Georgia’s had some good No. 1 recruits over the past 10 years, and very few duds. Take a look at who led each recruiting class in the past decade.
Keep in mind, our SDS Grades are based on whether the kid lived up to his tremendous potential by succeeding on the field and for the most part avoiding trouble off of it–we’re not grading our media brethren’s prognostications. When an athlete receives a top rating, that means analysts and coaches feel the prospect is athletically gifted enough to succeed, whether he does or not is mostly up to him.
Here’s a look back over the last 10 years at who was the No. 1 ranked high school recruit coming to the program—and also how they panned out, career wise.
|YEAR||NO. 1 RECRUIT||POS||NAT.RANK||HOW’D THEY TURN OUT?||SDS GRADE|
|2013||Tray Matthews||DB||79||Had 36 tackles as a true freshman in just 7 games||A|
|2012||Keith Marshall||RB||12||Injured much of this year, but when he’s on the field he’s good||A|
|2011||Isaiah Crowell||RB||6||Superb true Fr. season then kicked off team, legal issues; resumed at Alab. State||C|
|2010||Alec Ogletree||DB||19||1st round NFL draft in 2013; second-team All-SEC as a junior||A|
|2009||Aaron Murray||QB||18||Four-year starter for Georgia; projected as a mid to late round NFL pick||A+|
|2008||A.J. Green||WR||7||1st round NFL draft in 2011; 2,619 career receiving yards at UGA, 23 TDs||A+|
|2007||Caleb King||RB||33||Considering the recruiting hype, underachieving; ruled acad. ineligible as Sr.||C|
|2006||Matt Stafford||QB||6||No. 1 overall pick of 2009 draft; 7,731 yards passing at UGA, 51 TDs||A+|
|2005||Kade Weston||DL||28||Solid if not spectacular 4-yr career; 16 career sacks; 7th round NFL draft in ‘10||B|
|2004||Brandon Miller||LB||5||Only had 15 starts in college, but was decent; signed NFL free-agent contract||C|
NOTE: Rankings based on 247Sports composite rankings—which were done retroactively within the past year, taking the average of all four services.