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What Happened to Every Former 5-Star Recruit Who Was Eligible for 2014 NFL Draft

Tyler DonohueNational Recruiting AnalystMay 13, 2014

What Happened to Every Former 5-Star Recruit Who Was Eligible for 2014 NFL Draft

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    Jadeveon Clowney was the top-ranked member of 2011 class.
    Jadeveon Clowney was the top-ranked member of 2011 class.Bob Levey/Getty Images

    It can be extremely difficult to anticipate how college careers will pan out for top high school football prospects. Injuries, coaching changes and transfers routinely alter the journey for even the most heralded recruits.

    For many, the collegiate experience culminated over the past weekend. Former amateur phenoms heard their names called throughout the NFL draft, while several quickly signed free-agent contracts in its aftermath.

    However, plenty of players once touted as promising building blocks for programs will never achieve the dream. Here's a look at every draft-eligible athlete who was once rated as a 5-star talent in 247Sports' composite rankings.

     

    Undrafted free-agent signings via USA Today.

Craig Loston, DB, (Houston, Texas)

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    Recruiting Ranking: No. 1 safety; No. 9 overall in 2009

    Signed With: LSU

     

    College Career

    Craig Loston was a two-year starter at safety for the Tigers. He collected 148 career tackles in 45 game appearances and earned Second-Team All-SEC honors in 2012 and 2013.

     

    Current Status

    Loston signed with the Jacksonville Jaguars as an undrafted free agent.

Jacobbi McDaniel, DT, (Greenville, Florida)

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    Associated Press

    Recruiting Ranking: No. 1 defensive tackle; No. 5 overall in 2009

    Signed With: Florida State

     

    College Career

    Jacobbi McDaniel earned a role in the Seminoles defensive-line rotation as a true freshman. He missed the 2012 campaign with an ankle injury but rebounded to record 29 tackles on the way to a national title last fall.

     

    Current Status

    McDaniel signed with the Cleveland Browns as an undrafted free agent.

Gary Brown, DT, (Greenville, Florida)

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    Credit: Rivals.com

    Recruiting Ranking: No. 2 defensive tackle; No. 11 overall in 2009

    Signed With: Florida

     

    College Career

    After repeated off-field issues and a brush with the law, Gary Brown was dismissed by Florida following his redshirt freshman season. His career with the Gators quickly concluded without an impact in live-game action.

     

    Current Status

    He never returned to play at the FBS level after his dismissal from Florida.

Devon Kennard, DE, (Phoenix, Arizona)

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    Recruiting Ranking: No. 1 weak-side defensive end; No. 12 overall in 2009

    Signed With: USC

     

    College Career

    Devon Kennard spent the early stages of his career at linebacker but returned to defensive end in 2011. He missed the 2012 season with a torn pectoral muscle but recovered to lead the team with nine sacks as a senior.

     

    Current Status

    Kennard was selected by the New York Giants in the fifth round.

Garrett Gilbert, QB (Austin, Texas)

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    Recruiting Ranking: No. 2 pro-style quarterback; No. 14 overall in 2009

    Signed With: Texas

     

    College Career

    Garrett Gilbert seemed to be an ideal fit in Austin, but the homegrown talent threw 10 touchdowns and 17 interceptions as a sophomore and never regained the team's trust. He transferred to Southern Methodist University in 2012 and threw 36 touchdowns in two seasons.

     

    Current Status

    Gilbert was selected by the St. Louis Rams in sixth round.

Andre Debose, WR (Sanford, Florida)

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    Recruiting Ranking: No. 2 wide receiver; No. 15 overall in 2009

    Signed With: Florida

     

    College Career

    Andrew Debose has endured a collegiate career defined by injuries. He missed the 2009 and 2013 seasons with knee issues but still owns a Gators record with four kickoff returns for touchdowns.

     

    Current Status

    Debose was granted a sixth year of college eligibility in March and will be on the Florida roster this fall.

Mason Walters, OT (Wolfforth, Texas)

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    Recruiting Ranking: No. 1 offensive tackle; No. 16 overall in 2009

    Signed With: Texas

     

    College Career

    Mason Walters started his senior season with a team-best streak of 38 straight starts. That continued through 2013, but he dealt with a knee injury along the way.

