New recruits promote optimism during the spring and summer around every SEC football team for good reason—the new crop of players represents a future with limitless possibilities.
Numerous high-profile prospects enroll with enormous expectations.
Those with 5-star status attached to their name show up as future conquering heroes.
Often, those players pan out to be superstars.
That trio represents the vast majority of elite prospects who meet expectations.
There are, however, many more players who never quite live up to the considerable hype for myriad reasons.
Today I examine the SEC’s biggest recruiting "flops" during the BCS era.
Players who never qualified or enrolled in school won’t be considered for this list because they weren’t true “flops.”
To be considered a “flop,” a player must have arrived on campus with expectations and failed to come close to meeting them.
Because Rivals recruiting rankings didn’t really become an institution until 2002, only players who signed in 2002 or later will be considered.
Furthermore, since Texas A&M and Missouri have yet to put an entire signing class through their careers, those two programs have been left out of this review.
Here is the list.