Highest-Rated Recruits of the Last Decade Who Never Panned out

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Highest-Rated Recruits of the Last Decade Who Never Panned out
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We have to always remember that not every star and stud recruit will go on to fulfill his promise and perform to expectations. A ton of variables come into play that can affect a recruit's success in college. 

From suffering an injury, not adjusting to the speed of the game, a coaching change, being under-developed, academic problems and running into off-the-field trouble, a myriad of things can happen to hinder your favorite 5-star prospect's success.

Over the years, we've had some significantly hyped prospects who for one reason or another just didn't pan out. This piece will take a look into the last 10 years  of recruiting (2004-2013)—but I'm going to knock off the 2012 and 2013 classes because it is still too soon to judge them.

Here are some of the highest-rated recruits over the past decade of recruiting who never panned out.

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