     

    Current Status

    Walters remains a free agent and is able to sign with any NFL team.

Aaron Murray, QB (Tampa, Florida)

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    USA TODAY Sports

    Recruiting Ranking: No. 3 dual-threat quarterback; No. 18 overall in 2009

    Signed With: Georgia

     

    College Career

    Aaron Murray set SEC records for career completions (921), passing yards (13,166) and touchdown passes (121).  The four-year starter amassed at least 3,000 yards through the air every season.

     

    Current Status

    Murray was selected in the fifth round by the Kansas City Chiefs.

Dorian Bell, LB (Monroeville, Pennsylvania)

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    Credit: 247Sports

    Recruiting Ranking: No. 2 outside linebacker; No. 20 overall in 2009

    Signed With: Ohio State

     

    College Career

    Dorian Bell recorded just nine tackles as a Buckeye before he was suspended for the 2011 season for team rules violations. He transferred to Duquesne University, where his efforts earned FCS All-American honors.

     

    Current Status

    Bell signed with the Pittsburgh Steelers as an undrafted free agent.

Chris Davenport, DT (Mansfield, Louisiana)

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    Beth Hall-USA TODAY Sports

    Recruiting Ranking: No. 4 defensive tackle; No. 29 overall in 2009

    Signed With: LSU

     

    College Career

    Things didn't work out for Chris Davenport in Baton Rouge, where he was moved from defense to offense in 2011. He never started a game for the Tigers but flourished following his transfer to Tulane, where he returned to the defensive line and tallied 19 tackles.

     

    Current Status

    Davenport signed with the Washington Redskins as an undrafted free agent.

Ronald Powell, DE (Moreno Valley, California)

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    USA TODAY Sports

    Recruiting Ranking: No. 1 weak-side defensive end; No. 1 overall in 2010

    Signed With: Florida

     

    College Career

    Ronald Powell played 13 games as a true freshman, starting one at defensive end. He soon switched to a hybrid-linebacker role and missed the 2012 season with a knee injury. His return last fall featured eight starts.

     

    Current Status

    Powell was selected by the New Orleans Saints in the fifth round.

Seantrel Henderson, OT (Saint Paul, Minnesota)

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    Recruiting Ranking: No. 1 offensive tackle; No. 2 overall in 2010

    Signed With: Miami

     

    College Career

    Seantrel Henderson dealt with multiple suspensions due to failed drug tests in college. He earned a 2013 All-ACC Honorable Mention nod but leaves plenty to be desired despite a superior skill set.

     

    Current Status

    Henderson was selected by the Buffalo Bills in the seventh round.

Dominique Easley, DE (Staten Island, New York)

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    Recruiting Ranking: No. 1 defensive tackle; No. 4 overall in 2010

    Signed With: Florida

     

    College Career

    Dominique Easley became a starter during his sophomore season. The team captain saw his final season at Florida cut short in 2013 when he suffered a ruptured ACL.

     

    Current Status

    Easley was selected by the New England Patriots in the first round.

Jackson Jeffcoat, DE (Plano, Texas)

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    Recruiting Ranking: No. 1 strong-side defensive end; No. 5 overall in 2010

    Signed With: Texas

     

    College Career

    Jackson Jeffcoat developed into a crucial member of the defensive front, saving his best season for last. He tallied 86 tackles and 13 sacks in 2013, earning the Ted Hendricks Award (nation's best defensive end).

     

    Current Status

    Jeffcoat signed with the Seattle Seahawks as an undrafted free agent.

Jordan Hicks, LB (West Chester, Ohio)

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    Recruiting Ranking: No. 1 outside linebacker, No. 7 overall in 2010

    Signed With: Texas

     

    College Career

    Jordan Hicks has been a productive playmaker at Texas when on the field, but injuries have plagued him. He missed 10 games in 2012 and was lost for the 2013 season in September with a ruptured Achilles. His 41 tackles led the Longhorns at the time of the injury.

