Grading the College Careers of the 2009 5-Star Football Recruits

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Grading the College Careers of the 2009 5-Star Football Recruits
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Manti Te'o and Matt Barkley were considered to be two of the best prospects of the 2009 recruiting class

Now that the 2012 college football season is winding down and coming to a close, many fans are starting to turn their attention to the recruiting trail to see where many of the top prospects of the 2013 class could potentially be headed.

As we come closer and closer to National Signing Day, we're bound to see plenty of stories about all of this year's top blue-chip prospects pop up over the next few weeks. 

What we've learned in the past, though, is that when it comes to high school football prospects, there's definitely no such thing as a "sure thing" no matter how many stars a player may be rated, or how many awards he may win.

If you want proof of that, all you have to do is go back to four years ago and look at who was rated as the top prospects of the 2009 class. 

There were some 5-star recruits who definitely lived up to their potential and became impact players at the college level. But there were also players who turned out to be major busts. 

Here's a look at the studs and duds of the 2009 recruiting class. 

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