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January 30, 2012

The History of #1



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On Wednesday, the No. 1 recruit in America according to Rivals.com will make his decision. Dorial Green-Beckham will choose between Alabama, Arkansas, Missouri, Oklahoma and Texas a little after 9 a.m. Central time on Wednesday morning.

Here is the history of the No. 1 overall prospects in the Rivals.com era:

The History of #1
YEAR PLAYER SCHOOL OTHER CHOICES CAREER
2011 Jadeveon Clowney, DE SOUTH CAROLINAALABAMA, CLEMSON 10 TFL, 6.5 sacks, both second on the team. SEC freshman of the year.
2010 Ronald Powell, DE FLORIDA USC 57 tackles, 11.5 for loss in two seasons, has played in all 25 games
2009 Bryce Brown, RB TENNESSEE CLEMSON, LSU, OREGON, MISSOURI, KANSAS STATE, MIAMI Played as a freshman and ran for 460 yards and 3 TD's before transferring to Kansas State. Left KSU early in 2011 and is expected to enter the NFL Draft.
2008 Terrelle Pryor, QB OHIO STATE MICHIGAN, PENN STATE, OREGON Two-year starter, two-time honorable mention all-Big Ten, 2010 Rose Bowl MVP, left early for NFL draft following suspension for NCAA violations, now with Oakland Raiders.
2007 Jimmy Clausen, QB NOTRE DAME TENNESSEE, UCLA Three-year starter, threw for mre than 8,000 yards and 60 touchdowns. Skipped his senior season, second-round pick by the Carolina Panthers.
2006 Percy Harvin, WR FLORIDA USC, MIAMI, FLORIDA STATE Three-year contributor had 2,755 yards and 19 touchdowns in last two seasons. Major part of Gators' 2008 national title team. First-round pick of the Minnesota Vikings after his junior season.
2005 Derrick Williams, ATH PENN STATE TENNESSEE, FLORIDA, OKLAHOMA, TEXAS Three-year starter who was named to the all-freshman team in 2005 in the Big Ten. Was a first-team all-conference pick in 2008. Third round pick of the Detroit Lions in the NFL Draft after his senior season.
2004 Adrian Peterson, RB OKLAHOMA TEXAS, ARKANSAS, UCLA, USC Set NCAA freshman record with 1,925 rushing yards and finished 2nd in Heisman voting. Finished career with 4,045 yards and was a first-round pick of the Vikings after his junior season.
2003 Ernie Sims, LB FLORIDA STATE AUBURN, GEORGIA, MIAMI, FLORIDA Three-year starter who was an all-ACC and all-American pick as a sophomore. Entered the NFL Draft after his junior season and was the No. 9 overall pick of the Detroit Lions.
2002 Vince Young, QB TEXAS MIAMI, ARKANSAS Redshirted before starting two-and-a-half season. Won 24 of his last 25 games, including the 2005 national title. Finished second in Heisman voting as a junior. Skipped his senior season and was a first-round pick of the Tennessee Titans.


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