     

    Current Status

    Hicks remains a member of the Texas roster.

Kyle Prater, WR (Hillside, Illinois)

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    Recruiting Ranking: No. 2 wide receiver; No. 11 overall in 2010

    Signed With: USC

     

    College Career

    Kyle Prater never panned out with the Trojans, catching just one pass in two years on campus. He returned to his home state by transferring to Northwestern in 2012 and has 19 career receptions with the Wildcats.

     

    Current Status

    Prater remains a member of the Northwestern roster.

Lamarcus Joyner, DB (Miami, Florida)

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    Recruiting Ranking: No. 1 athlete; No. 12 overall in 2010

    Signed With: Florida State

     

    College Career

    Lamarcus Joyner was a mainstay as a kick-return specialist and in the Seminoles secondary, starting 41 straight contests. He was a Jim Thorpe Award finalist (nation's best defensive back) in 2013.

     

    Current Status

    Selected by the St. Louis Rams in the second round.

Mike Davis, WR (Dallas, Texas)

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    Recruiting Ranking: No. 3 wide receiver, No. 13 overall in 2010

    Signed With: Texas

     

    College Career

    Mike Davis was a four-year starter with the Longhorns. He caught 51 passes for 727 yards and a career-best eight touchdowns in 2013.

     

    Current Status

    Davis signed with the Oakland Raiders as an undrafted free agent.

Owamagbe Odighizuwa, DE (Portland, Oregon)

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    Recruiting Ranking: No. 3 strong-side defensive end; No. 17 overall in 2010

    Signed With: UCLA

     

    College Career

    Owamagbe Odighizuwa missed the 2013 season after undergoing a pair of hip surgeries. He began to live up to expectations in 2012, when he tallied 44 tackles and 3.5 sacks.

     

    Current Status

    Odighizuwa remains on the Bruins roster.

Xavier Grimble, TE (Las Vegas, Nevada)

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    Recruiting Ranking: No. 1 tight end; No. 20 overall in 2010

    Signed With: USC

     

    College Career

    Xavier Grimble cracked the starting lineup as a redshirt freshman, catching four touchdowns in 2011. He added seven more receiving scores in the past two seasons combined.

     

    Current Status

    Grimble signed with the New York Giants as an undrafted free agent.

Christian Jones, LB (Winter Park, Florida)

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    Recruiting Ranking: No. 3 outside linebacker; No. 21 overall in 2010

    Signed With: Florida State

     

    College Career

    Christian Jones started 12 games during the 2013 national championship run. His best statistical season occurred in 2012, when he finished with a team-high 95 tackles.

     

    Current Status

    Signed with the Chicago Bears as an undrafted free agent.

Joshua Shaw, DB (Palmdale, California)

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    Recruiting Ranking: No. 2 cornerback; No. 22 overall in 2010

    Signed With: Florida

     

    College Career

    Joshua Shaw decided to return to the West Coast in 2012, transferring to USC. He started every game at cornerback or free safety last fall, compiling 67 tackles and four interceptions.

     

    Current Status

    Shaw remains on the Trojans roster.

Trovon Reed, CB (Thibodaux, Louisiana)

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    Recruiting Ranking: No. 2 athlete; No. 23 overall in 2010

    Signed With: Auburn

     

    College Career

    Trovon Reed provided depth at receiver in recent years. He took on a new role this spring with a move to the Tigers defensive backfield.

     

    Current Status

    Reed remains on the Auburn roster.

George Uko, DT (Chino, California)

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    Recruiting Ranking: No. 2 defensive tackle; No. 24 overall in 2010

    Signed With: USC

     

    College Career

    George Uko shuffled along the defensive front in 2012, moving from tackle to end and back again. However, he found a home at right defensive end in 2013, racking up 36 tackles and five sacks in 14 starts.

     

    Current Status

    Uko signed with the New Orleans Saints as an undrafted free agent.

Reggie Wilson, DE (Fort Worth, Texas)

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    Recruiting Ranking: No. 2 strong-side defensive end; No. 25 overall in 2010

    Signed With: Texas

     

    College Career

    Reggie Wilson was a reliable member of the defensive rotation throughout his Longhorns career, appearing in 51 games (two starts). He finished up with 56 tackles and three sacks.

