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February 2, 2010

Rivals.com five-star tracker: Class of 2006

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 2006.

MORE: Class of 2009 | Class of 2008 | Class of 2007

2006 FIVE-STAR PLAYERS

1. WR Percy Harvin, Florida
BUZZ
: He finished his career at Florida in 2008, turning pro after his junior season. He ran for 1,852 yards and 19 TDs at Florida and had 133 receptions for 1,929 yards and 13 more touchdowns. He was a first-round pick of the Minnesota Vikings in the 2009 NFL draft and was named NFL offensive rookie of the year.

2. OT Andre Smith, Alabama
BUZZ
: Smith was a three-year starter for the Tide before turning pro after his junior season. He was a first-round pick of the Cincinnati Bengals in the '09 NFL draft. He was a freshman All-America selection in 2006, a first-team All-SEC pick in '07 and a consensus All-America in '08.

3. RB Chris Wells, Ohio State
BUZZ
: Wells was a backup as a true freshman, then started as a sophomore and junior for the Buckeyes before heading off to the NFL a year early. Wells finished his career with 3,382 yards and 30 TDs in 36 games. Wells was a first-round pick of the Arizona Cardinals and finished his rookie season with 793 yards and seven TDs while sharing time with Tim Hightower.

4. DT Gerald McCoy, Oklahoma
BUZZ
: McCoy redshirted as a true freshman, then became a key three-year starter for the Sooners, earning All-America honors this season. He will bypass his senior season and is expected to be a top-10 pick in the 2010 NFL draft. He had 34 tackles, 15.5 tackles for loss, six sacks and 10 quarterback hurries this season; he finished his career with 83 tackles, 33 tackles for loss, 14.5 sacks, 18 quarterback hurries, four pass breakups and two forced fumbles.

5. LB Sergio Kindle, Texas
BUZZ
: Kindle was moved to defensive end full-time as a senior this season and responded with some solid football. He had 58 tackles, six sacks, 15 tackles for loss, nine quarterback hurries, two forced fumbles and two pass breakups. He was a backup linebacker as a true freshman and sophomore, then emerged as a starter at linebacker and end as a junior in 2008. He finished his career with 151 tackles, 16.5 sacks, 33.5 tackles for loss, 17 quarterback hurries, five pass breakups, three forced fumbles and a blocked kick.

6. QB Matthew Stafford, Georgia
BUZZ
: Stafford left Georgia after his junior season and was the No. 1 pick in the 2009 NFL draft by the Detroit Lions. He was a part-time starter as a freshman at UGA, then became the full-time starter in his final two seasons with the Bulldogs. He threw for 7,731 yards -- with 51 touchdowns and 33 interceptions -- in his career.

7. WR Vidal Hazelton, USC
BUZZ
: Hazelton sat out this season as a transfer at Cincinnati after leaving USC. He caught one pass as a true freshman in 2006, then had a 50-catch, 540-yard, four-TD season in 2007. But he had just six receptions in an injury-plagued season in 2008 and decided to transfer. He will go into spring practice as a leading contender to win the starting spot vacated by Mardy Gilyard.

8. RB C.J. Spiller, Clemson
BUZZ
: Spiller finished his career this season. In the process, he set an NCAA career record with seven kickoff-return touchdowns. He ran for 1,212 yards and 12 TDs as a senior, his only season as a full-time starter. Spiller shared starting duties with James Davis in his first three seasons. He finished his career with 3,547 rushing yards and 32 rushing touchdowns. For his career, he also had 11 touchdown receptions, threw two touchdown passes and returned a punt for a score. Spiller had 7,588 all-purpose yards in four seasons, second-most in NCAA history.

9. LB Allen Bradford, USC
BUZZ
: Bradford has played running back for the Trojans since he arrived on campus. He played sparingly as a true freshman in 2006 and as a sophomore in '07, rushing for a combined 66 yards and two TDs. He redshirted in 2008, then became a part-time starter this season, finishing with 668 yards and eight touchdowns. Bradford will be a contender for the starting job in 2010.

10. QB Mitch Mustain, Arkansas
BUZZ
: Mustain transferred to USC after his freshman season with the Razorbacks. He played in just two games this season and did not attempt a pass. He was 11-of-16 for 157 yards, with two TDs and two picks, as a backup to Mark Sanchez as a sophomore in 2008. He started eight games as a true freshman at Arkansas in 2006, throwing for 894 yards, with 10 touchdowns and nine interceptions; he left for USC after the season. He is expected to be the No. 2 quarterback for the Trojans, behind Matt Barkley, in 2010.

11. OT Sam Young, Notre Dame
BUZZ
: He started all 50 games of his Irish career, which is a school record for career starts. Forty of his starts were at right tackle.

12. SS Myron Rolle, Florida State
BUZZ
: Rolle graduated in three years and was awarded a Rhodes Scholarship; he spent the 2009 season studying at Oxford. He was a three-year starter for the Seminoles, finishing his career with 206 tackles, 7.5 tackles for loss, one interception, 12 pass breakups and a forced fumble. Rolle expects to be selected in this year's NFL draft, and he has said his eventual goal is to become a surgeon.

13. LB Brandon Spikes, Florida
BUZZ
: Spikes was a three-year starter at middle linebacker for the Gators. He had 68 tackles, three sacks and two interceptions this season, and finished his career with 307 tackles, 6.5 sacks, 31.5 tackles for loss, six interceptions (four returned for TDs), 14 pass breakups, eight quarterback hurries and two forced fumbles.

