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Friday, June 21, 2013
Multiple top 10 recruits no guarantee

By RecruitingNation

As Michigan looks to add to a No. 1 recruiting class Insider that already includes No. 2 Jabrill Peppers, we look back at other schools that landed multiple top 10 recruits fared in those players' tenures. While Alabama hit a home run in 2009 -- landing future first-round picks Dre Kirkpatrick and Trent Richardson -- others have seen mixed results.

Joe McKnight
Joe McKnight never quite reached the lofty expectations placed on him as the No. 1 recruit in USC's stacked 2006 class.
2006

USC Trojans
Vidal Hazelton (No. 3 recruit) Taylor Mays (8), Antwine Perez (10)
The trio signed with a USC program that was coming off back-to-back BCS title game appearances, but their reality ended up being a pair of transfers and a final game for Mays in the Emerald Bowl. Perez played sparingly as a true freshman and then transferred to Maryland. Hazelton was the leading receiver for the Trojans in his sophomore year with 50 catches but transferred to Cincinnati after his junior year. Mays stayed all four years and earned All-American status before being drafted in the second round of the 2010 NFL draft by the 49ers. -- Garry Paskwietz

2007

USC Trojans

Joe McKnight (1), Chris Galippo (2), Marc Tyler (3)
This was a vintage sign of the Pete Carroll recruiting machine in action at USC with the top two running backs and top inside linebacker. Galippo committed on signing day of his junior year, Tyler held off the advances of his high school quarterback, Jimmy Clausen, who was trying to lure him to South Bend, while the whole state of Louisiana considered McKnight a lock for LSU. McKnight did have a 1,000-yard rushing season for the Trojans but the group as a whole didn’t live up to the lofty expectations that came with the high rankings. -- Garry Paskwietz

2008

Florida Gators
Will Hill (3) and Dee Finley (10)
Hill and Finley where the top two safeties in the country coming out of high school. The Gators had to go to New Jersey to get Hill and, with an even more difficult challenge, had to go to Auburn (Ala.) to reel in Finley. Hill had success at Florida, but never quite lived up to the billing of his lofty prospect status. He totaled 144 total tackles, four interceptions and 1.5 sacks in Gainesville. Hill left after his junior year and now plays for the Giants. Finley failed to qualify and attended Milford Prep before coming to Florida. He played two seasons at UF and recorded only eight tackles. -- Derek Tyson

2009

Alabama Crimson Tide
Dre Kirkpatrick (4), Trent Richardson (6)
It was going to be difficult for Nick Saban and his staff to top the 2008 class, a class known for turning around the Alabama program, but while 2009 might not have been as talented top to bottom, it didn’t lack in star power. Coming off a turnaround season, the Crimson Tide landed two prospects in the top 10 -- Dre Kirkpatrick and Trent Richardson.

Trent Richardson
Trent Richardson, along with Dre Kirkpatrick, was part of a spectacular 2009 Alabama recruiting class.
Kirkpatrick was the higher ranked of the two, and although he was never a Heisman contender, he went on to become a lockdown cornerback. He earned All-SEC and All-American honors as a junior and left early for the NFL draft where he was taken in the first round.

Richardson, the top running back in his class, did not disappoint during his tenure at Alabama. As a junior, he set multiple records, rushing for 1,679 yards and 21 touchdowns. He helped lead the Tide to a national championship was also instrumental in their 2009 title run. He was drafted No. 3 overall by the Cleveland Brows in the 2012 NFL draft. -- Greg Ostendorf

LSU Tigers

Russell Shepard (3), Craig Loston (7), Rueben Randle (10)
LSU's 2009 class was a big part of LSU's 2011 SEC champion and BCS title game team, but with Shepard struggling to find a position and Loston dealing with injuries, most of the impact came from further down in the class. The two biggest stars of the class on the 2011 team -- and two future first-round NFL draft picks -- were cornerback Morris Claiborne and defensive tackle Michael Brockers, two players who did not make the ESPN 150. Randle was the leading receiver on the 2011 team. Loston remains on the team as a fifth-year senior starting at safety. -- Gary Laney

2010

Florida Gators
Ronald Powell (1), Dominique Easley (3), Matt Elam (9), Jonathan Dowling (10)
The 2010 class was one of Florida's best classes ever. The Gators went out to California to pull in Powell, the No. 1-ranked player in the country. Powell has had some success, but two ACL surgeries have kept him from becoming an elite player. Elam enjoyed great success in the Will Muschamp defense, finishing his career with 176 tackles, 23.5 tackles for loss and six interceptions. He was drafted by the Baltimore Ravens following his junior year. Easley has been disruptive on the defensive line since he joined Florida. Heading in to his senior year, Easley has totaled 67 tackles, 16 tackles for loss and 5.5 sacks. After a rough stint at Florida, Dowling transferred to Western Kentucky. -- Derek Tyson

Texas Longhorns

Jackson Jeffcoat (2), Jordan Hicks (4)
Jan. 29, 2010 will forever be one of the biggest days in not only Longhorns recruiting but recruiting in general.

That was the day Jackson Jeffcoat, the No. 2 player overall, and Jordan Hicks, ranked No. 4, committed to Texas mere moments apart. First it was Jeffcoat (Plano, Texas/West) at his high school, choosing Texas over Houston and Oklahoma. Then Hicks broke the news at Lakota West High School in West Chester, Ohio. He chose the Longhorns over Ohio State and Florida.

The two were going to form one of the best tandems in all of college football. While they have each had their moments, injuries have plagued both careers. Hicks missed seven games in 2012 with a hip injury while Jeffcoat missed the last seven games in 2012 with a right pectoral muscle rupture. The good news for Texas is they still have eligibility left and are both healthy headed into 2013. -- William Wilkerson

2011

LSU Tigers

Anthony Johnson (2), La’El Collins (8)
LSU took advantage of a rare year when Louisiana produced elite prospects on both the offensive and defensive lines and this season is the one where both should emerge into leaders.

Collins started for the first time last season at left guard and after struggling to learn the offense, matured into a solid performer and a devastating lead blocker in the run game. This year, he moves to left tackle, where he hopes to show early-round draft potential in his junior season.

Many are already projecting Johnson, who has yet to be a full-time starter at defensive tackle, to become a first-rounder this season. He has all the tools to be a dominant college player. -- Gary Laney

2012

Florida State Seminoles

Mario Edwards (1), Eddie Goldman (10)
The signing of Edwards and Goldman reflected Jimbo Fisher's goal of stockpiling talent along the defensive line -- a place he believes games are won more than any other.

Edwards came in with obvious and massive expectations as a freshman. There was some early controversy as to whether he would play or redshirt, but Brandon Jenkins' injury solved that matter. He began to play more and more as the year went on.

Defensive tackle, another position FSU has grown deep at, saw Goldman rotate in during mop-up duty.

Both players are expected to have much larger roles in the 2013 season and could have the potential to earn starting spots by the end of the year. -- Corey Dowlar