Being ranked a national top 10 prospect is a dream come true for any high school recruit. It means you’re a five-star prospect, and analysts believe that you’ll be an instant contributor at the college level and an NFL career is a foregone conclusion.
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Now, all you have to do is actually do it. Seems easy enough, eh?
Sometimes, it doesn’t work out. Sometimes a career doesn’t pan out and you become more of a role player than a superstar, sometimes a coaching change affects your career … and sometimes you trip yourself up.
Here are 10 SEC players from the past 10 recruiting classes who were ranked in the top 10 in the nation, yet didn’t finish their careers as hoped. Some had flashes of brilliance and then off-the-field troubles derailed their careers. Others’ careers just never had that five-star caliber career even though they kept their noses clean.
EDITOR’S NOTE: All references to ratings are to the 247Sports.com composite ranking.
|PROSPECT||COLLEGE||YEAR (RK)||THE SKINNY|
|Bryce Brown, RB||Tennessee||2009 (2nd)||Had one avg. season at Tenn., then transferred to Kansas St.|
|Gary Brown, DL||Florida||2009 (10th)||Dropped from team after an arrest for battery|
|Isaiah Crowell, RB||Georgia||2011 (6th)||Solid Fr. season at UGA, then arrested and kicked off team.|
|Michael Dyer, RB||Auburn||2010 (8th)||Great first 2 yrs at Aub, then off-the-field problems derailed him|
|Brandon Miller, LB||Georgia||2004 (5th)||Not a terrible career, just not 5-star stellar—15 career starts|
|Mitch Mustain, QB||Arkansas||2006 (7th)||Had a decent true Fr. season, then transferred to USC—fizzled|
|Ryan Perrilloux, QB||LSU||2005 (6th)||Huge part of 2007 title run, then kicked off the team|
|Ronald Powell, LB||Florida||2010 (1st)||Solid career, but didn’t live up to hype of being nation’s No. 1 prospect|
|Russell Shepard, ATH||LSU||2009 (3rd)||Not a total bust, but never quite got rolling during his career|
|Christian Westerman, OL||Auburn||2011 (6th)||Two years at Aub. uneventful, transferred out of program|