Power Ranking Every No. 1 Recruit of the Last 10 Years

Alex CallosCorrespondent IFebruary 3, 2013

Power Ranking Every No. 1 Recruit of the Last 10 Years

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    With national signing day approaching on February 6, it is time to power rank every No. 1 recruit from each of the past 10 years.

    The 2013 class features plenty of talent, and at the top of the list is defensive end Robert Nkemdiche from Loganville, Ga.

    Nkemdiche has not had a chance to showcase his talents at the collegiate level, so he will not be part of the rankings.

    From 2003 to 2012, there have been No. 1 players in the recruiting rankings from all over the country.

    While some have panned out a little better than others, for the most part, these rankings are spot-on.

    Some players have certainly had more time to prove themselves, and that is taken into consideration in these rankings.

    Here is a power ranking of all the No. 1 recruits based on how well their careers have panned out so far.

    Let the debate begin.

    *Rankings according to Rivals.com's Rivals100.

10. Dorial Green-Beckham: Missouri, 2012

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    Dorial Green-Beckham has all the physical attributes to be an absolute stud down the line and showed flashes of brilliance during his freshman season in 2012.

    Injuries to starting quarterback James Franklin did not help the Missouri offense, and Green-Beckham certainly would have benefited from a healthy quarterback.

    He still managed to catch 28 passes for 395 yards and five touchdowns. At 6'6", he has amazing size. Look out for this guy in the years to come and at the next level.

9. Ronald Powell: Florida, 2010

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    Ronald Powell was a monster pass-rusher in high school and arrived at Florida as the most talented player in the 2010 class.

    He made the move from defensive end to linebacker, and he has had an impressive career so far with the Gators.

    Just as he was starting to come into his own, recording six sacks during his sophomore season, he suffered a devastating knee injury.

    The torn ACL is taking longer to heal than anticipated, but if Powell can get back on the field, a solid career will be in his future.

8. Bryce Brown: Tennessee, 2009

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    Bryce Brown began his college career at Tennessee, but after a freshman season that only featured 460 yards and three touchdowns on the ground, he transferred to Kansas State to play with his brother Arthur.

    He left Kansas State after only a few games with the Wildcats, totaling three carries for 16 yards.

    After being drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles in the seventh round of the 2012 NFL draft, Brown burst onto the scene as a rookie when LeSean McCoy went down with an injury.

    He rushed for 564 yards and four touchdowns on 115 carries.

    There could be a bright future in store for Brown.

7. Derrick Williams: Penn State, 2005

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    Coming into Penn State, Derrick Williams was as good a pure athlete as there had been in quite some time.

    He could do a little bit of everything and excelled at Penn State in various roles. Williams played quarterback, running back and wide receiver for the Nittany Lions.

    Williams was a freshman All-American in 2005 and a first-team All-Big Ten selection in 2008 during his senior campaign.

    He was drafted by the Detroit Lions in the third round of the 2009 NFL draft. After spending two years in Detroit, Williams was waived in 2011 before being signed by the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2012.

6. Jimmy Clausen: Notre Dame, 2007

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    Jimmy Clausen has not accomplished a lot since arriving in the NFL, but he did have an excellent collegiate career at Notre Dame.

    He became the starting quarterback one game into his freshman season, posting an up-and-down freshman campaign.

    As a sophomore, he passed for 3,172 yards with 25 touchdowns and 17 interceptions. During his junior season, he was one of the most prolific quarterbacks in the country, passing for 3,722 yards with 28 touchdowns and only four interceptions.

    He left early for the NFL draft and was selected by the Carolina Panthers in the second round.  He got a chance as the starter in 2010, but he threw just three touchdowns against nine interceptions in 13 starts.

    He has since served primarily as a backup to Cam Newton and is currently listed as No. 3 on the depth chart behind Derek Anderson.

5. Ernie Sims: Florida State, 2003

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    Ernie Sims had a very good three-year collegiate career at Florida State and has been a decent NFL player over the past seven seasons.

    He saw limited action as a true freshman and was a second-team All-ACC selection during his sophomore year.

    Even though his junior year was not what he or the Seminoles anticipated, he still managed to become the ninth overall pick by the Detroit Lions in 2006.

    He had a great rookie season, recording 124 tackles, and has since spent time with the Philadelphia Eagles, Indianapolis Colts and Dallas Cowboys, primarily in a backup role.

4. Terrelle Pryor: Ohio State, 2008

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    Even though his career at Ohio State did not end as he would have liked, Terrelle Pryor was still one of the best quarterbacks in the country during his time with the Buckeyes.

    Just a few games into his freshman season he became the starter for Ohio State, and he was named the Big Ten Freshman of the Year in 2008.

    During his sophomore season, he led Ohio State to another Big Ten title and was voted the MVP of the Rose Bowl.

    As a junior in 2010, he was runner-up to Denard Robinson for Big Ten Player of the Year. However, his involvement in the tattoo scandal at Ohio State earned him a five-game suspension for the 2011 season, so instead Pryor left for the NFL's supplemental draft.

    He has spent the past two years serving as a backup for the Oakland Raiders.

3. Jadeveon Clowney: South Carolina, 2011

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    Even though he has only been in college for two seasons, South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney looks like he could be a Pro Bowl player in the NFL right now.

    Clowney will be at South Carolina for at least one more season before possibly becoming the top pick in the 2014 NFL draft.

    He has no trouble getting to the quarterback, as he recorded 13 sacks in 12 games this past season after picking up eight sacks as a true freshman in 2011.

    When it comes to physical skill set, few players at any level have what this kid does.

2. Percy Harvin: Florida, 2006

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    Percy Harvin has been a success at both the NFL and collegiate levels. He can do it all on the football field and proved his versatility with the Gators during his freshman season, contributing as a wide receiver and running back while helping lead Florida to the national championship. 

    During his sophomore season, Harvin finished the year with 858 yards and four touchdowns on 59 receptions. He also had 764 yards rushing on 83 carries with six more touchdowns.

    As a junior, Harvin helped lead Florida to another national championship while battling through a season of injuries.

    He decided to forgo his senior season and was selected in the first round of the 2009 NFL draft by the Minnesota Vikings.

    Harvin was the AP Offensive Rookie of the Year in 2009 and made the Pro Bowl as a kick returner.

1. Adrian Peterson: Oklahoma, 2004

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    There is no question who the top player on this list is. Former Oklahoma running back Adrian Peterson has certainly lived up to the hype of being the No. 1 player in the country coming out of high school.

    Peterson was a monster in college, finishing second in Heisman voting as a true freshman in 2004, when he was also a first-team All-American selection.

    He suffered through injuries during his final two seasons in Norman but still managed to put together one of the best three-year careers of any running back in college football history.

    In the NFL, he has only gotten better, winning AP NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year in 2007 and NFL MVP this past season.

    He has also been selected to five Pro Bowls and been a first-team All-Pro three times in his six NFL seasons.

    The sky is the limit for this guy, and that is why he is at the top of the list.