SDS will count down the 31 biggest overachievers of the SEC, at least as far as their recruiting rankings go. We’ll take a look at two and three-star prospects coming out of high school who became NFL Draft picks in 2011, 2012 and 2013 … finishing up the end of the month with the five who became first-round draft picks. Find out which stars from your school defied the recruiting rankings coming out of high school.
Here’s a day-by-day ‘month of May’ look at who ignored their recruiting rankings and went on to get drafted in the NFL.
No. 2 – Morris Claiborne, DB, LSU
H.S. RANKING: Three-stars in 2009, No. 58 “athlete” in America.
NFL DRAFT: 1st round, No. 6 overall by Dallas in 2012
COLLEGE STATS: In 3 seasons with LSU, he had 95 total tackles, 11 interceptions with an average of 24.9 yards per INT return, 23 passes defensed and in his junior year he returned 22 kicks for an average of 25.1 yds per return, with 1 TD.
NFL STATS: In 2 seasons with the Cowboys, he has started 22 games out of 25 with 81 total tackles, 14 passes defenses defensed, 2 INTs and 3 fumbles returned with 1 TD.
THE SKINNY: Coming out of Fair Park H.S. in Shreveport (La.), Claiborne’s best offers aside from LSU were from Nebraska and Texas A&M. He went on to become the SEC Defensive Player of the Year in 2011, the Jim Thorpe Award winner the same year, along with a first-team All-SEC performer and even a second-team All-SEC performer as a sophomore.
Editor’s note: For this particular series, Saturday Down South’s references to recruiting rankings are to Rivals.com’s version, as the 247Sports.com industry composite didn’t exist when many of these NFL Draft Picks were coming out of high school. Rivals has ranked high school prospects since 2002.
- No. 1 Marcell Dareus, Alabama
- No. 2 Morris Claiborne, LSU
- No. 3 Aldon Smith, Mizzou
- No. 4 Ryan Tannehill, Texas A&M
- No. 5 Chance Warmack, Alabama
- No. 6 Darius Slay, Mississippi State
- No. 7 Johnthan Banks, Mississippi State
- No. 8 D. J. Swearinger, South Carolina
- No. 9 Casey Hayward, Vanderbilt
- No. 10 Randall Cobb, Kentucky
- No. 11 Larry Warford, Kentucky
- No. 12 Bennie Logan, LSU
- No. 13 Kelvin Sheppard, LSU
- No. 14 Dallas Thomas, Tennessee
- No. 15 Michael Egnew, Mizzou
- No. 16 Damontre Moore, Texas A&M
- No. 17 Shawn Williams, Georgia
- No. 18 Jake Bequette, Arkansas
- No. 19 Zaviar Gooden, Mizzou
- No. 20 Ben Jones, Georgia
- No. 21 K.J. Wright, Mississippi State
- No. 22 Clint Boling, Georgia
- No. 23 Luke Stocker, Tennessee
- No. 24 Kris Durham, Georgia
- No. 25 Sean Porter, Texas A&M
- No. 26 Devin Taylor, South Carolina
- No. 27 Greg Childs, Arkansas
- No. 28 Sanders Commings, Georgia
- No. 29 Josh Chapman, Alabama
- No. 30 Lavar Edwards, LSU
- No. 31 Denarius Moore, Tennessee