Looking back at the 2007 class

January, 31, 2011
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The ESPN recruiting team has a fascinating look back at the 2007 class and how the ESPNU 150 prospects panned out.

In putting this package together, it re-ranked the top 10 classes in 2007 and included a list of hits and misses, not to mention prospects who exceeded expectations.

It's a reminder to us all that, while recruiting great players is a must if you're going to compete for championships, it's what you do with these players once they get onto campus that separates the good programs from the great programs.

Of ESPN's top 25 players in the 2007 class, six signed with SEC schools -- No. 4 Eric Berry with Tennessee, No. 7 Terrence Toliver with LSU, No. 9 Mike McNeil with Auburn, No. 14 Brian Maddox with South Carolina, No. 15 Carlos Dunlap with Florida and No. 25 John Brantley with Florida. Ryan Mallett was No. 12 in that class, but he signed with Michigan out of high school before transferring to Arkansas.

Keep in mind that Auburn's Cam Newton was also in that 2007 class, but had eight other quarterbacks ranked ahead of him nationally when he signed with Florida. Nick Fairley was a member of the 2007 class, too, and wasn't even on the ESPNU 150 list. In fact, he was ranked as an offensive tackle, the No. 32 offensive tackle prospect in the country, but failed to qualify academically and went to junior college.

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