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The SEC's 25 Highest Rated Recruits of the Last Decade

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The SEC's 25 Highest Rated Recruits of the Last Decade
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Jadeveon Clowney arrived at South Carolina as one of the most hyped high school football recruits of all time

There’s a pretty simple reason why the SEC has emerged as college football’s most powerful conference over the last decade, producing eight out of the last 10 national champions.

That reason is talent. No other conference in college football has the same amount of top-tier talent as the SEC currently does.

Year after year, dozens of highly touted blue-chip high school recruits from around the country pledge their allegiance to SEC schools, only adding to the already incredible abundance of talent in the league.

This year is no different. Some of the biggest stars of the 2013 recruiting class have chosen to compete in college football’s true powerhouse conference.

As we’ve learned in recent years, however, high school hype certainly doesn’t guarantee that a young player will become successful in the SEC.

There have been plenty of celebrated and coveted recruits who have come in and flourished in the league and left as high NFL draft picks. But there have also been a few so-called “can’t miss” prospects who turned out to be big-time busts for a variety of different reasons.

Here’s a look at how the SEC’s 25 most highly touted high school recruits from the last decade fared once they actually reached the collegiate level.

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