14. FS Reshad Jones, Georgia
BUZZ
: Jones had 73 tackles, four interceptions and seven pass breakups this season as a fourth-year junior, and he decided to bypass his senior season and turn pro. For his career, Jones had 206 tackles, 11 picks, 10 tackles for loss, 13 pass breakups and one forced fumble. He redshirted as a true freshman, was a part-time starter as a redshirt freshman and a full-time starter in his final two seasons with the Bulldogs.

15. LB Brandon Graham, Michigan
BUZZ
: Graham, who played defensive end at Michigan, finished his career this season as the No. 2 guy in school history in sacks (29.5) and tackles for loss (56). He was the Wolverines' MVP as a junior and senior, becoming the first defender in school history to twice be named the team MVP. He played sparingly as a true freshman, was a part-time starter as a sophomore and a full-time starter in his last two seasons. He finished with 134 tackles, eight forced fumbles, three pass breakups and two blocked kicks.

16. FS Taylor Mays, USC
BUZZ
: Mays was a four-year starter for the Trojans and gained acclaim as one of the nation's best free safeties during his career. He had 96 tackles, one interception and three pass breakups this season, and finished his time at USC with 276 tackles, five picks, 21 pass breakups and a forced fumble. He is likely to be a first-round pick in June's NFL draft, and some analysts think he could be moved to linebacker.

17. DE Robert Rose, Ohio State
BUZZ
: Rose started four games in his career and missed his final college game -- this season's Rose Bowl -- because of a suspension. He dealt with shoulder issues at times and finished his career with 31 tackles, 7.5 sacks and 11 tackles for loss.

18. RB Stafon Johnson, USC
BUZZ
: Johnson's 2009 season ended after a freak weightlifting accident on Sept. 28; the bar and weights (about 275 pounds) slipped from his hands and landed on his throat, necessitating seven hours of emergency surgery to repair his vocal chords, Adam's apple and torn throat muscles. He could've redshirted but instead decided to pro. He finished his USC career with 1,552 yards and 19 TDs; five of the TDs came in the first four games this season. He was a part-time starter in 2007 and '08 after getting just three carries as a true freshman in '06.

19. CB A.J. Wallace, Penn State
BUZZ
: Wallace was a part-time starter as a sophomore and junior before winning a starting job as a senior this season. He led the Nittany Lions with three interceptions and added 36 tackles and three pass breakups. Wallace finished his career with 99 tackles, four interceptions and nine pass breakups.

20. DT Al Woods, LSU
BUZZ
: Woods was a starter as a senior after serving as a backup in his first three seasons with the Tigers. He had 33 tackles, 5.5 tackles for loss and a sack this season, and finished his career with 73 tackles, 3.5 sacks, eight tackles for loss and a blocked kick.

21. DE Ricky Sapp, Clemson
BUZZ
: Sapp was a key backup as a true freshman, then was a three-year starter for the Tigers. He had 55 tackles, five sacks, 14 tackles for loss and seven quarterback hurries this season. Sapp finished his career with 142 tackles, 17.5 sacks, 38 tackles for loss, four forced fumbles and 16 quarterback hurries.

22. QB Tim Tebow, Florida
BUZZ
: He finished his career as one of the most accomplished players in college history. He won the Heisman in 2007 as a sophomore, his first season as the Gators' starter. He finished his career with 9,285 passing yards, 2,947 rushing yards, 88 passing TDs and 57 rushing TDs. He is fourth all-time in touchdowns accounted for and second all-time in career passing efficiency.

23. RB C.J. Gable, USC
BUZZ
: Gable played in 12 games this season but carried just 24 times for 102 yards, an extremely disappointing season. He started five times and played in all 13 games as a true freshman, finishing with 434 yards and five TDs. He redshirted in 2007 after suffering an early season abdomen injury that required surgery. Gable had a strong sophomore campaign in 2008, rushing for 617 yards and eight TDs and starting 11 times. Gable fell out of favor with the previous coaching staff, to the point that he was considering turning pro, but he is expected to go into spring practice as one of the top candidates for the starting job.

24. TE Brandon Warren, Florida State
BUZZ
: Warren has had a checkered college career. He played extensively as a true freshman in 2006, being named to the ACC's all-freshman team after a season in which he had 28 catches for 301 yards and a touchdown. He transferred home to Tennessee and sat out the 2007 season. He played sparingly as a Vol in 2008, finishing the season with 10 receptions, then was booted off the team by coach Lane Kiffin in October 2009. He had seven catches for 54 yards and two TDs before his dismissal. He told the Knoxville (Tenn.) News Sentinel last month that he would like to play for the Vols again now that Kiffin is gone.

25. DE Eddie Jones, Texas
BUZZ
: He redshirted as a true freshman and has been a reserve in each of the past three seasons. He has 57 career tackles, 7.5 sacks, 14 tackles for loss and two interceptions. He had 21 tackles and five sacks this season and will have a chance to win a starting job during spring ball; at the least, he will be a key reserve as a senior in 2010.

26. OL Stephen Schilling, Michigan
BUZZ
: Schilling, who redshirted as a freshman, is a three-year starter for the Wolverines. He started at tackle in 2007 and '08 before moving to guard this season. He should be one of the best guards in the Big Ten in 2010 and could contend for All-America honors.

27. RB James Aldridge, Notre Dame
BUZZ
: Aldridge barely played as a senior this season, rushing six times for 17 yards. He finished his career with 979 yards -- including two 100-yard games -- and three touchdowns.

28. T Carl Johnson, Florida
BUZZ
: He started for the second season in a row for the Gators; he was a guard in 2008 and began this season at left tackle before moving inside again. He's expected to start at guard as a fifth-year senior in 2010.

MORE: Class of 2009 | Class of 2008 | Class of 2007



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