     

    Current Status

    Wilson used all his eligibility at Texas and remains an undrafted NFL free agent.

Jeff Luc, LB (Port Saint Lucie, Florida)

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    Recruiting Ranking: No. 2 inside linebacker; No. 26 overall in 2010

    Signed With: Florida State

     

    College Career

    Jeff Luc transferred from Florida State to Cincinnati in 2012 after appearing in 19 games with the Seminoles. He started seven games in 2013, finishing seventh on the team with 43 tackles in his first campaign with the Bearcats.

     

    Current Status

    Luc remains on the Cincinnati roster.

Darius White, WR (Fort Worth, Texas)

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    Recruiting Ranking: No. 5 wide receiver; No. 27 overall in 2010.

    Signed With: Texas

     

    College Career

    Darius White caught six passes in two seasons at Texas before transferring to Missouri in 2012. He returned to game action last fall, finishing with seven receptions and a touchdown.

     

    Current Status

    White remains on the Missouri roster.

Ja'Wuan James, OT (Suwanee, Georgia)

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    Recruiting Ranking: No. 2 offensive tackle; No. 28 overall in 2010

    Signed With: Tennessee

     

    College Career

    Ja'Wuan James set a Volunteers record for career starts on the offensive line. He started all 49 games at Tennessee.

     

    Current Status

    James was drafted by the Miami Dolphins in the first round.

Robert Crisp, OT (Hillsborough, North Carolina)

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    Credit: NC State team website

    Recruiting Ranking: No. 3 offensive tackle; No. 29 overall in 2010

    Signed With: North Carolina State

     

    College Career

    Robert Crisp started the first game of his collegiate career in 2010, though it was the most action he'd see that season. He was the team's starting left tackle in 2012, but missed the majority of last fall after suffering a concussion in September.

     

    Current Status

    Crisp remains on the Wolfpack roster.

Lache Seastrunk, RB (Temple, Texas)

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    Recruiting Ranking: No. 2 running back; No. 30 player overall in 2010 class

    Signed With: Oregon

     

    College Career

    Lache Seastrunk departed Oregon after a redshirt freshman season in Eugene. He returned to the Lone Star State by transferring to Baylor. He became the first player in program history to gain at least 1,000 rushing yards in multiple seasons.

     

    Current Status

    Seastrunk was selected by the Washington Redskins in the sixth round.

Jadeveon Clowney, DE (Rock Hill, South Carolina)

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    Recruiting Ranking: No. 1 weak-side defensive end; No. 1 overall in 2011

    Signed With: South Carolina

     

    College Career

    Jadeveon Clowney quickly developed into one of the nation's most feared defenders. He was voted the SEC'S Defensive Freshman of the Year in 2011 and finished sixth in Heisman Trophy voting as a sophomore.

     

    Current Status

    Clowney was the first overall pick of the 2014 NFL draft, selected by the Houston Texans.

Cyrus Kouandjio, OT (Hyattsville, Maryland)

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    Recruiting Ranking: No. 1 offensive tackle; No. 2 overall in 2011

    Signed With: Alabama

     

    College Career

    Cyrus Kouandjio suffered a season-ending knee injury as a freshman but pushed through to enjoy a productive career in Tuscaloosa. He started all 26 games at left tackle during the past two years.

     

    Current Status

    Kouandjio was selected by the Buffalo Bills in the second round.

La'El Collins, OT (Baton Rouge, Louisiana)

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    Recruiting Ranking: No. 2 offensive tackle; No. 3 overall in 2011

    Signed With: LSU

     

    College Career

    La'El Collins took over as a full-time starter as a sophomore. He transitioned from left guard to left tackle in 2013 and earned Second-Team All-SEC honors.

     

    Current Status

    Collins remains on the LSU roster.

Karlos Williams, DB (Davenport, Florida)

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    Recruiting Ranking: No. 1 safety; No. 4 overall in 2011

    Signed With: Florida State

     

    College Career

    Karlos Williams arrived in Tallahassee expected to bolster the Seminoles defensive secondary but his biggest impact has come in the offensive backfield. He was converted to running back in 2013, rushing for 730 yards and 11 touchdowns on the way to a national title.

