Five biggest SEC five-star busts in past decade
It’s not often, but sometimes five-star prospects end up being busts.
Don’t get me wrong, there are other five-stars that didn’t necessarily live up to their billing (Bryce Brown, Isaiah Crowell and Dorial-Green Beckham come to mind), but it’s not necessarily fair to label them busts.
Here are five of the biggest five-star “busts” in the past decade that signed with Southeastern Conference football programs.
Chris Davenport, DT, LSU (Class of 2009, Mansfield, La.)
Davenport was one of the top defensive line prospects in the ’09 class, but never started for the Tigers, was relegated to mostly special teams work (only played in 23 games) and ended up transferring to Tulane. Davenport had loads of potential but really didn’t do much at all in college.
Mitch Mustain, QB, Arkansas (Class of 2006, Springdale, Ark.)
Mustain, who had the arm, size and production to be a great one, was considered the best quarterback in the country (over Tim Tebow and others) in the 2006 recruiting cycle and had a promising career brewing at Arkansas after throwing for more than 800 yards as a true freshman starter.
Then egos got involved and Mustain made a horrendous decision to transfer to Southern California, which had Matt Barkley and Mark Sanchez in front of him.
He went undrafted, had a couple of stints in the Arena League and even gave Minor League Baseball a try. His recruitment did launch the college career of Gus Malzahn, who was his high school coached and came to Arkansas with him, but that’s really the only major impact he’s made on football beyond high school.
Ryan Perrilloux, QB, LSU (Class of 2005, Reserve (La.) East St. John)
They still tell the story of Perrilloux and his career at prospect camps to warn young players of the perils of not doing the right thing off the field. When he played at LSU, Perrilloux did quite well — leading the Tigers to a win the in the SEC Championship Game in 2007 and subsequently LSU won the national championship.
He was kicked off the team that offseason and transferred to Jacksonville State, where he put up good numbers, but was again suspended for a spell and since then has had a few preseason NFL appearances, but mostly has been relegated to the Arena League.
Perrilloux had Heisman talent and could have led the Tigers to big things had he just kept his nose clean.
Da’Rick Rogers, WR, Tennessee (Class of 2010, Calhoun, Ga.)
There was no question that Rogers had talent, which was evident when you saw his combination of size, speed and hands. But, even during all-star game practices during his senior season of high school you knew that he was a guy that could step into some off-the-field pitfalls. In early 2012, he was suspended indefinitely at Tennessee, transferred to Tennessee Tech and went undrafted. He was cut by the Kansas City Chiefs this past offseason and never has done much on a football field beyond high school.
Eddie Williams, DB, Alabama (Class of 2012, Panama City, Fla. Arnold)
Williams had great size and athletic ability and many could envision the Crimson Tide developing the 6-foot-3, 204-pounder into an outstanding safety prospect. But Williams, along with three other Tide players, mugged two Alabama students in 2013 and back in August, he pleaded guilty to second degree robbery for the incident, which is a Class A felony. He avoided prison time and is serving five years of probation and is out of football.