison, DE
  • TJ Moe, WR

Ole Miss

  • Mike Marry, LB

South Carolina

  • DJ Swearinger, DB
  • Connor Shaw, QB
  • Devin Taylor, DE
  • Shaq Wilson, LB


  • Herman Lathers, LB
  • Mychal Rivera, TE
  • Dallas Thomas, OL
  • Prentiss Waggner, CB

Texas A&M

  • Mike Evans, WR
  • Dustin Harris, DB/KR
  • Johnny Manziel, QB
  • Damontre Moore, DE
  • Sean Porter, LB
  • Ryan Swope, WR


  • Jordan Matthews, WR
  • Zac Stacy, RB

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Comments 8

  1. im surprised bama had 3 stars. i thought they only drafted 5 stars

  2. So these are only 3 stars or 3 stars AND BELOW?

  3. Obviously, Johnny Football was the biggest diamond in the rough on this list. Who would you pick for the Top 5?

  4. Patrick Willis???