     

    Current Status

    Williams remains on the Florida State roster.

Anthony Johnson, DT (New Orleans, Louisiana)

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    USA TODAY Sports

    Recruiting Ranking: No. 1 defensive tackle; No. 5 overall in 2011

    Signed With: LSU

     

    College Career

    Anthony Johnson appeared in every game as a true freshman and moved into a starting role during his sophomore season. He finished the 2013 season with35 tackles and three sacks.

     

    Current Status

    Johnson signed with the Miami Dolphins as an undrafted free agent.

Isaiah Crowell, RB (Columbus, Georgia)

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    Recruiting Ranking: No. 1 running back; No. 6 overall in 2011

    Signed With: Georgia

     

    College Career

    Isaiah Crowell earned SEC Offensive Freshman of the Year honors in 2011 after rushing for 850 yards and five touchdowns in his only season as a Bulldog. He was dismissed from Georgia in 2012 following three weapons charges. Crowell transferred to Alabama State, where he rushed for nearly 2,000 yards and 30 touchdowns in two seasons.

     

    Current Status

    Crowell signed with the Cleveland Browns as an undrafted free agent.

Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, DB (Orlando, Fla.)

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    Recruiting Ranking: No. 2 safety; No. 7 overall in 2011

    Signed With: Alabama

     

    College Career

    Ha Ha Clinton-Dix contributed to two national title runs as an underclassmen, including an SEC-leading five interceptions in 2012. Despite a two-game suspension in 2013, he recorded a career-high 51 tackles.

     

    Current Status

    Clinton-Dix was selected by the Green Bay Packers in the first round.

George Farmer, WR (Gardena, Calif.)

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    Recruiting Ranking: No. 1 wide receiver; No. 8 overall in 2011

    Signed With: USC

     

    College Career

    George Farmer has failed to live up to immense expectations as a Trojan. He caught five passes for 49 yards during his first two seasons and missed the 2013 campaign due to a knee injury.

     

    Current Status

    Farmer remains on the USC roster.

Aaron Lynch, DE (Cape Coral, Florida)

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    Recruiting Ranking: No. 1 strong-side defensive end; No. 9 overall in 2011

    Signed With: Notre Dame

     

    College Career

    Aaron Lynch impressed as a true freshman with the Fighting Irish, recording 33 tackles and 5.5 sacks. However, he decided to play closer to home and transferred to South Florida, where he tallied 10 starts, 29 tackles and five sacks in his only season as a Bull.

     

    Current Status

    Lynch was selected by the San Francisco 49ers in the fifth round.

Christian Westerman, OT (Chandler, Arizona)

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    Recruiting Ranking: No. 3 offensive tackle; No. 10 overall in 2011

    Signed With: Auburn

     

    College Career

    Christian Westerman dealt with injuries in 2012 following a redshirt freshman season at Auburn. He returned to his home state with a transfer to Arizona State, sitting out the 2013 campaign.

     

    Current Status

    Westerman returns to game action this season, debuting with the Sun Devils.

Timmy Jernigan, DT (Lake City, Florida)

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    Recruiting Ranking: No. 2 defensive tackle; No. 11 overall in 2011

    Signed With: Florida State

     

    College Career

    Timmy Jernigan was a pivotal backup for the majority of his underclassman career but burst onto the scene as a full-time starter at nose tackle in 2013. He led Florida State with 11 tackles for loss and finished the National Championship with nine tackles.

     

    Current Status

    Jernigan was selected by the Baltimore Ravens in the second round.

Brandon Williams, RB (Brookshire, Texas)

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    Recruiting Ranking: No. 2 running back; No. 12 overall in 2011

    Signed With: Oklahoma

     

    College Career

    Brandon Williams didn't stick with the Sooners for long, opting to transfer to former Big 12 foe Texas A&M. He debuted with the Aggies in 2013, rushing for 289 yards and a touchdown.

     

    Current Status:

    Williams remains on the Texas A&M roster.

