In 2014, 247Sports currently has four five-star wide receivers in Speedy Noil, Malachi Dupre, Ermon Lane and KD Cannon.
There have been 38 five-star receivers in the last 10 years, and here’s a snippet of their careers:
*All prospect rankings are determined by 247Sports’ Composite Player Rankings
2004 – 6 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 by the Arizona Cardinals. He was on the Seahawks practice roster in 2013. 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.
Dwayne Jarrett, USC: Jarrett had a strong career at USC, and he caught 216 passes for 3,138 yards and 41 TDs, including two 1,000-yard seasons. Jarrett was drafted in the second round by the Panthers, the team he last played for in 2010.
WRs ranked lower: Calvin Johnson, Brandon Marshall, Victor Cruz, Eddie Royal, Adrian Arrington, Sydney Rice and Jordan Shipley
2005 – 4 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 did he ever live up to the five-star expectation as a receiver at USC? He last played for the Jets in 2012.
Derrick Williams, Penn State: Williams became one of the top prospects in the country, and he had a so-so career with the Nittany Lions. Williams caught 161 passes for 1,743 yards and nine TDs in four seasons, and he returned 66 punts and 50 kickoffs for a total of 1,819 yards and five touchdowns. He was a solid receiver for State. Williams was a third-round pick with the Lions, and he last played for the Toronto Argonauts in 2013.
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 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: Like DeSean Jackson, Harvin was so electric with the ball in his hands. He was one of the top overall prospects 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. He is about to compete in the Super Bowl this weekend for the Seahawks.
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 really all he did in his career. He signed a deal with the Jets, who later put him on injury reserve for the 2013 season.
WRs ranked lower: Michael Crabtree, Kenny Britt, Jeremy Maclin, Hakeem Nicks, Kris Durham, Demaryius Thomas and Antonio Brown
2007 – 3 WRs
Terrance Toliver, LSU: Toliver had a solid career at LSU, but he left a year earlier than he really 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 few years, and he currently plays for the Bears.
Arrelious Benn, Illinois: The Illini All-American had a good in Champaign. He caught 159 passes for 2,221 yards and seven touchdowns in three years. Ben first played with the Bucs and now for the Eagles.
Deonte Thompson, Florida: The sure-fire 5-star from Belle Glade, Florida, never lived up to the hype in college. He totaled just 101 catches for 1,446 yards and nine TDs in four seasons, and he was signed by the Baltimore Ravens and went undrafted.
WRs ranked lower: Jeremy Kerley, Chris Culliver, Dwight Jones, Denarius Moore, Torrey Smith, Dez Bryant, Golden Tate and Martell Webb
2008 – 5 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.
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 plays in the Arena League with New Orleans VooDoo. He was a special talent before his injury.
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 as a Panther, and he currently plays for the 49ers.
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: DeVier Posey, Randall Cobb, Tommy Streeter, Tavarres King, Jarius Wright, Travis Benjamin and Roy Roundtree
2009 – 3 WRs
Rueben Randle, LSU: Randle developed into a big-time player 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, where he still plays.
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. Debose was injured during the 2013 preseason, and he will get a fifth year in 2014.
Marlon Brown, Georgia: Brown was a big-time get for UGA out of Tennessee, but he didn’t exactly live up to his enormous hype, thanks in part to injuries. Brown caught just 55 passes for 851 yards and eight TDs, but he’s had a nice NFL career with the Ravens thus far after he went undrafted.
WRs ranked lower: Tavon Austin, Jheranie Boyd, Orson Charles, Alshon Jeffery, Emory Blake, Stedman Bailey and Cobi Hamilton
2010 – 4 WRs
Robert Woods, USC: Woods was one of the top recruits in the country in 2010, and he did well at USC. He caught 252 passes for 2,930 yards and 32 TDs, while returning punts and kicks for another TD. Woods was an excellent college player who was a second-round pick with the Buffalo Bills, where he still plays.
Kyle Prater, USC: Prater redshirted his first year at USC and transferred to Northwestern to be closer to home. He’s caught a total of 19 passes for 113 yards and no TDs during his career. He’s on the fast track to being a bust.
Mike Davis, Texas: Davis caught 200 passes for 2,753 yards and 18 TDs in four years, and he caught 45 or more passes every year with suspect QB play. He’s a great athlete who’s getting ready for the NFL Draft.
