I had a question last week about five-star prospects and how many of those guys have panned out in the SEC.
Well, I went back to the 2007 signing class, and SEC schools have signed a total of 33 players who were five-star prospects or received grades of 85 or higher from ESPN coming out of high school.
That includes the 2011 signing class.
Florida leads the way with nine five-star signees during that span. LSU is second with eight, followed by Alabama with five, Georgia with four, Auburn with three and South Carolina and Tennessee with two apiece.
Of the 33 five-star prospects to sign with SEC schools, one has already played in the Pro Bowl (Tennessee safety Eric Berry), and two others transferred or left school (Tennessee running back Bryce Brown and Florida safety Jonathan Dowling). Brown transferred to Kansas State after Derek Dooley took over at Tennessee, and Dowling was dismissed from Florida's team by former coach Urban Meyer for violating team rules.
Counting Berry, four of the 33 five-star prospects earned first-team All-SEC or first-team All-America honors. The other three were Georgia receiver A.J. Green, Alabama receiver Julio Jones and LSU cornerback Patrick Peterson.
The following is a year-by-year breakdown of the five-star prospects signing with SEC teams going back to the 2007 class:
Georgia – 2 (RB Isaiah Crowell, DE Ray Drew)
LSU – 2 (DT Anthony Johnson, OT La’el Collins)
Alabama – 1 (OT Cyrus Kouandjio)
Auburn – 1 (OT Christian Westerman)
Florida – 1 (QB Jeff Driskel)
Florida – 4 (DE Ronald Powell, DT Dominique Easley, S Matt Elam, S Jonathan Dowling)
Auburn – 1 (RB Mike Dyer)
Alabama – 3 (CB Dre Kirkpatrick, RB Trent Richardson, OT D.J. Fluker)
Florida – 2 (LB Jelani Jenkins, WR Andre Debose)
South Carolina – 1 (CB Stephon Gilmore)
Georgia – 1 (QB Aaron Murray)
Tennessee 1 (RB Bryce Brown)
Florida – 2 (S Will Hill, S Dee Finley)
LSU – 2 (CB Patrick Peterson, DE Chancey Aghayere)
Alabama – 1 (WR Julio Jones)
Georgia – 1 (WR A.J. Green)