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February 2, 2010
We're closing in on National Signing Day, but don't necessarily expect that heralded five-star recruit to deliver an instant impact.
Only three of the 33 five-star prospects from last year made the Rivals.com Freshman All-America team this season. The vast majority couldn't crack the starting lineup on their respective teams.
As the list of five-star prospects in the past four signing classes shows, it generally takes a while -- even for can't-miss guys -- to make a big impact in college.
Patience is the key. Many of the players on these lists have gone on to have outstanding careers.
Here is a look at the careers of the five-star prospects in the Class of 2007.
2007 FIVE-STAR PLAYERS
1. QB Jimmy Clausen, Notre Dame
2. RB Joe McKnight, USC
3. SS Eric Berry, Tennessee
4. QB Ryan Mallett, Michigan
5. DE Carlos Dunlap, Florida
6. DE Everson Griffen, USC
7. DT Marvin Austin, North Carolina
8. WR Ronald Johnson, USC
9. DT Torrey Davis, Florida
10. OT Josh Oglesby, Wisconsin
11. LB Chris Galippo, USC
12. G James Wilson, Florida
13. WR Terrance Toliver, LSU
14. FS Chad Jones, LSU
15. RB Noel Devine, West Virginia
16. OL Tray Allen, Texas
17. RB Marc Tyler, USC
18. LB Chris Donald, Tennessee
19. FS Chris Culliver, South Carolina
20. DE Ben Martin, Tennessee
21. CB Curtis Brown, Texas
22. WR Dwight Jones, North Carolina
23. OL Ryan Miller, Colorado
24. WR Arrelious Benn, Illinois
25. CB Donovan Warren, Michigan
26. DE Martez Wilson, Illinois
27. QB Tyrod Taylor, Virginia Tech
28. QB Cameron Newton, Florida
29. C Kristofer O'Dowd, USC