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 went undrafted but signed with the Bills. He wound up with the Colts, where he made an impact as a rookie.
WRs ranked lower: Justin Hunter, Jordan Matthews, Kenny Stills, Ace Sanders, Kenny Shaw and Solomon Patton
2011 – 4 WRs
George Farmer, USC: Farmer has struggled with injuries at USC, and he didn’t play in 2013 because of a knee injury. Farmer has caught just five passes for 49 yards and recorded 15 rushing yards.
Trey Metoyer, Oklahoma: Metoyer went to prep school in ‘11 and wound up at OU in ‘12. He’s caught 19 passes for 166 yards and two TDs, and he was charged with two felony counts of indecent exposure last fall.
Sammy Watkins, Clemson: Watkins became one of the most explosive players in the country as a freshman in ‘11, and he’s caught 240 passes for 3,391 yards and 52 TDs, while recording 339 rushing yards and one TD. Watkins also returned 60 kicks for 1,376 yards and one TD. Watkins lived up to the hype and more.
Jarvis Landry, LSU: Landry blew into one of the best receivers in college football this past season, and he caught 137 passes for 1,809 yards and 15 TDs. Landry is heading into the NFL Draft as a junior.
WRs ranked lower: Donte Moncrief, Odell Beckham, Mike Evans and Rashad Greene
2012 – 3 WRs, 1 ATH
Dorial Green-Beckham, Missouri: DGB blew up in 2013, and he’s totaled 87 catches for 1,278 yards and 17 TDs in two seasons. If he can stay out of trouble, he’s a first-round pick.
Stefon Diggs, Maryland: Diggs has been electric for the Terps, totaling 88 catches for 1,435 yards and nine TDs, along with 994 kick return yards and 220 punt return yards and two TDs. He suffered a season-ending injury in 2013.
Nelson Agholor, USC (ATH): Agholor is becoming one of the best players in the country and a big-time weapon. He’s caught 74 passes for 1,259 yards and eight TDs in two seasons, along with adding 351 punt return yards and two TDs.
Thomas Johnson, Texas A&M: Johnson was an interesting prospect. He originally signed with Texas A&M, only to withdraw a year later. There was also a time where police were looking for him because he was deemed missing. Johnson caught 30 passes for 339 yards and one TD at Texas A&M.
WRs ranked lower: Amari Cooper, Deontay Greenberry, Bralon Addison and Davante Adams
2013 – 3 WRs
Laquon Treadwell, Ole Miss: Treadwell flashed why analysts named him the top receiver in the 2013 class. He was a freshman boss, who caught 72 passes for 608 yards and five TDs. He has a huge future.
Robert Foster, Alabama: Foster redshirted at Alabama in 2013.
Robbie Rhodes, Baylor: Rhodes caught 10 passes for 157 yards and no TDs during his freshman season.
WRs ranked lower: Jalin Marshall, Derrick Griffin, Stacy Coley, Demarcus Robinson and Marquez North
Lived up the hype
- Early Doucet, LSU
- Dwayne Jarrett, USC
- DeSean Jackson, Cal
- Percy Harvin, Florida
- Julio Jones, Alabama
- AJ Green, Georgia
- Jonathan Baldwin, Pitt
- Michael Floyd, Notre Dame
- Robert Woods, USC
- Sammy Watkins, Clemson
- Jarvis Landry, LSU
Switched positions and still lived up to the hype
- Fred Davis, TE, USC
Good careers but mixed reviews
- Lance Leggett, Miami
- Patrick Turner, USC
- Derrick Williams, Penn State
- Terrance Toliver, LSU
- Arrelious Benn, Illinois
- DeAndre Brown, Southern Miss
- Rueben Randle, LSU
- Mike Davis, Texas
- Da’Rick Rogers, Tennessee
- Cameron Colvin, Oregon
- Xavier Carter, LSU
- Fred Rouse, FSU
- Vidal Hazelton, USC
- Deonte Thompson, Florida
- Marlon Brown, Georgia
- Andre Debose, Florida
- Kyle Prater, USC (Northwestern)
- George Farmer, USC
- Trey Metoyer, Oklahoma
- Dorial Green-Beckham, Missouri
- Stefon Diggs, Maryland
- Nelson Agholor, USC
- Thomas Johnson, Texas A&M
- Laquon Treadwell, Ole Miss
- Robert Foster, Alabama
- Robbie Rhodes, Baylor
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