Malcolm Brown, RB (Schertz, Texas)

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    Recruiting Ranking: No. 3 running back; No. 13 overall in 2011

    Signed With: Texas

     

    College Career

    Malcolm Brown made strides in the Longhorns offensive attack last fall. He led the team in rushing with 904 yards and nine touchdowns on the ground.

     

    Current Status

    Brown remains on the Texas roster.

Tony Steward, LB (St. Augustine, Florida)

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    Credit: 247Sports

    Recruiting Ranking: No. 1 outside linebacker; No. 15 overall in 2011

    Signed With: Clemson

     

    College Career

    Tony Steward has managed just 68 career tackles in 31 games. He suffered a torn ACL in 2011, costing him the second half of his freshman season.

     

    Current Status

    Steward remains on the Clemson roster.

Jarvis Landry, WR (Lutcher, Louisiana)

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    Recruiting Ranking: No. 2 wide receiver; No. 14 overall in 2011

    Signed With: LSU

     

    College Career

    Despite a rough start to his Tigers career (stress fracture in foot during summer of 2011), Jarvs Landry worked his way up the depth chart and became a team captain. He led LSU in receiving as a junior last fall, catching 77 passes for 1,193 yards and 10 touchdowns.

     

    Current Status

    Landry was selected by the Miami Dolphins in the second round.

Jeff Driskel, QB (Oviedo, Florida)

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    Recruiting Ranking: No. 1 dual-threat quarterback; No. 16 overall in 2011

    Signed With: Florida

     

    College Career

    Jeff Driskel took over as Florida's starting quarterback in 2012. He entered his junior season looking to make strides but an ankle injury ended the campaign in September. In 20 game appearances, he's passed for 2,271 yards, 14 touchdowns and 10 interceptions.

     

    Current Status

    Driskel remains on the Gators roster.

De'Anthony Thomas, RB (Los Angeles, California)

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    Recruiting Ranking: No. 1 all-purpose back; No. 17 overall in 2011

    Signed With: Oregon

     

    College Career

    De'Anthony Thomas quickly developed into a multidimensional threat for the Ducks, earning Pac-12 co-Offensive Freshman of the Year honors. He rushed for at least 590 yards in each of his three seasons, led Oregon in receptions as a sophomore and set a program record for career kick return yards.

     

    Current Status

    Thomas was selected by the Kansas City Chiefs in the fourth round.

Ray Drew, DE (Thomasville, Georgia)

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    Recruiting Ranking: No. 2 strong-side defensive end; No. 18 overall in 2011

    Signed With: Georgia

     

    College Career

    Ray Drew was a rotational player during his first two seasons on campus but stepped up to start seven games in 2013. He finished his junior campaign with career-highs in tackles (43) and sacks (six).

     

    Current Status

    Drew remains on the Georgia roster.

Stephone Anthony, LB (Wadesboro, North Carolina)

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    Recruiting Ranking: No. 2 outside linebacker; No. 20 overall in 2011

    Signed With: Clemson

     

    College Career

    Stephone Anthony proved to be an immediate-impact contributor at Clemson, leading the unit as an underclassman. He already has 240 career tackles, rising up the program's record books.

     

    Current Status

    Anthony remains on the Clemson roster.

Sammy Watkins, WR (Fort Myers, Florida)

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    Recruiting Ranking: No. 3 wide receiver, No. 19 overall

    Signed With: Clemson

     

    College Career

    Sammy Watkins made his presence known early, becoming the fourth true freshman in NCAA history earn First-Team All-America honors. He set Clemson career records for receptions (240) and receiving yards (3,391), capping things off in the Orange Bowl with 16 catches for 227 and two touchdowns.

     

    Current Status

    Sammy Watkins was selected by the Buffalo Bills in the first round.

Trey Metoyer, WR (Whitehouse, Texas)

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    Recruiting Ranking: No. 4 wide receiver; No. 21 overall in 2011

    Signed With: Oklahoma

     

    College Career

    Trey Metoyer was dismissed by Oklahoma in 2013 after being charged with two counts of indecent exposure. His most productive season came in 2012, when he caught 17 passes for 148 yards and one touchdown. 

