This is the fourth part in our continuing series evaluating the last five years of five star high school football recruits according to Rivals.com...
The 2009 recruiting class had the highest number of five star players of any of the last five years but surprisingly it only had the third highest number of major impact players.
Even more surprising to many college football fans is the fact that RB Bryce Brown (seen below with 86Cane and OcalaCane at Canes Fest 2009) the #1 rated overall player in the Country in 2009 (who flirted with and then dumped the University of Miami before choosing Tennessee) was NOT one of them.
Here is a detailed summary of the 2009 Rivals.com five star recruits for 2009 including some of the individual player's rank, school and performance:
Rivals Class of 2009 Five Star Player Quick Facts:
- Total Players: 33
- Number of impact players: 7
- Percentage of impact players: 21%
- Number of players who transferred: 5
- Number of Players who suffered major Injuries: 4
The 7 impact players and their rankings from the 2009 class were:
- (2) WR Ruben Randle, LSU
- (5) QB Matt Barkley, USC
- (6) RB Trent Richardson, Alabama
- (9) LB Vontaze Burfict, Arizona State
- (11) CB Dre Kirpatrick, Alabama
- (12) LB Manti Te'o, Notre Dame
- (27) CB Greg Reid, FSU
The 5 players who transferred from their original LOI to another school:
- (1) RB Bryce Brown (from Tennessee to Kansas State)
- (17) S Janzen Jackson (from Tennessee to FCS school McNeese State)
- (18) QB Garrett Gilbert (From Texas to SMU)
- (23) DT Gary Brown (from Florida to East Mississippi CC)
- (33) LB Dorian Bell (Ohio State to Dequesne)
The 4 players who were impacted by major injuries:
- (15) DT Jacobbi McDaniel, FSU
- (19) ATH Patrick Hall, USC
- (22) Christine Michael, Texas A&M
- (31) CB Corey Brown, Ohio State
In summary, the 2009 class was above average in terms of the number of five star players (33) and about average when it came to the number of impact players (7). The class was also average in the number of transfers (5) and players who were impacted by major injury (4).