     

    Current Status

    Metoyer was charged with another count of indecent exposure in February.

Anthony Chickillo, DE (Tampa, Florida)

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    Recruiting Ranking: No. 2 weak-side defensive end; No. 22 overall in 2011

    Signed With: Miami

     

    College Career

    Anthony Chickillo is a mainstay on Miami's defensive front, making 34 straight starts. He recorded 46 tackles and 3.5 sacks in 2013.

     

    Current Status

    Chickillo remains on the Miami roster.

Curtis Grant, LB (Richmond, Virginia)

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    Recruiting Ranking: No. 1 inside linebacker; No. 23 overall in 2011

    Signed With: Ohio State

     

    College Career

    Curtis Grant wasn't able to make much of an impact as an underclassman, tallying 10 total tackles between 2011 and 2012. He took on a larger role as a junior, finishing with 52 tackles and 2.5 sacks.

     

    Current Status

    Grant remains on the Ohio State roster.

Steve Edmond, LB (Daingerfield, Texas)

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    Recruiting Ranking: No. 2 inside linebacker; No. 24 overall in 2011

    Signed With: Texas

     

    College Career

    Steve Edmond is entrenched at the heart of the Longhorns defense, as head coach Charlie Strong inherits a productive linebacker. He has 150 tackles in the past two seasons.

     

    Current Status

    Edmond remains on the Texas roster.

James Wilder, RB (Tampa, Florida)

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    Recruiting Ranking: No. 1 athlete; No. 25 overall in 2011

    Signed With: Florida State

     

    College Career

    James Wilder never exploded as a feature back at Florida State but his efforts help the Seminoles offensive roll in 2013, when he rushed for 563 yards and eight touchdowns. He finished his college career with 20 scores on the ground.

     

    Current Status

    Wilder signed with the Cincinnati Bengals as an undrafted free agent. 

Ishaq Williams, LB (Brooklyn, New York)

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    Recruiting Ranking: No. 3 outside linebacker; No. 26 overall in 2011

    Signed With: Notre Dame

     

    College Career

    Ishaq Williams still hasn't started a game in South Bend. He has 45 total tackles and no sacks in 35 career contests.

     

    Current Status

    Williams remains on the Notre Dame roster

Nick O'Leary, TE (Palm Beach Gardens, Florida)

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    Recruiting Ranking: No. 1 tight end; No. 27 overall

    Signed With: Florida State

     

    College Career

    Nick O'Leary earned a starting role during his freshman season. He led all tight ends in the nation with 16.9 yards per reception in 2013, when he caught 33 passes for 557 yards and seven scores.

     

    Current Status

    O'Leary remains on the Seminoles roster.

Savon Huggins, RB (Jersey City, New Jersey)

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    Recruiting Ranking: No. 4 running back; No. 28 overall in 2011

    Signed With: Rutgers

     

    College Career

    Savon Huggins hasn't been able to match the hype at Rutgers, rushing for 842 yards in three seasons. He's scored nine touchdowns on the ground as a Scarlet Knight.

     

    Current Status:

    Huggins considered transferring during the winter but will return to Rutgers this season.

Trey DePriest, LB (Springfield, Ohio)

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    Recruiting Ranking: No. 3 inside linebacker; No. 29 overall in 2011

    Signed With: Alabama

     

    College Career

    Tony DePriest had to wait his turn for a role in Alabama's star-studded defense. He made the most of an expanded opportunity in 2013, tallying 65 tackles.

     

    Current Status

    DePriest remains on the Crimson Tide roster.

Braxton Miller, QB (Dayton, Ohio)

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    Recruiting Ranking: No. 2 dual-threat quarterback; No. 30 overall in 2011

    Signed With: Ohio State

     

    College Career

    Braxton Miller has orchestrated the Buckeyes offensive attack since his freshman season. He's thrown for nearly 5,300 yards, rushed for more than 3,000 yards and accounted for 84 total touchdowns.

     

    Current Status

    Miller opted to return to Ohio State for his senior season after considering the NFL draft.

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